Author Archives: stephen terry

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

Tense, dramatic plot with many pacy twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right up to the end. David Raker finds missing persons – he never gives up, that’s his motivation – but when he takes on an assignment … Continue reading

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Hell to Pay by George P Pelecanos

Gripping US street-crime noir-thriller set in Washington DC. Multi-layered novel of violence and despair – with dreams of a better future shattered at every turn. Orion fiction blurb sets the scene: private investigators, Derek Strange and Terry Quinn are used … Continue reading

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The Potters Field by Andrea Camilleri

Captivating murder mystery set in Sicily. Great characterisation and sparkling dialogue. The hand-out by Mantle publishers sets the scene: While Vigàta (Sicily) is wracked by storms, Inspector Montalbano is called out to attend the discovery of a dismembered body in … Continue reading

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Below the Thunder by Robin Duval

Slow-burning tale of international conspiracy, self-discovery and love The hand-out by Matador books sets out the story quite succinctly as follows: Fortyish professor Bryn Williams enjoys the simple things in life – history books, real ale and Wagner. So when, … Continue reading

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Niceville by Carsten Stroud

Pacy American Crime-Horror – a relentless page-turner. A ten-year old boy – Rainey Teague – disappears in broad daylight. One minute he’s looking at a mirror in the Niceville pawn shop window, the next he vanishes. Nick Kavanaugh, a Clint … Continue reading

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North from Rome by Helen MacInnes

Slow-burning, cold-war spy mystery, set in the 1950s   The hand-out by Titan books sets out the story quite succinctly as follows: When Bill Lammiter travels to Rome to mend his relationship with his former fiancée, Eleanor Halley, he discovers … Continue reading

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Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan

Diplomatic shenanigans in Manhattan. Intricate plot. Chau Chan, a renowned painter and dissident artist, was allegedly killed during the Tinanmen Square uprising in 1989. Forward twenty plus years to today, and new paintings by him are rumoured to have emerged, … Continue reading

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Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman

American murder mystery thriller – intricate story with compelling characters On a March night in Barron, Minnesota, three teenage girls meet in a ghost town and become involved in a terrifying game of Russian roulette. By the morning, one girl … Continue reading

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Midnight in Peking: How the murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China, by Paul French

A remarkable reconstruction of a true-life murder that was never solved – compelling reading The story begins in January 1937, when a young woman’s mutilated body is found close to the haunted fox tower in Peking. The body turns out … Continue reading

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The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick

UK police thriller – pacy page-turner, with plenty of implausible twists worthy of a fantasy novel. Below is part of the book’s blurb: a standard teaser that’s becoming passé. I suspect the proliferation of crime novels on the market necessitates … Continue reading

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