September 18, 2020

In Rakehell, agents like John Caul operate under what is known as a ‘Blanket7’, referring to Section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act of 1994, which gives immunity from prosecution in the UK to agents of the crown for crimes committed overseas.

In Caul’s world this is...

September 17, 2020

Betsy Gale: Image by Jason Yoder. Licensed from Unsplash

Luckily John Caul doesn’t have to save the world alone. He has three remarkable women joining the action: the mysterious painter Betsy Gale he meets on the SecreSea; the adventurous TV producer Coira Love, who has...

September 15, 2020

(c) Jerry Bauer from the book cover of Millennium People

John Caul's origins came from a weird idea that came to me one day: what if it had been J G Ballard who had picked up the mantle of Bond author after Ian Fleming died rather than Kingsley Amis? What if Ballard had...

August 6, 2020

Bill is my all time favourite author and I devoured this one in 48 hours.

Quick to read, flashing with ideas, goes a bit deus ex machina at the end. Suffers from being tied too much to an insane present that makes the crisis of the book seem, if anything, not really so...

July 23, 2020

Ok. - quick admission. I've not read any of the books in this series (Dandy Gilver) since the first one, which I loved. Time and distraction kept me from reading more until now.

Clearly, there has been some water under the bridge since the Armistice Ball but actually pu...

June 17, 2020

I loved the first book in this series (though I got the impression you could probably jump on with this one if you wanted to) but this second book really amps up the pace as the main characters each pursue their own strands of adventure in a really original and well re...

May 29, 2020

Like the previous trilogy set in the same world the story opens with a shock that reorders the world around the heroine. Like Alice before her, this opens up a remarkable, and rather terrifying new world for Yaz, the heroine, who belongs to a tribe living on the perpet...

May 18, 2020

This short new novel from Thomas Harris has some of his tropes - a strong, dry female lead; a whimsical yet monstrous killer - but it is far removed from the police procedural form of Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs.

There is no escaping that this book is written by...

April 3, 2020

Five books into the Ash Carter series by Murray Bailey so you probably know if you like these or not. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the latest one.

Singapore Killer is a plot driven thriller set in the 1950s, though most of the character display very mode...

April 18, 2018

The first influence for Vye was the famous Seattle tattoo artist, Vyvyn Lazonga (aka Madame Lazonga). She opened a tattoo parlor not unlike Vye's in 1989, and was a famous fixture on the Seattle scene about five minutes later. Vye is a window into that scene - the scar...

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