Category Archives: 1st in series

“Block 46” by Johana Gustawsson – Book Review

“Outstanding, devastating, and memorable crime fiction” Originally written in French, it is brilliantly and seamlessly translated by Maxim Jakubowski.  The blurb: In Falkenberg Sweden, the mutilated body of a talented young jewelry designer Linnéa Blix is found in a snow-swept … Continue reading

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“Sweet Little Lies” by Caz Frear – Book Review

“Problem is, while the lie may be sweet as it falls from your lips, the feeling in your gut is always putridly sour. And almost always bang-on.” “I’ve spent most of my life, not exactly sure in the belief, but … Continue reading

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“The Greenway” by Jane A. Adams – Book Review

Cassie Maltham, her husband Fergus, and another couple are vacationing in rural Norfolk. The holiday is an experiment of sorts. Fergus thinks that coming back here will be therapeutic for Cassie, who experienced a childhood trauma in the area.  Twenty … Continue reading

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Police Procedural series I want to start – Part III

I can’t help myself. Police procedurals, particularly those set in the United Kingdom, are probably my favourite type of read.  Part 1 and 2 of this blog series was SO rewarding, that I thought I’d give it another go. The … Continue reading

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“Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields – Book Review

A while back, I polled my followers so that YOU could pick which police procedural series I should begin next. The first poll was a resounding success with the recommendation of “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. This second poll … Continue reading

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“Madam Tulip” by David Ahern – Book Review

Twenty-something Derry O’Donnell is an out-of-work actress.  With bills to pay, and talent to use, she is frustrated that her agent seems to have forgotten her phone number.  When Derry and her friend Bella (another out-of-work actress) put their heads … Continue reading

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“Dead Simple” by Peter James – Book Review

Six young men in their late twenties. Friends since their early teens, their natural leader is the charismatic, handsome, and wealthy Michael Harrison.  Michael Harrison is a prankster who has pulled some stunts on them over the years – some … Continue reading

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Excited to learn Ann Cleeves has a new series!

One of my favourite crime fiction authors, Ann Cleeves, has begun a new series! Rejoice!  Best known for her Shetland novels and her Vera novels, this time Cleeves’ introduces Detective Matthew Venn in The Two Rivers Series. The blurb: In … Continue reading

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Winner of my second Police Procedural series poll

I found that polling you guys for my next police procedural read was a huge success the first time. I read the first poll winner “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood and loved it. SO… I decided to do it … Continue reading

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“Salt Lane” by William Shaw – Book Review

I loved this author’s “The Birdwatcher” so much that I just had to read this title which features Detective Sergeant Cupidi of the Serious Crimes Directorate in Kent. Alexandra Cupidi has moved to Kent from London where she worked for … Continue reading

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“Silent Scream” by Angela Marsons – Book Review #MarsonsOfTheMonth

For some time now I have noticed that the D.I. Kim Stone series has been highly praised by my fellow book bloggers. Therefore, I decided that despite my lengthy TBR, I would read the series in its entirety, one title … Continue reading

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“The Dark Lake” by Sarah Bailey – Book Review

BLURB: The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty … Continue reading

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Police Procedural series I want to start – Part II

I can’t help myself. Police procedurals, particularly those set in the United Kingdom, are probably my favourite type of read.  Part I of this blog series was SO rewarding, that I thought I’d give it another go. Last time, the … Continue reading

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“Ice Lake” a crime thriller by John A. Lenahan – Book Review

A compelling thriller with an environmental edge. “Ice Lake” is the first novel in the series featuring Harry Cull, a personable ex-cop whose career has morphed into detecting whether a person is lying… or not. He is a consultant psychologist, … Continue reading

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“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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