Reviewed by Rod McLary Kathy Reichs has now written twenty novels featuring Temperance Brennan – more informally called Tempe. In common with her creator, Tempe is a forensic anthropologist and a good part of the novels centres on scientific matters. Tempe works with the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médicine Légale in Montreal or,
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Hard Case books have been designed to be short, and promote tales that do not hold back. No pretty metaphors appear to lighten the mood. If the story is about horror, then blood and nastiness is what one expects. If it is a crime story, a murder or two and large
Reviewed by Rod McLary There are now more than twenty Phryne Fisher novels all of which centre on Miss Fisher – ‘a most elegant and irrepressible sleuth’. However, this most recent publication is a collection of short stories featuring Miss Fisher who solves without too much difficulty a range of mysteries including lost children, lost
Reviewed by Ian Lipke A simple tale deliberately made complex. The plot is presented in two parts: the first part is said to have occurred in 1994 with the horrific murders of four people in the seaside town of Orphea. Two young policemen Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott were able to solve the case and
Reviewed by Ian Lipke If your taste is for action stories, this book is for you. It has a hero with all the martial arts skills that fifteen years of service among his country’s elite service people can teach him. Following a helicopter crash that killed his mates, our hero Vincent seeks the quiet life.
Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve In this absorbing novel, Emma Stonex has created a suspenseful tale where several characters are overshadowed by The Maiden, a tower style lighthouse built perilously on rocks, miles from Lands End, Cornwall. Their story is based on the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers, from a light, miles off the wild
Reviewed by Rod McLary The image used for the cover of this first novel by Kelli Hawkins depicts what at first glance seems like the garden of a luxurious home – second and third glances reveal bare feet in the swimming pool which may or may not belong to a body, and the not quite
Reviewed by Ian Lipke This is a page turner! A gentle easing into a complex story, a story of friendship and betrayal, of power misused and innocence scuttled. The ideas on which the story builds are simple but are manipulated so well that the reader is immersed in mystery as dense as a London fog.
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Experienced reviewers of the ‘in Death’ series know there will be blood, that Eve Dallas will be up to her elbows in it, that the faithful Peabody will be dancing to keep the blood from her pink boots, that McNab, the electronics wizard will be doing mysterious things, while Roarke will
Reviewed by Rod McLary The Spiral is a very appropriate title for this book given the word’s association with vortexes and whirlpools and the sense of being drawn down into the unknown. Beginning this book is very much like embarking on a journey into the deep recesses of the mind where – to continue the
Reviewed by Wendy Lipke For those readers who enjoy the intricacies of solving a crime, Lee Christine’s latest book, Crackenback, is a puzzle worth investigating. The author has followed police procedures and investigative knowledge to gather information from a diverse range of places and situations. Each new piece of relevance is revealed until the reader
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites gave her readers a bleak, contrasty, horror-filled tale set in an unforgiving Arctic landscape, peopled by men and women as unbending as a frosty mountain spur. Now Will Dean, who lives in Sweden, has written a tale in the same vein, but set this time
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Michael Brissenden: Output: two novels; Quality: awesome. Brissenden’s latest novel is a gem – an intellectually stimulating, satisfying, emotionally engaging crime and politics novel that attaches to the brain and, like some rabid dog, never lets go, until its provocative ending. The novel opens with a dramatic scene involving a hunted
Reviewed by Rod McLary Shiver is an apposite title for this debut novel by Allie Reynolds – evoking as it does fear, terror, fright, sexual tension and suspense. Set in the French Alps, the novel sets out a short period of time in the lives of eight young people – Milla, Curtis, Brent, Saskia, Heather,
Reviewed by Ian Lipke To the ordinary reader the world of espionage is a world of mysterious characters, with extreme action and danger at every turn. Reading The Frenchman is an exciting experience that does little to dispel our preconceptions. The book’s structure is simple indeed. It consists of a series of episodes linked together