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Review: A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward’s second police procedural to link a present-day crime with Derbyshire’s recent past is a knockout. Certainly the best example of the genre I’ve read so far this year. The most difficult thing about reviewing it is explaining why … Continue reading

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A.C.E. Mini Reviews

The title of this most means nothing. Or almost nothing. Other than that I have finished books by authors whose surnames begin with A, C and E in the past few weeks and I’m never going to get around to … Continue reading

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Review: RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER introduces the world to Tannie Maria, a fifty-something, Afrikaans, widow living in the town of Ladysmith in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa. She writes a cooking column for the local paper but the publication’s … Continue reading

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Review: THE CASE OF THE LATE PIG by Margery Allingham

I think I always knew that golden age detective fiction wasn’t really my bag (the inimitable Dame Christie aside) but participating in Crimes of the Century has confirmed it. This month’s foray into 1937 introduced me to Margery Allingham’s most … Continue reading

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Review: WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman

I now know I have at least one thing in common with Laura Lippman: we both love TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. She reveals her reverence in every nuance of WILDE LAKE which in so many ways acts as a modern re-telling … Continue reading

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Review: ORDEAL by Jørn Lier Horst

Taking place a few months after THE CAVEMAN Jørn Lier Horst’s fifth William Wisting novel available in English was, for me at least, a return to the series’ top form. ORDEAL is a complicated but ultimately satisfying tale that juxtaposes … Continue reading

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Books of the month: February 2017

Pick of the month I know February is a short month but I can’t blame that entirely for my reading drop off. After a strong start to the year I only read 4 books during February (though it is only … Continue reading

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Review: THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN by Mindy Mejia

Falling within the nearly-not-crime-fiction-at-all genre, THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN (aka EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE) explores the nature of identity. How do we learn who we are? Can we choose who to be? Can we truly have multiple … Continue reading

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Review: THE CHINESE SHAWL by Patricia Wentworth

The worst kind of reading experience, for me anyway, is one that can be summed up with the word meh. I’d rather really hate a book than be left bored, unengaged and apathetic by one. Alas my introduction to the … Continue reading

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Review: CHAMELEON PEOPLE by Hans Olav Lahlum

CHAMELEON PEOPLE is Hans Olav Lahlum’s fourth full length crime novel set Norway’s recent past to feature a young police detective and his civilian sidekick. I’ve liked all the novels very much but this is my favourite. So far. One of … Continue reading

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