Cold Spectrum

Craig Schaefer ★★★★★ A fantastic fourth instalment in the Harmony Black series, and the strongest to date, Craig Schaefer has done himself proud with Cold Spectrum. Adrift from their chain of command and not knowing who to trust, Harmony and the rest of her team are desperate to learn more about Cold Spectrum. Betrayed by…… Continue reading Cold Spectrum

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde (Translated by Diane Oatley) ★★★★ I’m always rather dubious of translated books, but this story has flowed seamlessly from the original Norwegian text, published in 2015, into this English version. It follows the lives of three people, spread over a period of 250 years. The accounts are intermingled, but instead being jarring that…… Continue reading The History of Bees

The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman ★★★★★ The Thursday Murder Club is the debut novel from Richard Osman, he of Pointless and House of Games fame. He’s always come across as an intelligent guy with a way with words, so giving it a go was a no-brainer. I’m so glad that I did – I absolutely adored it. Set…… Continue reading The Thursday Murder Club

Nightshifter

L.E. Horn ★★★★ As a vet in Manitoba, Canada, Liam is used to dealing with the aftermath of wild animal attacks on farm animals. When he’s called out to treat a young bison bull, he’s puzzled by the size of the wounds left by its attacker; even more so when he discovers that two other…… Continue reading Nightshifter

Urban Enemies

Edited by Joseph Nassise ★★★ Anthologies are a wonderful way to find ‘new’ authors, and are a bit like a day trip. You get to dip into new worlds, have a quick look around, and decide if you’d like to return for a proper holiday. Sometimes all the authors are unknown to you, other times…… Continue reading Urban Enemies

The Silent Wife

Karin Slaughter ★★★★★ A worthy follow-up to The Last Widow, The Silent Wife is the tenth book in Slaughter’s Atlanta GBI series, featuring Will Trent, Faith Mitchell, Sara Linton. The story switches back and forth between two alternate times and places – modern day Atlanta, where we find Sara, Will and Faith investigating a murder…… Continue reading The Silent Wife

The Last Widow

Karin Slaughter ★★★★★ For reasons that I can no longer remember, I originally gave up on Karin Slaughter after her 2004 Grant County series novel, Indelible – this is a mistake which will be quickly remedied. The Last Widow is the ninth book in her Atlanta GBI series, which seems to follow on from Grant…… Continue reading The Last Widow

Survivor Song

Paul Tremblay ★★★★★ “THIS IS NOT a fairy tale. Certainly it is not one that has been sanitized, homogenized, or Disneyfied.”Tremblay warns you right from the beginning that what you are about to read isn’t going to be yet another happily-ever-after fable where the heroes (or in this case heroines) overcome adversity, kill the wicked…… Continue reading Survivor Song

Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke ★★★★ Guillermo del Toro yet again shows himself to be a master of the gothic tale.  In this novelisation of the 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth, he weaves the fairy-tale story of a young girl, Ofelia, who is taken by her mother to live with her new stepfather, a sadistic…… Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth

Monstre [Volume One]

Duncan Swan ★★★★ Deep beneath the Switzerland/France border sits the Large Hadron Collider, built in the quest for answers to some of theoretical physics’ most elusive questions. It was supposed to be safe, but when a malfunctioning experiment explodes, all a rag-tag group of scientists can do is flee the facility and try to make…… Continue reading Monstre [Volume One]