Review: THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett

THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett, published by Bantam Press ISBN: Hardback 9780593063477 RRP £12.99; ebook 9781409043034 at £7.99 on Amazon Simon Beckett is now a “European phenomenon, selling over 6 million copies in Germany alone”, according to the publisher’s blurb on the press release. Yes, I know, I don’t take much notice of such comments either. … Continue reading

Review: AMNESIA by Michael Ridpath, published by Corvus in May 2017

Trade Paperback: 9781782397564  at £12.99 ebook: 9781782397571  at  £5.99 Okay, I have a confession to make here. I hadn’t heard of Michael Ridpath when he first started writing. I was a lowly author of three or four books, and it was my sister-in-law who persuaded me to pick up a copy of THE MARKET MAKER … Continue reading

Review: When She Was Bad

Review: WHEN SHE WAS BAD, Tammy Cohen, published by Black Swan There are many styles of crime books. I tend to write historical and spy thrillers, others write gritty, noir contemporary crime, some stick to psychological suspense, or to straightforward cosy stories. I am always keen to find a book that is a little different, … Continue reading

Review: THE DRY by Jane Harper, published by Little Brown

ISBN: 978 1408 708170 I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again many more times, but it’s worth putting in as an introduction for the first review of every year: I do not review books I don’t like. It is not because I am a particularly kind reviewer. No, there are two reasons … Continue reading

Rebellion’s Message by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
January 1554 and London is in turmoil. Mary I has been on the throne for six months but there are others who wish for a different monarch, one of a less Catholic persuasion, one who isn’t planning on marrying Philip of Spain. Thomas Wyatt is…

Review: ALTAR OF BLOOD by Anthony Riches

I have written before about books arriving when I really don’t need them. So often they are books that are entirely inappropriate. Say a book that is historical, and since I am known as a historical writer, they will send it to me. The trouble is, it’s historical romance, or it’s historical-ish, and has a … Continue reading

Act Of Vengeance by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
Jack Case. Scavenger. When the Cold War ended, he was superfluous to the needs of British Intelligence, but post 9/11 the rapid need for new recruits led to mistakes being made by those new agents. And someone was needed to clear up after those mistakes…

Books, Reviews and Morris!

Look at that nice new cover. Beautiful, isn’t it? It will be the first of, I expect, a series of crime stories based around Jack Blackjack, with the first coming your way in late April from Severn House. Hope you will enjoy it!   Books. I have piles of books in my office. Piles and … Continue reading

Review of 2016 – Books and Tools

It’s always interesting to review a year that has just passed. 2015 was not a good year for me – with 14 friends and family dying, it was never going to be a happy year. However, at least there are people who help distract me. And first amongst these are authors, of course. Last year … Continue reading

Review: SPARE ME THE TRUTH

Tomorrow I’ll be putting up a review of my year for 2015, running through my favourite books of the year, but I have one problem. One of the books I read was stunning, was thrilling, and I should have mentioned it … except I couldn’t, really. The damn thing wasn’t published last year! Caroline Carver … Continue reading