West Seattle Blues by Chris Nickson

West Seattle Blues by Chris Nickson

West Seattle Blues is the second outing for music journalist Laura Benton. Set several years after Emerald City, Laura is now married with a son who is almost walking and a husband in the book business. She still works, albeit not as much as she used to, writing...
Emerald City by Chris Nickson

Emerald City by Chris Nickson

Mention Seattle to me and what comes to mind is Microsoft, Frasier and rain. But Seattle is also the setting for Emerald City, the new book by Chris Nickson. It’s 1988 and Laura Benton is a music journalist at The Rocket, a publication at which the author also worked...
Random by Craig Robertson

Random by Craig Robertson

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] We have a legal system so that the courts can take responsibility for meting out justice, taking decisions regarding punishment away from those who have been offended against and making that justice...
The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] The Hanging Shed was at the top of the Amazon Kindle chart a couple of months ago due to its absurdly cheap price. If I am being honest, its price was the chief reason I bought this crime thriller set in...
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] I left writing a review of this book for a week or so to decide what I really thought about it. I enjoyed it well enough when I was reading it, but it didn’t really grab me. And now a week later, I have...
Review of If I Never See You Again

Review of If I Never See You Again

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] We’ve all heard the old adage that we ‘shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’ and in the case of If I Never See You Again by Irish writer Niamh O’Connor, this couldn’t be more true. The cover doesn’t do...
Book Review: Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride

Book Review: Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] I am a big Stuart MacBride fan. His Logan McRae crime series never fails to delight me and the man himself is far lovelier than his gory prose might lead you to believe – he has been a judge in a...
Review of The Business Of Dying by Simon Kernick

Review of The Business Of Dying by Simon Kernick

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] The Business of Dying is the debut novel by successful crime writer Simon Kernick. It tells the story of Dennis Milne, a copper who also kills people on the side, the people who escape justice. One night...
Book Review: The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

Book Review: The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] “A human body starts to decompose four minutes after death.” So starts The Chemistry Of Death by Simon Beckett and this macabre beginning sets the tone for the horror that will unfold in the village of...
What now?

What now?

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I think I’m getting old.

Apart from the usual indicators (grey hair, wrinkles, don’t start me on the menopause) I have noticed one other Big Difference in me recently. I no longer find murder and gore palatable.

The past few books I have read in my usual genre of choice have left me feeling more than a little nauseous and uncomfortable. They have been written well, the prose was tight and the pages were turning, but… I don’t think I want to read this stuff anymore. What’s wrong with me? Am I growing up at last?

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