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…

The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson

A brief novella with all the magic of the ballet, The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson features a disappearance case that covers five years in the short novella format. The story begins five years ago at the annual Cambridge Ballet performance of The Nutcracker, with their Sugar Plum Fairy, Svetlana, having disappeared without trace straight after the performance. Since then, a ballet dancer has disappeared each year after The Nutcracker’s closing night, despite the increase in police protection around the theatre. Protagonist, Nieves Alba, was a dancer in that first…

A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway cover

[color-box]A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway (The Baskerville Affair #3) Del Rey (31 Dec 2013), Ebook: 688 pages, Steampunk / Mystery Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] *Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books in the series* Having read and loved the first two books in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway. The first two books had outlined the steampunk world of Victorian England perfectly, with the steam barons responsible for providing…

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REVIEW: Red Fox by Karina Halle

Red Fox - Karina Halle

Red Fox is book two in Karina Halle’s fabulous Experiment in Terror series. The series follows amateur ghost hunter’s, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, as they trample through reported haunted sites. At the end of book one, Darkhouse, (see my review here), Dex’s boss Jimmy had offered them a web series, with Dex filming and producing and Perry being the terrified on camera presenter. In this book, an old frenemy of Dex’s has got in touch requesting their presence at a farm in a town called Red Fox, New Mexico. There…

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