Book reviews

The Cutting Place by Jane Casey – Book Review



From award-winning author Jane Casey comes an incredibly exciting new Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller!

You’ve got to be in the club to know the truth.

Everyone’s heard the rumours about elite gentlemen’s clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are the height of decadence . . . and the secrets are darker than you could possibly imagine.

DS Maeve Kerrigan finds herself in an unfamiliar world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour when she investigates the murder of a young journalist, Paige Hargreaves. Paige was working on a story about the Chiron Club, a private society for the richest and most privileged men in London. Then she disappeared. 

It’s clear to Maeve that the members have many secrets. But Maeve is hiding secrets of her own – even from her partner DI Josh Derwent. Will she uncover the truth about Paige’s death? Or will time run out for Maeve first?



This is #9 in the Maeve Kerrigan series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone but you will be missing out on a really great series.

When a body part is found by a mudlarker on the Thames shore, an investigation begins to find the identity of the remains and how they died.

They belong to a journalist, who believed she had an explosive story about the secretive Chiron Club whose members are rich and powerful men.

Maeve takes a short stint at undercover work at an event at the Chiron Club to see if she can find out more. Are the rumours true? Was Paige onto something before she died and did it result in her death?

Meanwhile, Maeve has a boyfriend, Seth, he seems the perfect man, attentive and romantic, but her friends feel he is changing her. Derwent really doesn’t like him and he’s suspicious of his motives, to say the least.

Maeve also has a secret, which comes to light and threatens her close friendship with Derwent.

This really is an astounding read, it is a murder mystery, a thriller but also about relationships, secrets and domestic violence. The domestic violence is brutal, honest and told in a non sensational way, that anyone can be a victim.

So well written,with great well developed characters and clever, dark and tension filled plot. I think this is the best in the series so far…..I loved every minute.

Thank you to The Pigeonhole and Harper Collins for an ARC of this amazing book. This is my honest and unbiased review.


Book reviews, Crime thriller, True Crime

From Innocence To Arrogance by Ezekiel King – Book Review


From Innocence to Arrogance is the most authentic British crime novel on the market today. This book takes the reader on the journey in first person as Cyrus Johnson lives his day-to-day life.

Every 15-year-old is somewhat the same, what makes Cyrus so different is his mentality and decision-making. Read this! It will open your eyes to a world you never knew existed right under your nose. The information to live this life is here, but after having it, would you still want to?



Set in Coventry, this is the tale of Cyrus, a young man living on a council estate in a, let’s say, less than wealthy area. He’s fed up and bored of this life and he wants more, to have cash in his pocket and a little respect.

So, he decides to be a drug dealer.

He ‘employs’ friends and even family to help and quickly becomes successful. Cy is quite naive and trusting at first, but he gradually becomes more wary, harder and arrogant. He has the money, cars, girls and the lifestyle he so sorely wanted, but at what cost?

This really is a glimpse into a world many of us never see (thankfully) but a world many young men get drawn into by the idea of easy money, the glamour and respect. But it’s a violent world too and so many become victims of it.  Ezekiel King knows this world and has eloquently shown both sides in this eye opening fictional tale. It’s honest, gritty and clearly heartfelt as it shows the consequences of this lifestyle…….it will not end well. I found this to be utterly absorbing from start to finish and I’m hoping to read more of Cy and what happens in his life. 

Thank you to the author, Ezekiel King for the opportunity to read From Innocence To Arrogance for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Book reviews, Comedy, Japanese fiction

Spark by Naoki Matayoshi – Book Review


Tokunaga is a young comedian struggling to make a name for himself in Osaka, when he is taken under the wing of the more experienced, but no more famous, Kamiya. But as much as Kamiya’s indestructible confidence inspires him, it also makes him doubt the limits of his own talent, and his own dedication to comedy.

Winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Spark is about art and friendship, about what it means to be committed to our own ambitions and to each other. A novel about comedy that’s as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it’s already been a sensation in Japan.


Firstly, Manzai is Japanese stand up comedy, but it’s not about jokes. It’s about word play and deliberate misunderstandings between the two comedians. A straight man and a funny man.

Spark is the tale of Tokunaga, one of the Sparks manzai duo. He wants to be a better comedian, so when he meets the enigmatic Kamiya he persuades him to take him on as an apprentice, a Kohai. This is the story of their escapades.

I found this to be a really touching story of friendship, it’s ups and down and ultimately of love and respect. It’s funny and emotional too at times.

While this is a short read, it is well written with great characters and really packs a lot in. It speeds along with so much to keep you thoroughly engaged and entertained from start to finish.

Thank you to Poppy at Pushkin Press for a free copy of Spark. This is my honest and unbiased review.