Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

troubleTrouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Mystery, Contemporary
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★.5

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, and that’s mostly because the Goodreads reviews shout that there needs to be a sequel. This can only mean there’s one heck of a cliffhanger, and I wasn’t ready to be unsatisfied…until I found out there’s a sequel, coming out in the week!

So, I was ready to dive into Trouble is a Friend of Mine, safe in the knowledge I could jump right over to the second book straight after. No guesses what I’m reading now.

Advertised as a mix between Sherlock and Veronica Mars, I was on board from the word GO, so let’s talk about this mad, hilarious story and why the sequel is a must. Continue reading “Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly”

Review: The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mystery/ Thriller, Secret Agent
Published by: Quercus Books
Pages: 308 | 376
Format: Library book
Rating: ★★★★★

Both of these books have been sat, unassuming, on our local library’s shelves for a while now, and never before had we picked them up. The last visit we had, it was about time we gave them a chance. They’re blurbed by Ally Carter, after all, and I love a good spy story. From books I picked up on a whim, to the best books I’ve read so far this year, I loved reading them back to back. There’s nothing better than discovering a new favourite book, especially if it’s one you haven’t heard anyone else talk about. So, let’s talk about all the reasons to love The Naturals series, and why it had my heart racing from beginning to end. Fangirl mode: activated! Continue reading “Review: The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes”

Review: The Lost and the Found

20685157The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Crime (?)
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 441
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★

The Lost and the Found has been on my radar for a while. It follows Faith thirteen years after her adopted sister Laurel was abducted and suddenly reappears. Laurel is thrust back into her family life and it’s a lot to adjust to. Meanwhile, Faith is struggling with her older sister’s return as what little attention she got from her parents before is completely non-existent now that Laurel’s back. Last year I read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, which is about sisters who are returned to civilisation after growing up in the woods. It has a similar tone and the same mysterious and volatile tone that I really loved from Murdoch’s book and overall, I’m pleased I was immersed in the harrowing tale of the Logan family.

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Review: Running Girl by Simon Mason

Running Girunning-girlrl by Simon Mason
Crime, Mystery
Published by: David Fickling Books
Pages: 443
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★.5
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

‘Running Girl’ is a mystery, the first in a series. Garvie Smith is the boy genius, who is the 21st Century male counterpart to Nancy Drew, and has the knowledge and expertise to solve it.
I watch, and occasionally read, a lot of detective crime dramas, so I was the perfect target audience for a book like this. It was jam packed with clues and plot twists that had me second guessing until the final reveal. However, my education of crime drama plots helped me make a wild guess to the murderer in the first fifty pages, which turned out to be correct in the end. If Inspector Morse has taught me anything, it’s: always expect the unexpected, and everything is relevant.
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