The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date  – (orginal publication year 1920) Source – own copy Beware! Peril to the detective who says: It is so small it does not matter Everything matters.’ After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory….

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson – review

Published by Mantle Publication date – 24 January 2019 Source – review copy June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark. Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the…

And the Wind Sees All by Gudmundur Andri Thorsson – review

Published by Peirene Press Publication date – 30 September 2018 Source – review copy Translated from the Icelandic by Bjørg Arnadottir and Andrew Cauthery. In this story we hear the voices of an Icelandic fishing village. On a summer’s day a young woman in a polka-dot dress cycles down the main street. Her name is Kata and…

The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin – review

Published by Faber and Faber Publication date – 1 November 2018 Source – review copy Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing…

A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas – review

Published by Headline Publication date – 13 December 2018 Source – review copy Halley has been running from her problems for years. On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t. The only way…

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz – review

Published by Century Publication date – 1 November 2018 Source – review copy ‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…’ These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth…

The Intruder by P.S. Hogan – re-review

I’m cheating a little today by re-sharing a review. The Intruder by P.S. Hogan was previously released as A Pleasure and a Calling. In case you missed it the first time, here’s my thoughts on the book (which I have to say I still recall enjoying, and how creepy it was!) Published by Black Swan…

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,…