Tag: crime

BOOK REVIEW: Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour

There are few better ways for the crime writer to investigate the complexities of character than through a spy: a spy creates their character much like an author does, trying to inhabit their character whilst maintaining their authenticity. A spy has to create a persona that is believable and consistent to the point that they

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Old friends, isolated locations and secrets abound in this atmospheric and gripping murder mystery reminiscent of many an Agatha Christie. They go away every year together to celebrate the New Year. Seven old friends off to explore the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. This year only six will come back. I haven’t read a thriller

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BOOK REVIEW: Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

In Germany 1934 the last place you’d look for a fifteen-year-old Jewish girl is in a Hitler worshipping all girls school, but that is exactly where you should look in Matthew Killeen’s Orphan Monster Spy. Killeen delivers a tense, frightening young adult novel steeped in a terrible chapter of world history. Orphan Monster Spy opens

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BOOK REVIEW: Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

This is Olivia Kiernan’s debut crime novel and I found her writing style very pleasant and easy to read. The introduction to the plot was interesting….. A young woman Dr Estelle Costello, a University Lecturer is found dead at her home. Initially it looks to be suicide, by hanging; however Frankie Sheehan – Detective Chief

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BOOK REVIEW: The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver, is an international bestselling author and has won many accolades for his work, including the Lincoln Rhyme Thrillers such as this. His writing style is easy to read and sucks you in – in an instant. A violent torture and murder of a diamond cutter, an engaged couple collecting their ring and a

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BOOK REVIEW: The Outsider by Stephen King

Well what can be said about Stephen King that hasn’t already been said? Not a lot really, an author of over 50 books all of which are bestsellers. The master of horror has turned his hand masterfully to the crime writing genre most recently in Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. Wrapping his

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BOOK REVIEW: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

For those pitching a book It can be helpful to reduce the essence of your story into one catchy tagline; one that will grab everyone’s attention and deliver a summery both alluring and precise enough so that an agent might take it on, an editor might want to invest in it and the reader might

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BOOK REVIEW: Scorched Earth by David Mark

David Mark is an established writer, with a number of Detective McAvoy novels preceding this one. This book is not for the faint hearted: with a violent murder within the first few pages with minute observation to detail. Mark doesn’t hold back to entrap the reader and I found I was gripped and connected to

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BOOK REVIEW: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

‘NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS THE TRUTH’ Some of you may already be swooning and adoring fan of the actress, Krysten Ritter. If so, you’re probably not going to need to read this review to decide whether to give it a read or not. However, if you are as unaware of the ‘Jessica Jones’ and

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FILM REVIEW: The Third Murder

As I was walking to the train station with my girlfriend the other day, I turned to her and said, “Hey, remember that I’m going out tonight, so I’ll get something to eat in town.” She looked at me with the cold-stink eye. It was so cold that later I’d need to phone my optician

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