Category Archives: book review

Review: RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER introduces the world to Tannie Maria, a fifty-something, Afrikaans, widow living in the town of Ladysmith in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa. She writes a cooking column for the local paper but the publication’s … Continue reading

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Review: THE CASE OF THE LATE PIG by Margery Allingham

I think I always knew that golden age detective fiction wasn’t really my bag (the inimitable Dame Christie aside) but participating in Crimes of the Century has confirmed it. This month’s foray into 1937 introduced me to Margery Allingham’s most … Continue reading

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Review: WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman

I now know I have at least one thing in common with Laura Lippman: we both love TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. She reveals her reverence in every nuance of WILDE LAKE which in so many ways acts as a modern re-telling … Continue reading

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Review: ORDEAL by Jørn Lier Horst

Taking place a few months after THE CAVEMAN Jørn Lier Horst’s fifth William Wisting novel available in English was, for me at least, a return to the series’ top form. ORDEAL is a complicated but ultimately satisfying tale that juxtaposes … Continue reading

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Review: THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN by Mindy Mejia

Falling within the nearly-not-crime-fiction-at-all genre, THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN (aka EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE) explores the nature of identity. How do we learn who we are? Can we choose who to be? Can we truly have multiple … Continue reading

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Review: THE CHINESE SHAWL by Patricia Wentworth

The worst kind of reading experience, for me anyway, is one that can be summed up with the word meh. I’d rather really hate a book than be left bored, unengaged and apathetic by one. Alas my introduction to the … Continue reading

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Review: LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO by Megan Norris

I am a wuss. Sure I can take just about anything fictional murderers dish out but I am reluctant to read about their real world counterparts. In fiction the bad guys often get what’s coming to them. In reality they … Continue reading

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Review: THE DYING DETECTIVE by Leif G.W. Persson

Although billed as a standalone novel, with legendary policeman Lars Martin Johansson taking centre stage THE DYING DETECTIVE is not entirely new territory for Persson’s fans. He’s had at least a minor role in all three of the author’s books I’ve previously … Continue reading

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Review: TOO LATE TO DIE by Bill Crider

 I’ve read a couple of Tracy’s reviews of Bill Crider books at Bitter Tea and Mystery and her latest one prompted me to choose the Dan Rhodes series for the Texas leg of my virtual tour of the USA. I … Continue reading

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Review: SCENE OF THE CLIMB by Kate Dyer-Seeley

I started 2017 with a couple of really harrowing books (one about the hideous behaviour of the Catholic Church and another about a terrorist incident). After these I needed a mental breather and plucked a couple of cosy mysteries from … Continue reading

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