Category Archives: Book Reviews

Die of Shame by Mark Billingham

There is no denying this author’s talent or success. Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring DI Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for …

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

I had never heard of the author Chinua Achebe before his novel Things Fall Apart was book of the month at my book group. It was then I discovered how important this author’s work had been to Nelson Mandela during his years of imprisonment. Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria on November 16, 1930. …

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The Crime Writer’s Casebook by Stuart Gibbon and Stephen Wade

Today I am delighted to welcome my friend, Stuart Gibbon to the blog. Stuart is a retired DCI from Lincolnshire Police. He is dicussing his new book, The Crime Writer’s Casebook which I am sure will be of great assistance to authors who write either modern day or historical crime novels. Thank you for inviting …

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The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

I discovered the works of Karin Slaughter through a recommendation from a Facebook book group. The Kept Woman is the most recent novel by her that I have read. I do think Slaughter is a brilliant surname for a crime writer. Karin Slaughter is an American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted became an international …

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The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland

I have just finished reading The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland. The book was recommended to me by a friend, so, although it is not my favourite crime genre, I decided to give it a try. The book fall into the ‘women’s fiction’ genre. This novel has such an excellent title, who wouldn’t …

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Eeny Meeny by M.J.Arlidge

I always enjoy coming across new authors, particularly those who write crime thrillers, my favourite genre. The books of MJ Arlidge were recommended to me by my fellow members of a book group on Facebook. Matthew Arlidge is an English author of crime novels starring DI Helen Grace. He has also worked in television for the …

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Pompeii by Robert Harris

Several books by Robert Harris have been recommended to me, and The Fear Index is reviewed on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/07/20/the-fear-index-by-robert-harris/ . However, I the first read Pompeii when it was book of the month in our local book group. Robert Harris is a British author and previous journalist and BBC television reporter. Pompeii was originally published by …

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Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Very rarely have I read a book in one sitting. It happened with The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. I reviewed that at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/10/11/the-poison-tree-by-erin-kelly/. I still tease Erin that she owes me a night’s sleep! Recently, my husband and I went on holiday and I took a book with me was by a new author to …

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Writing Historical Romantic Fiction by guest author John Jackson

My friend John Jackson joins me today to answer the question: What are you doing Here? (A mere Male in a woman’s world) This is a question I ask myself from time to time. Luckily, the answer comes back the same every time. “Having fun!” I have never had a typical male “look-down-the-nose” type of attitude …

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Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle

I had not read any books by Alice Castle before, but as those who follow my blog will know, the crime and mystery genres are amongst my favourites, when her new novel, Death in Dulwich, was published by Crooked Cat Books and recommended to me, I decided to buy it to take on holiday with …

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