A Game Of Ghosts: Live, die, repeat

If you’re enjoying something immensely, why would you ever want it to stop? That’s the nub of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series of supernatural crime-thrillers. The author and his audience certainly seem to relish Charlie’s annual appearance in which he confronts the latest cult of ancient evil to come crawling out of the undergrowth. But…

Crime Time: just published thrillers and killers

  A rapid round up of six of the best recently released murder mysteries, crime thrillers and killer reads from well-known writers and indie authors who you may not have met yet…   KINGS OF AMERICA by RJ Ellory In this sprawling epic which spans three decades in the mid-20th century, master storyteller RJ Ellory…

Souls Disturbed: supernatural stirrings in the suburbs

Although the cover art for this collection of three novellas appears quite creepy, the stand-alone stories themselves are far from horrific. Instead they’re set in the ‘soft edges’ of ordinary, everyday English life, where the boundaries between ‘unremarkable’ and ‘unexplained’ can become blurred. Author Kath Middleton uses familiar situations from normal life to explore some…

The Devil’s Lieutenant: hell’s hitman

I love a good murder, me. And there’s plenty of death, despair and destruction in this supernatural noir – suicide, murder, incest, betrayal and a bullet through the brainpan all come barrelling off the page within the opening chapters. ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ combines the hardboiled grit of a bare-knuckle brawl with an intriguing twist into…

Collecting The Dead: stalking a serial killer

  Magnus ‘Steps’ Craig is no ordinary federal investigator. He’s a tracker par excellence, a man who can zero in on criminals with uncanny accuracy. And that’s because he brings a touch of the paranormal to the party; a sixth sense, an ability to see people’s auras and the ‘shine’ they leave behind. If that…

Short stabs: quick thrillers and scary stories

There are moments when a full-length novel is just too much to get to grips with. So here are a few rapid reads which we’ve enjoyed recently, from contract killers to urban assassins, serial psychos to sibling rivalry, and a couple of stories with a subtle hint of the supernatural. Compact and carefully crafted, each…