Books I recommend Vol 3

Here are yet more gems I have discovered

A Killing in the City by John Holt

Private detective Tom Kendall and his secretary, Mollie, are headed for a much-needed holiday in England. On the plane Kendall makes the acquaintance of Bob Andrews; an accountant concerned about large discrepancies in his company’s accounts.

When Bon Andrews is later found dead everyone but Kendall seems happy to accept it as suicide and he is persistently warned off by Scotland. Mollie is less than pleased that their long awaited holiday is turning into another case but Kendall will not let go as he persists with getting to the bottom of the matter.

A tale of murder, corruption and intrigue; intricately and brilliantly plotted. Although this is John Holt’s fourth Kendall novel it was the first one I read and I have got a taste for more.

A must for crime fiction fans and would-be crime writers as John Holt shows us how it should be done.

The Collectors Book One by Ron A Sewell

Disgraced British soldier and disenchanted mercenary, Petros Kyriades, is one half of an elite pair of soldiers-for-hire known as ‘The Collectors’. William (‘Bear’) Morris, ex-SAS sergeant, is the other half. Their motto is, “If it’s there we will find it, and for the right price recover it.’

Accountant Bernie Cohen cannot recall the first ten years of his life. But with the assistance of a psychiatrist, he exposes an undesirable truth. An abandoned house close to Chernobyl holds the mystery of his past, and Bernie hires The Collectors to retrieve something that should have remained hidden.

The Collectors always play the game by their rules – that is until someone or something forces them to rewrite them.

This is a real treat. Petros and Bear have an endearing camaraderie and this tale of their exploits will keeop you gripped from first page to last.

The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus by Gerry McCullough

The first collection of twelve short stories featuring Old Seamus, the Seanachie – a lovable rogue from the fictional Donegal village of Ardnakil – whose amusing yarns and escapades are narrated by his old friend, Jamie. These stories were first published in the popular Irish weekly magazine, ‘Ireland’s Own’.

I really enjoyed these delightful stories infused with Irish culture and humour. An easy read as you can dip in whenever you have the time to read a tale or two.

Ragnar the Murderer by Lily Byrne

A tale of love and treachery.

It is a time of uneasy truce, of two races living side-by-side, inter-marrying even, but forever on the look-out for treachery among their neighbours.

They meet, they bathe together and they consort. Life is short, fun is likely to be brief, and opportunity has to be seized wherever it can be found without unleashing long-held rivalries and carnage.

Then the youthful Dane, Ragnar, falls in love with Aelfwyn the Angle who is already promised by duty to one of her own village.

Ragnar and Aelfwyn’s passionate love affair is a secret which will never be hidden for long, but theirs is not the only secret around.

When Ragnar finds himself charged with murder, he and Aelfwyn are forcibly parted. But is Ragnar really a cold-blooded, cynical killer or is there a more sinister plot being played out?


dayrealing by Mike Church

Colin Raphead is a teacher at Looniversal Learning; a bizarre establishment where it takes an age to find a classroom (or a toilet) and nobody ever seems to learn much.

Looniversal Learning is peopled with diverse characters. There’s Simon, the moronic Director of Studies who can’t spell to save his life, Dolores “Slapper” Snapper, the director, obnoxious students Jack & Nicola, Amanda (whose classes are always full despite the banality of what she teaches. ), Scott the swot and Miss Tedley; the unforgettable geriatric stalker.

Mike Church has written a wonderfully satirical novel about the decline in educational standards, the lives of underachievers and over-zealous administration. The wonderfully clever plays on words and bending of grammatical principles is worth a while of anyone’s time.

Dayrealing was the 100th book to be published by Night.



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