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Mystery is a powerful tool. You can exude a sense of power from the shadows that may not be true if a light was shined on you. The premise of T.S. Willberg’s Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder begins thus, with a mysterious detective agency, but we...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th May 2021
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Following the news, it feels like the world is going to hell in a handcart. Put aside any politics and there is enough going on environmentally to worry most people. The idea of the oceans rising, smog filling the skies and animals dying out whilst the infrastructure of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th April 2021
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Finders Keepers by  by Stephen King
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Stephen King is rightly one of the bestselling genre writers of all time as he is not only prolific, but also the writer of some classics. Like many fans of horror, I read his back catalogue as a teenager and read terrific...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th March 2021
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- Mark Twain
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Ravenspur by  by Conn Iggulden
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I love Fantasy as a genre but sometimes I get the impression that it only exists because we can only retell our own history so many times. Tales of various houses fighting for the crown, treachery, murder, a cast of heroes of villains. I am not talking about the likes of Game of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th February 2021
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Golden Prey by  by John Sandford
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The long running series is a dream for an author as it means that your characters and world are successful enough that people are buying them, and you can keep writing. John Sandford's Lucas Davenport books must be a success when you realise that Golden Prey is the 27th book...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th December 2020
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Zeus Is A Dick by  by Susie Donkin
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One man’s truth is another man’s myth and whilst the Greek Gods may have once been worshipped as real, they are now considered by most as myths. This is great for a genre review site as the Greek Gods are as fantastical as they come. They turn themselves and others...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th November 2020
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Squeeze Me by  by Carl Hiaasen
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Murder, kidnapping, shootings, stabbings; not an amusing set of words, but in the hands of a great author, crime can be funny. In fact, crime can be hilarious. The crime comedy when done well is one of my favourite genres and Carl Hiaasen has being doing it well for years. He has combined wit...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th September 2020
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Grave Secrets by  by Alice James
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Walk into my house and glance at my bookshelves and you will find an eclectic mix of books. My favourite genres are represented heavily in science fiction and fantasy, but I also have loads of crime, history, biographies and general fiction....

Article by Sam Tyler on 3rd September 2020
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
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The Pillars of the earth by  by Ken Follett
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Fair warning, this isn't going to be a normal review, it's the first one I've written post-covid and is much more personal than usual.

Some years ago, my father started reading again. Previous to that he hadn't read much for the last few decades outside of Haynes manuals and instruction...

Article by Ant on 10th August 2020
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Low Action by  by Andrew Cartmel
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Punk was a short-lived musical genre and if you have listened to some of it you can probably tell why. It was raw, edgy and loud, but most of the songs were not that great and it was more about attitude than being able to sing. The songs that you may like from that genre may...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th August 2020
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The Word is Murder by  by Anthony Horowitz
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I have read a lot of crime fiction and even as a fan you can be critical of how similar they can be. The formats and storylines can bog down into only a few basic formulas. In a less accomplished author this can lead to a bland book that fades quickly in the memory, but this...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th May 2020
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Masquerade for Murder by  by Mickey Spillane
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My partner and I went through a stage of watching only noir films. Many of them felt the same, but some stood out. The French films had an effortless style, Barbara Stanwyck was always amazing, and one film was just a little bit insane. That film...

Article by Sam Tyler on 24th April 2020
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