Category Archives: book review

Review: A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena

Meh. If you need more than that one word review of this dull tome read on. A middle-class man comes home late from work to find his wife gone. All her things still there – including purse and phone and … Continue reading

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Review: INVOLUNTARY WITNESS by Gianrico Carofiglio

Guerrieri I’ve read the second and fourth books in the series focusing on Bari lawyer Guido Guerrieri already, but on reviewing my Audible library recently I discovered the first instalment has been awaiting my ears for several years. It is … Continue reading

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Review: THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina

All I knew of THE LONG DROP before bringing it home from the library was that it is a standalone work by a writer I admire, not least because she takes risks with her storytelling techniques rather than sticking to … Continue reading

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Review: THE CHALK PIT by Elly Griffiths

The Ruth Galloway series falls squarely in the ‘equivalent of curling up under a blanket with my feet encased in ugg boots and a hot chocolate close by‘ territory for me.  I have adored Ruth from her first appearance and … Continue reading

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Review: CROSSING THE LINES by Sulari Gentill

Plays within plays. Movies within movies. Books within books. It’s a familiar path for artists to tread when they want to offer us mere mortals a glimpse inside their respective heads. But in her new standalone novel CROSSING THE LINES … Continue reading

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Review: THE LEGACY by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Although I very much enjoy her best-known series featuring lawyer-turned-amateur-sleuth Thora Gudmundsdottir, I love the fact that Yrsa Sigurdardottir (and her publishers) have regularly taken the risky step of publishing books outside this popular series. Even if the books haven’t all … Continue reading

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Review: BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

Somewhere in the almost 16 hours of the audio version of BIG LITTLE LIES is a good story. Even a great one, though the ending was too schmaltzy for my tastes. But that good story is only 8 hours long. … Continue reading

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Oodles of people can produce light, cosy mysteries that are entertaining but difficult to take seriously. And oodles more can pen blood-soaked tales of death and darkness. But I can’t think of another author who so consistently delivers stories that … Continue reading

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Review: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott

I feel like more often than not I need to apologise to my book club when it’s my turn to pick our monthly read. Though maybe I will be the only one of us who found YOU WILL KNOW ME more of … Continue reading

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Review: WHERE ROSES NEVER DIE by Gunnar Staalesen

I occasionally wonder if authors of long-running series anticipate new readers with every book or assume that at some point they are writing for existing fans only. I wonder this because as a reader I am generally reluctant to break … Continue reading

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