Friday, 18 May 2018

Will Patching

A new author for me but I've just bought book two in this series of three! This one's free - tempted? 


The Hack

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My review -


Wow, what a book! The title can be taken several ways, as its different meanings are incorporated into the story. It ranges from tabloid journalism, computer hacking, the CIA, child prostitution and pornography. It’s got a Thailand connection, a link to the president of the US, to a British Lord, to Russia – it’s an amazingly wide-ranging story which has its roots in the truth. You will scarcely get time to draw breath. It’s brilliantly written and the characters are largely not black and white, but multiple grey shades – and I found myself rooting for people I’d consider bad in normal life. This is so good I’ve downloaded and started the second in the series. Will Patching rocks!

Monday, 14 May 2018

No Remorse

Third in this super series but you can read it on its own.



No Remorse

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This is the third in the Kent Fisher series and there’s enough backstory here for you to read it as a stand-alone. It begins with a bang when an old man in a care home tells Kent that someone’s going to kill him. Soon after, he dies. That starts our hero off sleuthing. We meet a new love-interest, but Gemma, his old flame, still burns brightly. Kent teases the threads from an old story and puts himself in danger.

The thing I love about these stories is that there’s no dry police procedure. I know some people love it, but Fisher is an ordinary person, like us. It puts the reader at the heart of the mystery. The characters are strong and credible, and the author’s love for the Downland countryside shines through. I love this series. A completely different take on the thriller and mystery genre, and written by a man who doesn’t fall into cliché. I think this one is the best so far. Very enjoyable.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Alison Baillie

A second psychological thriller from this author. Eminently readable in a beautiful setting. Loved it!



My review -

When a neighbour’s small daughter is abducted from their idyllic Swiss village, Olivia becomes obsessive about the safety of her own children, particularly Lara, the missing girl’s best friend. Events from Olivia’s past loom large in her mind. This is a psychological thriller in which the beautiful setting is almost a character in itself. It’s a study in watching a person’s past come back to trouble her. It begins with a feeling of unease which ramps up until there’s a definite knowledge that something is very wrong. Only Olivia seems to see that – and the reader. At the climax of the story, things come very close to home for Olivia. I enjoyed this story very much. I love the author’s clear and easy style. Always a pleasure to read.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

David Haynes

There are some authors whose books I leap on the minute they're published. David Haynes is one of them!


Klondike Slaughter

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My review -


Gold fever! The great rush to stake a claim and get rich. This cracking adventure story sees ex lawman Jake and his friend Willie join up with other individuals, including a native Tlingit Indian, to help one another over the gruelling passes and dense wooded terrain on the way to Dawson. Naturally, not everyone is friendly and helpful, and they make enemies as they travel. There are people wanting them dead.

The excitement in this really ramps up when we find that there is something else tracking the group; something that’s messing with their minds. David Haynes incorporates outdoor adventure with horror and legend. It’s a potent mix and it’s done very well. It’s atmospheric, with the snow and the rain as constant enemies. I suspect a lot of good research has gone into this book but the reader isn’t hammered with it. It just makes it very convincing and readable. A thoroughly gripping book.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

C J Harter

A new author to me, and what a stunning debut! 


Rowan's Well

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This is a story about friendship, love, upbringing, loyalty and so much more. We follow two young men, Matt and Will, from their first meeting at university, through their marriages to twin sisters, and beyond. The tale that unfolds is at times heart-breaking but never boring. The writing is beautiful and the story totally gripping. I stayed up far beyond my bedtime to finish this. It’s that kind of book and I heartily recommend it.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Jim Webster

More tales from Jim's imaginary Land of the Three Seas. These are light amusing and invariably wise.


Tallis Steelyard. The Festival and other stories

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Another selection of tales from Port Naain, as told by jobbing poet Tallis Steelyard. Read about the underpinnings of dancing matrons, the secret beneath the undergarments of a gentlewoman of the town, the resurrection of a dead mercenary, and much more. This is a gentle comedy of manners in a world so different from our own. The author writes affectionately of his world and his characters, and I share that affection. Lovely stuff.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Denzil Meyrick

This book is the first in a series. Sometimes, you just know you'll be back!



Whisky from Small Glasses

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My review -


DCI Jim Daley is sent from Glasgow to investigate a body on the west coast. The area is another world to Jim and his sidekick – and then more bodies turn up. What I enjoyed about this book was that the main character felt absolutely real. He had his own burdens without being the caricature ‘maverick cop’ so fashionable now. The story works through a haze of gossip in the small community and Jim and his colleagues have to deal with a death for which he blames himself. This is the first in a series and is very well set up with plenty of possibilities for future stories. I found it extremely compelling and I know I’ll read more.