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Acts of Omission – Terry Stiastny

Avid readers who recently appreciated the slow burn intensity of The Honourable Woman: take note. Terry Stiastny’s Acts of Omission may at first appear a languorous novel but when the … Continue reading

September 10, 2014

Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent

2014 is proving to be a year where some pretty routine reading comes interspersed with the odd surprising gem. Before reading the last page of Unravelling Oliver I checked whether … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Kill – Jane Casey

The Kill – Jane Casey (Maeve Kerrigan 5) The Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent series from Jane Casey stands alongside the best of the London-set police procedurals. Indeed, with this … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

That Dark Remembered Day – Tom Vowler

Following his award-winning short story collection The Method, Tom Vowler is skilfully carving his territory in psychological suspense with That Dark Remembered Day, his second novel in this genre. Like … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Writer’s Block – Judith Flanders

“You know when you can have one those days at the office? You spill coffee on your keyboard, the finance director goes on an expenses rampage and then, before you … Continue reading

May 30, 2014

The Bones of Paris – Laurie R King

Paris, France: September 1929.  For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Red Joan – Jennie Rooney

Red Joan was inspired by the case of Melita Norwood – ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Co-op’ – exposed in 1999 as the longest-serving Soviet spy in Britain … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Touchstone – Laurie R King (2013)

Good news for fans of Laurie R King – August saw the first UK paperback release of her 2008 standalone novel, Touchstone, featuring FBI Agent Harris Stuyvesant, in a beautiful … Continue reading

October 1, 2013

The Stranger You Know – Jane Casey

Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series takes us into the heart of a London Metropolitan Police investigation through the eyes of a lower-ranking officer, Detective Constable Kerrigan. Born of Irish parents … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Capital Punishment – Robert Wilson

Oh the sense of loss on turning over the last page of the perfectly pitched The Ignorance of Blood, the final book in Robert Wilson’s Falcón quartet.  I remember it … Continue reading

March 18, 2013