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.


Fatal Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Fatal Lies by Andrew Cunningham

20th October 2021. The second book in the series is another fast moving, thoroughly entertaining and exciting investigation. Del and Sabrina travel the length and breadth of the USA when ...
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Brutal Crimes by Michael Hambling

Brutal Crimes by Michael Hambling

14th October 2021. In the tenth outing for Sophie Allen of the Violent Crimes Unit in Dorset, she has to investigate the brutal murder of a fellow detective, dumped in ...
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The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

13th October 2021. First published in January 1922, this is another fast moving adventure, giving Tommy and Tuppence their first outing. Naturally, the language and attitudes are of the time, ...
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The Man by the Sea by Jack Benton

The Man by the Sea by Jack Benton

8th October 2021. This is a murder mystery with a difference, set in a sleepy seaside town in Lancashire. Former soldier, Slim Hardy, discharged for misconduct is now a private ...
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Deadly Wishes by Rachel MacLean

Deadly Wishes by Rachel McLean

8th October 2021. Overall I enjoyed this novel, featuring DI Zoe Finch. Flushed with success, she’s put on the team investigating the murder of Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson. However, ...
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Alone with a Killer by Bill Kitson

Alone with a Killer by Bill Kitson

29th September 2021. The sixth book in this excellent series, featuring DI Mike Nash and his team, is another twisting, action-packed cracker. A woman goes missing while her husband is ...
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Witness to Evil by Janet Dawson

Witness to Evil by Janet Dawson

27th September 2021. Jeri Howard series always offers something different, usually a social problem that encapsulates a crime or two. In this outing, Jeri has to track down runaway teenager, ...
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A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin

A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin

26th September 2021. The story, set in 1960, starts slowly with a murder connected to a past death. Ryder, a trainee coroner, sat in at the original inquest, convinced witnesses ...
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Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams

Rough and Deadly by Paula Williams

23rd September 2021. In the second Much Winchmoor novel, Kat’s thrown into another murder investigation when Margot Duckett-Trimble is killed and left in a vat of cider. As she was ...
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The Hour of her Death by Rebecca Rane

The Hour of her Death by Rebecca Rane

21st September 2021. I enjoy discovering new authors and books, especially those that offer something original. Kendra Dillon is only as good as her next podcast. And after a successful ...
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Laptops Can Kill by BL Faulkner

Laptops Can Kill by BL Faulkner

18th September 2021. If you’re going to steal a laptop, make sure it doesn’t belong to a deadly and ruthless criminal. Unfortunately, for two thieves, it’s too late. For Detective ...
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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

16th September 2021. This beautifully written and crafted murder mystery has a ghost story at its heart and a killer in the shadows. It’s narrated by three characters: Clare’s an ...
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Belle Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw

Belle Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw

14th September 2021. In the fourth book in the series, Addison finds herself at the heart of another mystery from the past. This time it’s the death of a young ...
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Dead Man's Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

Dead Man’s Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

12th September 2021. This is an intense and complex story where the past forces its way into the present with devastating effects. At its heart is DI Frank Farrell, a ...
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All Lies by Andrew Cunningham

All Lies by Andrew Cunningham

This hugely enjoyable adventure of discovery begins with the murder of Del Honeycutt’s date. Before he has time to catch his breath, he’s plunged into a race to discover ‘hidden ...
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The Man in a Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

The Man in a Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

3rd September 2021. This is an interesting early book by Agatha Christie, featuring Anne, a young woman seeking adventure in her mundane life. She gets it when she witnesses someone ...
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Slash Killer by Bill Kitson

Slash Killer by Bill Kitson

30th August 2021. Once again, Bill Kitson delivers another fast paced and exciting thriller in the sleepy Yorkshire countryside of Helmdale. Original, offbeat, imaginative and intricately plotted, I couldn’t put ...
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Ruthless Crimes by Michael Hambling

Ruthless Crimes by Michael Hambling

27th August 2021. I’ve loved the previous eight books in the series. The characters in the team and their relationships are the backbone of the stories as they investigate some ...
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