A SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK

A Shooting at Chateau Rock by Martin WalkerEvery avid crime fiction reader has glaring gaps in their library, the Chief Inspector Bruno novels of Martin Walker are one of mine – until now. As the Dordogne mysteries reach a baker’s dozen I make my first foray into the crime world of the Périgord region ofContinue reading “A SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK”

THE WAITING ROOMS

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith. Normally I would wait for the paperback release but I really thought you might want to know about this title available as an eBook now: Eventually the Crisis came and nothing ever returned to normal:‘Twenty years after they were imposed, emergency border controls and trade embargoes will remain inContinue reading “THE WAITING ROOMS”

THE BODY ON THE SIDEWALK & THE RELUCTANT MURDERER

The Body on the Sidewalk and The Reluctant Murderer by Bernice CareyI’m going to start with something I said in my review of Stark House Press’ 2019 Bernice Carey double header The Man Who Got Away With It and Three Widows* which still seems apt. Reading these two novels I get the same vibe IContinue reading “THE BODY ON THE SIDEWALK & THE RELUCTANT MURDERER”

WOMAN OF STATE

Woman of State by Simon BerthonThis is a novel I picked up on a hunch a couple of years ago not being familiar with the author. The setting for Woman of State was right up my alley because it’s a thriller about Ireland, the Troubles and British politics which always intrigue me. I put itContinue reading “WOMAN OF STATE”

THE SIRIUS CROSSING

The Sirius Crossing by John CreedThis is an intelligent spy thriller set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s, with a bit of globe trotting thrown in for good measure. The Sirius Crossing is well writing and hugely entertaining. From the first page I was gripped by the dark mood andContinue reading “THE SIRIUS CROSSING”

NEVER HAVE I EVER

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn JacksonSome games are deadly serious and even if you don’t want to play you’re in, of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t change the rules of engagement. This sharp psychological thriller is wickedly enjoyable and I say that as someone who is always a little wary about ‘new’ psychologicalContinue reading “NEVER HAVE I EVER”

THE BUTCHER OF CASABLANCA

The Butcher of Casablanca by Abdelilah Hamdouchi.And now for something a little different, from Morocco have we have Kasbah-noir. Crime fiction infused with the fragrant spices of the Casablanca souks, there’s plenty of local colour and culture in this new and exciting setting for the murder mystery. Hamdouchi was one of the first writers toContinue reading “THE BUTCHER OF CASABLANCA”

SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

Seventy Times Seven by John Gordon Sinclair.I’m a bit late to the party on this one, Seventy Times Seven was published in 2012. I came across this recently researching a piece on the Troubles and crime writing and I’m glad I did. This is a really entertaining and very well written debut thriller, packed withContinue reading “SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN”

MAXIMUM ROSSI

Maximum Rossi by Paul W Papa.A Las Vegas Crime Noir‘She was blessed with an abundance of legs; enough for two girls. It made me think things I had no business thinking.’To find a modern pastiche of the noir/hardboiled novels of the 40s and 50s this good is quite rare. This is a really decent homageContinue reading “MAXIMUM ROSSI”

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