I have often wondered, if faced with the difficult choices and moral dilemmas that our ancestors faced in times of war, the modern generation would be all for themselves or would they do the right thing , even at cost to themselves? When you read social media and newspaper’s , there’s very little evidence of self sacrifice of thinking of others first but the odd story does stand out. I suppose it really was the same in previous eras. We all like to think we’d do the right thing and are a good person but often we take the easy path through fear of selfishness. In this month’s third review we meet a killer who is testing the theory of making people choose between themselves and others. It’s ‘The Killing Choice’ by Will Shindler, published by Hodder & Stoughton ( on the 4th February.

This is the second book featuring Detective Inspector Alex Finn. The Library Door reviewed his previous outing in ‘The Burning Men’, a year ago. We were unfortunately late to the blog tour party for the release of this one (due to have been reviewed on the 6th Feb), as our copy was late arriving here in Ireland, due to lockdown, Covid 19, or Brexit. You can take your pick. Deliveries are proving very erratic here. Basically, if there’s a deadline, you’ll miss it but if there’s no rush, the item arrives very quickly.

Enough complaining, back to the book.. In this thriller the victims are faced with a choice by the killer. They must choose between themselves and a loved one or between two loved ones to save one person or themselves. The initial victims, Karl and his daughter Leah, are ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is asked to make an impossible choice. Stay and they both die or leave Leah and accept the killer’s word that they will both live. If Karl leaves and Leah dies will he ever be able to live with himself? Subsequently other seemingly random people are offered similar choices as the killer leaves a trail of bodies across London. DI Finn and his detective constable, Mattie Paulson, must hunt for a killer with no face, no conscience and seemingly no motive , whilst battling problems of their own.

This is another dark crime thriller from Will Shindler, which keeps you turning the pages. It makes you think about what you’d do in the circumstances and also how social media and the mainstream media judge the motives and actions of strangers. The descriptions of the killings are quite graphic and gory, so not for the feint hearted, but the story is neatly resolved at the end, so you are at least able to sleep soundly again after finishing the book. We also get to know a little more about the lives and back stories of Alex, Mattie and another returning team member, Jackie Ojo. Alex is still struggling with grief after the death of his wife. Mattie is dealing with the increasing frailty of her parents and we are introduced to her brother. The characters are rounding out nicely.

Will Shindler

This is English author Will Shindler’s (@willshindlerauthor) second book featuring his crime fighting duo of Detective Inspector Alex Finn and Detective Constable Mattie Paulsen, the other one being Burning Men (2020). Previously Shindler was a broadcast journalist with the BBC, before spending a decade as scriptwriter on such TV drama’s as Born & Bred, The Bill and Doctors. He currently combines reading the news on BBC Radio London and writing crime novels.

What I particularily like about this book and the previous book , is that Shindler has given us a killer with a motive and specific victims. I find too many authors go down the route of putting one of their central characters in the killers sights, and the books become all about the main character and sometimes about a vendetta against them , and  happens in every subsequent book. Shindler has a well-reasoned motive and in these two books , a specific reason for choosing  the victim and the mode of killing. Its all very satisfying when its reasoned out at the end of the book.

So what would I chose? I guess I wouldn’t know unless it happened. So maybe I shouldn’t support those threads, sites and newsfeeds which are so quick to point a finger. What I do know is that you should order or download a copy of the Killing Choice as soon as possible. That’s a no brainer at least!

Reviewed by : Georgina Murphy

This review was meant to be part of a blog tour organised by Hodder & Stoughton, to see what other reviewers thought, visit their blogs listed below. Then if you get a copy comeback and tell us what you thought, we’d really appreciate the feedback.



Love is in the air, everywhere I look around…” So, the lyrics of the John Paul Young song go. But with today being the fourteenth of February, it’s quite apt for this book review, with its plot based on the use of cutting-edge technology to put love or the feelings of intense emotion in the air or more appropriately in the ears. This month’s second book review is Yearn To Fear by Chas Murrell and was self-published in November 2020.

