• Book review: Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

    Sunday, February 16, 2020 Permalink

    I came across Irish author Steve Cavanagh’s name last year when his 2019 novel Thirteen won Crime Novel of the Year at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (which – incidentally – I’ve fantasised about attending someday). He was also  touring with a number of other authors I knew so I kept seeing him on social media again and again.

    It wasn’t until later I realised I’d actually read one of his books – The Liar in 2017 – which I really enjoyed. And of course I heard (only) fabulous things about Thirteen, and though I’ve not read it I really must. More so now I’ve read the fifth in the series featuring Eddie Flynn, Fifty Fifty.

    I mention in my review of The Liar that it’s only when I read a legal procedural that I’m reminded how much I enjoy them. I’m also reminded that though once they were a dime a dozen and they’re now as rare as hen’s teeth. (Apologies for the idioms but you get what I mean….)

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    four-stars
  • Book review: When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

    Thursday, February 13, 2020 Permalink

    I have to admit to being slightly confused by Lisa Gardner’s series’. I actually think perhaps there were more series and some merged when I wasn’t looking? I’m not sure. But although this is the 11th in the DD Warren series, I note it’s also labelled 20th in the Gardner Universe. Which entirely makes sense given the crossovers. (And makes me feel less like I’m losing my mind.)

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    four-stars
  • Book review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

    Saturday, February 8, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve heard of Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party and assumed for a moment I’d read it. But it seems it was most likely a book I’d admired from afar, so The Guest List is my first book from the English author.

    It’s not out in Australia until later this month but I did notice it’s been released elsewhere so decided to move it up my reading pile. Naturally it meant an extended bath* as once I started I had to keep reading until I’d turned the last page!

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Golden in Death by JD Robb

    Thursday, February 6, 2020 Permalink

    JD Robb’s ‘In Death’ futuristic cop series is one of my ‘go-to’ reads. The arrival of a new instalment leap-frogs anything else in my to-be-read pile or reading queue. Golden in Death actually arrived on its publication day so I was completely justified in delving into it straight away.

    Embarrassingly I really didn’t twig (for some time) that the book’s title was a nod to the fact that this is the 50th in the series. D’oh!

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    three-half-stars
  • Book review: The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Permalink

    I must have requested this book (electronically) a while ago. Or during a lull. Because when it popped up in my ‘due to read’ pile I read the back cover blurb and groaned. Not from any physical pain ( 😉 ) but rather the thought of yet another book about parenting wars. I know the fascination with good / bad parenting started before Big Little Lies but the perfect / imperfect mummy thing has become a little old hat. More so for me I suspect as a non-parent.

    But I bravely read on, deciding it’s not the author’s fault there’s been a deluge of books about parents being blamed for their children going missing or getting hurt when they should be keeping a better eye on them.

    And, I was relieved to discover – after this book kicked off – there are some secrets at play that go beyond the parenting crap, so I found myself more intrigued than I expected to be.

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    three-stars
  • Book review: Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah

    Thursday, January 30, 2020 Permalink

    What I really liked about this book by Sophie Hannah is that though the lead character Beth sees something completely impossible, she’s conscious of its improbability and considers alternatives despite being sure she’s not mistaken. And of course, given my logic-loving ways…. I also liked that Hannah steers clear of the fantastic and (eventually) the inexplicable as we unpick the mystery.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine

    Sunday, January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Lee Christine has written several romantic suspense novels before venturing into crime fiction (which she does a great job at, I need to add), but because I’m new to Christine’s work and hadn’t heard of the setting of this novel, I kept thinking it was written by Charlotte Pass. So if I’ve slipped below and quoted Pass’s writing, I apologise in advance.

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    four-stars
  • Book review: Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman

    Saturday, January 25, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been reading so many twisty books lately. I mean, I know I read a lot of novels of suspense and psychological thrillers so it’s what you expect, but authors are obviously working a lot harder to keep we readers guessing.

    I’m usually pretty good with the whodunit stuff, but I’ve floundered a bit lately and Catherine Steadman’s Mr Nobody was very much like that.

    This is the second book of Steadman’s I’ve read and her 2018 novel Something in the Water was chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s popular book club.

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    three-stars