Amour: How the French Talk About Love by Stefania Rousselle – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 23 January 2020 Source – review copy Award-winning journalist and documentary maker Stefania Rousselle had stopped believing in love. She had covered a series of bleak assignments, from terrorist attacks to the rise of the far right. Her relationship had fallen apart. Her faith in humanity was shaken. She…

The Burning Men by Will Schindler – review

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publication date – 6 February 2020 Source – review copy When a development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window. They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak…

Highfire by Eoin Colfer – review

Published by Jo Fletcher Publication date – 28 January 2020 Source – review copy Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton…

The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley – review

Published by Scholastic Publication date – 1 November 2019 Source – library copy Hee haw! Say hello to the Wonky Donkey’s daughter! Hurray – it’s finally here: the laugh-out-loud follow-up to viral sensation The Wonky Donkey. But this time, your hee-hawing hero isn’t alone. The Wonky Donkey now has a stinky-punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky-funky blinky-dinky…

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 9 January 2020 Source – review copy Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare. Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle,…

Black Summer by M. W. Craven – review

Published by Constable Publication date – 12 December 2019 Source – review copy Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant…

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 18 April 2019 Source – review copy Guilty? A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence. Not guilty? DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined…

The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton – review

Published by Eye and Lightening Publication date – 28 November 2019 Source – review copy On a blazing hot summer’s day, holidaymakers at a guesthouse on a Norwegian island are shocked to discover that a fellow guest has been found murdered on a desolate plain. The nameless narrator, an author, was the last person to…

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis – review

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publication date – 7 November 2019 Source – review copy Yorkshire, 1845 A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the…

Dead Lions by Mick Herron – review

Published by John Murray (Soho Crime in the US) Publication date 8 October 2015 (UK) 7 May 2013 (US) Source – library copy Dickie Bow is not an obvious target for assassination. But once a spook, always a spook. And Dickie was a talented streetwalker back in the day, before he turned up dead on…