Mark Billingham is a writer I've always enjoyed reading, but for some reason, his Tom Thorne series is one I've never been pedantic about reading in order. The Bones Beneath is a great example of this – it can be read as a standalone novel, although for Tom Thorne fans who read Mark's books in ... Continue Reading
What Im Reading
Although I am an author, I am first and foremost an avid reader. Other than “Where do you get your ideas from?” which is tantamount to asking a taxi driver what time he's finishing, my most frequently asked questions is, “Who do you enjoy reading?” In this section I shall review some of the books I have read and enjoyed, in an attempt to at least partially answer this question.
What can I say about Defender that other, better, people haven't said before me? John Connolly says, "Worthy to take its place alongside The Stand" and he's underplaying it. Lee Child, when he says, "Altogether extraordinary" isn't really doing it justice either. ... Continue Reading
Been a while since I reviewed a book on here and all of a sudden, three come along... The first, Chris Holm, was an author who was new to me (this has been quickly rectified as RRH is a stunning novel, and I'm going to devour his backlist), the other two are Lee Child and Carl Hiaasen – two of the ... Continue Reading
"The only similarity between Gotham and Bradford is that we have a city full of dark knights and more than our fair share of jokers" Harry Virdee – the anti-hero protagonist in AA Dhand's exceptional debut – explains early on in Streets of Darkness, a multi-layered novel of commensurate ... Continue Reading
In 2015 I reviewed the first book in the Baby Ganesh Agency series – The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra – and found it delightful. It was a quirky novel – very much in the style of Alexander McCall Smith – and the setting of Mumbai was inspired. It was very much the heart of the ... Continue Reading