Category Archives: 1st in series

“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 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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“A Dead Man’s Eyes” by Lori Duffy Foster – Book Review

Lisa Jamison – an investigative journalist in her hometown of Seneca Springs, New York. She is only in her early thirties, but has a sixteen year old daughter, whom she adores. She was a teenage runaway who became pregnant at … Continue reading

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“Long Shadows” by Derek Thompson – Book Review

Book 1 in the Detective Craig Wild police procedural mystery series set in Wiltshire. Detective Sergeant Craig Wild is in his late thirties and has recently moved from London to rural Wiltshire. He has landed in a small community rife … Continue reading

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“In The Silence” by M.R. Mackenzie – Book Review

Anna Scavolini is an academic who works in Rome as a university lecturer and holds a doctorate in feminist criminology. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland she left for Rome after she left school. Anna is short, single and … Continue reading

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#NewBook on my radar – “The Blue Bar” by Damyanti Biswas #TheBlueBar @damyantig #BlueMumbaiThriller

Now on Edelweiss & available soon on NetGalley, and published by Thomas & Mercer, “The Blue Bar” is a crime thriller/police procedural set in Mumbai, India. Anticipated publication date is October 25, 2022. The subtitle: A Blue Mumbai Thriller hints … Continue reading

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“Twelve Secrets” by Robert Gold – Book Review

“Secrets are a dangerous thing” Ben Harper – is in his mid-thirties and is a prize winning investigative journalist. When he was just eight years old, his older brother was murdered. His father made himself scarce, so it was just … Continue reading

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“Cold As Hell” by Lilja Sigurðardóttir – Book Review

When Áróra returns to her birthplace, Iceland, she does so under duress – at the behest of her mother. Her sister, Ísafold, has disappeared and her mother wants Áróra to find her. Áróra has been back to Iceland many times … Continue reading

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