Category Archives: England

Review: SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

Amber wants you to know three things about her: She is in a coma Her husband doesn’t love her anymore Sometimes she lies I would add three more things that you ought to know before you embark on her story: … Continue reading

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Review: INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid

I stopped reading this series a while back. I can’t remember which book it was now but I just found it too violent for my taste at the time. However I’ve come to really love McDermid’s writing via her standalone … Continue reading

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Review: HUMBER BOY B by Ruth Dugdall

A 10-year-old boy is thrown to his death from Hull’s Humber Bridge by two brothers who cannot be identified due to their respective ages: 14 and 1o. They are therefore known to the world as Humber Boy A and Humber … 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: A FRIGHTFULLY ENGLISH EXECUTION by Shamini Flint

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: A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward’s second police procedural to link a present-day crime with Derbyshire’s recent past is a knockout. Certainly the best example of the genre I’ve read so far this year. The most difficult thing about reviewing it is explaining why … 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: 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: GIN AND MURDER by Josephine Pullein-Thompson

Josephine Pullein-Thompson’s GIN AND MURDER is another of the titles I procured last year from Greyladies Press. Why? Because of the cover. I love the clothes everyone is wearing in the picture and the scene looked so inviting I immediately imagined … Continue reading

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Review: THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS by Cath Staincliffe

I’m not sure I’d have brought THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS home if I’d known anything about it, and I certainly wouldn’t have picked it to read on a warm summer’s day after finishing a particularly harrowing book. I bought it last … Continue reading

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