Book Review: The Crow Girl – Erik Axl Sund ****

Some weeks ago I was in my local bookshop looking for inspiration. On one of their crime tables there was a weighty tome called The Crow Girl. It had an interesting cover and unlike most of the other books there were only 2 copies left in the pile. As soon as I read the synopsis…

Book Review: The Snowman – Jo Nesbo ****

If you’ve been following Angelnet Reviews for a while you’ll already know that I like a good Scandi Noir to while away the dark winter evenings! The Snowman has just hit the big screen with a film adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and has done for snowmen what Tim Curry did for clowns back in the…

Book Review: Rituals – Kelley Armstrong ****

The fifth and final book in the Cainsville series sees Liv facing a choice between the two supernatural forces vying for her support. As it looks increasingly like she is close to making her decision both parties decide to up the ante and force her to choose them. The only way that they can all…

Book Review: Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell *****

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jewell since her debut outing with Ralph’s Party way back in 1998. Known for her larger than life characters Jewell has carved herself a niche in modern British fiction. This is her fifteenth book and Then She Was Gone is a bit of a departure for her in that…

Book Review: The Surrogate – Louise Jensen ****

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to have a baby. As a second attempt to adopt a Chinese baby falls through at the last minute Kat is becoming increasingly desperate. A chance meeting with Lisa, an old childhood friend, in a coffee shop suddenly means that there is hope for Kat. Lisa has…

Book Review: Slap Shot – Kelly Jamieson ****

Slap Shot is the fifth full book in Jamieson’s Aces Hockey series. If you’ve been following the exploits of the Aces team you’ll be glad to catch up with Max Hall in this one. We’ve had snippets about him in earlier books. He sat out the previous season trying to cope with the death of…

Book Review: Cold Blood – Robert Bryndza ****

The latest instalment of Bryndza’s detective series sees Erika coming to terms with Peterson’s injuries and thinking about her future with the Met. When a suitcase is pulled out of the Thames containing dismembered body parts it becomes clear that there is a brutal killer on the loose in London. As the investigation links it…

Book Review: The Music Shop – Rachel Joyce *****

I don’t really go in for the kind of book that makes you weep. I find them too saccharine, just too artificial. So it came as a surprise when I realised that sitting reading this wonderful story about Frank and his music shop my cheeks were wet and that I had been crying. It is…

Book Review: The Break – Marian Keyes *****

Picking up a new Marian Keyes book is always a pleasure. One of Ireland’s best contemporary writers today there is always something a bit quirky in Keyes’ stories. Beautifully written they are always teeming with larger than life characters and the kind of people that you wish you knew in real life. Amy runs a…

Book Review: The Book of Luce – L R Fredericks ***

Challenging. That is probably the best way that I can describe The Book of Luce. I imagine that its a bit like reading a biography of a musician while you are on an acid trip. The story weaves and winds as a journalist – known only to us under a pseudonym of Chimera Obscura –…

Book Review: 31 Days of Wonder – Tom Winter ***

Something a little bit different this time. The new book by Tom Winter is a sweet story and one that strikes a chord especially with the current focus on mental illness. Alice and Ben have a chance meeting in Grosvenor Square in London and don’t realise that the encounter will change both of their lives….

Book Review: Midnight Crossroad – Charlaine Harris ****

With the new series Midnight, Texas launching on Syfy in the UK this Thursday it feels like a good time to get to grips with the books behind the show. It took me a while to get round to reading this one. I’d been a little disappointed with more recent Charlaine Harris books – particularly…