Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“The Missing Years” by Lexie Elliott – Book Review

It has been twenty-seven years since Ailsa Calder lived in the Manse. Located in rural Scotland, the Manse has a varied and dark history.  Now, with the recent death of her mother, she has inherited half of this personality-filled house. … Continue reading

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“River Bodies” by Karen Katchur – #BookReview #RiverBodies @karenkatchur

Autumn in small town America. The leaves on the trees are showing off their best colors, but the people perhaps are not… There has been a brutal murder on the banks of the Delaware River, and the people of the … Continue reading

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“Why She Ran” by Geraldine Hogan – Book Review

Eleanor Marshall, a troubled teenager witnesses a brutal murder and goes on the run to escape from the confines of Curlew Hall, the facility where she resides with other ‘problem’ teens. The main issue for the police is that not … Continue reading

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“Death by Dark Waters” by Jo Allen – Book Review

“Meet DCI Jude Satterthwaite, the protagonist in a crime series set in the English Lake District. Serious, sharp and impatient, he’s a hero to some and Judas to others. Jude’s doing a job he loves in the county where he … Continue reading

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“The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves – Book Review

The first novel in a new series which introduces Detective Matthew Venn. Two Rivers book one. “Now he could hear the surf on the beach and the cry of a herring gull, the sound naturalists named the long call, the … Continue reading

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“Retriever of Souls” by Lorraine Mace – Book Review

Published by Accent Press    ISBN: 9781786156792    294 pages The killer in this novel gets sexual satisfaction from mortally harming prostitutes. A real ‘sicko’, his extremely unhealthy relationship with his mother has marred his life forevermore. He believes that … Continue reading

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“She Lies in Wait” by Gytha Lodge – Book Review @randomhouse

“Seven kids had bedded down thirty years ago but only six of them had got up in the morning”. When a rebellious young girl hides from her parents at a camping site in the Brinken Wood of the New Forest, … Continue reading

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“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard – Book Review

A small town in Upstate New York idyllic to the casual observer. Beautiful autumn foliage, stunning scenery, and an interesting history of witchcraft. Now the witchcraft is a tourist industry but the town still holds many dark secrets beneath the … Continue reading

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“Fatal Promise” 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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“Mosaic” by Caro Ramsay – Book Review

Megan Melvick is returning home to say goodbye to her dying sister. At only 28 years of age, her sister Melissa is dying of anorexia.  She arrives just in time… Next thing you know the family is planning Melissa’s funeral … Continue reading

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“Deadland” by William Shaw – Book Review

Alex Cupidi lives in the atmospheric locale of Dungeness in Kent. She works for the Kent Serious Crime Directorate. A single mother of a seventeen year old daughter, Zoë, Alex faces challenges in both her work and her home life. … Continue reading

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Pushkin Press presents…. Margaret Millar @PushkinPress

Vastly successful in her day, Margaret Millar has now largely fallen out of popular consumption. Her psychologically complex thrillers have some of the best realised characters and most emotionally brilliant writing of all twentieth century crime, earning her a stream … Continue reading

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“Sarah Jane” by James Sallis – Book Review

Sarah Jane has had a difficult and complex life to date. Born in the American South to poor parents whose relationship was dysfunctional, she had a troubled childhood. Her adolescence was tumultuous and ended with a court-ordered stint in the … Continue reading

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“Her Sister’s Bones” by Geraldine Hogan – Book Review

Twenty-five years ago, while Anna Fairley  was helping her mother peg out clothes on the line, Anna’s baby sister Janey, was taken from her pram in the front garden of their cottage. The case of the missing baby girl was … Continue reading

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“The Scholar” by Dervla McTiernan – Book Review

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. After almost a year, D.S. Cormac Reilly is still being ‘frozen out‘ of the good cases and relegated to the cold case files. His co-worker, D.S. Carrie O’Halloran, is meanwhile … Continue reading

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