The Way It Is Now by Garry Disher – review

Published by Viper Books Publication date – 4 August 2022 Source – review copy WHO SHALL INHERIT THE SINS OF THE FATHER? Twenty years ago, Charlie Deravin’s mother went missing, believed murdered. Her body has never been found, and his father has lived under a cloud of suspicion ever since. Now Charlie has returned to…

A Woman’s World by Marina Amaral and Dan Jones – review

Published by Head of Zeus Publication date – 4 August 2022 Source – review copy The third volume in the much-admired The Colour of Time series. A Woman’s World, 1850–1960 explores the many roles – domestic, social, cultural and professional – played by women across the world before second-wave feminism took hold. Using Marina Amaral’s colourized images and…

Andrew James Greig – Q&A

The Devil’s Cut by Andrew James Greig was published by Fledgling Press on 28 October 2021. Andrew kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Devil’s Cut. When a distillery owner’s body is discovered on top of a remote Scottish mountain, forensics confirm that he died of natural causes….

Balancing the Books – July 2022

So we are already past the half way point of the year but we have reached the month that seems to last for six months, at least in this house it does. That’s right, it’s the school holidays. Last month saw me attend the Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate. The event ran from Thursday…

Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer – review

Published by Headline Review Publication date – 18 August 2022 Source – review copy Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams. Something screams back. And that, like everything which follows, is unforgettable. This is a book about a lot of things – grief, hope, friendship, love. It’s also about what you’d do if you…

Chris McGeorge – Q&A

Chris McGeorge is the author of Guess Who, Now You See Me and Inside Out. His latest novel, Half-Past Tomorrow was published by Orion on 5 August 2021. Chris kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Half-Past Tomorrow Half-Past Tomorrow follows Shirley Steadman, a 70-year-old living in Chester-Le-Street, County…

More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez – review

Published by Michael Joseph Publication date – 7 July 2022 Source – review copy Lore Rivera was married to two men at once, until on a baking hot day in 1986, one of them found out and shot the other. A secret double life, a tragic murder. That’s the story the world knows. It’s not…

Laura Besley – Q&A

(Un)Natural Elements by Laura Besley was published by Beir Bua books on 21 October 2021. Laura kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about (Un)Natural Elements (Un)Natural Elements is a collection of micro fiction, which, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is really short fiction, usually under 300 words. This…

The Gospel of the Eels by Patrik Svensson, translated by Agnes Broome

Published by Picador Publication date – 13 May 2021 Source – review copy I can’t recall us ever talking about anything other than eels and how to best catch them, down there by the stream. Actually, I can’t remember us speaking at all. Maybe because we never did. The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is one…

Malice by Keigo Higashino – review

Published by Abacus Publication date – 5 February 2015 Source – review copy Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by his…