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Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

The Grownup

The Grownup: Gillian Flynn, January 17, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The last published book from Gillian Flynn (to date) needs to be savoured, but as a single-chapter short story, it’s hard. The … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Day of the Donald

The Day of the Donald: Alex Shaffer, January 14—16, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ This cheeky and irreverent drama is set 18 months into Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Combining fact with speculation, … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Remnant

The Remnant: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye, January 5—13, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Turbulent, unpredictable and unnervingly unreliable. That’s not the tribulation I’m talking about: it’s the Left Behind series … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Artemis Fowl – The Opal Deception: Eoin Colfer, December 22, 2016—January 4, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Given that Eternity Code ended with Artemis and Butler having their memories wiped, Opal had some work to … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment


Scarlet: Marissa Meyer, December 12—22, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Meyer continues to take risks that pay off in the second of The Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet refers to the series’ new lead, based … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Miss Marple’s Final Cases

Miss Marple’s Final Cases: Agatha Christie, December 4—11, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ In the interests of full disclosure, I am not a fan of short stories, and especially not Agatha … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Associate

The Associate: John Grisham, November 19—December 4, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Kyle is about to graduate from law school and is blackmailed by a shady organisation with an explosive video … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation: Alan Clements, October 28—November 7, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ As topical political thrillers go, this turned out to be scarily close to the truth. Written in 2009, Rogue Nation predicts … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Juggler

The Juggler: Sebastian Beaumont, October 25—27, 2016 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ The Juggler left me absolutely gutted. Beamont’s previous book, Thirteen, was so suspenseful and intriguing, filled with unanswered questions and gorgeous … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Rats

The Rats: James Herbert, October 22—24, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ James Herbert’s debut novel, The Rats, is set in the London slums which sees an outbreak of giant mutant rats. The victims … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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