Author Archives: Neen

August 17

Two Days Gone : a Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis

Posted by Neen Two Days Gone : a Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis In this skillfully written thriller, Thomas Huston, a respected college professor and acclaimed author, appears to have murdered his wife and their three children then disappeared. Why did he do it? And where is he? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco is the policeman […]

August 16

Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel

Posted by Neen Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel Veteran political fixers, Peter Rena and Randi Brooks, have been hired by the US President to run a background check on Roland Madison, the President’s preferred nominee for the Supreme Court. They uncover evidence of Madison’s involvement in radical activities in the sixties, and even though it was a lifetime […]

August 15

A Single Spy by William Christie

Posted by Neen A Single Spy by William Christie Moscow, 1936. Alexsi Smirnov, 16 year-old orphan and thief, has been living by his wits and managing to avoid the attention of the Soviet authorities when his luck runs out. Alexsi is caught by the secret police and given an ultimatum – to be trained and inserted as a spy into […]

June 15

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

Posted by Neen City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan Jerusalem, 1945. Left homeless after World War Two, thousands of displaced Jewish refugees attempted to reach Palestine. However, they were regarded as illegal aliens by the interim British authorities, and were forced to rely on an underground network of sympathisers to hide them and provide new […]

June 14

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Posted by Neen A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody Lucian, a friend of Kate Shackleton, recently inherited a cottage in a peaceful Yorkshire village from his aunt, so when Kate realises her 14-year-old niece, Harriet, needs complete rest to recuperate from an illness, Kate arranges with Lucien for herself and Harriet to enjoy […]

June 13

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

Posted by Neen A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare England, 1603. Queen Elizabeth I is dead and King James VI of Scotland is about to become King James I of England. As the new king’s official coronation approaches, Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon now employed as a physician in rural Devon, is called in by […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]

April 12

A Curious Beginning / Deanna Raybourn

  A curious beginning / Deanna Raybourn I really enjoyed this book, and just loved meeting Veronica Speedwell, the intelligent and feisty heroine who tackles life head-on. She is brave, independent and capable, but also an appropriate and realistic character for the Victorian era in which she lives, and not just a modern woman crammed awkwardly into […]

April 11

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

  Her every fear by Peter Swanson Eager to make a new beginning after a violent ex-boyfriend kidnapped and assaulted her, Kate Priddy readily agrees to a six-month apartment swap with a distant cousin based in Boston. Kate has never met Corbin and really doesn’t know that much about him, but she is still fragile, […]

April 10

Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Greg Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb I have just finished JD Robb’s Innocent in death.  I have not read any of the others in this particular series so was surprised to see that it is set in the future, about 2060.  Having said that it doesn’t have any real relevance to […]