Category Archives: Shelf Notes

Shelf notes – City of Strangers by Louise Millar*

This Euro-thriller by Louise Millar – apparently a new direction from a writer who I hadn’t previously encountered – is quite a difficult book to review. On the one hand it kept me reading while my bathwater went cold and … Continue reading

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Shelf notes – recent acquisitions and some suggestions for your TBR pile

It’s that time of year when books are arriving at an astonishing rate, both proofs from publishers of titles to be published early next year and new titles that have caught my eye and which I’ve ordered from the wholesaler. … Continue reading

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Shelf notes – Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson*

Orenda Books is a tiny publisher specialising in commercial but still literary, mainly crime, fiction and with a strong Scandinavian bias. Karen Sullivan, its MD, is an absolute tornado of enthusiasm and Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson is one of the … Continue reading

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Shelf Notes – The House on Cold Hill by Peter James*

We’ve all fallen in love with a run-down old house and imagined buying it and making it into a happy home once more but what if you arrived to find that you weren’t the only inhabitants and that your fellow … Continue reading

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Shelf Notes: The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd

Lynn Shepherd’s The Pierced Heart blends Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a Victorian detective story in an ambitious but successful novel. To summarise, an Austrian nobleman offers a substantial donation to the University of Oxford and renowned investigator Charles Maddox is … Continue reading

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