Book reviews

Here are all the book reviews on Cafethinking, in order of author surname and then by date of review (series are kept in order). If you click on a link it will open in a new window.


Heidi Amsinck – My Name is Jensen

Lin Anderson – The Killing Tide

Ewald Arenz tr Rachel Ward – Tasting Sunlight

Mateo Askaripour – Black Buck

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Cheryl Denise Bannerman – Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping

Alexander Baron – From the City, From the Plough

Quentin Bates – Thin Ice

Quentin Bates – Cold Breath

Quentin Bates – Cold Malice

Louise Beech – I Am Dust

Louise Beech – Nothing Else

Parker Bilal – The Heights

Roxanne Bouchard – We Were the Salt of the Sea

Roxanne Bouchard – The Coral Bride

Roxanne Bouchard tr David Warriner – Whisper of the Seals

William Boyle – City of Margins

Philip Brady – The Meal of Fortune

Verity Bright – A Very English Murder

Verity Bright – Death at the Dance

Verity Bright – A Witness to Murder

Verity Bright – Murder in the Snow

Verity Bright – Mystery by the Sea

Verity Bright – Murder at the Fair

Verity Bright – A Lesson in Murder

Steph Broadribb – Deep Down Dead

Steph Broadribb – Deep Blue Trouble

Steph Broadribb – Deep Dirty Truth

Steph Broadribb – Deep Dark Night

Simone Buchholz – Beton Rouge

Simone Buchholz – Mexico Street

Simone Buchholz – Hotel Cartagena

Simone Buchholz – River Clyde

Paul Burston – The Closer I Get

West Camel – Fall

Andrea Camilleri – The Age of Doubt (Inspector Montalbano)

Gianrico Carofiglio – The Measure of Time

Gianrico Carofiglio – A Walk in the Dark

Chris Carter – Written in Blood

Will Carver – Psychopaths Anonymous

Will Carver – The Daves Next Door

Paul Cleave – The Quiet People

Paul Cleave – The Pain Tourist

Ann Cleeves – Raven Black

Ann Cleeves – White Nights

Ann Cleeves – The Heron’s Cry

Jonathan Coe – What a Carve Up!

Jonathan Coe – Middle England

Neil Cross – Luther: The Calling

Kjell Ola Dahl – Faithless

Kjell Ola Dahl – The Ice Swimmer

Kjell Ola Dahl – The Courier

Kjell Ola Dahl – Sister

Kjell Ola Dahl – The Assistant

Kjell Ola Dahl – Little Drummer

Paula Daly – Open Your Eyes

Jeffery Deaver – The Final Twist

Louise Doughty – Platform Seven

Martin Edwards (ed) – Vintage Crime, a Crime Writers’ Association Anthology

Peter Elstob – Warriors for the working day

Thomas Enger – Cursed

Thomas Enger – Killed

Thomas Enger- Inborn

Monica Felton – To All The Living

Helen Fitzgerald – Ash Mountain

Helen Fitzgerald – Keep Her Sweet

John Foley – Mailed Fist

Robert Greenwood – Mr Bunting at War

Óskar Guðmundsson – The Commandments

Johanna Gustawsson – Keeper

Simon Hall – The TV Detective

Paul E Hardisty – Turbulent Wake

Charles Harris – The Breaking of Liam Glass

Lucy V Hay – The Other Twin

Anthony Horowitz – The Word is Murder

Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death

Anthony Horowitz – A Line to Kill

Anthony Horowitz – The Twist of a Knife

Bohumil Hrabal – Closely Watched Trains

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger – Death Deserved

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger – Smoke Screen

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger – Unhinged

Bogdan Hrib – Resilience

Celia Imrie – Orphans of the Storm

Arnaldur Indridason – Jar City (not really a review)

Hanna Jameson – The Last

Lisa Jewell – Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell – Watching You – and a bonus post on the ending

