Posts under ‘Mystery’

The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs

 Translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans Five words from the blurb: return, Doctor, children, suspicion, past I first became aware of The Angel Maker when Shannon wrote a compelling 5 star review for it. We often share a taste in books so I immediately ordered a copy from the library. The Angel Maker has the feel […]

Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott

Five words from the blurb: wife, murdered, Oxford, mystery, past Every Contact Leave a Trace is an atmospheric murder mystery set within the grounds of an English University. The book begins with Alex discovering the body of his wife, Rachel, by a lake in Worcester College, Oxford. Access to the college is restricted so only a limited number of people were […]

Rendezvous – Esther Verhoef

 Translated from the Dutch by Alexander Smith Five words from the blurb: mother, life, unravels, tension, twists Iris is holding A Month of Dutch Literature on her blog. I wanted to join in, but had nothing to hand. I then spotted this book in a little independent book shop and was drawn towards the following […]

In The Woods – Tana French

Five words from the blurb: detective, body, woods, family, secrets Tana French is an author who has been raved about so much that I have forgotten where I first heard about her. I am often disappointed by thrillers and so was nervous about approaching this book, but I shouldn’t have worried – In the Woods […]

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a delightful cozy mystery. The book is set in a small English village in the 1950s and the story begins with 10-year-old Flavia de Luce finding a dead snipe on her doorstep. The bird has a postage stamp impaled on its beak and her father’s reaction […]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson

Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland I’m confused. Please could someone explain why everyone raves about this book; why it has sold millions of copies around the world and why people are describing it as the best crime novel ever. I just don’t understand it – I found it to be just average, with […]