Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Being the huge J.K. Rowling fan that I am, I couldn’t resist heading straight to Waterstones to buy Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, the third novel written under her masculine penname. This time around, private investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott, are down to their last two clients and wondering where their next stream of income is likely to come from. It is at this point that the novel gets off to a gripping start with the arrival of a package addressed to Robin and containing a…

The Silent Ones by Ali Knight

An exciting mystery that tries to takes us deep inside the mind of a killer, The Silent Ones by Ali Knight appealed to me because of its unusual premise. Darren Evans’ life was turned upside down eight years ago when his teenage sister, Carly, was kidnapped along with four other young girls. A widespread police investigation ensued, with Olivia Duvall eventually confessing to their murders and finding herself locked up in a high-security psychiatric hospital. However, to this day she has refused to reveal where the girls’ bodies are buried,…

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

It was the cover of this book that first led me to download it from NetGalley, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. This book is the first in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series, and introduces us to our kick-ass heroine and her unique profession of lepidoptery – or butterfly hunting. Veronica loves nothing more than to travel the world looking for unique species of butterfly, indulging in the occasional romantic dalliance along the way. The death of her spinster aunt at…

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

In a young adult novel that explores high school life and the importance of reputation, The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher becomes an exciting mystery that is more about revenge and retribution than exposing the truth. Of course, finding the truth is a large part of this book as we follow the perspective of Angie, whose best friend Lizzie committed suicide a few days ago. This came after Angie found Lizzie in bed with her boyfriend Drake on prom night, suffering the ultimate betrayal at the hands of her best friend….

A Good Excuse to be Bad by Miranda Parker

The first in a new series that introduces us to the sassy Angel Crawford, A Good Excuse to be Bad by Miranda Parker kicks off in dramatic style with a glance at Angel’s day job as a bail recovery agent. What this job entails is tracking down those who have skipped bail and bringing them back into custody, with the first couple of chapters witnessing Angel (full name Evangeline) capturing a particularly dangerous criminal in a nightclub. She is injured in the process and taken to hospital, where her attractive…

Legion by William Peter Blatty

Having not read The Exorcist, I didn’t really have any expectations when starting Legion by William Peter Blatty. Instead, I was slightly confused when the opening of this book delves into a philosophical rambling from the main protagonist, Lieutenant Kinderman. He is preoccupied with life’s big questions, which somewhat detracts from the main event of the book as the body of a young boy is discovered. This boy was carrying out his morning paper round when he was killed at a boathouse and is found in a crucified position. However,…

Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn

An exciting new novel that mixes history with both mystery and romance, Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn is a well-researched novel of the 1930s. The book begins with West End stage actress, Nina Land, meeting renowned artist, Stephen Wyley, for a hotel room tryst. Upon leaving the room, Nina interrupts an attempted murder in another room, allowing the victim to escape and giving her a glance at the potential killer. It soon transpires that she is a witness to the identity of the Tie-Pin Killer, who has recently been killing…


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