Ever wondered how to solve a paranormal mystery, travel through time to change your life, or kill a president? Well, this month’s trio of books holds the answers to all of this and more!
Crow’s Cottage – John Bowen
I’m actually in the middle of reading this right now and absolutely loving it. I’d describe it as a crime thriller with a big dollop of the paranormal. It’s protagonists are the team behind a TV ghost hunting show. It’s wonderfully written and the story just draws you in. If you’re looking for something that’s a nice change to the well-trodden paths of a lot of crime fiction, I highly recommend it. Taut writing, a gripping story and well-drawn characters.
P.S. If you’re reading this on April 1st then I think the e-book is available at a ridiculously low price because it’s just been released. Grab it now at 0.99c/0.99p. It’s a bargain at full price, if you’re taking that deal you should really be wearing a balaclava and carrying a shooter!
Back To Reality – Mark Stay and Mark Oliver
To be fair, there was probably no way I wasn’t going to love this book. If you’ve read my short story collection you’ll know that I do love a bit of time travel. Add to that my ex-musician past and my love of a beautifully judged light comic touch and you’ve pretty much got this book. It just gets it right – a compelling story where the comedy compliments the drama and keeps you turning the page. One of the fundamentals of human existence is the desire to wonder ‘what if’ and this book will have you rewriting your own history. One of the many rave reviews said “Sliding Doors meets Back to the Future in a story to make you sing with joy” which nails it for me. A delight.
Out of the Dark – Gregg Hurwitz
If you area veteran of my newsletter, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of the Orphan X series. Let’s be honest, the lone man against the world espionage thriller genre could be seen as getting a little stale. There’s the brilliant Lee Child, some great authors and then an awful lot that looks like it is trying to copy the formula while missing the magic. Hurwitz reinvigorates the genre. It’s James Bond meets Jack Reacher with a genuinely fresh twist written by an author at the top of his game. This time around Orphan X is trying to do the impossible, assassinate a corrupt and dangerous US president (fictional!). I love how it lays out the impossible task and then of course, well – no spoilers but it is a hell of a ride. (BTW – it has different covers in different countries – no, I’ve no idea why they do that either!)