Recommended Read : Canary by Duane Swierczynski

A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. Here’s the blurb for Canary: ‘Every student needs a part-time job.Hers is hunting criminals. Sarie Holland is a good kid. An Honors student. She doesn’t even drink. So when a narcotics copContinue reading “Recommended Read : Canary by Duane Swierczynski”

Recommended Read: Killer’s Countdown by Wendy H. Jones

Killer’s Countdown (A DI Shona McKenzie Mystery): 1 (The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries) Now, this is the way to to kick-off a series! Killer’s Countown is a deftly plotted and engrossing police-procedural that is full of grit and warmth – despite the Dundee weather. Grippng and emotionly involving in equal measure, Wendy H. Jones‘ firstContinue reading “Recommended Read: Killer’s Countdown by Wendy H. Jones”


It’s 1976, and Britain is in the grip of an unbearable heatwave when Bowen leaves London to return to his home town in northeast Wales. As events spiral out of Bowen’s control, his old partner Nash follows his trail. Meanwhile, young Jay finds a briefcase stuffed with cash. Math Bird’s Welcome To HolyHell is just fantastic. ItContinue reading “RECOMMENDED READ: WELCOME TO HOLYHELL BY MATH BIRD”


Angels In The Moonlight is a the third in Caimh McDonnell‘s Dublin Trilogy, which actually consists of five books. Oh, and it’s a prequel too, so pick the bones out of that one! If you’ve read the first two of the Dublin Trilogy (  A Man With One of Those Faces (2016) & The Day ThatContinue reading “Recommended Reads: THE QUIET MAN & ANGELS IN THE MOONLIGHT BY CAIMH MCDONNELl”

Recommended Read: Substitute by Susi Holliday

Chrissie is a happily married graphic designer with a young daughter. She lives a pretty comfortable and unremarkable middle-class life, but when she receives a visit from a creepy, mysterious stranger, things turn completely out of the ordinary. Substitute by Susi Holliday has all the elements of a gripping domestic noir, complete with sharp twistsContinue reading “Recommended Read: Substitute by Susi Holliday”

Recommended Read: Real Tigers by Mick Herron.

Recommended Read: Real Tigers by Mick Herron. Real Tigers is the third of Mick Herron’s novels set in Slough House – a kind of Government care home for the secret service’s dispossessed. Its waifs and strays, and oddballs. Jackson Lamb is the man in charge of Slough House and he is a great creation being bothContinue reading “Recommended Read: Real Tigers by Mick Herron.”

Recommended Reads: Black Summer & The Curator by M W Craven

Recommended Reads: Black Summer & The Curator by M W Craven A few SPOILER FREE words about these marvellous books. With his excellent novel The Puppet Show, M W Craven introduced us to the mismatched-team of rough n’ tumble cop Washington Poe and eccentric computer genius Tilly Bradshaw. In Black Summer and The Curator, PoeContinue reading “Recommended Reads: Black Summer & The Curator by M W Craven”

Recommended Read: Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild: Cautionary Tales by Judge Santiago Burdon

Recommended Read: Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild: Cautionary Tales by Judge Santiago Burdon I absolutely loved this beautiful and brutal collection of razor sharp, short stories. These tales of lowlifes with high-hopes – or, more often, not a hope in hell – are reminiscent of Nelson Algren, David Goodis or ‘Small Change’ era Tom Waits, inContinue reading “Recommended Read: Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild: Cautionary Tales by Judge Santiago Burdon”

Recommended Read: Blood Line by Paul Heatley

Tom Rollins is a former CIA operative who is AWOL and on the run. When his younger brother and his wife are attacked my a neo-Nazi group, Rollins makes it his business to get involved – with violent results. I’m a big fan of Paul Heatley‘s previous books – brit grit, lowlife noir, dirty realismContinue reading “Recommended Read: Blood Line by Paul Heatley”

Recommended Read: Ezra Slef – The Next Nobel Laureate in Literature by Andrew Komarnyckyj

Humbert Botekin, a disgraced English literature professor, decides to write the definitive biography of his hero Ezra Slef – a world-renowned postmodernist novelist. Slef, however, declines to be interviewed by Botekin and even refuses him access to photographs to use in the biography. Still, the hopelessly deluded Botekin is not easily deterred and he embarksContinue reading “Recommended Read: Ezra Slef – The Next Nobel Laureate in Literature by Andrew Komarnyckyj”

Recommended Read: Hard Times by Les Edgerton

Les Edgerton’s Hard Times is a fantastic read. It takes place in Texas in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. It is primarily the story of Amelia Laxault, a bright farmgirl who, at the age of fourteen, is forced to marry Arnold Critchin, a violent drunk. Hard Times also tells the tale of Lucious Tremaine,Continue reading “Recommended Read: Hard Times by Les Edgerton”

Recommended Read: Bad Penny Blues by Cathi Unsworth

At the start of the Swinging Sixties, a serial killer nicknamed Jack The Stripper stalked te streets of West London. In Bad Penny Blues, Cathi Unsworth smartly weaves together fact and fiction as she tells the stories of Stella – a young fashion- designer who is haunted by visons of the dead women – andContinue reading “Recommended Read: Bad Penny Blues by Cathi Unsworth”

Recommended Read: Dig Ten Graves by Heath Lowrance

Heath Lowrance‘s follow up to his classic debut novel THE BASTARD HAND – to be republished later this year – is a searing collection of hard-boiled, dark fiction. The blackest of noir permeates the pages of DIG TEN GRAVES and oozes into its dark alleyways, its blood stained streets and its rain soaked gutters –Continue reading “Recommended Read: Dig Ten Graves by Heath Lowrance”


John Bowie’s Transference is the follow up to his dark and moody debut novel, Untethered. Similarly soaked in booze and bad decisions, Transference follows its ex- SAS protagonist John B to Manchester where he investigates a young man’s apparent suicide, as well is digging up the dirt that most of the city would prefer toContinue reading “Recommended Read: TRANSFERENCE by JOHN BOWIE”