Author: colingarrow

Indie author of murder, mystery and horror books. Short stories in: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Flash Flood, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind...

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime Trevor Noah’s childhood began with a crime – born of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, the young lad risked being taken away by the Government simply for being the wrong colour. Growing up in South Africa in the latter days of apartheid and the unrestrained freedom that followed…

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‘There Was a Country’ by Chinua Achebe

There Was a Country From the author of ‘Things Fall Apart’, ‘There Was a Country’ is Chinua Achebe’s long-awaited account of the significant experiences of his life, most notably during the Nigerian Civil War (or Biafran War). Charting one of the last century’s greatest humanitarian disasters, successful novelist Achebe recalls his observations as a spectator…

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‘The Kraken Wakes’ by John Wyndham

The Kraken Wakes After a series of fireballs rain down from the sky, crash into the oceans of the world and ships begin sinking mysteriously, two journalists, who experience the strange phenomenon from aboard ship, relate the story of the alien ‘invasion’ and humankind’s struggle to survive. Though I’m a big fan of John Wyndham,…

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‘The Invention of Murder’ by Judith Flanders

The Invention of Murder With its subtitle – ‘How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime’, this book traces the British public’s interest in murder as a sort of national entertainment. Though the book’s title clearly suggests we’re talking about the Victorian period (1837-1901), Ms Flanders begins her romp through the…

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‘The Moving Target’ by Ross MacDonald

The Moving Target When millionaire Ralph Sampson goes missing, PI Lew Archer is called in to hunt him down before something really bad happens. The trail leads Archer all over Southern California, from sun-bleached canyons and sea-side beach houses to dodgy bars and even dodgier women. But is this case about money, sex or just…

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Killer Pottery

Without the benefits of 20th-century technology, the faces of Victorian villains couldn’t be plastered all over the media, so how were their images and stories relayed to the general public? These days when a murder is discovered, the news hits the media in text, photos and on film, not to mention Facebook and Twitter. However,…

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‘Beyond’ by Graham McNamee

Beyond Seventeen-year-old best friends Jane and Lexi aren’t typical teenagers. Known by their classmates as the Creep Sisters, they have a special ‘freakishness’ in common, but it’s Jane who has the upper hand on the truly weird – her shadow sometimes moves on its own, dragging her towards dangerous situations. Setting out to discover what…

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