The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

I became a Jeffery Deaver fan by total happenstance, which isn’t something you can say about most authors. Back around 2007, when I was a student at Edinburgh University, I wandered into my local Waterstones and happened to hit the very tail end of a signing for The Sleeping Doll – the first in Deaver’s […]

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The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

The Steel Kiss is the first Jeffery Deaver book I’ve read in too long a while. Having first come to Mr. Deaver’s writing through his excellent short story collections (Twisted and More Twisted), I’m also technically six books into the Lincoln Rhyme series. But when The Steel Kiss, twelfth in the series, showed up as […]

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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

I took a chance on Six Stories with only the vaguest impression of what to expect, and I’m very glad I did. It’s not often I splurge my monthly Audible credit on something I’ve never heard of, but this well and truly hit the mark. Stylised like a serial podcast, with small interconnecting sections referencing […]

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Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

“If I ever get to rate this kidnapping on TripAdvisor, I’ll give it four stars instead of three.” Did You See Melody? is such a good thriller. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Sophie Hannah’s Culver Valley series – mostly because she can write a damn good plot, but her regular characters are frequently insufferable. […]

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Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

Helter Skelter was so interesting. I’d never really read any true crime before last year (when I went through a fairly intense Simpson trial phase). But after picking up on a lot of hype for The Girls by Emma Cline, combined with a recommendation from a colleague, I ended up spending an interesting fortnight engrossed […]

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Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Alas, Moriarty was nowhere near as good as its predecessor, The House of Silk. While the first book resounded with the ring of Holmesian authenticity, from Watson’s narration to the fiendishly clever plot, Moriarty fails to deliver an authentic Conan Doyle experience. It’s clearly not the case that Horowitz can’t pen a Sherlock story, as […]

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