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Irvine Welsh – Crime | Review

Title: Crime

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 346

Rating: 9/10


Irvine Welsh - Crime

Irvine Welsh – Crime


Crime is another one of those not-so-rare Irvine Welsh books that’s just an excellent read, despite his unorthodox approach to spelling, grammar and punctuation. Welsh is never exactly easy to read, but I think that here, he’s at his most lucid, and the story line is easy for anyone to follow. Put simply, Detective Inspector Ray Lennox is on holiday in Florida, trying to take a rest and recouperation break from a child abuse case which threatened to derail his sanity. Unfortunately, things are never that simple in an Irvine Welsh book, and he ends up getting himself mixed up with a bunch of paedophiles, who he quite rightly wants to bring to rights.

Irvine Welsh is considered by many to be a writer of ‘drug books‘, but that’s not necessarily true here – fair enough, drugs are mentioned, and used by several of the characters, but it’s not a central part of the story line. No, that’s reserved for organised crime, and paedophilia rings in particular.

Detective Inspector Lennox is probably one of my favourite Irvine Welsh protagonists, particularly after this novel, and all of the characters that he uses are well thought out and well developed. In fact, I’d say that he’s at the top of his game here, and that this is a pretty good place to start if you’re new to his work, or a good pick for a second book if you’ve read Trainspotting.

Overall, then, Crime is a cracking hybrid thriller with some typical Welsh-isms thrown in, and it’s well worthy of the 9/10 that I gave it. I only didn’t give it a 10/10 because there were times when I was reading it that I kind of hoped for it to hurry up, or for me to get through the pages quicker. It’s also a challenging read, and it’s definitely not for everyone – that said, if you do like it, you’ll love it. Welsh is a bit like Marmite, for some people. But not me!


Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh


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Agatha Christie – The A.B.C. Murders | Review

Title: The A.B.C. Murders

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 252

Rating: 9/10


Agatha Christie - The A.B.C. Murders

Agatha Christie – The A.B.C. Murders


This is Christie at her best, published first in her glory period in the 1930s when she also released Murder on the Orient Express, Three Act Tragedy, Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None. I promise, you’ll enjoy this one – it’s up there with my favourites.

Picture the scene – Alice Ascher is killed in AndoverBetty Barnard dies in Bexhill, and Sir Carmichael Clarke is found dead in Churston. Hercule Poirot receives a letter in advance of each murder, telling him where to expect the crime to take place. The great detective must unravel the clues and try to stop the killer before further lives are claimed.

The inspector unravels the clues in his usual inimitable style, and it’s great fun to watch and learn as Hercule Poirot’s faultless logic helps to track the perpetrator down. This is a great book to start with if you’re new to Poirot or Christie, and seasoned readers are likely to have read it already.

Good luck solving why the killer always leaves a copy of the ABC railway guide beside his victims – that’s been one of my favourite riddles in any of the Agatha Christie books that I’ve read. As always, her mastery of the mystery genre is supreme, and you’ll be kicking yourself at the end when all is revealed. The sign of any good mystery book, encapsulated by Christie.


Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie


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