Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

I told myself going in that the last one was a blip. In FOOL’S ASSASIN I actually had a book in this wonderful series (or serieses I guess, as it’s three trilogies) that I didn’t actually enjoy that much. It was an anomaly though, right? Just a smudge on the record. There have been minor…

Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne

This is a wonderful novel! Lawrence Osborne (a writer, I confess, I’d never read before) has taken Philip Marlowe and done something really interesting with him. He isn’t here trying to sort our loose ends from THE BIG SLEEP or THE LONG GOODBYE, which – however diverting – really do fall into the trap of…

Helltown by Jeremy Bates

There’s a lot of fun to be had here for horror fans. Jeremy Bates has taken a big blood-stained pot and mixed together a load of familiar horror tropes. So, we have the young people lost in the haunted wood, satanists, rednecks, giant snakes and ghastly, brutal murder. The 1980's setting even lets him throw…

Seduction by Karina Longworth

The podcast that first hooked me into the whole world of podcasts wasn’t SERIAL, I was too late to the party for that, it was Karina Longworth’s YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. A look behind the stories of old Hollywood which was sympathetic, empathetic and offered a 21st century perspective on these old black and white…

The Long Silence by Gerard O’Donovan

The death of William Desmond Taylor is one of those unsolved murder mysteries beloved of HOLLYWOOD BABYLON and other conspiracy theorists. All kinds of wild tales have been built upon it – from him being killed by one of the glamorous actresses he was involved with, or his gay lover, or his old butler (who…