Book Reviews

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21 January 2022

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

A gripping historical novel that’s easy to read, and so well written that all the characters just leap off the page.

14 January 2022

The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves

Book 2 in the new DI Matthew Venn series. We think the series will run and run. North Devon is a wonderful location and this is another knotty and thought-provoking plot.

9 January 2022

The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

An intriguing blend of storytelling and puzzles, this is a book to relish! The title makes it sound like a Cosy Crime mystery but it’s far from that. A gripping tale that’s great fun to read.

4 January 2022

A Beginner’s Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps

Three women (each with secrets to hide) rescue a young girl and decide to kill her abuser. It’s darkly funny with a bonkers plot. An entertaining way to kick off your reading for the new year!

18 December 2021

The Anniversary by Laura Marshall

“Eleven murders, twenty-five years ago. Are some truths better left buried?” is the premise behind this gripping and unusual thriller, which has a really big, unexpected twist at the end. 4+ Stars.

12 december 2021

Jim Kelly – local author

A local author who writes good, solid and enjoyable mysteries which are full of wonderful descriptions and local detail. Definitely worth searching out.

6 December 2021

Oundle Crime recommends

Ten books read and recommended by Oundle Crime. It might look a bit of a mixed bag but there are some great stories here to enjoy.

27 November 2021

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

A prequel to the author’s insanely popular Pillars of the Earth series. This is set in Devon in the year 997 and the story rolls along at a tremendous pace…

22 November 2021

Sharpe’s Assassin by Bernard Cornwell

It’s been 31-years since Bernard Cornwell published Sharpe’s Waterloo. Now here’s the follow-up, which is a terrific tale! We hope it will introduce a new generation of readers to the Sharpe series.

15 November 2021

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Set in 1850s America this is a vivid novel about the Underground Railroad – the clandestine network that helps runaway slaves escape to Canada. After reading this you’ll look at quilts with new eyes! 4+ Stars.


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