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DEAR DAUGHTER – Elizabeth Little

From a writer’s point of view, the sheer readability and the Voice of the author through the cocky protagonist, Janie Jenkins, is a winner and is enviable. That the secondary characters, except for one exception, have not the depth is … Continue reading

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UNLUCKY 13 – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The Women’s Murder Club. The Club consists or a cop, San Francisco’s Chief Medical Examiner, a journalist, a lawyer. If that sounds like a recipe for a good crime-solving team, I would say it was brilliant. To begin with, a … Continue reading

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THE BROKEN by Tamar Cohen

Calling the wannabe writers. Calling a lot of think-they-are writers, like me. If we can develop our characters half as well as Tamar Cohen, we’ll be on the road to success. She has a phenomenal command of the interaction of … Continue reading

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COP TOWN – Karin Slaughter

The Lawson family are deeply embedded in the 1970’s Atlanta Police Department. Never mind previous generations, their youngest subscriber is Maggie with an uncle and a brother there to prove something to, without losing her own soul and integrity. Keep … Continue reading

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BEFORE YOU DIE – Samantha Hayes

About Until You’re Mine, I said: If Samantha Hayes goes from strength to strength, I am looking forward to her next offering. This is it. That DI Lorraine Fisher from the previous story features more prominently in this one is … Continue reading

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THE MURDER BAG – Tony Parsons

Prologue: In the Eighties, an horrendous crime is committed in a school basement. Fighting back, one of the violated girl’s attackers loses an eye, but she loses her life. So, eventually, perhaps some people do deserve to die… By breaking … Continue reading

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FINDERS WEEPERS – Penny Lorimer

South African crime novelists are going from strength to strength as Penny Lorimer joins their ranks. When her mum says GO, Nix Mniki, can’t say no. Of Xhosa, German parentage, this Cape Town based broadcast journalist has no connection to … Continue reading

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The FACTS of LIFE and DEATH – Belinda Bauer

The village of Limeburn on the coast of Devon. The old lime kilns stand on the every encroaching sea, crumbling. The sea eats away at the cliffs, slowly undermining the houses which are abandoned, one by one. As a chubby … Continue reading

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DARK WINDOWS – Louis Greenberg

Set in a future Johannesburg, the tale makes the city somehow off-key and fractured. Jay Rowan works for an aide to a minister, Meg Hewitt, whose loyalty and dedication to her President is strong and personal. Gaia Peace is in … Continue reading

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WOLF – Mo Hayder

Another Mo Hayder nail-biter, with fluid writing and a double twist to cap it off. A family of parents and their daughter in a secluded house make a gruesome find of draped intestines in the woods, which is an immediate … Continue reading

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