Tag Archives: Mystery

April 11

The women in the window

The women in the window is Anna Fox, a women with agoraphobia who passes her days by gawking at her neighbours through her window. Her isolated existence ins’t portrayed as sad yet more intriguing as it becomes one of the many mysteries that the reader must solve throughout the novel. Anna has clearly had something […]

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Review by Neen Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz Dean Koontz used to be one of my favourite authors, but his latest is a disappointment. His language is still as beautiful as ever, and a pleasure to read, but  I found the plot for this one so tedious that I just couldn’t persevere with it. I […]

Dead Souls by Elsebeth Egholm

Dead Souls is the second book in the “Peter Boutrup” series by Danish author Elsebeth Egholm A young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland where Peter works as a carpenter. She has been garrotted and Peter was the last person to see her alive. At the same time during […]

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls – one of the best thrillers I have read. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Lots of twists, and a plot that is not for the easily shocked. Karen Slaughter – my new favourite crime author – now […]

October 09

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Post by Jenni. Deliciously suspenseful and ambiguous, this is a fabulous exercise in uncertainty, employing the unreliable narrator as a tool for our doubts. Philip is a limited, misogynistic, sheltered young man of 24 who has lived with his confirmed bachelor uncle, Ambrose, all through the life he remembers, […]

The Sultan’s seal

The Sultan’s seal by Jenny White is ultimately a “who-done-it?” novel. What makes this mystery novel so interesting though is the author’s rich descriptions and historic detail that is augmented by lavish depiction of the cultural situation. With abundant descriptions of the clothes, social customs, religious etiquette and social unrest as new ideals of European […]

Leaving Time

This novel by Jodi Picoult keeps you turning the pages, as each character helps you piece together the puzzle of the disappearance of Alice, an elephant researcher and mother. It is her daughter, Jenna, who years later reignites the investigation with the help of Serenity, a clairvoyant, and Virgil, a retired policeman who first investigated Alice’s disappearance. […]

Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey

Elizabeth Is Missing is a mystery book but it is also about memory. Maud is an elderly grandmother still living in her own home. However,  she is slowly being gripped by dementia and her memory fades in and out. She writes endless notes to herself as an aid to recall important information but the notes become […]

Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Series – behind the scenes of True Blood

            While her writing style may not be suited to everyone’s taste, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries, which the HBO television series True Blood is based on, is nothing short of entertaining.   I first started reading the series with the first novel, Dead until Dark, well before the show, and when the series […]

June online ebook club wrap-up: The secret keeper

This month we looked at The secret keeper by Kate Morton as part of our online ebook club. The story begins when 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses a shocking event which shapes the way she sees her mother and unusually happy family. Fifty years later Laurel’s mother, Dorothy, is on her death bed and Laurel decides […]