Book reviews

Authors are readers too. Avid readers.

We also know what it’s like to write a book, so I only post reviews for books I finish. If a book’s not for me, I stop reading and move on.

At all times I aim to be constructive and fair, but it’s only my opinion. I no longer give ratings or stars, except on Amazon, Bookbub and Goodreads.

My tastes are almost exclusively crime fiction, though I venture beyond murders from time to time.

I hope the reviews will help you discover new authors and novels to enjoy.


Natural Causes by James Oswald

Natural Causes by James Oswald

30th December 2020. Having recently read and enjoyed an advance reader copy of Bury Them Deep, (check out my review here) I thought it was time to start at the ...
Read More
The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

23rd December 2020. Every time I read one of Agatha Christie’s books, I’m impressed by her direct, easy-to-read style that draws you into the heart of the story from the ...
Read More
Grayson Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw

Grayson Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw

22nd December 2020. I’m a big fan of the author’s writing, especially the Sloane Monroe series, so it was great to read something different. The story starts when Addison Lockhart ...
Read More
Baby Lies by Chris Collett

Baby Lies by Chris Collett

18th December 2020. I’ve enjoyed the first three Tom Mariner series. He’s an easy going, caring detective who has had some tricky cases to investigate and a love life that’s ...
Read More
Headshots by Colin Garrow

Blood on the Tyne: Headshots by Colin Garrow

15th November 2020. Rosie Robson’s second appearance is another exciting adventure as she rushes from danger to danger to pursue the person who killed two models. The singer and part ...
Read More
The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

13th December 2020 I enjoy a detective who’s not another maverick with a traumatic past. Vera Stanhope is about as different and distinctive as you can get. She’s a formidable ...
Read More
Deadly Crimes by Michael Hambling

Deadly Crimes by Michael Hambling

7th December 2020. In the second book in the series, detective Sophie Allen investigates two crimes, separated by a gap of 40 years. The first concerns a man, brutally murdered ...
Read More
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

2nd December 2020. There’s so much to enjoy and admire about Agatha Christie’s writing. It goes without saying that her plots are intricate, complex and beautifully constructed, so much so ...
Read More
A Litter of Bones by JD Kirk

A Litter of Bones by J D Kirk

24th November 2020. It’s always good to find a new author with a distinctive tone and voice that you enjoy. While the abduction of a child is no laughing matter, ...
Read More
Me by Elton John

Me by Elton John

16th November 2020. Back in 1973, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the first album I bought, using money saved from my paper round. From the opening bars of the first ...
Read More
If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder

If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder

13th November 2020. This is the third book in the DI Bliss series which begins with the particularly sadistic killing of an RAF officer. The racial overtones of the murder ...
Read More
Dead of Night by Cheryl Bradshaw

Dead of Night by Cheryl Bradshaw

3rd November 2020. This novella sees Sloane Monroe at odds with boyfriend and new police chief, Cade, as they both investigate the brutal murder of Wren Bancroft’s mother-in-law. Events take ...
Read More
Killer Lies by Chris Collett

Killer Lies by Chris Collett

3rd November 2020. It all gets personal in this third outing for Tom Mariner. Faced with problems in his relationship, an explosion that could have killed him and a killing ...
Read More
Head in the Sand by Damien Boyd

Head in the Sand by Damien Boyd

30th October 2020. When you wake up to learn that someone’s left a decapitated head in a bunker on a golf course, you know it’s going to be a difficult ...
Read More
The Black Rose by BL Faulkner

The Black Rose by BL Faulkner

28th October 2020. You might think that the world of horticulture is genteel, but a killer lurks among the greenhouses and plant displays in the latest case for the Serial ...
Read More
Six Feet Under by Colin Garrow

Six Feet Under by Colin Garrow

27th October 2020. This is the fourth outing for part time taxi driver, part time private eye, Terry Bell and his partner Carol. This time they’re drawn to a disused ...
Read More
No Past Forgiven by Valerie Keogh

No Past Forgiven by Valerie Keogh

21st October 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, featuring Dublin detective sergeant Mike West and Edel Johnson. This book follows on, with the first third ...
Read More
Stolen Children by Michael Wood

Stolen Children by Michael Wood

16th October 2020. In DCI Matilda Darke’s sixth outing, she faces yet another intense, emotional investigation when a young girl goes missing. It brings back memories of Carl Meagan, a ...
Read More

Reviews Archive


 

close