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Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson

Silly stuff – and a criminal waste of talent. Sourpuss that I am, I loathe arch even more than cute. Catriona McPherson has loads going for her. She’s steeped herself in period lingo, and Dandy Gilver is pitch perfect. Clothes, … Continue reading

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The Chosen Dead by M.R.Hall

Big Bad Pharma and the Krek Waiters Peak Bristle This is seriously scary stuff – but here’s a thing: author abandons sleuth’s defining flaw. I read the first of M.R.Hall’s series about the Bristle-based coroner Jenny Cooper with what’s known … Continue reading

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Speaking from Among the Bones,by Alan Bradley (Orion Books)

Lemony Snicket meets Midsomer Murders This takes the biscuit. We know that a new sleuth has to be based in a previously unused location and/or historical period, be subject to some interesting flaw in their personality /metabolism/physique and cope with … Continue reading

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NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

The Chameleon blends in; totally. On the film-set of his life, he is the Latino extra in the busboy’s uniform, or one of the cameramen, or the old man extra in the protest march holding the placard, or the waiter … 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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White Dog – Peter Temple

‘Her name was Sarah Longmore and she was charged with murdering her former lover.’ When Jack Irish is asked to look into Sarah Longmore’s defence, he’s more than happy to oblige. After all, whenever somebody seems as guilty as Sarah … Continue reading

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I hear the Sirens in the Street – Adrian McKinty

Sean Duffy knows there’s no such thing as a perfect crime. But a torso in a suitcase is pretty close. Still, one tiny clue is all it takes, and there it is. A tattoo. So Duffy, fully fit and back … 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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Books to Die For – John Connolly & Declan Burke

With so many mystery novels to choose from and so many new titles appearing each year, where should the reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems? In the most ambitious anthology of its … Continue reading

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The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

Malcolm Fox investigates the criminals that no one else wants to investigate – the cops. Malcolm Fox and his team have been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. Carter … Continue reading

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