Category Archives: Mystery and Thriller

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

March 07

By Gaslight by Steven Price

By gaslight.   Steven Price An epic novel of nearly 750 pages, it takes some time and dedication to finish this novel, perfect for holidays. It is swiftly paced with lots of twists and turns but perhaps a bit overly long. This is a Victorian detective novel set in London around 1885 that grabs you from […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – the Second Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]

The Girl from Venice

The setting for Martin Cruz Smith’s new novel The Girl from Venice is the inspiring beauty and uniqueness of Venice which fortuitously was saved from the bombing raids of World War II.  It remains intact in all its glory – maybe until nature decides otherwise – and provides the background scenery for this wartime love story. […]

February 17

Portrait of a Spy

Portrait of a Spy By Daniel Silva Post by Sandra This wonderful tale by the famed author of spy fiction weaves magic and reality together.  I enjoyed reading this story of the Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon and his glamorous wife, Chiara and also other members of his team who stop terrorists in their tracks.  I […]

February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

February 14

Chaos

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. Review post by Robyne Patterson. Chaos is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series which started in 1990 with Postmortem . So if you want to start at the beginning, better get going! There are over twenty books to read – could be a project for the New Year? Cornwell does not write […]

February 13

Believe No One

Believe No One by A. D. Garrett. Post by Robyne Patterson. Margaret Murphy and Professor David Barclay are the writing duo known as A. D. Garrett. They have written three crime novels which rely heavily on forensic detail. Professor Barclay is a forensic expert in real life so I think the forensics are a major […]

February 08

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Reviewed by Greg W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton The 23rd in the series and full of interesting storylines and characters.  Kinsey is back in full swing! The story centres around two deaths.  The first is a PI known to Kinsey, who is not so scrupulous or nice, but he dies in suspicious circumstances.  […]

January 24

Taking the Titanic by James Patterson with Scott Slaven

The world of decreasing attention spans and limited time has made its way to publishing. Marketed with taglines including “What if someone wrote novels… without any of the boring parts?” and “All killer, no filler.” – James Patterson’s Bookshots series entered the market in June last year and already has more than 30 titles available. As an avid James […]