• No ‘Bones’ about it: Connolly’s epic takes its damned tome…

    There are places in this world  – and perhaps others – that have ancient, profane power and encountering their touch can bring tragedy and pain. Maine-based private detective Charlie Parker knows that more than most and has spent much of his life avoiding that touch or seeking it out as...
  • Dark (Sacred) Night Returns: Bosch & Ballard cross paths…

    A year ago, Harry Bosch made a promise to himself and a forlorn mother that he would solve the cold-case murder of her daughter, Daisy. The mother, Elizabeth Clayton, attempting to resist the pain-numbing lure of the streets on which Harry had found her and which claimed Daisy, is...
  • ‘So… you want to be a Stuntman..?’ (Book Review)

    Watch any big blockbuster – or, for that matter, almost any production that involves any scene that could be potentially dangerous if not managed correctly – and it’s hard not to marvel at the various people who contribute to making things look that good. Despite the continued lack of...
  • Author Jane Harper remains a ‘Force of Nature’…

    Several days ago, financial giant BaileyTennants ran one of their semi-regular ‘bonding’ weekends in the Giralang mountains near Melbourne, Australia. One set of five women and another of five men went off, separately, on hikes where they followed markers and maps to get to their nightly camps and destinations....
  • Connolly’s ‘…Woods’ unearths rich, tangled roots…

    Deep in the Maine woods a body has been uncovered with forensic teams quickly establishing that the remains are of a woman who died in childbirth. There’s no indications of what happened to the baby or how the infant or mother came to be there.  Miles away, a white...
  • Bosch - Two Kinds of Truth

    ‘Truth’ and Consequences: Still Boom and Bosch…

    Like many of Connelly’s recent Bosch outings, there are essentially two cases or narratives  circling through Two Kinds of Truth, but though the publicity blurb promises that  – once again – they’ll dovetail together, there’s resolutions to both that doesn’t mean they collide in an unlikely fashion. Bosch finds...
  • Murder they Wrote… (The books making a killing…)

    Behind Her Eyes has been getting considerable plaudits over the summer with Sarah Pinborough’s current tome and previous works featuring on many a must-read list. It’s a book that creeps up on you, tapping you on the shoulder and whispering ‘There’s something weird here that you can’t put your...