“A Book of Bones” by John Connolly (Charlie Parker #17)

I was delighted to be asked by Liz Mistry to review the latest Parker thriller on behalf of The Crime Warp. When Liz made the request, I almost bit her hand off in anticipation. Firstly, before I write my review, an admission. I am a fan of the aforementioned Charlie Parker novels and of John…

Titles…

After a brief dalliance with the title “Requital of Innocents” and following on from a very informative and illuminating writing course, my book (should it ever get finished!) will revert back to its original title. Welcome back “The Kerning“. The feedback received from my course tutors has given me the confidence to reinstate the themes…

“This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott (Chris Cherry #03)

My review of “This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter S.) Seductive. Satisfying. Sassy. Scintillating. Scope. Seamless. Sensational. Sensitive. Sexy. Sharp. Significant. Skilled. Skilful. Super. Snappy. Soaring. Solid. Sound. Sparkling. Spectacular. Spellbinding. Spirited. Splendid. Standout. Statuesque. Smart. Strong. Stunning. Substantive. Successful. Sumptuous. Superior. Symphonic. (From GoodReads) The vicious…

My Top Reads of 2018

It’s 0800 on Monday 31st December. This time tomorrow we will be in a New Year. Or, Tuesday, if you prefer. EIther way, as 2018 draws to a close, I find that I have read 42 books this year. Not a huge number by any means – being part of GoodReads, I am aware of…

Herald. A Festive Tale.

  This is a short(ish) tale that I began to write a couple of weeks ago and then spent some of the intervening time tidying up and adding to. Whilst fictional, elements of it have been inspired by people, places and events, true to me. “Ingrebourne”, for example, was the telephone exchange area for my…

A Rubbish Poem #03. The CMBC choir.

(by Gavin Dimmock. December 4, 2018)   Eight fifteen on Tuesday’s chilly morn, Three weeks yet until the Saviour’s dawn. A feeble orange sun helps dispel the sheen Of frost that hides your frozen windscreen. With scratch and scrape, scrape and scratch You hurry to clear enough of a patch Of glass in which you…

“High White Sun” by J. Todd Scott. (Chris Cherry #02)

    My review of “High White Sun” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter T.) Tremendous. Thrilling. Tense. Terrific. Taut. Triumph. Triumphant. Titanic. Tough. Tenacious. Tight. Twisted. Tip-top. Tretis. Tantalising. Tender. Talented. Texas. Texan. Trilogy? (From GoodReads) In this fiery and violent new sequel to The Far Empty, even though Sheriff…

“The Far Empty” by J. Todd Scott. (Chris Cherry #01)

My review of “The Far Empty” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter M.) Mean. Moody. Murderous. Memorable. Magnificent. Menacing. Majestic. Masterful. Magical. Merciless. Marvellous. Mayhem. Major. Mesmerising. Mighty. Maddish. Mysterious. Magnetic….more, more, MORE! Seriously though, my discovery of this novel, and of its writer, J. Todd Scott, came about purely by…

“City of Sinners” by A.A. Dhand. (Harry Virdee #03)

I zipped through this, the third Harry Virdee novel, in just a matter of days. Around two and a half, I think. And, at 0232 hours this morning, I came to the end of this whirlwind paced, adrenaline fuelled, terrific bobby-dazzler of a read. For such a clean cut, well presented, eloquent and charming chap,…

First Night.

As can often be seen at the start of films, TV shows, and books, this short story (possibly the beginnings of something longer) is “inspired” by true events. I hope you enjoy it. A huge thank you to my Shotgun Rider for that ideal and perfect description, just two words actually, but two words that…

“Depth of Winter” by Craig Johnson. (Walt Longmire​ #14)

*Read between 11th October and 13th October 2018 ****WARNING: SPOILER….If you have yet to read “The Western Star”, do not read any further.**** Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. In Craig Johnson’s latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has…