T. Crook

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (66 of 75)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 65,709 - Total Helpful Votes: 66 of 75
The Optical Effects of Lightning by S J Kember
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It is very rare indeed to pick up a new novel and find elegance, innovation, surprise, suspense, literary genius, and such good, good, good writing. This is a mystery and an experiment, but written with such discipline and craft and outstanding skill in story-telling that it has wide appeal. I was on edge throughout and my professional interest in the realities as well as the fictions of crime meant I was lapping up the inter-textual influences, references and glorious intermixing of genres as well as engaging so creatively with science and its weird and unsettling relationship with the human psyche. But this novel is not a pastiche. Sarah Kember has fashioned and executed a remarkable… Read more
The Dark Chronicles: A Spy Trilogy: Free Agent, So&hellip by Jeremy Duns
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I've had a very enjoyable Christmas 2012 and New Year 2013 reading this brilliantly good value and old-fashioned three decker volume of 'Free Agent', 'Song of Treason' and 'The Moscow Option' in a suitably entitled cover name of 'The Dark Chronicles.' Jeremy Duns is clearly a serious espionage writer, who has researched his genre with great authority, passion and originality and conjures a creative thriller pace and drive where the central character Paul Dark resonates with all of the ambiguities and ideological agonies facing some British exponents of the dark arts of spying during the middle of the twentieth century.
The quality of the writing is very high. I found it most enjoyable… Read more
Grave Secrets in Goa (Ruby Jones) by Kathleen McCaul
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kathleen McCaul's second 'Ruby Jones' thriller succeeds in two vital scores. In terms of its genre, it is a book you can't put down and a story you want to stay with right to the end. What more could you want from a paperback thriller?
Ruby Jones is now very strongly developing as a central character whose life and travels and young woman's perspective has great depth in the popular writing dimension. We also have the depiction of a journalist's perspective that is intelligent, interesting, counter-stereotypical and modern. This is also a piece of fiction written by an author who knows what she is talking about, has something to say and opens up a world and atmosphere in iconic Goa… Read more