Lisa Jewell – The Family Upstairs

Lisa Jewell – Invisible Girl

Lisa Jewell – The Night She Disappeared

Lisa Jewell – The Family Remains

Doug Johnstone – A Dark Matter

Doug Johnstone – The Big Chill

Doug Johnstone – The Great Silence

Ragnar Jónasson – Snowblind

Ragnar Jónasson – Nightblind

Ragnar Jónasson – Blackout

Ragnar Jónasson – Rupture

Ragnar Jónasson – Whiteout

Ragnar Jónasson – Winterkill

Ragnar Jónasson – The Island

Ragnar Jónasson – The Mist

Ragnar Jónasson – The Girl Who Died

Ragnar Jónasson – Outside

Joseph Kanon – Leaving Berlin

Awais Khan – No Honour

Danuta Kot – Someone who isn’t me

Cecil Lewis – Pathfinders

Jónína Leósdóttir tr Sylvia Bates and Quentin Bates – Deceit

Jérôme Leroy – Little Rebel

Tim Lott – When we were rich

Torquil MacLeod – Meet me in Malmö

Torquil MacLeod – Murder in Malmö

Torquil MacLeod – Missing in Malmö

Torquil MacLeod – Midnight in Malmö

Torquil MacLeod – Menace in Malmö

Luke McCallin – The Ashes of Berlin

William McIntyre – Last Will

W H S McIntyre – Good News Bad News

Fred Majdalany – Patrol

Michael J Malone – A Suitable Lie

Michael J Malone – A Song of Isolation

Michael J Malone – Quicksand of Memory

Sarra Manning – The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

Jon Michelet – The Frozen Woman

Jo Nesbo – Headhunters

Sólveig Pálsdóttir – The Fox

Sólveig Pálsdóttir – Silenced

Sólveig Pálsdóttir – Harm

Alan Parks – Bobby March will live forever

Rex Pickett – Sideways

David Piper – Trial by Battle

Anthony Quayle – Eight Hours from England

Anthony J Quinn – Turncoat

Rod Reynolds – Blood Red City

Rod Reynolds – Black Reed Bay

Agnes Ravatn – The Bird Tribunal

Agnes Ravatn – The Seven Doors

Anthony Rhodes – Sword of Bone

Ally Rose – The River Runs Red

David F Ross – There’s only one Danny Garvey

Peter Schneider – The Wall Jumper

Lilja Sigarðardóttir – Reykjavik Noir Trilogy: Snare, Trap and Cage 

Lilja Sigarðardóttir – Betrayal

Lilja Sigarðardóttir – Cold as Hell

Yrsa Sigarðardóttir – The Doll

Eve Smith – The Waiting Rooms

Gunnar Staalesen – Fallen Angels

Gunnar Staalesen – We shall inherit the wind

Gunnar Staalesen – Wolves in the Dark

Gunnar Staalesen – Big Sister

Gunnar Staalesen – Wolves at the Door

Gunnar Staalesen – Bitter Flowers

Sarah Stovell – Exquisite

Sarah Stovell – The Home

Sarah Sultoon – The Source

Sarah Sultoon – The Shot

Vanda Symon – Overkill

Vanda Symon – The Ringmaster

Vanda Symon – Containment

Vanda Symon – Bound

Vanda Symon – Faceless

Yusuf Toropov – Jihadi

Elleston Trevor – Squadron Airborne

Antti Tuomainen – The Mine

Antti Tuomainen – The Man Who Died

Antti Tuomainen – Palm Beach Finland

Antti Tuomainen – Little Siberia

Antti Tuomainen – The Rabbit Factor

Antti Tuomainen tr David Hackston – The Moose Paradox

Paul Vidich – The Matchmaker

Sarah Ward – In Bitter Chill 

Sarah Ward – A Deadly Thaw

Barbara Whitton – Green Hands

Elizabeth Wilson – The Girl in Berlin

David Young – Stasi Child

David Young – Stasi Wolf

David Young – A Darker State

David Young – Stasi 77

David Young – Stasi Winter

David Young – The Stasi Game

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – The Creak on the Stairs

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Girls Who Lie

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir tr Victoria Cribb – Night Shadows


Andrew Adonis – Five Days in May

Mark Bright – My Story: from foster care to footballer

Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell – The Cult of We

Thurston Clarke – The Last Campaign: Robert F Kennedy and 82 days that inspired America

David N Clough – Dr Beeching’s Remedy: A Cure for a Century of the Railway’s Ills

Philip Collins – Start Again

Matthew d’Ancona – Post Truth: the new war on truth and how to fight back

Jason Farrell and Paul Goldsmith – How to Lose a Referendum

Lewis Goodall – Left for Dead?

Philip Gould – The Unfinished Revolution

Camilla Hammerich – The Borgen Experience

Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer – No Rules Rules: Netflix and the culture of reinvention

Ayesha Hazarika and Tom Hamilton – Punch and Judy Politics: an insiders’ guide to Prime Minister’s Questions

Claire Handscombe (ed) – Walk with Us

Isabel Hardman – Why We Get the Wrong Politicians

Charles Helfenstein – The Making of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Charles Helfenstein – The Making of The Living Daylights

Dan Hodges – One Minute to Ten

Greg Hoffman – Emotion by Design: Creative leadership lessons from a life at Nike

Andrew Jeffrey – Mastering Numbers

Naomi Klein – No is Not Enough

Denis MacShane – Must Labour Always Lose?

Andrew Martin – Night Trains

Max Mckeown – The Strategy Book

Roger Moore – Bond on Bond

John Nettles – Nudity in a public place: confessions of a mini-celebrity

John O’Farrell – Things can only get worse?

Craig Oliver – Unleashing Demons

Robert Peston – WTF?

Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall – The Railway Adventures

Tim Ross – Why the Tories Won

Tim Shipman – All Out War

Tim Shipman – Fall Out

Gareth Southgate and Andy Woodman with David Walsh – Woody and Nord: a football friendship

Stephanie Vanderslice – The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life

Tom Watson – Downsizing

Michael Wolff – Fire and Fury

Gary Younge – The Speech: the story behind Martin Luther King’s dream