Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Reviews: Fowler, Fox, Johnston, Russell, Sjowall & Wahloo, Vine

Here are this week's new reviews and the last chance to enter this month's competition:

Latest Reviews:

Amanda Brown is a convert to the Bryant and May series by Christopher Fowler, she reviews the latest, The Victoria Vanishes, writing that she "enjoyed it immensely";

I leave Europe to visit Sydney where I review Kathryn Fox's Skin and Bone which I hope is the first of a new series starring Kate Farrer;

With the book cover that recently launched a 1000 blog entries (well at least three) - Paul Johnston's The Soul Collector is reviewed by Geoff Jones;

Terry Halligan reviews the latest from Craig Russell The Carnival Master which is the fourth outing for Hamburg detective Jan Fabel;

Maxine Clarke reviews Sjowall and Wahloo's The Laughing Policeman which she says "is another example of the controlled brilliance of this superb set of novels"

and in the second of a two part look at the latest from Baronesses James and Rendell, Fiona Walker reviews The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell); check out her earlier review of The Private Patient by P D James.

Current Competition:

Win a copy of Our Lady of Pain by Elena Forbes*

* restrictions apply (ends 31 August)


Anonymous said...

Great set of reviews! I read the first Craig Russell book (it was published to a lot of hype I recall), and though I rather liked it I have never read more for some reason. Maybe I should after reading this review!
It also sounds as if I should give Kathryn Fox another go; I did not enjoy the first in the series as much as I hoped, but with the emphasis shifting to a (more interesting, from the sounds of it) character, it might be worth spending the time on it.
Interesting about Vine and PD James's latest. There is a lot in the weekend newspapers about James but I think Fiona's review is probably more honest! I have The Murder Room still to read on my shelf, I did not enjoy the Dalgliesh novel before that one very much, I found it rather dull, and so I haven't found the energy to read TMR. I think there is at least one more between that and this new one reviewed by Fiona.. so it will be a long time, I guess, before I get around to it.

Kerrie said...

Glad you liked the Kathryn Fox Karen. I also read a couple of Craig Russell's and must look out for this one.