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Canary Child by David Field and Alan Dance Canary Child, book review

At this time of Remembrance now is a good time to review Canary Child especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of the tragic explosion at the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell 1  July 1918. Canary Child is a difficult book to categorise, it initially appears to be a ghost tale which ties a modern mystery story to the historical events that provide purpose to the tale. It is the interspersed with a touch of romance which means there is something for any reader, no one should feel put off by those genres that they would not normally read.

The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest

Even after I had read them I started out with a plan to review these books individually. However, the more I thought about it the more aware I became that although published as two separate stories in the Millennium series they are in reality two volumes of a single, more lengthy story. So I am reviewing them on that basis and I would strongly discourage any reader to read them out of order as there so much inter-dependency in the two volumes.

Bendigo, Right Fist of God - Alan Dance and David Field Bendigo, The Right Fist of God, book review

William Thompson, better known as Bendigo, is one of Nottingham's underappreciated sons. Alan Dance and David Field have sought to correct that with their historical novel: Bendigo, The Right Fist of God. They have used fiction  and their undoubted story telling skills to build on a sound but limited historical base to produce an engaging novel

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—book review

The effusive press coverage put me off when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was first published and it has taken me ten years to get round to  reading it. As a result I missed out on a cracking read, now rectified during my recent travels. This is a book for lovers of the psychological as well as those that love mysteries or fast paced action thrillers. I soon caught up with the rest of the series, reviews of which will follow.

In Ludd's Name, cover ©Arundel Books In Ludd's Name by David Field, book review

Although In Ludd's Name is set in the first decades of the nineteenth century it will strike a chord with many people today. Changing fashions and technology were having a disproportionate impact on the livelihoods of working people.

Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy Dead or Alive: A Bestselling Thriller from Tom Clancy

A master thriller writer continues the story./ Tom Clancy brings all his main characters together in the same book; Dead or Alive maintains Clancy's reputation as a master of the thriller writer's art. In his new novel,

The Anatomy of Ghosts, cover The Anatomy of Ghosts, Murder Mystery in 18th Century Cambridge

The Anatomy of Ghosts is both a ghost story and a murder mystery set in the cloistered world of a Cambridge college in the late 1700s.

The Soul Collectors, cover The Soul Collectors, Thriller with a Macabre and Grotesque Enemy

A chilling thriller, CSI Darby McCormick faces a strange enemy. Young children go missing only to return years later in bizarre and macabre circumstances.

The Secret Crown, cover The Secret Crown, Murder, Conspiracy and Treasure Thriller

The murder of King Ludwig II and cover-up is the basis for Chris Kuzneski’s fast paced thriller. Will the good guys find the treasure and the historical truth first?

Dark Water, cover Dark Water, Complex Police and Detective Serial Murder Mystery

Caro Ramsay's latest novel, Dark Water, is out in paperback. Set around Glasgow in Scotland it should satisfy lovers of challenging detective mysteries.

Warrior of Rome, Lion of the Sun, cover Lion of the Sun, historically detailed Warrior of Rome thriller

Lion of the Sun is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series featuring Ballista. Historically accurate story of the battle for the Roman Empire.

Bad Things Happen, cover Bad Things Happen, Plans Go Wrong, People Die, A Good Debut Novel

Harry Dolan's debut murder mystery romps along and is a promising start for a new writer. Readers will enjoy this work and be waiting for his second book.

How to be Topp, cover How to be Topp, with cartoons by Ronald Searle

Penguin has republished the classic Molesworth books from the 1950s. This new review asks: do they stand the test of time? Are they of another time and place, now past? As they say "the past is another country".

The Canterbury Tales, cover Canterbury Tales Retold, Still Classically Pious, Bawdy & Ribald

Peter Ackroyd has produced an excellent new translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. He retains the classic medieval charm whilst making it easier for modern readers

Warrior of Rome, King of Kings, cover Warrior of Rome, King of Kings

A richly detailed novel set in Imperial Rome of Emperor Valerian at the end of the third century AD with the Sassanid challenging the Roman Empire on the eastern borders.

Leen Times, cover Leen Times, saga of the Daniels family continues

Leen Times A R Dance continues the story from Narrow Marsh of William and Abigail Daniels. The Daniels are married with a successful business and their adversary, the wealthy Sir Josiah Sidmouth has been transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Life is looking good but …

Trail of Blood – Shanghai Moon, a Murder Mystery

A richly detailed murder mystery, Trail of Blood, spans three generations across three continents before the search for the Shanghai Moon reaches New York's Chinatown.Trail of Blood is another volume in the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin series of crime novels.

Play to Kill, cover Play to Kill by P J Tracy,

Detectives and computer experts join forces in desperate hunt for person or persons committing serial murders and posting video on social networking sites.

The Missing, cover The Missing, Strong Debut Novel by Jane Casey

Jane Casey's debut novel, The Missing, is an intriguing mix of murder mystery and psychological thriller that explores the nature of personal strength and victimhood.

Quite Ugly One Morning, cover Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre's first novel is an excellent start combining wit, humour with very dark images of murder and man's lust for power and wealth at any cost.

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