Blood on the Stone - Book Review - Why Words Work

Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch – Book Review

BLURB King Charles II brings the English parliament to Oxford, amid sectarian hysteria over a so-called ‘Popish Plot’ against the throne.  William Harbord, an MP and leader of an extremist Protestant group, the Green Ribbon Club, is found stabbed to death. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of Bailiffs, must investigate, with his trusty deputy, Robshaw. To identify the killer, he has to rely as much on … Continue reading Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch – Book Review

A Most Wanted Man - Book Review - John le Carre - Why Words Work

Book Review: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré

I was given a copy of A Most Wanted Man by Penguin Modern Classics as part of the John Le Carré book blog tour. Huge thank you to the team at Penguin Modern Classics, as well as John Le Carré, for this opportunity. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this tour, which review the other books by John Le Carré. He now … Continue reading Book Review: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré

Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman - Book Review

Book Review: Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

I received my review copy of Sticks and Stones as part of the Sticks and Stones Book Blog Tour! Thanks so much to their Press Officer Mia, Jo Jakeman, and the team at Harvill Secker for this opportunity.   Blurb Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now … Continue reading Book Review: Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

The Bone Field - Simon Kernick - Book Review - Why Words Work

Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

I think the older I get as a reader – and the more precious my reading time becomes – the more frustrated I get when it comes to cliffhanger endings. In particular, I become frustrated when a really good novel ends on a cliffhanger. The crime isn’t solved, the characters don’t finish their intended arcs, the plot ends on an empty note – perhaps it is … Continue reading Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh - Book Review - Why Words Work

Book Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Crime books centered around lawyers, rather than detectives or killers, can be very hit or miss for me. Either, you have a suspenseful courtroom drama where the outcome is anyone’s game – or you have a meandering, stilted, slightly awkward criminal romp where the writer can’t figure out how to make a trial exciting and realistic. Nonetheless, as an avid fan of How to Get … Continue reading Book Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Printer's Coffin - M.J. Carter - Book Review - Why Words Work

Book Review: The Printer’s Coffin by M.J.Carter

There is something about murder mysteries set in the Victorian era that always intrigue me. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for any story that features petticoats and top hats. However, a good historical fiction needs to be more than just the aesthetics and a broad understanding of the era. It needs to delve into the issues of the time, and re-imagine them through the lens … Continue reading Book Review: The Printer’s Coffin by M.J.Carter

Book Review: I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Sometimes, there can be one small thing that you don’t like about a book. Maybe the characters. Maybe the setting. Maybe the tone of the piece itself. Whatever it is, you find yourself struggling to enjoy the book because of it. No matter how much you want to ignore it and immerse yourself into all the good elements, you just can’t. This is what happened … Continue reading Book Review: I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide Series by Chris Ewan

I’m going to be doing something a little different. Rather than look at one book, I’m going to be reviewing an entire series. Namely, The Good Thief’s Guide series by Chris Ewan! Series Summary Charlie Howard is a crime author and experienced thief. As he travels the world, finding new inspiration for his novels, he becomes wrapped up in a number of criminal capers. From … Continue reading A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide Series by Chris Ewan

A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan

(Featured Image Available at Chris Ewan’s Website: here.)   As you can probably tell from my book theme this month, I have a deeply rooted passion for Lovable Rogues. Characters you can’t help but love; the charming, sometimes sinister rascals who do all the wrong things yet still manage to win your heart. As a kid, Lovable Rogues were my favourite types of protagonists (and, … Continue reading A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan