Crime/Mystery

Crime/Mystery

The Island by Adrian McKinty

Reviewed by Rod McLary A common trope in thrillers and horror stories is the characters embroiled in a situation beyond their imagining and beyond their initial ability to protect themselves.  One need only consider Deliverance by James Dickey where four city men on a canoe trip in the Georgian wilderness are set upon by two

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The Curfew by T. M. Logan

Reviewed by Rod McLary This is a new author for me even though he has written six books now and each one has been successful.  It is always a positive to find someone new and one whom you can enjoyably read through his/her back catalogue. The genre of crime/thriller is perhaps one of the most

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The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews

Reviewed by Gerard Healy A very interesting tale, set mainly in the 1640s, of witchcraft, murder and deceit in Norfolk, England. The first-time author, Rosie Andrews, has done a fine job of weaving together a mystery yarn with engaging characters and authentic-sounding details of life at this turbulent time in English history. The story pivots

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Banjawarn by Josh Kemp

Reviewed by Rod McLary Gothic literature has been part of the literary canon since the eighteenth century.  Common elements include dark and picturesque scenery, startling and melodramatic literary devices and an overall feeling of mystery, fear and dread.  A further element – especially apposite in relation to this novel – is the intrusion of the

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Those Who Perish by Emma Viskic

Reviewed by Rod McLary Those Who Perish is the fourth in the award-winning Caleb Zelic series.  Two of the earlier books [And Fire Came Down and Darkness for Light] have been favourably reviewed in these pages.  For those readers new to the books, Caleb is profoundly deaf from contracting meningitis as a five-year-old.  He is

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The Game by Scott Kershaw

Reviewed by Ian Lipke The premise of this book is simple: to save your loved one’s life, you have to play and win the game. Across the globe five strangers receive a horrifying message, texted from a number unfamiliar to them. The message makes clear that the person loved most is in danger. ‘To save

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Remember Me by Charity Norman

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Charity Norman was born in Uganda but spent her early years in Yorkshire and Birmingham. She has set this story in New Zealand where she moved her own family in search of a more inclusive family lifestyle. This sentiment finds a place in the book, Remember Me, as it highlights family

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Those of you old enough to remember Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca will welcome Colleen Hoover’s latest book, the impeccable and intoxicating Verity. While Rebecca was scary, Verity goes beyond what human nerves were meant to bear. The premise is simple enough. A cash-strapped author is offered the opportunity to complete the

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Abandoned in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Ian Lipke My library holds a total of fifty-four books written by J.D. Robb, a pseudonym of Nora Roberts, and seventy-six under her real name. I know that I do not hold her complete oeuvre. Her books appear at an average rate of one each six months. Writing for this author approaches disease

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Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

Reviewed by Ian Lipke I received a present this week, an unexpected delight, a treasure – the latest book by Elizabeth George, the undisputed queen of crime fiction. The volume I received was Something to Hide, an Inspector Peter Lynley / Sergeant Barbara Havers story that is labelled No 21 in this sequence. Similar to

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She and I by Hannah King

Reviewed by Rod McLary She and I is the first novel by young Irish author Hannah King.  Part psychological thriller and part crime novel, the story is set in a small town in Northern Ireland.  Keeley Mackley and Jude Jameson are best friends and have been since early childhood.  They live opposite each other in

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All Or Nothing by Ollie Ollerton

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Alcoholic tough guy on a revenge mission is not my trope of choice. However, Ollie Ollerton’s jaunty writing style somewhat softened the testosterone-fuelled violence as the protagonist of All or Nothing, Alex Abbott, wrought retribution on a network of pedophiles.  From the first line, I was hooked:  On the carpet lay

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Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell

Reviewed by Rod McLary At the outset, I should declare that I have read almost all the Dr Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell.  Consequently, I come to this review with a slight bias in the author’s favour.  However, to balance that bias, I consider that not all the Scarpetta novels are equal – some

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The Russian Wife by Barry Maitland

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Thrillers, that supremely popular of fiction genres, produce such an array of title that a book must be outstanding in order to captivate the discerning reader.  Barry Maitland has written more than a dozen books which mostly feature David Brock and his respected colleague, Kathy Kolla. From The Marx Sisters, his

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Canticle Creek by Adrian Hyland

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Jesse Redpath is a policewoman in a small Northern Territory town that services a vast, geographical district. She knows her people, their strengths and weaknesses. When she hears that a former member of her town Adam Lawson has murdered Daisy Baker and then killed himself in a car crash on a

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