Rapid Fire #BookTag

I’ve been tagged to do this one by a few of my fellow bloggers, most recently by Jo @ Jo’s Book Blog. Thank you all for tagging me, and apologies it’s taken me so long to get around to it. Interestingly, I’ve seen some detailed answers to these questions but Jo raised a very good point – the title of this tag is Rapid Fire so my answers should be short and sweet, preferably the first response that comes into my head after reading the question. So lets get right to it….

eBooks or physical books?

Physical (but I got mad love for my Kindle.)

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback when reading, hardback looks prettier on the shelf.

Online or in-store shopping?

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Book Review: Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri


Set in Rome, Kill the Father is an international bestseller that needs to be on everyone’s reading list!

From the inside cover:

A dark compelling and intense thriller that is already an international publishing sensation…

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Though his masked kidnapper, who called himself ‘The Father’, never touched him, the boy was completely cut off from the world. Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia and an array of eccentricities, but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and extraordinary powers of observation.

All evidence suggests that ‘The Father’ is back; indeed, he has left tell-tale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Columba and Dante follow the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined. In relentlessly hunting for the truth, each will ultimately face their deepest fear. Continue reading “Book Review: Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri”

Book Review: Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

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Death in Profile is the first book in the Hampstead Murders series, published in 2016 but a “whodunit” reminiscent of the Golden Age.

Book Description:

The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what? Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?

Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Above it all hovers Hampstead, a magical village evoking the elegance of an earlier time, and the spirit of mystery-solving detectives. Continue reading “Book Review: Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson”

Book Review: Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl


When I was browsing the library of books available to read as part of Mystery Thriller Week, this book caught my eye immediately – a serial killer thriller with a clown on the cover – yes, please, I shall read that right away!

Book Description:

The greater the evil, the more deadly the game…

When Emma awakens in total darkness, she is aware of her nakedness. Injuries. A bed not her own. A blindingly bright light suddenly pierces the blackness and a disembodied male voice calls her “Venus”. Venus – the goddess of love, beauty, sex and desire. He says she is “Venus Six”. What does this predator want from her? Can she outwit the masked man who demands to be called “Master”? Or will he be looking for Venus Seven?

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer who has already tortured and killed at least five young women. Continue reading “Book Review: Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl”

Book Review: Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist


Book one in the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series. Not only is that sentence informing you that this is the first book in a crime series but it’s also my reason for reading this book – Natalie King is a Forensic Psychiatrist. If it involves the assessment and treatment of those involved in the Criminal Justice System, you have spoken to the Criminologist in me and I’m reading the book!

From the back cover:

‘BREAKING the rules has consequences.’

Forensic Psychiatrist Natalie King has always been a rule-breaker, with a reputation for going beyond her brief. Fighting too hard for the women she sees in the justice system – most of them abused, some violent.

Now it seems someone wants to call her on her rebellious ways. Is it someone with murder on their mind? Continue reading “Book Review: Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist”