Reviews and Blog Posts: London

Inspector of the dead

by David Morrell

Reviewer Rating:
4

David Morrell is back with Thomas De Quincey, the opium eater and his daughter Emma. This time there is a serial killer who is killing off members of the English upper class and appears to be working his/her way towards Queen Victoria.  A suspenseful novel that gives the reader a...

London river

Reviewer Rating:
4

   The 7/7 bombings in London were a terrifying event akin to 9/11 here in the US. This movie uses the bombings as a backdrop for two people from completely different cultures as they search for their children who are resident in London but have gone missing since the bombing....

Just so happens

by Fumio Obata

Reviewer Rating:
5

This is one of the most elegant, perfectly illustrated comics I’ve seen in a long time. I literally gasped at each page: Obata’s control with watercolor is masterful without being overstated and his minimal approach to color perfectly fits the story. If you're looking for a thoughtful break from mainstream...

Celeste

by Ian Culbard

Reviewer Rating:
4

Following 3 people in different parts of the world when everyone around them disappears, Celeste is an unusual, beautiful, and thought-provoking book. In L.A., a man finds himself alone on the highway after being cut off from a frantic call from his wife--and then he finds another man in the...

If You Leave

by Daughter

Reviewer Rating:
3

On their debut album, If You Leave, London indie/folk rock trio Daughter crafts spacious ambient textures saturated in reverb, swelling tremolos, and glacial sheets of oscillating sound juxtaposed with pulsing percussion arrangements and lyrical subject focusing largely on isolation, loss, abandonment, and unrequited love.  The opening proclamation on “Winter” by...

Asunder

by Chloe Aridjis

Reviewer Rating:
4

Marie is a security guard at the National Gallery in London. She has been in this post for 9 years, the same post that her great grandfather also held during the time of the Suffragettes.  This is a calm story; you are observing Marie observing life, the people who visit...

Dear killer

by Katherine Ewell

Reviewer Rating:
3

Only Kit and her mother know that Kit is London's feared "Perfect Killer." At 17, she's been a murderer for hire for years, and lives by the code her mother has taught her: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Be careful. Don't be anything but perfect. But Kit's carefully segmented...

Velvet. Volume 1, Before the living end

by Ed Brubaker

Reviewer Rating:
4

Globe trotting spy action that follows who everyone thinks was the secretary to the director of the Allied Reconnaissance Commission, but, as we learn, who has a past that is more action-packed. The story takes place from the 1950s to the 1970s (the 70s being "the present"), so the spies...

The statistical probability of love at first sight

by Jennifer E Smith

Reviewer Rating:
4

Does anything good ever happen in an airport while you are waiting after a missed flight? For seventeen-year-old Hadley it does. Young love is born on an international flight between two strangers. Will they ever see each other again? This moving and romantic novel has charming and memorable characters with...

Heresy

by S. J. Parris

Reviewer Rating:
3

An engaging historical thriller. I thought the drama was a bit over the top, at times, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I'm not much for thrillers in general, but the historical aspect definitely drew me in. This novel follows heretical priest, Giordano Bruno, as he flees the inquisition in Italy...

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