Lair by James Herbert

This is not a great book. But then I knew that going in. As a teen, I read all three of James Herbert’s ‘Rats’ books and, while I didn’t remember much about the characters or narrative, I did recall that none of them are particularly brilliant. I’ve read this again now as I wanted to…

Malevolent by Jana Deleon

A young widow, who committed justifiable homicide against her husband after he turned into a crazed stalker, hires a private detective when she is stalked again. The stalker this time? Her husband, seemingly from beyond the grave. It’s a great set up for a thriller, but what make MALEVOLENT by Jana Deleon such an interesting…

Borderline by Lawrence Block

Narcotics, gambling, prostitution, lesbianism, incest, serial-killing. Here’s a book working hard to scandalise all kinds of 1950’s mores, to such an extent that it really does become exhausting. Various characters interact in a Mexican town: a jaded gambler, a divorcee looking for thrills, a lost teenager and a serial killer. They see and do depraved…

Archangel Down by C. Gockel

A now imprisoned senior member of a space-fleet breaks out of her prison, but during her escape bumps into a man with an uncanny resemblance to her ex-husband. This man has strange abilities, to the point of being super-powered. But can he be trusted? And is he even human? When I’m in the right mood,…

The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson

So, here’s what really happened: When H.G. Wells was turning his hand to science fiction, he was actually writing roman à clefs. You see, Wells himself had lived through events which inspired THE WAR OF THE WORLDS; THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU; THE INVISIBLE MAN; THE FIRST MAN ON THE MOON and parts of THE…

The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders

MRS FLANDERS’ new book cat’logues the notorious rogues and vill’ans of the great VICTORIAN AGE. Recoil at such fiendish devil’ry as that committed by MESSRS BURKE & HARE, WAINEWRIGHT and the remorseless poisoner PALMER. Witness again the lamentable and notorious crimes of the sin-ful women, MADELINE SMITH and ELIZA FENNING. Embark on a colour-ful and…