Category Archives: Novellas

“Rizzio” by Denise Mina – Book Review

A young Mary Queen of Scots witnesses the brutal murder of her private secretary David Rizzio during the bloody coup of Holyrood Palace in March of 1566. Ever since reading the brilliant crime trilogy ‘Garnethill‘ several years ago, I have … Continue reading

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“The Salt Fields” by Stacy D. Flood – Book Review

“There’s salt all over Carolina, salt from tears and blood and the dead. It’s in every riverbed and blade of grass.” “The whole South ain’t nothing but a scar with some salt on it.” 1947 – Minister Peters has had … Continue reading

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“Here She Lies” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

Prequel novella to the novel “Blood Loss” which introduces DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy. Harry was nineteen when his mother died. His sister Stacie was ten. Feeling unable to cope with acting as parent, Stacie was put into … Continue reading

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“Valentine’s Day at the Star and Sixpence” by Holly Hepburn – Book Review

I’ve been reading a lot of crime fiction lately and thought I’d take a wee break by reading this charming, seasonal novella. I met the protagonists when I read the Christmas novella “Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” and thought … Continue reading

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“In the Sweep of the Bay” by Cath Barton – Book Review

Ted and Irene Marshall – married in the 1950s when social and gender roles were much different than they are today.  The first blush of young love every so gradually dissipating with the drudgery of everyday life’s routines, and disappointments. … Continue reading

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“A Winterfold Christmas” by Harriet Evans – Book Review

Way back in the summer of 2015 I read this author’s “A Place for Us” and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I realized that this novella featured the same family and characters I was keen to read it. It was lovely … Continue reading

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“Little Lies” by Heather Gudenkauf – Book Review

Social worker Ellen Moore is a busy, busy woman. Married, with two young children and an infant, her time and her sleep is precious. When she gets a call in the early hours, she knows that the day won’t end … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Edge of the World” by Kate Hewitt – Book Review

Laurel West is thirty-five years old. She lives in York with her cat Mistral for company. She hasn’t given up on love exactly, but she is content with her life. When Laurel’s sister contacts her with a plea to look … Continue reading

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Q&A with Jeff Richards author of “Lady Killer” – Guest Post #authorinterview

“Lady Killer” by Jeff Richards Published 2019 by Main Street Rag ISBN 9781599487380 Blurb: Mitch Lovett, a recently divorced father of two, wasn’t looking for anything serious—but when he fooled around with an old friend, Dee Wynn, serious was what … Continue reading

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“The Sea Glass Sisters” by Lisa Wingate – Book Review

The prequel novella which introduces the Carolina Heirlooms series. Elizabeth Gallagher is a 911 operator. Blaming herself for an on-the-job mistake, she has lost confidence in her ability and feels guilty about the outcome of the case. Elizabeth’s guilt is … Continue reading

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“Rides the Stranger” by David Bell – Book Review #bibliomysteries

Open Road Media have published a series of Bibliomysteries (Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors).  I have read four of them so far.  The first one I read and enjoyed was by Elizabeth George called “The mysterious … 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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“Brainstorm” by Matthew Drzmala – Book Review

BLURB: Clinical psychologist Michael Eriksson makes a living from helping others, but after a series of events he is left fighting to pick up the pieces of his own shattered psyche. When he is called to an attempted suicide on … Continue reading

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“Left for dead” by Jane Casey

For some time now, this police procedural mystery series by Jane Casey has been on my radar.  I thought I’d finally give in to my desire to read it by beginning with the series prequel novella that introduces the protagonist, … Continue reading

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“Three weeks dead” by Rebecca Bradley – Book Review

We join the protagonist DC Sally Poynter as she has just been recruited to the Major Crime Unit of the Nottingham Police. Still insecure and feeling her way, she is attempting to settle in with the team.  Most are welcoming, … Continue reading

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