Friday, 30 March 2012

Diary of a Small Fish - review


The small fish in question, Paul Forte, is a quick-witted master of the funny line. He is also, like the author, a lawyer. Recently divorced, and still grieving over the sudden death of his parents, his life takes an unexpectedly sinister turn when he finds himself facing criminal charges over a few (okay, more than a few) games of golf with friends who happen to be lobbyists. Forte loves golf, it’s his passion, but it’s about to bring him down because prosecutor Bernard Kilroy has the Attorney General post in his sights and intends to use Forte’s trial as his vehicle to gaining the position.

Running through the storyline as a secondary thread is Forte's attempt to love again, but this brings still more difficulties into his already overcomplicated life.

As the book progresses, we find out that Forte has been deliberately targeted and why, all of which adds to the complexity of the tale.

The first few pages didn’t hook me as much as the rest of the novel. For me, Morin overloads the opening with too much legal jargon and political scene setting. Fortunately, he soon moves into the heart of the story, which is a great read.

The characters are well drawn and credible. Paul Forte, the narrator of the story, is inherently likeable, so much so that I was rooting for him to find a way out of his legal troubles, get the girl and live happily ever after. Did he? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Recommended.


Friday, 23 March 2012

The Filey Connection



The Filey Connection is set in the fictional town of Sanford, West Yorkshire, and follows the adventures of Joe (who runs the Sanford Third Age Club), and his two employee/friends, Sheila and Brenda. The tale kicks off with a murder, always a good way to start crime novel, and Joe (an amateur sleuth) is on the case from the word go because the victim is a member of STAC.

The Sanford Third Age Club set off for a weekend in Filey and the mystery deepens as another club member disappears, believed to have committed suicide, but Joe doesn't believe the evidence and sets out to prove the missing man has been murdered.

Without including any spoilers, it's impossible to write more, other than to say this is a cosy crime story, with lots of humour and witty repartee between Joe, Sheila and Brenda.

If I had a fault to find it would be the author's insistence on telling us how great Joe is at being a sleuth, instead of leaving us to make up our own minds. In fact, it would be easier to believe in his powers if they had been mentioned just a little less often. But that is a minor gripe and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this delightful tale.

The Filey Connection

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Looking for books to review

If you have a crime or thriller you'd like reviewed, please have a look at the submission guidelines above. Looking forward to reading and reviewing.

Saturday, 10 March 2012