mystery

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

This was quite simply a roller coaster of a novel. It has everything that is needed from a good psychological thriller. None of us react well when there are too many rules, but when an architect creates hundred of rules about how to live in one of the houses he built, there are only a… 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

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

Heroes, hoboes, homies and hamburger haters come together in Spitshine, the third collection of short stories by New Zealand author Michael Botur. Botur works as a casual journalist and copywriter, and his work has been published in a variety of newspapers. His poetry and fiction has been published in a number of New Zealand journals. Spitshine features 16… Read More

I have always enjoyed fiction that portrays ordinary life while encompassing a touch of the extraordinary. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, and Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, are two that instantly spring to mind – and yes, as you might be able to tell from these examples, I also adore food-based novels. In screenwriter… Read More

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