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…

Book Review: The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter *****

I’ll start by admitting that I love Karin Slaughter’s books. I’ve been an avid reader of hers since the Grant County series began way back in 2001. Check out “Blindsighted” and you’ll be on the right path. She just has a way of writing about damaged Southern folk that is so vivid that you feel…

Book Review: Hunting Lila – Sarah Alderson *****

When Hunting Lila was first published in 2011 Sarah Alderson was an unknown writer trying to pay the bills in Bali. Now she is a screenwriter and successful author living in California and Hunting Lila is heading for the big screen this year. Lila is seventeen and there are two things that she would prefer…

Book Review: Liar – K L Slater ***

Liar is the third psychological thriller from Kim Slater. I found it a little harder to connect with the characters in this one and I’m not entirely sure why. Ben is a single father looking after his two young sons after the death of their mother. He has had a lot of help from his…

Book Review: Two Nights – Kathy Reichs *****

After eighteen novels in her “Bones” series it would be very easy to write off Kathy Reichs as a one trick pony. “Two Nights” demonstrates that she is much more than the queen of forensic pathology and truly a master of the suspenseful thriller. Sunnie Night is a real character. Ex forces and ex police…