The Lost by Mari Hannah

THE LOST is the 1st novel in a new series by Mari Hannah featuring CID detectives David Stone and Frankie (Frances) Oliver based in Northumbria.

Frankie is the third Frank Oliver to serve in the police after her father and grandfather. Her new partner David Stone has recently returned to Northumbria from the Met and is still finding his feet again in the North and has plenty of baggage from his time in the Met. As a team they get to know each other better through the course of the novel.

Oliver urges Stone to look into the case of a missing 10 year old boy Daniel Scott who went missing while his mother Alix was on holiday in Majorca with her sister Kat. Daniel’s stepfather Tim and nanny Justine should have been looking after him. From the start Oliver and Stone find Tim’s behaviour a bit unusual making him a logical suspect. Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s War by Michael Jecks

PILGRIM’S WAR is the first novel in a new series by Michael Jecks about the crusades. This novel is about the first crusade – the pilgrim’s crusade.

In 1096 the Pope Urban II decided that Christians should take the birth place of Jesus back from the heretic Saracens. In cities all over Europe, preachers inspired people to take part in a pilgrimage that could not fail because it was blessed by God. Those who took part would have their sins forgiven and receive great riches. In the French city of Sens, a man known as the Hermit spoke in the square and inspired many followers. Continue reading

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Sovereign by C.J. Sansom

SOVEREIGN is the 3rd novel in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series which features the hunchback lawyer in the time of King Henry VIII.

With the death of Thomas Cromwell, Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak had hoped that their days working for the court were over. But now Archbishop Cranmer has sent them on another mission. The King has undertaken a progress to York, visiting many other towns along the way. Shardlake is to await the progress in York where he will help processing petitions to the King. But he also has a secret assignment. A traitor – Sir Edward Broderick is being held in York and is to be transported to London for questioning in the tower. Shardlake is to ensure that he arrives in reasonable health. Continue reading


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Hangman by Daniel Cole

HANGMAN is the 2nd novel in the Detective William Fawkes series by Daniel Cole, the sequel to RAGDOLL. Fawkes doesn’t have much of a role in this novel but we see a lot of his colleague, newly promoted DCI Emily Baxter.

A murder/suicide in New York is connected to the Ragdoll murders which occurred 18 months ago. Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA arrive in England to interview convicted ragdoll killer Lethaniel Masse. As the person believed to have captured Masse, Baxter is invited to attend the interview. She is terrified that the truth will come out – she was not the one to capture Masse. She is saved from embarrassment when a number of prisoners, including Masse, are murdered in a prison riot. The 2 murdered prisoners have the words Puppet and Bait tattooed on their chests, as did the murder/suicide victims in New York. Continue reading


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Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham

‘Love Story, With Murders’ is the 2nd novel by Harry Bingham featuring the very unusual DC Fiona Griffiths.

Fiona and another officer attend a call out where an unusual package has been found during the cleanup of the house of a woman who has died. A woman’s leg has been found, complete with shoe, wrapped in plastic in a chest freezer.

Pretty soon the hunt is on for other body parts, some of which are found in neighbours’ gardens, sheds and garages. But the police searchers get more than they expected. It is soon clear that there are pieces of a second body. The two bodies are soon identified. The first was a woman who had been missing for over 5 years while the second was a man who had only recently gone missing. Continue reading


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Origin by Dan Brown

‘Origin’ is the 5th novel by Dan Brown featuring world famous religious iconologist professor Robert Langdon. For those of you familiar with Dan Brown, this novel very much follows the usual pattern.

An ex student of Langdon’s from Harvard, Edmond Kirsch is a futurist who is famous for his predictions and his high-tech research and inventions. Now Kirsch is holding a function to announce a breakthrough that will answer the questions – where do we come from and where are we going. Kirsch is well known as an atheist, so the answers to these questions are not expected to have much to do with God. Continue reading


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Susie Steiner Profile and Books

Susie Steiner grew up in London. She studied English at university and went on to work as a journalist for 20 years. She published her first novel in 2013 and her writing has gone from strength to strength since then.

Steiner now spends most of her time writing. She suffers from retinitus pigmentosa, an eye disease that is causing the gradual loss of her sight. At home in her attic writing is now the place that she feels most comfortable. And as her eyesight has diminished, her writing has soared.

She lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Continue reading

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A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly

‘A Darkness More Than Night’ is the 7th novel in Michael Connolly’s Harry Bosch series and is also the 2nd novel featuring ex FBI Agent Terry McCaleb. McCaleb takes a larger role in the novel than Bosch.

Terry McCaleb thinks he has retired from police work. He has married Graciella (‘Blood Work’), adopted Raymond and now has a baby daughter. He lives on Catalina Island and runs a fishing charter company with his friend Buddy. But when his old colleague from the sheriff’s office Jaye Winston approaches him for help, he is pulled straight back into his old life.

When McCaleb studies the murder scene he finds a lot of dark symbolism. Many of the elements of the murder scene have been copied from paintings by the 17th century Dutch artist Heironymous Bosch. McCaleb’s old LAPD friend Harry Bosch knew the victim, so he is the obvious suspect. Continue reading


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The Power Game by Meg and Tom Keneally

‘The Power Game’ is the 3rd novel in the Monserrat series by father and daughter team Meg and Tom Keneally. The series is set in colonial Australia and Monserrat is an ex-convict who along with his housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney has a natural ability for solving crimes.

After successfully solving cases in Port Macquarie and Parramatta, Monserrat is now being sent to Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania) to solve another case and his conditional ticket of freedom is dependent on his success.

A Penal colony has been set up on the small Island of Maria off the east coast of Tasmania. The Island is serviced by a regular boat, but now the boatman has been found brutally murdered. Monserrat has been sent to find the murderer and if possible to affix blame to the high profile Irish revolutionary convict Thomas Power. The authorities on the island are offended that someone has been sent from Sydney and would be happy to blame Power with no evidence. Continue reading


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The Punishment she Deserves by Elizabeth George

‘The Punishment She Deserves’ is the 20th novel in Elizabeth George’s Inspector Linley series. And the title immediately made me wonder what DS Barbara Havers had been up to this time.

In the historic Shropshire town of Ludlow, a respected Deacon, Ian Druitt has died in police custody, apparently by suicide. The death has been investigated, but on the insistence of Druitt’s influential father (who has the ear of an MP), the Met has been called in to check the facts. DCC Isabelle Ardery and Havers travel to Ludlow. For Havers, this is a trial to see if she can follow orders. Continue reading


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