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The Sandman

The Sandman

Written by Lars Kepler – If your perception of Nordic noir is of troubled detectives who can’t relate to people at work or at home, who are giving in to alcoholism and as cold inside as the climate they inhabit, then the Joona Linna series, now in its fourth instalment, might just be a breath[...]

The Long Way Home

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Written by Louise Penny – Louise Penny has a devoted audience of readers who eagerly await each of her novels featuring Québecois detective Armand Gamache – and I am no exception. We were all on tenterhooks to see if the good inspector’s retirement from his position as Head of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec[...]

Skinjob

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Written by Bruce McCabe – The scariest thing about dystopias – worlds which are defined by totalitarianism and dehumanisation – is how closely they resemble our own. The scariest aspect of novels such as George Orwell’s 1984 is not the strangeness of the worlds they represent, but their familiarity. Readers could see the spectre of[...]

The Harbour Master

Harbour Master

Written by Daniel Pembry – Amsterdam copper Henk van der Pol is old school. Now in his 50s, his daughter is away at university, and all around him bright young things are moving up through the police ranks. He has been an institution man for much of his working life – he is a former[...]

Shelock Holmes: The Spirit Box

The Spirit Box

Written by George Mann – Previously here on Crime Fiction Lover we’ve reviewed The Will of the Dead featuring Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk mystery, and The Executioner’s Heart from George Mann’s Newbury & Hobbes series set in Victorian times. This latest Conan Doyle pastiche takes us back to the summer of 1915. The misery,[...]

The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad

Written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith – Last month we celebrated Bastille Day with a look at the best French crime fiction. My two suggestions for that list were written by Manchette. The quality of this author hasn’t escaped the eye of publishers New York Review Books, either. The company has just published[...]

Gollancz Fest 2014: Ben Aaronovitch

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There are plenty of book events to visit in the UK and beyond (including Iceland Noir in November), but today publisher Gollancz took a bold step with its inaugural virtual festival featuring dozens of its authors on social media. And there was plenty of interest for crime lovers. The digital element of the Gollancz Festival[...]

Hardcastle’s Quartet

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Written by Graham Ison – It’s the summer of 1918 and people are tired of a war which was supposed to over by Christmas four years earlier. On the Western Front, the Germans are finally on the back foot, but in London the war against crime still goes on. Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle of[...]

The Gods of Guilt

Written by Michael Connelly – Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, gets a call. He’s been offered a case – defend a murder suspect who claims to be innocent. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Murders are revenue generators for lawyers and Mickey is down on his luck. The accused, Andre La Cosse is a[...]

Her

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Written by Harriet Lane — For fans of the slow burning thriller, that quietly creeps up on you, Harriet Lane makes for perfect reading. She has the knack for taking familiar situations, and characters just like people we know – perhaps even mirroring ourselves – but changes a few of the details slightly. And she[...]

Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace

Written by Tim Weaver – David Raker is a specialist. The former journalist is an expert at finding missing people, particularly when the police have failed and put the case notes in the the dustiest corner of their filing system. Raker has a good success rate, which has often brought him into conflict with the[...]

Broadchurch

Broadchurch

Written by Erin Kelly and Chris Chibnall – In March 2013, nine million of us became hooked on Broadchurch, a multi-award winning and groundbreaking ITV series which kept us enthralled over eight dramatic weeks. Following the first episode, which delivered a huge emotional punch, the story unfolded seamlessly with its breathtaking script, emotive cinematography and[...]

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