I thought I'd actually wait until the year was over (2014, just in case you...) before putting my heads together and seeing what I'd read that was worthy of The Speesh Golden Bookmark* for best book/read I read in 2014. As usual, I don't seem to have read any of other places' 'Books of the Year.' Partly … Continue reading If it's 2015, it must be time for – Book of the Year 2014!
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham My rating: 3 of 5 stars This one I bought on spec, as I don’t usually read this sort of crime novel. But I’m glad I did. Though it does now mean shelling out on a whole new series of books that two months ago were unknown to me. … Continue reading Review: The Dying Hours
Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another one that reminds me of Mark Timlin's 'Nick Sharman' thrillers. And that’s (again) a very good thing. Gritty, clear, precise, nuanced. The story proper starts in Manchester with the main character, Joe Hunter, warning off some local thugs who are terrorising his … Continue reading Review: Dead Men's Dust
Stay Another Day by Mark Timlin My rating: 3 of 5 stars Must be some fifteen to twenty years since I last picked up a Mark Timlin Nick Sharman thriller. And I still can't put it down. It's hard for me to critiise a Mark Timlin/Nick Sharman book. They've always been right. They’ve always entertained, … Continue reading Review: Stay Another Day
Long Way Down by Tony Black My rating: 4 of 5 stars A short story, so I'll keep it short. Excellent. OK, maybe a word or two more. Really excellent. Long Way Down is what we in the trade are calling a ’14,000-word novella’ and I think I got it for free, off the US … Continue reading Review: Long Way Down
Think you're tough enough to read one of these? Do ya? Eh?
Dark City Blue. Read it - before it reads you!