The Killing (1) – David Hewson


Having watched the TV series once I was already looking forward to reading the book, despite it still languishing on my bookshelf a year after purchasing it at the book launch at CrimeFest, Bristol last year.

What prompted me to pick it up and start however, was the fact the we started watching the original TV series again at work, as a way of helping night shifts to pass. I must admit that I believe my enjoyment of the book was increased a little by the knowledge of the TV series, but also in looking for the differences between the two, up to and including knowing that the killer has been changed in the novelisation.

I was wondering how it would be done, but it was brilliant. The shame of it is, I can’t tell you why without spoiling it, which I will not do. Suffice is to say it works well with the story, answers alot of questions remaining if you’ve watched the series, and is far more fitting for the characters.

It honoured the series well, but is at the same time a fabulous book in its own right for anyone who chooses to read it who hasn’t seen the TV version. I certainly recommend it whether you are interested in the TV show or not


Dead Mens Harvest – Matt Hilton


Dead Men’s Harvest sees a big step up in writing style for Matt Hilton which makes this book, far more gripping than all of the preceeding novels, and brings to a climax a story line left unfulfilled since his first book, Dead Men’s Dust.

With his best friend kidnapped, and an old enemy targeting him once more, Joe Hunter has to face harder moral questions than eveer before,

Hard hitting from page one, and with no holding back you will not be able to put this book down.

The Dying Hours


I do love Mark Billingham and I do love Tom Thorne. However, I do have to say that I felt that in this instance, Tom really wasn’t the character I had grown to know and love over the previous books. He appeared far more jaded than I expected and I am unsure if this was by design or not, I hope so, because he’s a great character and I wouldn’t want to stop reading the books because he seemed too ‘tired’.

As for the cliffhanger on the last page? That had me proclaiming rather loudly, ‘You complete, and utter bastard.’ much to the amusement of my other half



I’ve never read anything by Jeff Abbott before, but on the strength of this book I shall certainly be seeking out all of his back catalogue, and have already added the next Sam Capra novel, The Last Minute’, to my to be read pile.

The CIA is convinced that Sam has turned traitor and will do everything in it’s power to prove it. Sam must avoid capture, save the kidnapped daughter of a billionaire, find his missing wife and child, and all while trying to prove his innocence.

With the help of a mysterious organisation with seemingly unlimited resources, Sam sets out to find the truth, and clear his name.



I’m glad to say that as these Kathryn Dance novels progress, they are less and less text book, and more and more story.

This was a fantastic book, with brilliant plotting, and plenty twists and turns to keep you turning the pages, and of course you can’t beat a bit of help from the great Lincoln Rhyme.