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Book Review: A Deadly Influence by Mike Omer

A Deadly Influence by Mike Omer My rating: 4 of 5 stars In the main, this is a gripping, fast-paced chiller thriller. The characters, especially the main protagonist, Abby Mullen, are authentic. Abby is a negotiator and the opening scene … Continue reading

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Book Review: Definitely Dead by Kate Bendelow

Definitely Dead by Kate Bendelow My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a truly excellent debut novel. There is no question in my mind that it fully deserves my five-star rating. From start to finish, the pace never lets … Continue reading

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Book Review: Naked Truths by Karen Botha

Naked Truths by Karen Botha My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was OK and it was an enjoyable read. It could have been so much better though. The ideas behind the plot were good and, like any good … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spellbreaker by Charlie N Holmberg

Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is imaginative and creative writing. There is no doubt in my mind that the author is very clever. I kept asking myself how she came up with some … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Herb of Death (a Miss Marple short story) by Agatha Christie

The Herb of Death: A Miss Marple by Agatha Christie My rating: 3 of 5 stars A charming parlour game that starts with a fragment of a story about an ill-fated dinner in a big house and ends with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny

Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny My rating: 4 of 5 stars As you’d expect from the first book in a crime series, there is plenty of character development. I must have met about twenty characters in the first four chapters … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths My rating: 4 of 5 stars The ideas behind this story are great. The crimes in the book are closely tied to a ghost story which was written by an author who lived in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz

Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz My rating: 4 of 5 stars Police officer Susan Marlon is first on the scent of a car accident. The body of a child is found buried at the scene of the accident and it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Death Comes Knocking by Graham Bartlett

Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton by Graham Bartlett My rating: 4 of 5 stars The author draws upon his personal experiences during his thirty-year career that took him police cadet to Divisional Commander of the Brighton and Hove … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfect Murder by Peter James

The Perfect Murder by Peter James My rating: 4 of 5 stars A married couple, Victor and Joan, have grown apart over the years. They have become bored with each other and have sought, and found, extra-marital stimuli. Each plans … Continue reading

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