November 12

Guest Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult


I picked this one up and just had to buy it. From the moment I read the blurb I was intrigued by Leaving Time. I was hooked before I had even read the first page.

Jenna Metcalf’s mother – Alice Metcalf – mysteriously disappeared in an elephant sanctuary many years ago. Jenna was too young to remember anything but she’s desperate to find out what exactly happened. Many believe that Alice is dead; others believe that there are just too many loose ends concerning the day of the disappearance. As you delve deeper into the story you realise that there was much going on behind the scenes at the sanctuary. The various characters that worked there all had their own secrets and demons. There is a healthy (or shall I say unhealthy) dose of betrayal, mental instability and revenge thrown into the mix.

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September 18

In the Dark by Chris Patchell


In the Dark by Chris Patchell
Published in 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 426
Source: Review Copy

When the worst happens and her daughter goes missing, a mother will do anything to find her…

In the fast-paced suspense novel, In the Dark by Chris Patchell, Marissa Rooney’s daughter, Brooke, has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. Standing in the middle of her daughter’s dorm room with a half-used vial of insulin clenched in her hand, Marissa comes to the terrifying realization that if she has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.
The missing person’s investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn when the police discover the body of another college student who went missing a week before Brooke. Desperate to find her daughter, Marissa fears time is running out.
But she isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from Marissa’s past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…In the dark. 

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July 17

Review: The Case of the General’s Thumb by Andrey Kurkov

photo(2)The Case of the General’s Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
Published in 2012 (First published in Russia, 1999)
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Genre: Crime Thriller
Pages: 184
Source: Bought at Exclusive Books warehouse sale
Original Language: Russian
Translated by: George Bird
The corpse of a distinguished general is found attached to an advertising balloon – and minus his thumb. Police Lieutenant Viktro Slutsky is sent to investigate. So, too, is KGB officer Nik Tsensky. Unaware of each other, each quickly finds himself mystified by developments caused by the other. Thus begins a comedy of very dangerous errors as the two criss-cross Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, until they eventually converge to find themselves the catalysts in a bizarre battle between the Russian and Ukrainian secret services.

As usual with the work of Andrey Kurkov, it’s a brilliant, absurdest story that is simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and suspenseful, with a fascinating cast of characters: a larger-than-life hitman, a deaf-and-dumb blonde, and a turtle. And as the two faithful investigators realize they’re pawns in a story of post-Soviet collapse, it becomes – also as usual in the work of this modern Russian master – an inspiring tale of resilience against the dark forces of the day.

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March 10

Guest Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published in 2012
Publisher: Phoenix
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 463
Source: Borrowed from The Mystery Corner

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. 

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

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September 23

Why not divide the fiction section in book stores?

So you’ve just gotten you’re delicious coffee, with wings of course… You’re heading into your favourite bookstore and it’s time to check out the latest in mystery and crime fiction. But do you know where to start? This is part of the problem for me, in our bookshops popular fiction is a huge section, covering everything from mystery to horror. So unless you know the author and the genre in which they write, it is a bit of a struggle to get that mystery book you desperately want.


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