Category Archives: Mystery and Thriller

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. […]

portrait-of-a-spy 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 […]

lake-house 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 […]

chaos 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 […]

believe-no-one 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 […]

index-2 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.  […]

titanic 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 […]

14th-colony January 09

14th Colony – Steve Berry – A Cotton Malone Adventure

Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet-mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. This is the 11 th story in the Cotton […]

closed-casket December 07

Closed Casket

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie. Post by Robyne55. Of course this book is not written by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie died a long time ago. However, it appears Sophie Hannah has Ms. Christie’s divine guidance in the writing of this Hercule Poirot mystery. It has become fashionable to […]

Thursdays children December 06

Thursday’s Children

Thursday’s Children by Nikki French. Post by Sandra Taylor. A  psychological thriller which is quite compelling to read. A crime is perpetrated many years previously on a teenage girl and later the same crime is committed in a similar set of circumstances on another young girl. This book deals with the anxiety, the loss of […]