Book Review: Mick Herron – Slough House (Slough House book 7)

Mick Herron's legion of MI5 super-flops return for another jolly jaunt in Slough House's seventh installment, which although satisfying and entertaining in equal measure, is probably the weakest in the series. On the surface, this one ticks all the boxes needed of a modern spy thriller.Well-developed and advanced characters? Tick.Suitably complicated plot with lots of … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Slough House (Slough House book 7)

Book Review: Mick Herron – The Catch (Slough House novella 3)

At lunchtime, I went into town for the first time since the most recent lockdown restrictions began to be eased properly on Monday, and my first visit was the charity bookshop in my local High Street. A real gem of a place, you can get new books in perfect condition for just £2 - and … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – The Catch (Slough House novella 3)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Down Cemetery Road (Oxford Investigations book 1)

Receiving this book for my birthday, it has been a long time coming that I should venture back into the rest of Mick Herron's books. His Jackson Lamb novels all rank within my favourite novels that I have ever read, and I have been curious for quite some time about what came before it. 'Down … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Down Cemetery Road (Oxford Investigations book 1)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Joe Country (Slough House 6)

Generally, when a series reaches book six, it becomes lazier and more predictable. The main characters will never die. They won't get as much development. The series relies too much upon self-referential quotes, in-jokes and procedure. You certainly cannot make these statements in the context of Mick Herron's Slough House / Jackson Lamb series. From … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Joe Country (Slough House 6)

Book Review: Mick Herron – The Drop and The List (Two Slough House Novellas)

As I eagerly await the paperback release of the sixth book in Mick Herron's 'Jackson Lamb' series, for Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the two novellas which accompany the series and exist within the same universe. In November, they were announced to be in the same volume for the first … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – The Drop and The List (Two Slough House Novellas)

Book Review: Mick Herron – London Rules (Slough House book 5)

Originally posted on April 23, 2019 I have now caught up to date with the best spy thriller series since the days of James Bond. And rather like ‘London Rules’’ bookending metaphors, I sense we are reaching the twilight of this one. This book focuses on Roderick Ho and the relationship he has with his … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – London Rules (Slough House book 5)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Spook Street (Slough House book 4)

Originally posted April 18, 2019 It is no secret that this is my favourite series right now. Everyone I talk to about my reading is aware of my love for the writing and the characters in this series. Every time I review one of them as I hungrily catch up in time for the sixth … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Spook Street (Slough House book 4)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Real Tigers (Slough House book 3)

Originally posted on April 1, 2019 Although it is the third in the Slough House series, this novel still feels as fresh as if it was the first. There are back stories still to be explored, more power plays to be made and more ridiculous situations to be expertly written in equally comedic and thrilling … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Real Tigers (Slough House book 3)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Dead Lions (Slough House book 2)

Originally posted on March 18, 2019 The first novel in the Slough House series, ‘Slow Horses’, was the best book I have read in ages. I decided, very soon after completing the first, to find out whether its sequel was just as good. Following the dramatic exits in the original, there were now two new … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Dead Lions (Slough House book 2)

Book Review: Mick Herron – Slow Horses (Slough House book 1)

Originally posted on January 26, 2019 Sometimes the critics get it wrong. Even the fellow authors themselves, believe that a novel is excellent, but it is actually unsatisfactory. They got it correct with Slow Horses, the first in Mick Herron’s Slough House series. From the moment go, a seemingly terrible event takes place, before Herron … Continue reading Book Review: Mick Herron – Slow Horses (Slough House book 1)