Graham Hurley - Blood and Honey
“This novel is extremely realistic and is very
A headless body, particularly distorted by months in the sea,
is discovered by an enthusiastic bird watcher. Elsewhere an
exotic and luxurious apartment where high quality sex is provided
is raided by the police. These are the starting points for
D/I Joe Faraday and D/C Winter’s latest crime investigations.
Joe Faraday investigates the apparent disappearance of a
young deliveryman in connection with the headless body, and
is drawn into a complicated tale involving ex-soldiers and
asylum seekers from Bosnia.
Winter struggles with an increasing number of violent headaches.
A beautiful and clever young prostitute takes him under her
wing and provides him both with solace and with evidence to
help him unravel the crimes which have been committed.
This novel is extremely realistic and is very convincing in
portraying life in the investigation of a major crime. Details
of police procedure appear to be absolutely true to life.
The characters also are very believable, not all black or
white but definitely many are shades of gray. I enjoyed this
Reviewed by: S. D.
Fred Vargas – The Three Evangelists
“Fred Vargas has produced another unique novel!”
Sophia Simeonidis, a once famous opera signer turns up at
the home of three historians who have been dubbed by Vandoosler,
the godfather of one of them, as the “three evangelists”.
Someone has mysteriously planted a tree in Sophia's garden
overnight and she wants them to dig under it to see if anything
is hidden there. A few weeks later the singer disappears and
her body is found in a burned out car. The historians join
forces with Vandoosler, revealed as a disgraced ex-cop, to
discover Sophia’s fate.
With “The Three Evangelists” Fred Vargas has produced another
unique novel written in her inimitable style. The strength
of the book lies in the unusual plot and the “otherworldliness”
of the investigation. The houses where the action takes place
have magical feel to them and it is only as the novel progresses
that it becomes clear that it is a sordid tale of jealousy
and revenge. The police are only minor figures in the investigation
and it is left to Vandoosler and the historians to uncover
the truth. These characters are well written and portray the
academics as esoteric but essentially kind searchers of the
truth. This book is an excellent introduction for those new
to the work of Fred Vargas.
Reviewed by: S.W.
Christopher Reich – The Patriots’ Club
“…I may have just found another favourite
The Patriots’ Club, a secret group of hardcore businessmen,
has been in existence since George Washington set it up in
the days of the American Revolution. By 2004 it has acquired
Jefferson Partners, a large and secretive private equity firm
raising money from financial funds and private wealth to buy
companies concentrated in the defence industry. Thomas Bolden
is mugged on his way home one evening and, after reporting
the crime, he heads home. The mugging, though, is just the
tip of the iceberg and his life is about to get worse…
much worse. A group of people are after him for reasons unknown
to him, and the mysterious Bobby Stillman is someone the group
thinks he knows. But does he?
Tom’s needs to keep one step ahead of those chasing
him, and once he finally learns of their plan, needs to stay
alive to stop ‘Crown’.
Don’t let the synopsis of this book put you off! I was
not enamoured after reading this synopsis but decided to give
the book a chance. And despite my initial misgivings, I may
have just found another favourite author!
The book was fast-paced, unravelling as an intricate thriller,
which kept me intrigued and engrossed from the very first
pages. Whilst sometimes Reich was sometimes, perhaps, too
‘political’, this did not detract from my overall
enjoyment of the book and really brings meaning to the adage
‘never judge a book by its cover’.
Reviewed by H. A.