Buried Under Books

REVIEW: ‘Dead Cold’ by Louise Penny

How do you electrocute someone on a frozen lake, in front of dozens of witnesses? Equally significant, perhaps, is why. Why choose such a complicated murder method? Why choose to risk carrying out such a dangerous act in front of such a large audience? The local police in sleepy Three Pines – a small, Quebecois […]

GUEST POST: Crimefest Event Review (12th-15th May 2022)

In 2018 I celebrated the joys of Crimefest in person and in an excited blog post. Fast forward to 2022 and I’m still loving Crimefest, but this year my lovely friend Mar visited with me and here is their take on it all! *** Crimefest is a fun-filled weekend-long crime fiction event, with a variety […]

REVIEW: ‘The Legacy’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

It’s the middle of the night and there’s a shadow looming over the bed. Of course, it’s only Margret, a child who suffers nightmares, come to inform her mother there’s a man in the house. A bad man, because who else would be there at this time of night? Elisa drags herself out of bed […]

REVIEW: ‘Girl A’ by Abigail Dean

I have recently discovered the joy of audiobooks. ‘Child A’, read in a perfectly disinterested fashion by Holliday Grainger worked really well in this format. The jumps in time were often confusing and disconcerting, but on reflection I think they were meant to be. After all, Lex Gracie is not a straightforward narrator… What’s it […]

REVIEW: ‘The Brutal Telling’ by Louise Penny

‘All of them? Even the children?’ The fireplace sputtered and crackled and swallowed his gasp. ‘Slaughtered?’ ‘Worse.’ There was silence then. And in that hush lived all the things that could be worse than slaughter. By now, readers of Louise Penny’s Three Pines series may think they know these characters well, but Penny is determined […]

REVIEW: ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood

When I was in sixth form, there were a handful of books I would always recommend. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood was top of that list (which was how I came to lend it to a friend who never returned it). I remember being chilled by the harshness of Offred’s world and stunned by […]

REVIEW: ‘The Waiting Rooms’ by Eve Smith

With so many potentially brilliant books I want to read, sometimes choosing the next one feels like a challenge. So, as this year’s Crimefest approaches, I’ve set myself an actual challenge: to read some of the books by the panellists which are already gracing my shelves (some of which I doubtless picked up at the […]