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 Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

A quick rundown… A woman murders her ex-husband and her neighbour helps to cover it up. How will the police work out what happened? Strengths: Quirkily Japanese, an interesting way of telling a murder mystery. Weaknesses: Focuses on the action, rather than the nuances of the characters and their motivation. Why I read it: Very... Continue Reading →

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Everyone is reading Scandinavian thrillers at the moment and the question to be asked is, what do you read after reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy? My mother is reading Jo Nesbo (and thoroughly enjoying it), so I decided to try Henning Mankell. Faceless Killersis the first of the Inspector Kurt Wallander mysteries, set in the quiet Ystad area of... Continue Reading →

Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough

Naked Cruelty is the third in a series starring Captain Carmine Delmonico, detective in the Holloman police in the 1960s. The first book was the excellent On, Off, a truly creepy thriller, followed by Too Many Murders that had me throwing my hands up in the air in despair at the conclusion. (It was good,... Continue Reading →

The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland

  The Marx Sisters is the first of the Brock/Kolla mysteries and one of the more difficult for me to track down. I finally located a copy in Kinokuniya, Sydney but discovered more recently that most of the series is available as e-books. If you’re familiar with the series (I only have two more books... Continue Reading →

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante

I must say that I don’t take a lot of notice of the titles of Lynda La Plante’s DI Anna Travis novels, as I don’t think they usually relate to the actual novel. I suppose this book (the latest in the series) does, but you wouldn’t make the link until the end. This book is... Continue Reading →

Babel by Barry Maitland

Babel was the last Brock and Kolla novel I had in my TBR stash. I was quite sad about this, as Maitland writes fantastic British crime novels from the perspective of detectives David Brock and Kathy Kolla. I’ve read the majority now (completely out of order) and I can confidently say that they are the best British... Continue Reading →

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