Tag: book reviews

The Buried Girl, by Richard Montanari

Richard Montanari has long been among my favourite crime writers. In his Byrne and Balzano series, set in Philadelphia, two strikingly different and very likeable cops spark off each other. But he also pens standalone thrillers, and his latest, The Buried Girl, is darkly gothic in tone. When New York forensic psychologist Will Hardy’s wife […]

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ENGELBY by Sebastian Faulks

Vintage PressISBN-10: 0099458276 I first read Engleby in 2007, its year of publication, and recommended it as an essential Christmas read.  Although he is better known for his novels set in France, particularly Birdsong, Faulks writes cracking psychological suspense, too – and has even penned a well-received Bond thriller. While Engleby is a quieter affair, it […]

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UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks

UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks William Heinemann ISBN-13: 978-1785151514 This is Tom Hanks’s first collection of short stories. Yes, Tom Hanks the actor. He writes, too – and very well, damnit!Uncommon Type’s eclectic mix of stories have one common theme: a typewriter features in each. We’re not talking about electrics or word processors; these honest-to-goodness machines […]

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LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Philip Pullman

LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Phillip Pullman Penguin RH & David Fickling Books ISBN–13: 978-0385604413 There’s a delightful trend, just now, for beautiful books. Bound between linen-covered boards, some engraved, some gilt-edged, many with silk place-markers, they recall a time when print books were given as precious gifts, and treasured by […]

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, BY Mark Haddon

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, by Mark Haddon Vintage ISBN-13: 978-0099450252 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery like no other. The detective and narrator is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome; he knows a very great deal about maths and very little about […]

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