Book Review: Trust No One by Paul Cleave

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Trust No One has that ‘book within a book’ vibe to it, so I was excited when we chose it as our February Criminally Good Book Club read.

From the back cover:

Most of the world knows Jerry Grey by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter – a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. But now he’s been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of forty-nine, Jerry’s career is coming to an abrupt end.

His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia continues to break down the wall between his real life and the lives of the characters, Jerry confesses his most terrible secret: the stories are real. He committed the crimes himself. His family, friends, caretakers insist that it’s all in his head, just a side effect of the devastating disease – but is it?

One of the most talented and trailblazing suspense writers at work today, Edgar-nominated author Paul Cleave takes us down a dark and clever path to determine the fine line between simple fact and dangerous fiction. Continue reading “Book Review: Trust No One by Paul Cleave”

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Book Review: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Burial Rites was the winner of my bookish bingo twitter poll, and I thank all who voted for it! Scandinavian Historical Crime Fiction, a beautiful combination that made for a gripping read.

From the back cover:

Northern Iceland, 1829.

A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover.

A family forced to take her in.

A priest tasked with absolving her.

But all is not as it seems, and time is running out:
winter is coming, and with it the execution date.

Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes’s story. Continue reading “Book Review: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent”

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

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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”