Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“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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“The Fallen” by Michael Wood (series prequel novella)

BLURB: It’s Christmas in Sheffield. But not everyone is enjoying the festive season…A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. All signs point to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells – Book Review

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” post in quite a while so I thought it was high time I did another one. Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. Today I want to share … Continue reading

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“Murder at Hawthorn Cottage” by Betty Rowlands – Book Review

Melissa Craig is a mystery novelist in her mid-forties. Single, and the mother of a grown son, she has just moved from London into an isolated Cotswold cottage where she intends to write her next book. One of her other … Continue reading

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“The Body in the Dales” by J.R. Ellis

As a bona fide anglophile, books set in England always appeal to me. My mother was a war bride and I still have a lot of family in the ‘old country’. I’ve read all of the James Herriot books and … Continue reading

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Series titles every month – a plan for 2019

I borrowed this idea from fellow blogger Cathy Johnson of What Cathy read next. She made a commitment to read one title by John Buchan every month. She calls it her “Buchan of the Month” posts. I have SO MANY … Continue reading

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“For the Missing” by Lina Bengtsdotter #PublicationDay @orionbooks

“The award-winning, global bestselling Swedish crime debut about a missing girl, and the detective who must return home and confront her darkest secrets in order to find her.” Charlie (Charline) Lager is a police detective working in Stockholm for the … Continue reading

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“Dry Bones” by Sally Spencer

Last year I read “The Shivering Turn” which was the first in the Jennie Redhead series. With “Dry Bones” we revisit private investigator Jennie as she attempts to solve three murders which took place decades apart. For those who haven’t … Continue reading

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“The Stranger Diaries” by Elly Griffiths

In the beginning we meet Clare Cassidy, an attractive, divorced, school teacher and single mum living in West Sussex with her teenage daughter and much-loved dog. She teaches creative writing in the English Department of Talgarth High, the same school … Continue reading

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“Lies that Poison” by Amanda Fleet

Set on the outskirts of a quaint Yorkshire hamlet, this novel reads like a ‘cozy mystery’ at the beginning… but don’t be fooled. Tom Bowman is a professional baker who has just moved to the area. He has purchased the … Continue reading

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Police procedural series I want to start – Part 1

What am I like???  There are SO many wonderful and compelling series that I’ve already begun which I want to finish, SO many that I’m dying to pursue, WHY would I want to start more? It is a terminal sickness. … Continue reading

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“The Fourth Victim” by John Mead

Today I’m delighted to take part in the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour for John Mead’s mystery novel, “The Fourth Victim“.  It is a police procedural set in London’s Whitechapel, so it caught my interest right away. BLURB: Three parks, three deaths, … Continue reading

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