“The Bright Lands”, a chillingly good novel

An exciting book—a real page-turner where I rushed through the paragraphs with bated breath, dreading what was lying ahead and at the same time needing to find out as fast as possible. The (young) author did an exceedingly good job constructing his story, creating and transforming his characters, setting the place and atmosphere, buiding tension by degrees until it became almost unbearable, making me hate and simultaneously love the unease that was growing inside me from chapter to chapter.

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“Death of a Diva” for Rainbow Book Reviews

All the ingredients for an excellent and funny book are there, and I have to admit: Derek Farrell didn’t disappoint me. “Quite fun”, as the blurb proclaims, doesn’t even nail it approximately. I simply loved the book. The plot? Something Agatha Christie might have imagined, had she been born in the sixties and had a penchant for stories more juicy than her own admittedly excellent ones. The writing? A mix between Joe Keenan for its wry wit and campy tone and Elizabeth Peters for the very British style. I not only giggled through half the book, I outright laughed out loud, earning many a dazzled stare from my boyfriend.

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“The Blue Star” read and reviewed…

An interesting and intriguing read, albeit a rather difficult book to review, with many developments and twists, many levels and layers, less a linear plot (or two) than the perfect depiction of places at a certain time, of ambiences, of atmospheres. Everything lies within the strong evocative power of the words the author has chosen. The writing is effortless, erudite without being pedantic, sometimes ornate, sometimes crisp and straightforward, in perfectly paced alternations. Robert Ferro—a great name in literature.

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“Death Of A Diva”, une tranche de franche rigolade

Une histoire qu’Agatha Christie aurait pu imaginer si elle était née dans les années soixante et avait un penchant pour les histoires un peu plus olé-olé que les siennes, certes excellentes, le tout raconté dans un style qui mélange Joe Keenan pour son esprit ironique et son ton cabotin et Elizabeth Peters pour l’écriture très britannique. Non seulement ai-je gloussé presque tout le temps, j’ai carrément ri aux éclats! Pour savoir de quel livre je parle, rendez-vous sur 

“The Lost Language of Cranes”—a review

A really wonderful novel, multi-layered, well written and well paced, with genuine insight into what people feel and think. It’s about family ties (or the hurtful absence thereof), about guilt and its nefarious weight, about love and how difficult it is to find it, about the heaviness of existence some of us experience… Read the whole review on

Le “dernier-né” de Josh Lanyon

Ellery Page est de retour. Blanchi d’un meurtre, il pense que la vie reprend son cours normal. Il espère même avoir trouvé son futur petit copain en la personne du chef de police Jack Carson. Mais bien sûr, ce ne serait pas un polar de Josh Lanyon si tout restait luxe, calme et volupté. Une mort bizarre suffit, et Ellery est encore le suspect numéro 1. Mon compte-rendu complet sur

“Fire on the Island” by Timothy Jay Smith

“Fire on the Island” is a playful, romantic thriller set in contemporary Greece, with a gay Greek-American FBI agent, who is undercover on the island to investigate a series of mysterious fires—that’s what the blurb says.

What is my take on the novel? Well, the book doesn’t speak of a postcard-Greece one might encounter when spending one’s holidays holed up in a vacation resort, but the real country with its heart-rending present-day problems… Reading this book really was like being in Greece. Enjoyable read, when all is said and done. Recommended to all crime fiction lovers.

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