Marcus Hall is an Australian scientist working at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) developing ground-breaking 5G Wi-Fi technology with Lamarr computer chips (Yes, Hedy wasn’t just a beautiful actress, but also had a razor-sharp mind to boot). One afternoon when his boss is off sick, Marcus and his colleague Henry Henderson, inadvertently create a device that therapeutically allows the wearer to experience very intense “wet dreams”. When his project manager Sarah returns a couple of days later after recovering from the flu and in guidance with post COVID-19 protocols, he informs her of their discovery. She in turn informs their General Manager, but after that meeting, she starts acting very strangely and goes straight home with Marcus’s prototype. When he makes a welfare check on Sarah at her house later, he discovers that Henry is a spy working for the Australian Government, but then both men find Sarah murdered. A couple of hours after that, Marcus’s brother, sister in-law and girlfriend are kidnapped. With his prototype missing, along with his family now in danger and a mysterious kidnapper demanding Marcus hand over all other prototypes and plans for their development in return for the hostage’s freedom, can he trust Henry to help rescue the situation.

Wow, the first quarter of this book had me stopping to check I hadn’t picked up a Mills & Boon by accident, as it is very raunchy (Bridgerton-esque) and hedonistic. Every one of the main characters seems to be having sex. That’s without even trying out the revolutionary new device Marcus has created, let alone what they experience with it. However, after the discovery of Sarah’s murder, things slip into typical espionage mode.

Australian or antipodean spy thrillers aren’t new, take the Netflix series Pine Gap and Secret City for example. In the past I have read the works of fellow Australian thriller writer Matthew Reilly, behind me on the shelf sit two books by fellow Aussie rising star Chris Hammer (Scrubland and Silver), both read by my wife and fellow reviewer Georgina. While more recently I reviewed New Zealander,  Vanda Symon’s, Sam Shepherd series on this blog and am looking forward to listening to her third book in the series Containment on Audible over the next week.

As for Yearn To Fear, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and Murrell really sets a fast pace with a unique and well researched story, while the banter between the main characters does make it an easy read and give it a feel very much of a Roger Moore 007 outing.

That is not to take away from the characters and the writing. The master mind and villain of the piece is very believably cold and manipulative. Murrell, breathes life into the story and characters, with in depth descriptions of anatomical reactions and engineering workings, whiskey and weaponry. At times, the technology being described even for someone working on an IT magazine, was a bit over whelming and felt slightly over my head. But overall, the storyline and intrigue keep the reader engaged right to the end.

Chas Murrell

This is Australian author Chas Murrell’s debut novel ( He’s a former Police Officer, Fire Commander, Customs Coastwatch Surveillance Co-Ordinator, mechanic and EMT instructor. He’s also previously written academic papers on liquid hydrogen, while also held a worldwide patent for a nonlinear mathematical calculation. (how much can one person fit into a life… I’m fifty and still have a lot of living left to get to a quarter of what Chas has achieved). He lives with his family in Tasmania, which he claims is very much like Scotland, which is apt considering he can claim to be a direct descendant of Robert The Bruce. When not writing you may find him online playing World Of Tanks (fancy a game of COD).

Another thing that makes this book standout among its contemporaries, especially those being published in around this time, is it’s deft references to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the beginning it highlights the financial results of the technology Marcus and Henry are working on to Australia’s budget deficit following the pandemic and then the covid-19 protocols Sarah has to follow after the bout of influenza. This is something I’m eagerly watching to see how other books, authors and TV shows respond to in the coming months. In this instance it’s another sign of a bright new talent responding to world changing events to keep his work relevant.

So, take my advice and order a copy online from Chas’s website as well as amazon and then snuggle up – while were still in Lockdown and get into this debut before the the next instalment of the “Lamarr” series Fear To Recal lands later this year.

Reviewed by   Adrian Murphy

This book review is part of a Random Things Blog Tour, to see what the other reviewers thought visit their pages listed below. Then if you get a copy, comeback and tell us what you thought, we’d really appreciate the feedback.