Buried Under Books

Category: Crime


REVIEW: ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ by Stuart Turton

This is, without doubt, my favourite book of 2018 so far. Think Agatha Christie…with body hopping complications. Think locked room mystery…within which a murderer is seeking to kill all the incarnations of you. Think bloody good read, and you’ll be right. What’s it about? It’s not often that I steal the blurb wholesale, but this […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Boy at the Door’ by Alex Dahl

Imagine. A small, unfamiliar boy is standing, parentless, companionless, by the swimming pool reception. The pool is closing. The receptionist wants to go home. You want to go home. The receptionist asks you to take the boy home and you agree, reluctantly. But when you get there, the house is clearly not a home. What […]

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REVIEW: ‘The October List’ by Jeffrey Deaver

I LOVED THIS BOOK. ‘The October List’ is a crime novel with a fabulous twist: the story unfolds in reverse. Think ‘Memento’ but with fewer tattoos and less treachery. Nah, I’m kidding. There’s plenty of treachery. The idea Gabriela’s daughter has been kidnapped. She is waiting desperately for news. The door opens, but it isn’t […]

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REVIEW: ‘Harm’s Reach’ by Alex Barclay

I may be something of an unusual crime reader. As a rule, I’m really not bothered about the detectives; I mostly just want to know about the crimes, the clues and the solutions. Oh and the motivations, obviously! I think this is probably why I don’t typically get attached to crime series featuring recurring characters: […]

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REVIEW: ‘Anything You Do Say’ by Gillian McAllister

I’ll admit it: the title hooked me. Then, the premise: I love books that explore alternative possibilities, Sliding Doors style, especially ones with significant consequences, not just romantic ones. What’s it about? Joanna meets a man in a bar. He bothers her. She leaves, walking home alone. Then, she hears footsteps behind her. She’s sure […]

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REVIEW: ’29 seconds’ by T. M. Logan

Do you like staying up all night? If not then you should definitely start reading T. M. Logan’s second thrilling novel, ’29 Seconds’, early on in the day. This is a gripping story that combines a twisting plot with a very relevant look at the way our culture rewards predatory male behaviour. What’s it about? […]

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REVIEW: ‘Little Boy Blue’ by M. J. Arlidge

When you realise your police investigation is going to expose your own double life… #Awkward What’s it about? DI Helen Grace is summoned to ‘The Torture Rooms’, a Southampton night club that caters for a particular clientele, to discover a murdered man bound from head to toe. As she unwraps him, she discovers she knows […]

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REVIEW: ‘A Darker State’ by David Young

How do you investigate a crime the Stasi don’t want you to solve? This is a problem Oberleutnant Karin Muller is familiar with. David Young’s first thrilling crime novel, ‘Stasi Child‘, saw Karin investigate the mysterious death of a teenage girl who appeared to be escaping from West to East Berlin, and ‘Stasi Wolf‘, our […]

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REVIEW: ‘Never Forget’ by Lisa Cutts

I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Cutts at Crimefest in 2016. Listening to her talk, she was so friendly, knowledgeable and good humoured that I had to buy one of her books, which somehow over time got buried under a heap of other books. Having recently read and LOVED her fourth book, ‘Buried Secrets‘, […]

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REVIEW: ‘Buried Secrets’ by Lisa Cutts

Hands up: who loves a novel with more twists than a slinky? Me! Me! Me! As long as they make sense in the wider context of the plot and characterisation, of course, which these do. Oh they do so beautifully. ‘Buried Secrets’ is the first of DC Lisa Cutts’ crime novels I have read, but […]

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