Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – review

Published by Riverrun Publication date – 5 April 2018 Source – review copy TOO SOON TO SEE Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanged in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide. TOO LATE TO HIDE DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately…

A Country Escape by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Century Publication date – 22 February 2018 Source – own copy Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old…

The Pocket Detective compiled by Kate Jackson – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 18th October 2018 Source – review copy Polish off your magnifying glass and step into the shoes of your favourite detectives as you unlock tantalising clues and solve intricate puzzles. There are over 100 criminally teasing challenges to be scrutinised, including word searches, anagrams, snapshot covers, and crosswords,…

Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 4 October 2018 Source – review copy On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She’s…

The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 August 2018 Source – review copy Originally published in 1932, this is the first Crime Classic novel written by an MP. And fittingly, the crime scene is within the House of Commons itself, in which a financier has been shot dead. Entreated by the financier’s daughter, a…

Perfect Prey by Helen Fields – review

Published by Avon Publication date – 27 July 2017 Source – review copy Welcome to Edinburgh. Murder capital of Europe. In the middle of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of…

The Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward – review

Published by Faber and Faber Publication date – 6 September 2018 Source – review copy The past won’t stay buried forever… November, 1957: Six teenage girls walk in the churning Derbyshire mists, the first chills of winter in the air. Their voices carrying across the fields, they follow the old train tracks into the dark…

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 13 February 2018 Source – review copy LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes he cannot solve alone. And in this case, where the scene of the murder is as baffling as it is brutal, the good doctor’s insight is crucial.There’s no spilled blood and no evidence…

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 26 July 2018 Source – review copy Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The…

She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox – review

Published by HQ Stories Publication date – 12 July 2018 Source – review copy She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body. Charly captures the formative…