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Here’s the deal. Penguin and Specsavers ask crime fans ‘in the twitter community’ (Wot???) to ‘contribute plot devices’. Three established crime writers are then asked to build a short story around these ‘crowdsourced plot points’. Does anything interesting result? No. … Continue reading

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L.A.Noir – John Buntin

This is history, not fiction, but it’s just as compelling – and sometimes it stretches the honest reader’s credulity in ways no story-teller could get away with. Buntin organizes his account of lawlessness in the city of the angels around … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares – James Lovegrove

A giant armoured figure is stalking the East End in pursuit of evil-doers.  Holmes has a rival of a very different stamp.  As bombs explode ever closer to the monarch herself, the mysterious Baron Cauchemar join forces to thwart a … Continue reading

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Thicker Than Water – Kerry Wilkinson (Pan Macmillan)

A boy disappears from the house where he he has been baby-sitting, leaving the house and the baby unharmed.  His body is found in the bath-tub of a supermarket assistant – and soon afterwards she too is found suffocated in … Continue reading

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Hit Me – Lawrence Block

Bit surprised to find that LB has left only one set of dabs on Mean Streets – and wasn’t highly rated. I have a weakness for wisecracks, and though this is only middling Block, it’s a fair introduction to a … Continue reading

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Adrian McKinty – In the morning I’ll be gone

Sean Duffy returns in the third outing in the war torn Norn Iron, still whistling Tom Waits songs under his breath at a different beat to everyone else. Sean Duffy’s got nothing. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly … Continue reading

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AN OFFICER and a SPY – Robert Harris

“Death to the Jew”  A beautifully written story of detection and cover-ups, based on the true and scandalous events of 1895 in the French Army when Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of spying for the Germans. He is publicly … Continue reading

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Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor

When the blood-drained body of One Eye is found in the filth that is the streets of Barcelona, the locals begin to panic as they believe that darker forces are at work. Rumours of vampires, child snatches and even the … Continue reading

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Almost Love by Christina James

This is the second book in the DI Yates crime thriller series set in Spalding. Dame Claudia McRae, a famous archaeologist in the latter stages of her life, has disappeared without a trace (unless you count the blood spattering across … Continue reading

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Poirot’s Last Gasp

On November 13th 2013 David Suchet brought 25 years of stylish telly to a close. Agatha’s Christie’s Belgian sleuth made his first print appearance in 1920 (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) and his last in 1975. But Curtain was actually … Continue reading

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