Author Archives: PaulDBrazill

Everyone Lies by A. D. Garrett.

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for crime writer Margaret Murphy and forensics expert Professor David Barclay’s writing collaboration. This is their first novel and good stuff it is, too. DCI Kate Simms and Professor Nick Fennimore have a history. They … Continue reading

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Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

A young girl’s body is found in a Glasgow park on a bright sunny day. The killer hides out in a derelict house; the only person that he can trust is Harry Rayburn, a former lover. Rayburn is a nightclub … Continue reading

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The Wrecking Crew by Donald Hamilton.

The Wrecking Crew –first published in 1960- is the second outing for Donald Hamilton’s post-war counter-agent Matt Helm and a dark affair it is too. Now that his wife and children have left him, Helm is back in the espionage … Continue reading

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What Dies In Summer by Tom Wright

A long hot summer casts long dark shadows. And dark shadows hide pitch black  secrets. And there are plenty of  shadows cast over Biscuit, a teenage boy who lives with his grandmother. His father is dead and his mother is … Continue reading

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Eleven The Hardest Way by Graham Smith.

Graham Smith’s  Eleven The Hardest Way is a tight collection of short and sharp crime fiction from an up and coming writer who is pretty damned sure to make his mark on the crime fiction scene very soon. The collection kicks … Continue reading

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Taken by Robert Crais

They say that if you can remember the ’90s, you very probably were there. Well, they don’t but they should. Back in the ’90s I bumped into a lot of crime fiction during my time living in London -mostly via … Continue reading

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The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan

It’s 1937 and at the close of a particularly harsh winter, Moscow Militia detective Captain Alexei Korolev receives an ominous  knock on the door in the dead of night. Korolev-  despite recently being  decorated after the events in William Ryan‘s cracking previous novel, The Holy Thief – expects … Continue reading

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Hill Country by R. Thomas Brown

‘The only thing worse than getting beat up by a paedophile was coming home and finding him dead on your porch.’ And, after that cracking opening line, things really go downhill for Gabriel Hill, Ph.D. Gabe is the white sheep … Continue reading

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The Holy Thief by William Ryan

The Holy Thief by William Ryan.   The day that I started reading William Ryan’s smashing historical police procedural The Holy Thief, the temperature was minus twelve centigrade here in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Sat on a crowded tram that slowly cut its … Continue reading

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The Retribution by Val McDermid

Not one but two serial killers for the price of one. Hows that for value for money? The Retribution is Val McDermid‘s twenty-fifth novel in twenty five years and its protagonists are DCI Carol Jordan and police profiler Tony Hill, who have appeared in six … Continue reading

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