Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Crime thriller, Political thriller

Not In My Name by Michael Coolwood – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What if the British people had been given a vote about invading Iraq in 2003. And the referendum split the nation with a 52% to 48% yes vote.

A young activist is beaten to death after an anti-war demonstration. The police say her murder was random.

It wasn’t. More activists will be murdered. The activists only trust each other. Maybe that trust has already been betrayed.

Witty, political and provocative, this New Adult mystery is based on real events, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

MY REVIEW 

Not In My Name is a Murder mystery and a political thriller that revolves around the Iraq war in 2003. However, here there has been a referendum so the people can decide (and we all know how the recent Brexit referendum went!)…..

There are clashes between the Yes and No voters and then Cassie is murdered.

Her friend Phoebe learns the police are no longer investigating and when another friend is killed, she begins to look into the deaths herself with the help of Sefu, they find the killer may be close to home. 

This is a clever thriller with the focus on politics and the protest movement (and is based on real events).  Phoebe is a well rounded character and the story is tense and compelling. If you like your political thrillers realistic and biting, then you will love Not In My Name. 

Thank you to Claret Press for an e ARC of Not In My Name. This is my honest and unbiased review.

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What if the British people had been given a vote about invading Iraq in 2003. And the referendum split the nation with a 52% to 48% yes vote.

A young activist is beaten to death after an anti-war demonstration. The police say her murder was random.

It wasn’t. More activists will be murdered. The activists only trust each other. Maybe that trust has already been betrayed.

Witty, political and provocative, this New Adult mystery is based on real events, and keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

MY REVIEW 

Not In My Name is a Murder mystery and a political thriller that revolves around the Iraq war in 2003. However, here there has been a referendum so the people can decide (and we all know how the recent Brexit referendum went!)…..

There are clashes between the Yes and No voters and then Cassie is murdered.

Her friend Phoebe learns the police are no longer investigating and when another friend is killed, she begins to look into the deaths herself with the help of Sefu, they find the killer may be close to home. 

This is a clever thriller with the focus on politics and the protest movement (and is based on real events).  Phoebe is a well rounded character and the story is tense and compelling. If you like your political thrillers realistic and biting, then you will love Not In My Name. 

Thank you to Claret Press for an e ARC of Not In My Name. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Coolwood writes feminist cosy mysteries. His work is deeply political and his characters are driven by a desire to make the world a better place. This is partly due to a respect for passionate, caring people, and partly because cuts to the health service in the UK have ensured he can barely leave the house due to his swamp of health problems.

Read about his books and ongoing crises at

coolwoodbooks.coms.

Michael Coolwood writes feminist cosy mysteries. His work is deeply political and his characters are driven by a desire to make the world a better place. This is partly due to a respect for passionate, caring people, and partly because cuts to the health service in the UK have ensured he can barely leave the house due to his swamp of health problems.

Read about his books and ongoing crises at

coolwoodbooks.coms.

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