Category Archives: Book Reviews

Inside Voices by Sarah Davis

Some first novels feel like debut works and when Inside Voices by Sarah Davis was recommended to me, I approached it on that basis. I did the author and the book a disservice. Throughout Inside Voices Davis makes her own voice as an author crystal clear. It is a triumph of a novel, not just …

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Trace Evidence by Vanessa Robertson

I had not read any books by Vanessa Robertson before, but her work had been recommended to me as novels I would enjoy. This is the second book in a series, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. The Blurb Art crime investigator Kate Carpenter is back in this fast-paced and twisty follow-up …

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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Salt Path was part of my birthday present from one of my daughters. I had seen an interview with Raynor Winn on television, so I was especially keen to read the book. Raynor and her husband, Moth, had lost everything, including their home when an investment went sour. The Blurb Just days after Raynor …

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Killing the Story by Joan Livingston

I have enjoyed each of the novels by Joan Livingston that I have read and Killing the Story, the fourth in her Isabel Long series of crime mysteries is no exception. The Blurb An accidental death that was no accident… For the record, Estelle Crane, the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper, died after a …

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The Stairwell by Dean Bryant

It is always exciting to discover a fine novelist whose work you haven’t read before, and Dean Bryant has certainly written an exciting debut novel. The Stairwell was recently published by darkstroke, an imprint of Crooked Cat Books. The Blurb Frightful visions. An unknown manipulator. A force from beyond reason. Brandon Chapman arrives home to …

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Who Cut Up The Moon by Lynne Hallett

I recently bought Who Cut Up The Moon written by Lynne Hallett and illustrated by  Roz Wolseley-Charles. The book was a gift for my little granddaughter who is only two years old, it looked like it might be a little advanced for her but it was cute and I thought she would grow into it. …

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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

This was the first book I had read by the distinguished mystery writer, Josephine Tey. Her work had been recommended to me over the years and I finally got around to reading her first mystery, The Man in the Queue. It was my introduction to her detective inspector Alan Grant and I must say I liked …

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The Cry of the Lake by Charlie Tyler

I recently read the new novel by Charlie Tyler, The Cry of the Lake. This is a debut novel and I had heard great things about it, so I was excited to read it. The novel is set in and around Oxford and the description of some parts of the area are a delight. The …

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Justice be Damned by Rosemary J Kind

I recently finished reading Justice be Damned by Rosemary J Kind, whom I have met many times at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. When I bought it, I did not realise that it is the fourth book in the author’s series, The Tales of Flynn and Reilly. I would probably have benefitted from reading the books …

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One Way Out by A A Dhand

One Way Out is the fourth book by Bradford author, Amit Dhand featuring his controversial cop, Harry Virdee. While each of the crime stories in the books work perfectly well as stand-alones, the personal story of Harry and his family weaves its way relentlessly through the books in chronological order. Each of Dhand’s books is …

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