Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“The Great Silence” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

“The monsters in our lives don’t look like monsters, horns and slavering fangs. The worst deeds in the world are done by people who like like any of us.” We pick up one year after the events of the second … Continue reading

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“The Well of Ice” by Andrea Carter – Book Review

This novel, the third in a series set in Inishowen, is a well written mystery with likeable characters.  The protagonist is Ben O’Keeffe a country solicitor.  Her law practice is the most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland. ‘Ben’ is short … Continue reading

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“A Gingerbread House” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Kate and Gail – two middle-aged sisters. Sisters who are insane – and looking for another sister…    Kate is 54 and very skilled in all matters IT. She uses these skills to lure vulnerable and somewhat naive women to her … Continue reading

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“Bring Her Home” by S.A. Dunphy – Book Review

Jessie Boyle – is a 45 year old perfectionist, who works as a Criminal Behaviourist, and has just lost her lover and partner in a brutal, barbaric, crime. Reeling from her loss, she resigns from her job with the London … Continue reading

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“Under Violent Skies” by Judi Daykin – Book Review

Detective Sergeant Sara Hirst is a city girl. Single, in her mid-thirties, she has recently moved to Norfolk from her position with the London Metropolitan Police. Her reasons for the move were two-fold. She wanted to find her birth-father (who … Continue reading

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“The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell – Book Review

2017 – Kim is an attractive woman of thirty-nine who is a grandmother of a one year old named Noah. She lives in a modest house in the Surrey Hills with her teenage daughter Tallulah (the baby’s mother), and her … Continue reading

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“Murder, Forgotten” by Deb Richardson-Moore – Book Review

Julianna Burke is a renowned mystery novelist who divides her time between her Scottish stone house on the North Sea, and her South Carolina beach house on the Atlantic Ocean. Now, at age 58, she has recently been widowed. Her … Continue reading

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“Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

DI Paton is 48 years old and married to Wendy, who suffers from severe depression. He is the father to a teenage boy named Tommy who has Down’s Syndrome. Paton has recently moved to Perthshire, Scotland from England and is … Continue reading

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“Bitter Edge” by Rachel Lynch – Book Review

DI Kelly Porter is faced with an important case in this, the fourth novel in the series. Jenna Fraser, a sixteen year old athlete, has jumped from a cliff in the Peaks. With everything to live for, Kelly is distraught … Continue reading

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“An Eye For An Eye” by Carol Wyer – Book Review

D.I. Kate Young – is in her mid-thirties and heads a specialized crime unit for the Staffordshire Police based in Stoke-On-Trent. Earlier in the year Kate underwent a very traumatic experience when a gunman opened fire in a train resulting … Continue reading

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“Shallow Ground” by Andy Maslen – Book Review

Set in and around Salisbury in Wiltshire, England, this novel introduces the Detective Inspector Henry Ford police procedural series. D.I. Henry Ford – newly promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector, Ford is keen to prove that he has earned … Continue reading

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“The Hidden Hours” by Sara Foster – Book Review

“Memory’s a bit short of kindness at times isn’t it? If you’re not careful, it can discard the good stuff and make the bad bits a little too important.” “The Hidden Hours” is a story told via dual timelines. Eleanor … Continue reading

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“In Dark Water” by Lynne McEwan – Book Review

Detective Inspector Shona Oliver is a busy woman with many irons in the fire. Recently moved to Dumfries, Scotland from London, she is married and the mother of a teenage daughter. She lives in a beautiful location overlooking the Solway … Continue reading

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“Sarah’s List” by Elizabeth Gunn – Book Review

This is the seventh installment in the Sarah Burke police procedural series set in Tucson, Arizona. Though I did not read any of the previous titles, the author included enough of the back story that “Sarah’s List” read well as … Continue reading

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20 Questions with mystery author Tina DeBellegarde #AuthorInterview @tdbwrites @levelbestbooks

1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your debut mystery novel “Winter Witness”, and I’m eager now to read the second book in the series. Congratulations on the positive reviews. What is the most rewarding thing about your writing journey so far? … Continue reading

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