Movie review: The Rhythm Section

Movie review: The Rhythm Section 
It's notoriously hard to get a new action franchise off the ground these days, taken. November man and Jack Reacher have all either flopped, run out of ideas or switched to TV within the space of a movie or two.  Launching a female led action franchise, despite the screeches of people on the Internet cesspit that is twitter is so difficult that most producers sadly don't even bother.  So the question is can Blake Lively playing Mark Burnell's Stephanie Patrick succeed where Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson all failed? 
The early signs are good. The Rhythm Section is produced by Barbara Broccoli, yes that one. And is directed by Reed Morano. But don't be fooled by the bond connection, the rhythm section is unashamedly its own thing. Yes some of the locations have popped up in Bond films. London, Tangier, Scotland, France and err Surrey.  
I'm not going to give away any spoilers here , go see the movie. But the gist is that Step…

book review cleaning the gold by lee child and karin slauhgter

Cleaning the gold by lee child and Karin slaughter Cleaning the gold is a short story featuring 6ft5 brick shithouse jack reacher and will trent , an undercover cop investigating a 22 year old murder . His main suspects name? Jack Reacher. Reacher is on a mission of his own , to bring down a criminal gang operating at the heart of the American military .Naturally there’s something much bigger at play something neither of them could have anticipated. Question is, can reacher and trent team up and play nicely?
Those of you who’ve read this blog before will know that I’m something of a fan of Reacher or Sherlock Homeless as I like to call him however I’ve not read anything by Karin slaughter before so I was keen to give cleaning the gold a go. Naturally being set at fort knox there’s a few Goldfinger references in there , sadly though that’s about as much as I can remember about the whole story , in fairness Its been a few months between reading the story and writing this .
To behonest…

Top 5 fictional characters

Top 5 fictional characters Since I have no book reviews finished at the moment I thought I’d do a quick list of my top 5 fictional characters of all time 1.Bond. James. Bond The fact that Ian Fleming’s ever green gentleman bastard is my favourite fictional character ever will come as a surprise to precisely no one.I can still remember watching Gold finger on TV. As a kid with my late granddad . so there’s sentimental value there too. The books are still ridiculously entertaining even 60 years on and the films have repeatedly pulled me out of some pretty dark places mentally. Sometimes I find my love of bond hard to explain but hey, a Blu Ray Bond box set is more fun andcheaper than therapy. 2.Jack Reacher Okay, this one won’t come as a surprise either, given that Lee Child is probably the author I review the most around these parts. Imagine if James bond was a hobo , that’s how I explain reacher to people and almost all of them give the books a try and end up loving them.We’ll gloss o…

Book Review The Hangman’s Hold by Micheal Wood

The hangman’s hold is the fourth book in the Matilda Darke series . And being the straight talking Yorkshireman I am I’m not going to piss about . This is the best book I’ve read this year so far. 
When a convicted peadofile is found hanged in his living room after a date it’s down to DCI Matilda Darke and her team to find the killer before he strikes again, but when a second and third murder quickly follow it becomes apparent that to Darke that she’s go5 a vigilante on her hands .  With the body’s continuing to pile up Matilda and the team come under pressure from all sides to catch the killer, but with no obvious suspects, could the murderer be one of Matilda’s own team.? Even though it deals with a pretty dark subject matter, several of them actually, The Hangmans hold is shot through with gallows humour, I actually laughed out loud in a few places.  
Another thing I loved about this book is Matilda’s boss, ACC Valerie Masterson , she’s tough and compassionate in equal measure and is …

Book Review Forever And A Day by Anthony Horowitz

Forever And A Day by Anthony HorowitzAfter blowing Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver and William Boyd's Bond books out of the water with Trigger Mortis I wasn't exactly surprised to hear Anthony Horowitz had been asked to pen another 007 adventure. Question is, could he live up to Trigger Mortis?  Simple answer? Yes. Forever And A Day goes right back to the beginning, when 007 is washed up dead on a beach in Marseille and 2 other agents out of action M is forced to bring in some new talent. His name? Bond. James Bond.  After successfully carrying out his first 2 kills Bond takes over the 007 designation and is instructed by M to find the men who killed the old 007 Forever and a day mainly takes place in the South of France but not the glamorous parts we've all seen a million times before, instead Horowitz takes bond to the grotty criminal underbelly. Like the novel that went before it Trigger Mortis Horowitz has had some help in the form of unseen material from Ian Fleming …

Book Review : Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett

Call To Arms By Rachel AmphlettThe fifth entry in this fab series sees kay hunter tackle her most personal case yet. With Kay's mentor and friend Devon sharp suspended from duty after the events of the previous book. To try and clear sharps name Hunter takes on a cold case ,linked not only to sharp but the person who got him suspended in the first place. We also get the chance to see a softer side to DCI Larch, who's world gets turned upside down by a family tragedy. This is the first Kay Hunter novel to not feature the storyline with Hunter's nemesis Joseph Demiri. It gets mentioned but it's very much been wrapped up now .  Call To Arms features a cold case, a first for this series and its nice to see Hunter and the team take on something a little different but still proves to be as challenging as a newly committed murder.All the Kay Hunter books are brilliant but this one might just be the best yet… until the next one.

Book Review : Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book review - murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie
I’d like to start with a confession some of you may find rather surprising given that I mainly review crime fiction.

I’ve never read any Agatha Christie .which means I’m in a class of about 10 because everybody’s read Agatha Christie at some point, she was and is without question the most successful crime writer ever , infact she’s only outsold by the bible and  the person who ruined English lessons for everyone  , William Bloody Shakespeare .

 A few months back however i decided I needed to address this so I took the plunge and ordered what might be the most famous Christie novel ever. Murder on the orient express.
Here’s a basic run down of the plot , just in case you’re a Martian or something and you didn’t already know

The most elegant train of the 1930s, the Orient Express, is stopped by heavy snowfall, with many passengers. A murder is discovered.
This next bit contains spoilers

Poirot is faced with the fact that th…