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  • British,  Crime fiction

    After You Die by Eva Dolan (Zigic and Ferreira #3)

    I started reading Eva Dolan’s Zigic and Ferreira series last September, when I was sent a review copy of the second instalment in the series, Tell No Tales, now shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Shortly afterwards I was also sent a review copy of After You Die – book #3 –, but I decided to give it some time before returning to Zigic and Ferreira. After You Die picks up seven months after Tell No Tales leaves Mel Ferreira injured by an explosion. After surgery, physiotherapy, and too much time at her parents’ house, she is ready to back to work. Meanwhile, Zigic…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

    Last summer I discovered author Ruth Ware whose debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood made quite an impact in crime fiction in a year that had been mainly dominated by the success of The Girl on the Train. Back then I knew Ware was writing her second novel, to be published by Harvill Secker in 2016. Imagine my surprise when I was one of the lucky bloggers to get an advanced review copy of The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware’s second novel out on the 30th June 2016. The Woman in Cabin 10 follows In a Dark, Dark Wood‘s focus on a young, white woman who tells the…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Tastes Like Fear (Marnie Rome #3) by Sarah Hilary

    Last January I was one of the lucky bloggers to get a super early review copy of Tastes Like Fear, the third installment in the Marnie Rome series by Sarah Hilary. If you have not heard about the series, Marnie Rome or Sarah Hilary, I highly recommend you skip this review and check my review of Someone Else’s Skin (# 1) here or an interview with Sarah Hilary in which she discusses crime fiction, and the Marnie Rome series here, or check our talk about feminism and women writers here. If you have continued reading I can then start my enthusiastic review of Tastes Like Fear. Like No Other Darkness,…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

    Karen Sullivan, founder of Orenda Books, and I have been Twitter friends for some time now. I even got to meet her at CrimeFest15 along with some of her authors. However, I had never read any of the books published by Orenda, despite all of them being amazing crime fiction. So, when I found out about In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings on Twitter, I knew I had to ask Karen for a review copy. She was super excited about my request, and she kindly sent me a lovely paperback edition, the perfect size to carry on my handbag, but not so small so as to make reading difficult. And…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

    I have been following Sam Baker on Twitter since the launch of her website The Pool, a site which ‘makes interesting, inspiring, original content for busy women’. It was also on Twitter where I found out she was publishing a crime fiction novel in January 2016 entitled The Woman Who Ran with the tagline ‘How do you escape what you can’t remember?’. As you can imagine, it sounds right up my alley, so I asked Sam for a review copy and she kindly put me in contact with her team at Harper Collins and I was finally sent a review copy. Thanks to Sam and Felicity Denham for sending me…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

    Career of Evil is the third on the Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott series by Robert Galbraith – pseudonym for Harry Potter’s author J.K Rowling – set in London in 2011. This time the plot follows Strike and Robin when she is sent a severed leg via courier, a package that she mistook for cameras for her upcoming wedding to uptight fiancé Matthew. However, it is made clear while opening the package that the criminal wants to hurt Strike and Robin is just the means to get to him. The severed leg coincides with other crimes around London that see youg women killed and carved up by an unknown male…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward

    I met Sarah Ward years ago at her wonderful crime fiction blog Crimepieces, and we have become good friends ever since. Last May I had the pleasure of meeting her in the flesh at CrimeFest, and this fall I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of her debut novel In Bitter Chill. Best part? It was signed! In Bitter Chill tells the story of Rachel and Sophie two children from Derbyshire who get kidnapped one morning on their way to school in 1978. Flash forward to the present, and we find Rachel was actually released, while Sophie has never been found. Their cold case is open again…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

    I have been a huge fan of Paula Daly since her first novel, What Kind of Mother Are You? came out in 2013 marketed by wise publicist Alison Barrow, who also happens to take care of Kate Atkinson’s books. Ever since, Daly has published two other novels: Keep Your Friends Close (2014) and The Mistake I Made (2015). Ben Willis kindly sent me a review copy of Daly’s latest work this summer, and knowing I was in for a page-turner that would brighten up my week, I saved it until I had time enough to read it, which turned out to be the first weekend of October. The Mistake I…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

    Apparently, someone says Twitter does not sell books. Well, I beg to disagree. I came to know of Ruth Ware’s debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood as I have been in the past years: over Twitter. In fact, during the most recent of my trips to Wales, I pestered a lovely, very kind Waterstones Cardiff employee because I could not find that “new crime novel, about a wedding and a murder”. And this two months prior to the book’s publication so that you know how much I heard about it, and how eager I was to read it. It was also Twitter who gave me the title, since I…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Maeve Kerrigan #4)

    A few months back I read some wonderful reviews about the Maeve Kerrigan series in some of your blogs. Later on, I came across Jane Casey over Twitter, and after much talking about our common interests, which include Ireland, London and crime fiction, she kindly offered to send me a couple of her books featuring London-based, Irish DC Maeve Kerrigan, for which I will be forever grateful. Last August, The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4) made it to the top of my TBR pile while searching for a good police procedural to take away with me to my holidays. Spoiler alert: I could not have chosen a better book!…