The Big Sleep Annotated: Best Crime Novel of the Year

Publication Date: July 7th, 2018 My Rating: 5 Stars Why Read It: The first fully annotated edition of this classic American Crime Noir, first published in 1939. Packed with notes and photographs. Capsule Review: Is there any crime fiction aficionado out there who doesn’t know the classic story of the iconic Philip Marlowe, private eye, hired by the millionaire General […] Read More

Robert Harris Conclave Interview

Robert  Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’ As unseasonable October sunshine streams through a window high in Covent Garden, Robert Harris, the genial and welcoming author of Conclave, has every reason to be […] Read More

Bluff by Michael Kardos

Written by author Michael Kardos— Reading Bluff brings to mind Christopher Nolan’s movie of feuding magicians, The Prestige. In it there’s a scene explaining the three stages of a magic trick. First comes The Pledge. This is the starting point of the trick, and gives the audience some idea of what may happen – a watch may disappear, […] Read More

Book Review: The Fifth Gospel

Here is a review of Ian Caldwell’s bestseller, The Fifth Gospel, which I posted at some two months ago.  The Fifth Gospel is a complement to my earlier review of The Franciscan. Both are “Catholic” novels. The Fifth Gospel is an intelligent, erudite thriller that held me in suspense for the first 80% of the […] Read More

Book Review: Woman in the Window

Why read it: To find out what all the hype is about (5,000 reviewers on Amazon, 22,000 on GoodReads – and almost 200,000 ratings, four and half big stars). To prepare yourself for the mega Hollywood film adaptation, starring Amy Adams. A.J.Finn is now a rich man. Why not to read it (spoiler alert). Because the book finishes with the hackneyed device of the ‘psychopath […] Read More

Elizabeth is Missing

A resounding five stars:★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Finally a mystery thriller worth all the hype – yet how often is that statement  made, so as to become a cliche in itself. “Worth all the hype.” In this case, it’s Emma Healey’s 2014 Costa Book Award winning debut, Elizabeth is Missing. This was such a […] Read More