Suspense

The North Water was one of the titles from last year’s Man Booker Prize long list and I was impressed. This is an excellent piece of historical fiction, which crosses the boundaries into the thriller genre. It works equally well in both. Having finished the book, I reflected on why I enjoyed it so much… Read More

Magpie Murders is the latest novel written by Anthony Horowitz, the acclaimed author of the Alex Rider and The Power of Five series. “Magpie Murders” is also the name of the mystery novel within Horowitz’s novel, written by Alan Conway. “Magpie Murders” is Conway’s final book in his Atticus Pünd detective series, which are set… Read More

The day begins like any other Saturday - a shower, coffee, breakfast. But suddenly, all hell breaks lose in the small town of Promise Falls. People are dying in the streets and the hospital is completely overwhelmed. Detective Barry Duckworth is already investigating two murders and an explosion. He starts to wonder about the crimes… Read More

If you’re looking for a gripping thriller with a twist of romance then Karen Rose’s latest book Every Dark Corner is for you. It’s satisfying to spend time with a complex and competent female heroine and Agent Kate Coppola has all the attributes often reserved for male characters in thrillers. She’s a crack shot, fearless… Read More

John le Carré has something of a reputation for not liking to give interviews, so these “Stories from My Life” go some way to redressing the balance, providing an insight into both his life and his writing. This is an excellent book on lots of levels. It is very well written, with both compassion and… Read More

I have never read any of Lisa Jewell’s books before, although I can see there are thirteen other novels before this one. I enjoyed her style. It is easy and chatty and she creates characters that you like and feel empathy for. I also like the way that she plotted this story, always keeping the… Read More

One of the many pieces of famous advice that has been given to writers over time is to “write what you know”, which in the case of Ian Austin’s novel The Agency is one of those instances where such advice has resulted in the creation of an intelligent foray into crime fiction. As an ex-detective… Read More

There is no doubt that Patricia Highsmith was one of those enigmatic, hard-to-pin-down authors, who hated being labelled a “crime writer”. An author of numerous psychological thrillers and mysteries, including the Tom Ripley series, and Strangers on a Train - which was famously adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock – Highsmith is known for her… Read More

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