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Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

Flesh House

Flesh House: Stuart MacBride, October 11—October 21, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ It’s Stuart MacBride, and that means two things for Aberdeen: lots of rain and lots of blood. This time, … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Boy Who Could See Demons

The Boy Who Coukd See Demons: Carolyn Jess-Cooke, October 2—10, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Alex is a 10-year-old boy who claims he can see demons, and the one he has … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment


Postmortem: Patricia Cornwell, September 26—October 1, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ So here we have it: a murder mystery with no suspects! Or none to speak of at least. Meet Dr Kay Scarpetta, … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me: Jim Thompson, September 21—25, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Jim Thompson has arguably turned literature on its head with his 1952 novel, narrated by murdering deputy sheriff Lou … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Last Coyote

The Last Coyote: Michael Connelly, September 12—20, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ That is how to write a follow-up. Bosch returns in The Last Coyote. He’s suspended following a violent altercation with Lieutenant … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment


0.4: Mike Lancaster, September 6—11, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ 0.4 (also published as Human.4) is a found-footage tale narrated by 15-year-old Kyle, the nice guy who volunteers to demonstrate his awkward friend … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dinner

The Dinner: Herman Koch, September 3—5, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Two brothers and their wives have dinner together to discuss how to address the fact their respective children have committed a … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less: Jeffrey Archer, August 20—28, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Not a penny more. Not a penny less. Just and no more, certainly nothing extra. … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Black Book

The Black Book: Ian Rankin, August 14—19, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Review to follow

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment


Othello: William Shakespeare, August 12—14, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Othello is a high-ranking military official whom his supposed friend, Iago, sets out to utterly destroy. Motivated by (frankly unlikely) rumours that … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Alastair Campbell Aleksandr Orlov Andrew Neiderman Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh Carolyn Jess-Cooke Charles Dickens Chuck Palahniuk Dan Brown Dante Alighieri dashiell hammett david baldacci David Brin David Glattauer David Kirkpatrick David Line David Tennant David Wolstencroft Dylan Jones E.L. James Edgar Allen Poe Emilia Fox Eoin Colfer Erica Spindler Frank Peretti Gabrielle Lord Gareth Roberts Geoff Ryman George R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Gillian Slovo Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Herman Koch Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jack Thorne Jacqueline Rayner James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jem Lester Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins Jim Thompson John Crowther John Green John Tiffany John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Kaci Hill Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary McNamara Matt Haig Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Mike Lancaster Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Cornwell Patricia Stotley Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James R.J. Palacio Rachelle Dekker Raymond Chandler Richard Bachman Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Ludlum Robin Cook Robin Kirkpatrick sandra brown Sebastian Beaumont Sharon Osbourne Stella Rimmington Stephen Cole Stephen King Steve Lookner Steve Lyons Stuart MacBride Sue Townsend Suzanne Collins ted dekker Terry Pratchett Tim LaHaye Tim Randall Todd Strasser Tom Avery Tom Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William Golding William P. Young William Shakespeare