Twisted by Lynda La Plante

In brief: Amy Fulford disappears one weekend. As the police investigate, the life of the Fulfords is gradually revealed- and it's not pretty. Is Amy a runaway or murder victim? The good: There are some blind twists that I didn't see coming. The not-so-good: The first half of the book I found very slow. Why... Continue Reading →

Blood Line by Lynda La Plante

A quick rundown… DCI Anna Travis is on the case in her seventh book. This time it's a missing person, blood but no body. Strengths: Fast paced and the case is original enough to capture your attention. Weaknesses: Characterisation is not very deep in places – this is about action. Why I read it: I've... Continue Reading →

The Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young

A quick rundown… The first of a new series featuring female doctor Dody McCleland, ground breaker of forensic science and crime solver. Strengths: Wonderfully atmospheric of old London Town. Weaknesses: A lot of topics covered – perhaps too many? Why I read it: Looked interesting and combined crime and historical fiction. Pages: 252 (ebook) Published:... Continue Reading →

Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford

A quick rundown… Introducing Spike Sanguinetti, lawyer with a talent for getting in trouble while investigating for a friend accused of murder. Strengths: Fast paced, different and interesting. Weaknesses: Sometimes the really short chapters (allowing jumping from scene to scene or forward in time) were a bit annoying. Why I read it: Sent by Bloomsbury –... Continue Reading →

The Gallows Bird by Camilla Lackberg

A quick rundown… The fourth book in the Patrik Hedstrom / Erica Falck series (yes, I have missed a couple) deals with a seemingly straightforward accident, a reality star's murder and Patrik and Erica's wedding. Strengths: Ending was fantastic (did not pick who 'did it' at all). Like the mix of police procedural with a happy domestic life! Weaknesses: I... Continue Reading →

The Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah

A quick rundown… Sally's secret week away turns into a nightmare when she sees a man on TV calling himself the same person as the man she met while away. What's going on? Strengths: Taut and tense thriller Weaknesses: Found it somewhat difficult to believe the murderer's motive. Why I read it: Loved Hurting Distance;... Continue Reading →

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

A quick rundown… The death of Erica's childhood friend is not as it seems. Will she and Patrik the local detective find out the truth? Strengths: The crime narrative runs very well alongside the blossoming of Erica and Patrik's relationship. Weaknesses: Took me a little while to get into (about 50 pages). Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

The Craigslist Murders by Brenda Cullerton

In summary… A successful interior designer is murdering New York's trophy wives. Strengths: A different premise, it evokes vague Sex and the City moments. Weaknesses: It's hard to dislike the murderer, but it's also difficult to like her. Why I read it: Sent for review by the publisher. Setting: New York City Pages: 224 Published:... Continue Reading →

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