Reviews May 2019

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Book Reviews May 2019


Little shop of homicide - Swanson, Denise

Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...

Review - "if you looking for a "cosy mystery " where you don't need to over think it then this is for you. If you like Aurora Tea garden mysteries then give this a go."

7 out of 10 stars

Murder by the book - Elliott, Lauren

Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library-she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn't expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town.

Review - "another "Cosy Mystery", if your a fan of Aurora Tea garden series then you'll love this. This is one of those books that doesn't take much to read but I did enjoy."

7 out of 10 stars

The silent patient - Michaelides, Alex

Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought. And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

Review - "this book was very good, it reads rather quickly though but the end is a good one (no spoilers here). Would recommend even if you not too keen on thrillers as it's also a crime /relationships type book. Once you start you just want to find out what REALLY happened."

8 out of 10 stars

Autumn leaves - Blake, Poppy

As the last rays of summer sunshine fade away, Rosie Barnes swaps serving ice-cold fizz and strawberries for warm, spiced pumpkin latte and chocolate brownies. Her love for the Windmill Caf remains as strong as its peppermint green sails.So, with time on her hands, Rosie agrees to help gorgeous Matt Wilson on one of his outdoor expeditions - camping under the stars with rugged Matt the perfect chance to wind down. As the Autumn mist rolls in, the change in weather brings with it a sense of danger when one of the camping group is shot with a bow and arrow! An unfortunate accident, or a killer on the loose in picture-perfect Willerby?If news escapes, Rosie knows dreams of building a life at Windmill Caf will be over for good. Unless she and Matt can solve the mystery before it's too late!

Review - "this is a trilogy of books but can be read individually. If you like the little village mystery/cosy mystery then you'll enjoy these. Really quick reads too"

7 out of 10 stars

A keeper - Norton, Graham

From the bestselling author of Holding comes a twisted tale of family secrets set on the coast of Ireland.

Review - "this is yet another brilliant book by Graham Norton, wasn't sure I'd like but this book does grab you from the beginning. It's set in two different times but they aren't confusing at all to follow and the characters really come to life. Couldn't wait to read another chapter / hope we don't have such a long wait for his next book!"

8 out of 10 stars

18th abduction - Patterson, James and Paetro, Maxine

Detective Lindsay Boxer attempts to protect the streets of San Francisco from an international war criminal, drawing on the assistance of her fierce and courageous friends in the Women's Murder Club. Follows the success of 17th Suspect.

Review -"another cracking murder women's case. This time it's about a war crime that happened and it was yet again another good read in this series."

8 out of 10 stars

Article posted on 1 May 2019

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