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

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

Parker Bilal – The Heights

Roxanne Bouchard – We Were the Salt of the Sea

Roxanne Bouchard – The Coral Bride

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

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

Paul Burston – The Closer I Get

Andrea Camilleri – The Age of Doubt (Inspector Montalbano)

Gianrico Carofiglio – The Measure of Time

Chris Carter – Written in Blood

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

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

Helen Fitzgerald – Ash Mountain

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

Bohumil Hrabal – Closely Watched Trains

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger – Death Deserved

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger – Smoke Screen

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

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

Joseph Kanon – Leaving Berlin

Awais Khan – No Honour

Danuta Kot – Someone who isn’t me

Cecil Lewis – Pathfinders

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

Sarra Manning – The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

Jon Michelet – The Frozen Woman

Jo Nesbo – Headhunters

Sólveig Pálsdóttir – The Fox

Sólveig Pálsdóttir – Silenced

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

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

Sarah Stovell – Exquisite

Sarah Stovell – The Home

Sarah Sultoon – The Source

Vanda Symon – Overkill

Vanda Symon – The Ringmaster

Vanda Symon – Containment

Vanda Symon – Bound

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

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


Andrew Adonis – Five Days in May

Mark Bright – My Story: from foster care to footballer

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

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

Andrew Jeffrey – Mastering Numbers

Naomi Klein – No is Not Enough

Andrew Martin – Night Trains

Max Mckeown – The Strategy Book

Roger Moore – Bond on Bond

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