As an enthusiastic crime fiction reader I always relish the opportunity of reading a crime novel written by someone who has actually walked the walk and talked the talk in law enforcement , drawing on their personal experience to construct an authentic story- as long as they have the propensity to spin a good yarn as well! As an ex-London Met detective with many years service under his belt, Luke Delaney not only exhibits this complete … Read More >>
Following the successful Dark Winter, this is the second outing for the freckled, flame-haired warrior DS Aector McAvoy, and this sequel lacks none of the punch of the first- I would dare to say that I actually enjoyed this one more. This is an altogether darker and seedier affair from the outset, beginning with a particularly brutal murder that sparks a complicated and taxing investigation for McAvoy. When the investigation diverges into the world of local … Read More >>
Being led by the hand through the sinister gas-lit streets of Victorian London by the marvellous Sarah Pinborough, this is masterful genre-defying thriller that will endlessly feed your curiosity and mess with your mind…in a good way! Blending together all the atmosphere of a city gripped by fear in the shadow of Jack The Ripper, Pinborough draws on another unsolved series of murders from the same period, the Thames Torso murders, and melds and manipulates aspects … Read More >>
I must admit to having a slight crisis of confidence in writing this review, questioning whether I could do justice to just how marvellous this book is. From the first few pages, I was totally immersed in the life of Sheldon Horowitz, our curmudgeonly hero of the piece: a man haunted by the ghosts of his former life and coping with the daily frustrations of growing old. From the synopsis, it is impossible to harness all … Read More >>
Unholy Rites is a mystery novel set in the Derbyshire village of Mill-on-Wye, a fictionalized representation of Miller’s Dale, in the 1990s. The action takes place in the weeks leading up to and during the village’s annual Well Dressing Festival, which forms a colourful backdrop to the events of the story. Danutia Dranchuk, a junior detective with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, appears in her third novel, followingt A Deadly Little List (NeWest Press, 2005) and … Read More >>
As a seasoned and somewhat cynical crime reader I always have a strange feeling of mild peril when approaching an author’s third outing in a series that has pretty much knocked my metaphorical socks off with the first two books. So here is the third of Jackson’s Detective Callum Doyle’s adventures in downtown New York and how did it do? Yeeeeeeeeees! I can push aside those unfounded feelings of doubt, because I am more than happy … Read More >>
Stuart Neville more than proves his versatility as a writer with his new historical standalone novel, ‘Ratlines’. By carefully blending a mix of authentic historical characters along with fictional protagonists, Neville brings to life a dark period of Irish history that has been rarely addressed in fiction before, and weaves a tale of political duplicity, betrayal and murder that grips the reader from outset.
Set in 1960‘s Ireland with a visit from President Kennedy on the horizon, … Read More >>
Jane Austen fans immediately spot the Pride and Prejudice connection. Pemberley is the grand country estate that made Mr Darcy considerably less repulsive to the eyes of Elizabeth Bennet. When asked at what moment she started having feelings for him, she famously claims it was after seeing his stunning fields at Pemberley (allegedly said as a joke…).
Now, there are countless P&P sequels and spin-offs, from the snobbishly literate to the downright bizarre (like that infamously hilarious … Read More >>
Opening with the discovery of a body against the desolate backdrop of a windswept beach amongst the naked figures of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation, I was instantly engaged with this dark and visceral thriller. The action pivots between Liverpool with the murder investigation under the auspices of DI Frank Keane, a world-weary but utterly realistic detective and Australia, home to Frank’s retired boss Menno Koopman who is forced to return to Liverpool when the victim’s … Read More >>
Another date for next year’s diaries crime fans! Due to be published mid-January ‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’ is the first of a Glasgow based trilogy by debut author Malcolm Mackay- a debut that I was mightily impressed by. With seamless plotting, plausible characters and a sparsity of prose in the vein of American writers such as Denis Johnson or Tom Franklin, this book had me absolutely hooked.
Populated by a host of ne’er-do-wells against a … Read More >>
In one sentence– A RACY- PACY , 3 in 1 package.
The first impression that I started off with– A film-maker’s book, must be an offering with a difference. And once I am done with it I can say the author has not disappointed me.
CRIME FICTION, A genre that has fascinated me always but I have not explored it much from the point of view of reviews. Reason being when one sits down to write about the book that … Read More >>
Temporary Perfections by Gianrico Carofiglio, translated by Antony Shugaar (Bitter Lemon Press, 2011)
First of all, I should say that I won this book from the publisher, Bitter Lemon Press, which predisposes me to like it… That out of the way, I loved it.
Although I came in at the fourth book in the Guido Guerrieri series, I found it worked well as a standalone novel. Guerrieri is a defence lawyer in Bari, southern Italy who takes on … Read More >>