Milly Reynolds the Crime and General Fiction Author

Creator of crime sleuths Mike Malone and Jack Sallt and writer of other general fiction

The Kind Worth Killing – book review

The Kind Worth Killing

by Peter Swanson


This is my kind of thriller. Multi voices with so many twists that I got dizzy.

The story starts in an airport. Two people, a man and a woman, meet in the bar while waiting for their plane and they share a drink. Stories get told and the man tells the woman that his wife is having an affair and he wants to kill her. The woman tell him that she will help him.

That’s all you’re getting. The narrative is closely written and as I said before, alternating chapters allow the characters to tell their own story – and their past stories. They are not characters that you can sympathise with to any great extent, but, boy, do they keep you hooked. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the rug gets pulled from your feet and you end up in a muddled heap. As for the ending!!!!!

If you like books like ‘Gone Girl’. Give this a try. A super read that will keep you guessing.

Addicted to tea … bread

A while ago I posted that I had made some bread using lemon and ginger tea. I have now become somewhat addicted to using fruit teas to make bread. I have added sultanas to the lemon and ginger bread. I had added white chocolate to strawberry and raspberry bread. I have added dried cranberries to blood orange and cranberry bread and today I added glace cherries to cherry and cinnamon bread – see pic below.

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All the teas that I am using are Twinings and I am on the lookout for more flavours. Bread has never been so exciting.

Spiralling out of control

Having finally decided to join the crowds and purchase a spiralizer, I thought would share my first experience.

My spiralizer is the Apollo Spiralizer and I found it very easy to work and, more importantly, to clean. I hate gadgets which take longer to wash than to use.


My chosen vegetable of choice was the humble butternut squash. I used the top of the squash, not the bit with the seeds. I must admit, it did take me a few minutes to work out ‘how’ to actually use the spiralizer, but once I got the hang of it – wow! As you can see, I made loads of noodles.

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My sauce of choice was a vegetarian option – roasted broccoli, passata, onion and carrot, all flavoured with garlic and mixed herbs. See final version.

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So the verdict. Not too bad, I would say 4/5, my husband’s opinion, 3/5. He found the noodles too crunchy and that is something that I will have to investigate. Trawling through the internet, the common method of cooking butternut squash noodles is to bake them. I did and they were crunchy. Maybe I needed to spread them out so that there is a thinner layer. Maybe there were just too many. I think I might try boiling them like spaghetti next time, unless anyone has any advice to give me.

For a first attempt, I was pleased and I can see a noodle shaped future spiralling ahead of me.

Rage Against The Dying – book review

Rage Against The Dying

by Becky Masterman

Rage against dying

This is a fairly satisfying crime thriller and there are the usual twists and turns. I’m just not sure. Brigid Quinn is a retired FBI agent who gets involved in the case she never solved. Brigid is grey haired and several times referred to as an older lady. Therefore, although I know many older women keep fit etc. etc. I just did not find some of her actions and some of the risks that she took believable. She was also a very stubborn lady which I did not really find endearing. The Spice Girls gave us girl power – here I think the author wants Brigid to give us grey power. This is no sweet, little Miss Marple. It would be interesting to read another novel featuring this character as I would like to give her a second chance – she might grow on me.

However, the story/plot is first class. Brigid receives a call from the FBI informing her that they have found the Route 66 killer, a case she was very closely involved with. When the agent involved asks Brigid to review the interviews, both reach the conclusion that the confession has flaws. But no one believes them. The big chiefs are rubbing their hands together because they have caught ‘the big one’ and they are not going to listen to the doubts raised by a young female agent and a retired agent. It is up to the two women.

As I said the plot moves nicely forward. It is gripping, but I’m just not sure about a woman of that age taking those sorts of risks.

Funny Girl – book review

Funny Girl

by Nick Hornby


An enjoyable read and as I grew up in the 1960s, I remember the early sitcoms mentioned in the book, very well. A lot of references to the era brought back memories. When Dennis goes to see ‘Hair’, it brought back the memory of the occasion when my uncle went to London to watch ‘Hair’ and how shocked my mother had been.

The book is about Barbara from Blackpool who goes to London to become a British Lucille Ball. She becomes Sophie Straw and we all fall in love with her – or do we? I enjoyed the book more for the nostalgia element than the characters – apart from Dennis, I loved him to bits.

In the novel we see the birth of a brand new sitcom, how it grows from a pilot into a series. We see the actors become household names and the struggles of the writers to produce something amazing every time. The book, although not my preferred genre is, as I said before, enjoyable and easy to read. I would just have liked a couple of gory murders too.

The Draining Lake – book review

The Draining Lake

by Arnaldur Indridason


This is the fourth book in the Detective Erlendur series and I can honestly say that the book was just as compelling as the previous three, although it did take a little more getting into.

Erlendur, as in the other stories, is a man who becomes obsessed with missing person cases. When a skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake, weighed down by a Russian transmitter from the time of The Cold War, the police are called into investigate. The slow part of the story is all of the Cold War stuff that didn’t really grip me. However, when in the course of the investigation of missing persons from that period, Erlendur falls upon the story of a man, a saleman, who just left his love waiting for him and disappeared, he becomes obsessed with tracking him down and proving whether or not he is the man in the lake.

The story takes us back to Leipzig in the 1950/60s and the group of Icelandic students who studied at the university. We live their lives while Erlendur is not only trying to get information from various embassies to see if the skeleton could be a missing spy, but also trying to track down the missing salesman. Gradually threads and trails slowly begin to emerge.

I like these three detectives. Erlendur with his estranged children who is trying to decide what to do about the woman who has made an appearance in his life. Elinborg who has just gained a little bit of fame by publishing a cookery book and Sigurdur Oli who keeps his own personal life very private and has his own battles to face. This is a series that is really growing on me.

A Man Called Ove -book review

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman


This book is very probably going to be in my top 5 for 2015. I picked it up because although I usually read Nordic Noir, I had enjoyed ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ and from the blurb this book seemed to follow the same format.

Ove is 59 and made redundant. He is grumpy, has very high values and thinks that everyone around him is incompetent. No one knows how to fix a radiator anymore. You might think that this is a one dimensional Victor Meldrew like character, but you would be very, very wrong.

As you read, you are drip-fed little details from Ove’s past. You learn why he is the way he is, you discover that this man actually has a big heart. Every inch of me was rooting for him. I laughed and I certainly cried. This is a bitter-sweet book that is not cloyingly sentimental and it hits every emotion. At its heart, there is a love story. I loved it and can’t wait to read it all over again.


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