Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“In Bitter Chill” by Sarah Ward – Book Review

DC Connie Childs – is a policewoman with a tiny stature but with an attitude that more than makes up for it. She knows the Derbyshire area well because it is her home county. She works with her instincts and … Continue reading

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“Point Last Seen” by Christina Dodd – Book Review

“Last Seen in Gothic” series – Book ONE Adam Ramsdell – lives alone in the quirky hamlet of Gothic, California which is peopled by eccentrics, artists, and loners. He is somewhat taciturn and  a loner himself, so he fits right … Continue reading

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“The Companion” by Lesley Thomson – Book Review

“Murder slices through our best-kept secrets”. Power Fisheries has been a prominent business in Easthaven for generations. Now, with the business gone and both her parents dead, Freddie Power delivers seafood out of her van – she is the local … Continue reading

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“Unhinged” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

translated from the Norwegian by Megan Turney This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the third to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is 48 years old and a Detective Chief Inspector of the Homicide division … Continue reading

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“What Hides Beneath” (a D.C.I. Bone novella) – Book Review

This crime novella introduces D.C.I. Duncan Bone, a police officer working in the Campsie Fells area of Scotland. He is married to Alice, and has a three year old son. Bone drives a 1996 green Saab.The case – a body … Continue reading

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“Not Safe After Dark: and other stories” by Peter Robinson – Book Review

Anthology of 19 short, crime fiction stories + one DCI Banks novella: 1) Summer Rain (an Inspector Banks story) – a young American man goes into the police station saying he witnessed a crime in the 1960s. He believes in … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – May 17, 2022 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #TheCompanion @LesleyjmThomson @HoZ_Books

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday May 17, 2022 I … Continue reading

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“The Second Cut” by Louise Welsh – Book Review

“Going, going, going, gone!” Rilke is a 47 year old gay man who works as the head auctioneer for Glasgow’s Bowery Auction House. He describes himself in the book as “a man too tall, too thin, too cadaverous to look … Continue reading

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“The Dark Tide” by Simon McCleave – Book Review

Setting – Isle of Anglesey, in Wales, is 260 square miles of stunning scenery with mountains, lakes, and beaches. It is an island steeped in Arthurian legend, and folklore, with a dark history of Roman and Viking invasion. Laura Hart … Continue reading

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“In Cold Blood” by Jane Bettany – Book Review

“Sometimes the truth can be unpalatable”. Detective Inspector Isabel Blood – at fifty-six years old, Isabel has worked her way up through the ranks of the Derbyshire Police. She is happily married and is a mother of three, with only … Continue reading

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