Review: Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Opening sentence: “The Palazzo Falconieri stands on a promontory on one of the smaller Italian lakes.” Like a lot of other people recently, I became a bit addicted to watching Killing Eve. Two series of excellent TV that tell the tale of covert MI5 operative Eve Polastri and the enigmatic female assassin she is hunting, Villanelle. […]

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Review: Snap by Belinda Bauer

Opening sentence: “It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting.” My first thought on finishing Snap was that I’m a little baffled as to how it managed to nab itself a prestigious Man Booker Prize nomination. Yes, it is a cracking fast-paced crime thriller – but does it […]

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Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Opening sentence: “First, you light a cigarette, the smoke curling in on itself and up towards the ceiling.” When a two hour plane journey feels like five minutes, you know you have a great read on your hands. Blood Orange kept me company to and from Venice (which is a beyond amazing place, by the […]

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Blog tour: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond

Published by Parthian Books 30th June 2018 / 155 pages Opening sentence: “Until the Russian turned up with his entourage, I was the only person at the funeral, and I had come two and a half thousand miles to be there.” Welcome to my stop on The Golden Orphans blog tour! This was a quick […]

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Review: One Little Lie by Sam Carrington

Published by Avon September 2018 / 384 pages Opening sentence: “It took approximately eight hours for Sean Taylor to die.” One Little Lie is a pacy thriller told by three women: Alice, Deborah and Connie. Alice’s son, Kyle, murdered Deborah’s son, Sean, and now Alice thinks reaching out and befriending Deborah is a good idea. The […]

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Review: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton Opening sentence: “On the hottest day of the year, Larry Glassbrook has come home to his native Lancashire for the last time, and the townsfolk have turned out to say goodbye.” Mix a good old-fashioned murder mystery with elements of witchcraft and yes, I’m going to be interested. I heard […]

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Review: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan Opening sentence: “It should have been me.” If you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and envying – wanting – the perfect life of someone you see on there, then let Her Name Was Rose be a warning to you. A majority of the time, it’s […]

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