Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Ice House by Minette Walters

The Ice House is a great psychological thriller. It was the first book published by Minette Walters and it is easy to see why it won the CWA John Creasey Award and why the book has been adapted for TV … Continue reading

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Lynda La Plante Profile and Books

Lynda La Plante (Lynda J. Titchmarsh) was born in Liverpool in 1943. She trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and began her professional life as an actress. Her first steps as a writer came … Continue reading

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The Vault by Ruth Rendell

The Vault is the latest novel in Ruth Rendell’s Wexford series. Most of the story is based in ‘Orcadia Cottage’ which first featured in another of Rendell’s books – ‘A Sight for Sore Eyes’. I have been wondering for a … Continue reading

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

The majority of this novel was set in incredibly bleak Stalinist Russia. People queue for hours to buy basic necessities, it is not unusual for a dozen people to live in a two bedroom apartment with no running water, and … Continue reading

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The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters

The Virgin in the Ice is the 6th book in the incredible Cadfael medieval whodunit series. It is also the third book in the second Cadfael Omnibus along with ‘Saint Peter’s Fair’ and ‘The Leper of Saint Giles’. This book … Continue reading

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Catch Me When I Fall by Nicci French

I found the first part of this book incredibly disturbing – it almost got relegated to the ‘don’t read after dark pile’. I’ve known plenty of people who live their lives on the wild side and I could see just … Continue reading

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What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

I didn’t realise before starting this book that it was actually a ghost story, and was expecting something a bit spooky but grounded in the rational world. If you like ghost stuff, then fine, but it’s not really my thing. … Continue reading

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Ken Follett Profile and Books

Ken Follett was born in 1949 in Cardiff Wales and moved to London in his childhood. Like most families in post-war Britain, the Follett family didn’t have a lot of money to spare, so Ken grew up reading library books … Continue reading

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Heretic by Bernard Cornwell

Heretic is the third and final book of Bernard Cornwell’s Grail Quest series. (Book 1 is Harlequin/The Archer’s Tale and Book 2 is Vagabond). The series is set during the hundred years war between France and England and this story … Continue reading

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