Book Review:The Darkness (Hidden Iceland) -Ragnar Jónasson ****

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police has always found herself a bit out of step with the predominantly male dominated force that she works in. Things have been a little fraught lately and when Hulda is suddenly forced into early retirement she manages to negotiate herself an extra week or so to work…

Opinion: Ratings and Reviews 😱😱😱

This week somebody asked me why the books I review on the blog were pretty much all three star reviews or above. This lady asked me if I was afraid of hurting the author’s feelings! I’m very lucky to be in a position where I get 95% of the books that I read from the…

Book Review: Beneath the Water – Sarah Painter ****

You can always rely on Sarah Painter to come up with something a little bit quirky, with a touch of the supernatural. In Beneath the Water there are two parallel stories being told. Letters from new wife Jessie back to her family from 19th century Edinburgh and the very modern tale of Stella. Having recently…

Book Review: Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp *****

When you are following a smash hit debut novel it could be a bit daunting for a new author. I loved Nijkamp’s first book (This is Where it Ends) and I must admit that I was a bit nervous picking up this one. How could it possibly compare with the sublime piece of young adult…

Book Review: Liars – Frances Vick ****

Unusually I’ve sat on this review for a week since I finished the book so that I could have a think about what I really think of it. Also – its a pretty tough review to write without giving away any of the complexities of the plot. Jenny hasn’t had an easy life. Sal, her…

Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading! Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds…

Book Review: The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond ***1/2

Jake knows that he has chosen the woman that he will spend the rest of his life with. Alice is headstrong and independent and forging ahead with a lucrative legal career leaving behind her life on the stage and a music career. When Finnegan, one of her clients, gives them an unexpected wedding present they…

Book Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black – Emily Barr ****

Ella lives in London with her parents Graham and Fiona and their cat. It feels like an unremarkable life. She loves art and literature and these are the subjects she is studying for her A Levels. Ella has a secret that she hasn’t even shared with her best friend Lily or her “boy” friend Jack….

Book Review: Return of the Magi – P J Tracy *****

As we get closer to Christmas it is nice to pick up something with a festive twist to it and you don’t get more festive than Las Vegas in December! Emil Rice is a smooth talking chancer. He has the gift of the gab and a light touch that sees unsuspecting people being relieved of…

Book Review:Breakaway: A Pilots Hockey Novel – Sophia Henry ****

After a couple of pretty hardcore Scandi-noir books it was a pleasure to pick up Breakaway by Sophia Henry. Although it is book number five in the Pilots Hockey series it wouldn’t be a problem to read this as a standalone novel. Luke Daniels, the former star forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent…

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…