Reviews

Naming The Bones – Louise Welsh

Publisher: Text Publishing Company COPYRIGHT & YEAR:  Louise Welsh, 2010 REVIEWER:  Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Synopsis Professor Murray Watson is rather a sad sack. His family, his career, his affair…not even drinking offers much joy. All his energies are now focused on his research into Archie Lunan, a minor poet who drowned 30 years ago off a

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X – Sue Grafton

PUBLISHER:  G.P. Putman’s Sons COPYRIGHT & YEAR:  Sue Grafton,2015 REVIEWER:  Suzanne Bozorth-Baines   REVIEW:  Sue Grafton has been writing the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, also termed ‘the alphabet series’, since 1982, producing about a novel per year.  All previous books in the alphabetically inspired titles have included a crime related word—‘A Is for Alibi’, ‘B

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Viral – Helen Fitzgerald

Faber and Faber 2016 Reviewer – Lesley Vick Synopsis So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James. When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister

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Good Money – J. M. Green

Publisher:  Scribe Copyright year:  2015 Reviewer – Robyn Walton Synopsis Stella’s phone rings. A young African boy, the son of one of her clients, has been murdered in a dingy back alley. Stella, in her forties and running low on empathy, heads into the night to comfort the grieving mother. But when she gets there,

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Try Not to Breathe – Holly Seddon

Publisher: Corvus Copyright date: 2016 Reviewer: Sandra Nicholson   Synopsis Alex is sinking.  Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink.  Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy. Amy is lost.  When she was fifteen, she was attacked and

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The Cheapside Corpse – Susanna Gregory

Publisher: Sphere Copyright date: 2014 Reviewer: Sandra Nicholson   Synopsis: London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear.  There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II’s government with no means of paying for the

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All These Perfect Strangers – Aoife Clifford

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Copyright year:  2016 Synopsis You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you. You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty. Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had

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The Silent Inheritance: Joy Dettman

Macmillan Dettman 2016 Review: Lesley Vick Synopsis Sarah Carter, mother of 12-year-old Marni, is raising her daughter alone in a small granny flat in suburban Melbourne. A serial killer, dubbed ‘The Freeway Killer’, is headline news and when Marni’s classmate is abducted from the mall where Sarah and Marni shop, their city no longer feels

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OLMEC Obituary by L. J. M Owen

  Publisher : Echo 2015 Review by Lesley Vick Synopsis Yearning for her former life as an archaeologist, Australian librarian Dr Elizabeth Pimms is struggling with a job she doesn’t want and a family she both loves and resents. A royal Olmec cemetery is discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, containing the earliest writing in

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Tennison by Lynda La Plante

Author: Lynda La Plante Publisher: Simon and Schuster Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Diana Olsberg Book Synopsis: In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal

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