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To The Lions: Holly Watt takes no prisoners in Dagger winner

To The Lions: Holly Watt takes no prisoners in Dagger winner

Former journalist Holly Watt’s hard-hitting thriller To The Lions, is the first in her Casey Benedict series and winner of the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Read on for our full review. To The Lions Synopsis Time, Sunday Times, Telegraph & Guardian…

The Origin of Me by Bernard Gallate, Book Review: Quirky charm

The Origin of Me by Bernard Gallate, Book Review: Quirky charm

Bernard Gallate’s The Origin of Me is a memorably quirky and modern coming-of-age novel come historical mystery. The Origin of Me Synopsis A beguilingly original and satirical debut novel of friendships, imagination, and the bodies we live in Lincoln Locke’s fifteen-year-old…

The Watermill by Arnold Zable, Review: Moving stories of resilience

The Watermill by Arnold Zable, Review: Moving stories of resilience

Arnold Zable’s The Watermill is a thought-provoking essay collection highlighting both the brutality and strength of human nature. Read on for our full review. The Watermill Book Synopsis Ranging from remote provinces in China and Cambodia to pre- and post-war Yiddish Poland, Kurdish…

The Wife and the Widow, Book Review: White’s killer twist

The Wife and the Widow, Book Review: White’s killer twist

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White is a tale of psychological suspense in an atmospheric small-town setting, with a killer twist. Read on for my full review. The Wife and the Widow Synopsis Set against the backdrop of an eerie island…

Unconditional by Robert Glancy, Review: Deeply moving sequel

Unconditional by Robert Glancy, Review: Deeply moving sequel

Robert Glancy’s Unconditional is a funny yet also deeply moving sequel to his bestselling debut novel Terms & Conditions, about the power of love in all its forms. Unconditional Synopsis In Terms & Conditions, an amnesiac lawyer rebuilds his memory by…

SILVER by Chris Hammer, Book Review: Literary determination

SILVER by Chris Hammer, Book Review: Literary determination

Silver is Chris Hammer’s compelling sequel to his debut novel Scrublands, which won the 2019 CWA Dagger New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel. Read on for our review. Silver Book Synopsis For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run…

THE LION’S DEN by Anthony Marra (Inheritance Collection), Review

THE LION’S DEN by Anthony Marra (Inheritance Collection), Review

Anthony Marra’s Lion’s Den is the third title in the Amazon Original Stories ‘Inheritance Collection’. The Lion’s Den Synopsis Exposing his father’s transgressions in a tell-all was the ethical, righteous—and profitable—thing to do. What’s left but to slink back home for…

THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney, Review: Cleverly plotted

THESE LITTLE LIES by Gretta Mulrooney, Review: Cleverly plotted

Gretta Mulrooney’s These Little Lies (DI Siv Drummond #1) is cleverly plotted crime fiction, with an endearingly tough female lead and twists I did not see coming. These Little Lies Synopsis: DETECTIVE INSPECTOR SIV DRUMMOND IS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START. WHAT…

The Great Divide by LJM Owen, Review: Atmospheric pageturner

The Great Divide by LJM Owen, Review: Atmospheric pageturner

In LJM Owen’s atmospheric pageturner The Great Divide, a city detective hunts a killer through a fog of lies in small-town Tasmania. The Great Divide Book Synopsis Twisted Secrets. Hidden Victims. Monstrous Crimes. In the rural Tasmanian town of Dunton, the body…

Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker, Review: Refreshing humour

Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker, Review: Refreshing humour

Apple Island Wife: Slow Living in Tasmania is the delightful first memoir from Fiona Stocker, escaped Brit turned Tassie farm owner and freelance writer. Apple Island Wife Synopsis Slow Living in Tasmania What happens when you leave city life and move…

FORTUNE by Lenny Bartulin, Book Review: Gripping

FORTUNE by Lenny Bartulin, Book Review: Gripping

Fortune by Lenny Bartulin, is a gripping, globe-spanning historical epic. Read my full review. * Not to be confused with the 2021 Booker Prize-shortlisted The Fortune Men. Fortune Synopsis In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he…