The End of the Wasp Season (Alex Morrow, #2)
3.83
really liked it
A young woman is awoken in the home of her recently departed mother by a couple of teenage boys who seem to have a bone to pick with her. Though it so ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Rumble Fish
3.78
it was amazing
Things in life don’t come with equal weight. The biggest and heaviest impacts are when an event or a moment grab a life that is completely and utterly ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 30, 2013
 
GBH
3.64
it was amazing
GBH is an assault on the senses.

The protagonist’s life is split into two alternating sections, The Smoke and The Sea.

In The Smoke, we’re in the past.
...more
Jul 2016
Aug 10, 2016
 
Katja from the Punk Band
3.74
it was amazing
How often do you pick up a book and take an instant shine to it? Feel that you're reading something the likes of which you've not come across before? ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Cold London Blues
4.47
it was amazing
'If the viewing public have any taste at all, 'Roman Dalton - Werewolf PI' will be a smash hit.'

It's a bank holiday. You're looking for something to r
...more
not set
Sep 24, 2017
 
The Yellow Dog (Maigret #6)
3.64
really liked it
In The Yellow Dog (US), Superintendent Maigret is sent to investigate a shooting in a small coastal town in France. It’s not long before there are oth ...more
May 2015
May 07, 2015
 
The Friend of Madame Maigret (Maigret #34)
3.78
really liked it
Following an anonymous tip-off, human teeth are found in the incinerator of a bookbinder in Paris. It’s puzzling given that the bookbinder and his wif ...more
not set
Jul 31, 2017
 
Dig Ten Graves
4.40
it was amazing
I feel like I should cut to the chase for Dig Ten Graves. Write BUY IT and leave it at that.


I'm seriously tempted. Let the book talk for itself.


That's
...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus, #19)
4.11
it was amazing
The latest Rebus novel is a real treat. The tagline on the cover reads ‘Saint or Sinner?’ and we all know there’s no easy answer to that one. It’s his ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 25, 2014
 
Three Kinds of Fool
4.31
it was amazing
‘He tried to remember his insurance deductible, but that felt too regular and he crushed the thought like an insect.’

Jess Forsyth is the kind of chara
...more
Sep 2016
Oct 25, 2016
 
Beastings
4.23
it was amazing
When I snuff you out I will cover the heavens and all the stars will darken said the priest. And that’ll learn you.

Beastings is a mighty read. Even on
...more
Nov 2016
Nov 20, 2016
 
Already Gone
3.45
really liked it
One of my favourite life-changing incidents in books is in Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Guy wakes up and he’s a beetle. Genius.

There’s a great life-changer
...more
Jul 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
Donnybrook
3.75
it was amazing
I received my copy of Donnybrook as an advanced review copy from William Heinemann and was very excited to find it in the post on the day it arrived.

M
...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
 
Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd, #7)
4.24
it was amazing
Rough Justice is a brilliant read. It offers the entertainment and distraction that I like to find in a thriller, but it also had me thinking about a ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson (Barney Thomson, #1)
3.68
it was amazing
Man walks into a barber's. Asks for a Tony Curtis. Falls asleep as the barber sets to work. When he wakes up, he's bald as Yul Brynner. "I asked for a ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
3.88
really liked it
You might find this difficult to believe, but until this weekend I'd never knowingly read an Agatha Christie novel.

I was in a youth hostel, had finish
...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
3.88
it was amazing
'Hypothermia' is well named. There’s something chilling about the investigations of Detective Erlendur that runs from the first page right through to ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
The James Deans (Moe Prager, #3)
3.97
it was amazing
“Dinner was okay, if you were fond of starvation. 10-9-8’s chef’s favourite ingredient seemed to be big, mostly empty plates. Clearly, he had read too ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
 
The Trinity Game (Daniel Byrne #1)
3.68
it was amazing
‘The Trinity Game’ is a slick read that had me gripped from close to the opening. To begin, there is an assassination attempt and from there, we skip ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
The Good Son (J. McNee, #1)
3.29
it was amazing
McNee. That’s his name, don’t wear it out. The name used by his wife, her family and his police colleagues. At least that’s what his wife called him b ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 03, 2011
 
Crooked Roads
4.06
really liked it
A feast of stories here. Crime may be the thing they have in common, but those crimes are presented in diverse forms. There’s some revenge, reactions ...more
Jul 2015
Aug 14, 2015
 
Castle Danger - Woman on Ice (The Duluth Files Book 1)
4.45
it was amazing
Anthony Neil Smith is a fine writer. I’m a fan, as you’ll know from previous reviews. The thing that I’ve come to expect from him is the unexpected. H ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2017
 
The Motel Life
3.90
it was amazing
‘Bad luck, it falls upon people every day. It’s one of the only certain truths. It’s always on deck, it’s always just waiting. The worst thing, the th ...more
May 2014
May 21, 2014
 
Fat City
4.10
it was amazing
‘At one time he had believed the nineteen-fifties would bring him to greatness. Now they were almost at an end and he was through.’
Fat City centres up
...more
Jan 2016
Jan 14, 2016
 
April Skies
4.31
it was amazing
'Ronnie Swordfish getting killed has got me radar bangin through the roof, like all them eyes I see in the shadows, everywhere I go, they're all opene ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 22, 2016
 
Of Blondes and Bullets
4.42
really liked it
A new publisher really needs to hit the ground running with their first book. With Of Blondes And Bullets by Michael Young, Number Thirteen Press cert ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 15, 2014
 
How I Learned to Sing
4.50
it was amazing
The short version of this review might read:

When I began reading How I Learned To Sing, I decided that I’d mark all the pages I really enjoyed. It was
...more
Jun 2015
Jun 25, 2015
 
Morvern Callar
3.68
liked it
‘He’d cut His throat with the knife. He’d nearly chopped off His hand with the meat cleaver. He couldn’t object, so I lit a Silk Cut.’

The opening to M
...more
Aug 2015
Sep 10, 2015
 
Uncle Dust
3.63
it was amazing
“After enough beers, a leather jacket makes a fine blanket.”
This book grabbed my attention immediately. The cover’s fantastic. The title is superb. Th
...more
Feb 2015
Feb 13, 2015
 
The Night and the Music
4.09
really liked it
Last week I sat down to watch the movie A Walk Among The Tombstones with my wife and my dad. My wife didn’t manage to stay long – the level of violenc ...more
Jan 2015
Sep 10, 2015
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