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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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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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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
- Douglas Adams
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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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Are Snakes Necessary by  by Brian De Palma
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The noir genre has an inherent problem, it has the feel of the 1940s and 1950s. You imagine black and white films, men in fedoras and women with cascading red locks. The lack of technology forced the central gumshoe to walk the streets and knock together heads to gather the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th April 2020
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Heartstone by  by C J Sansom
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Offer me a time machine and I would travel no further back than the 1980s. This would allow me to place loads of bets on sporting events I know the results to and invest in Apple Computers. You would not see me travelling hundreds of years into the future or the past, are you mad? The 1980s were...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th February 2020
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Double Feature by  by Donald E Westlake
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The movie industry is seen as all glitz and glamour, but just beneath the surface Donald E. Westlake suggests that it is made up of lies and even murder. What type of person is drawn to an industry where you pretend to be fake – fake people. In Double Feature, two of Westlake’s...

Article by Sam Tyler on 31st January 2020
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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
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When you think of a Sherlock Holmes do you imagine a novel or a short story? The reality is that many tales that we know from Arthur Conan Doyle are from his short stories and it is more the modern reimagining of the character that have taken the longer form. James Lovegrove is a leading modern...

Article by Sam Tyler on 23rd January 2020
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Bad Monkey by  by Carl Hiaasen
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On occasion I see adverts on TV encouraging me to visit America. A collection of Hollywood and TV stars will speak the sights, sounds, tastes and smells that are distinctly American. It seems glamourous, it seems fun. However, when I read crime books set in America or sit down to watch the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 22nd January 2020
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Sherlock Holmes is long dead, but this has not stopped the character’s legacy from living on. Sherlock was incredibly popular in his Victorian heyday, but the number of TV shows, films and books still being made today suggests that this popularity is still the case. Taking the concept of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th November 2019
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King Con by  by Stephen J. Cannell
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There is nothing quite like a caper movie. A bunch of loveable rogues essentially breaking the law, but it is ok as they are up against even worse rogues. It is not a genre that I have found in a book format too often, can you capture the humour and pace required to make the ride an exciting...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th October 2019
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