mystery

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

The blurb for Luke Devenish’s novel The Secret Heiress promises “a tale of dark shadows and extraordinary deception” amidst the 1886 Australian countryside.  Saturated with gothic stalwarts including a grand mysterious mansion, a handsome yet possibly devious lover, a crass and brooding valet and the enigmatic death of a beautiful heiress, the novel revolves around… Read More

In the peace and quiet of her own home in Devon, Justine Merrison devotes all her time and energy to doing absolutely nothing at all. Having left a high paced life with a fabulous career as a TV executive in London, she determinedly pursues a state of “inactivity” in the cosy nest of mundane domesticity… Read More

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