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DavidPrestidge

DavidPrestidge has written 291 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

Fear, darkness and sin

On the Radar – This week we have the welcome return of Inspector John Carlyle in another London-based police procedural, while there is also a hint of love in the air well ahead of 14 February with three novels by American ladies – Erica Spindler, Kendra Elliot and TR Ragan. Who can resist sweetening murder and[…]

Express train to death – Railways in crime fiction

One of this month’s big crime releases is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. And when you think about it, railways have often featured as a backdrop in crime fiction. Murder on the Orient Express is, perhaps, the archetypal Golden Age crime novel, after all. But why has train travel been such a[…]

My Bloody Valentine

Written by Alastair Gunn – Antonia Hawkins is an acting detective chief inspector, or ADCI. She is ambitious, but her attempts to remove the ‘A’ from her rank have taken a major hit because her previous case ended with her being stabbed and slashed within an inch of her life. After extensive reconstructive surgery and[…]

Dead men wear gingham, sometimes

On the Radar – It’s said that dead men don’t wear plaid, but according to American author Ed Lynskey gingham is an acceptable fabric for a murder victim. We like that. We like that very much indeed. So he can head up this week’s round-up of new crime releases. Will you be reading any of[…]

Elizabeth is Missing

The industry buzz that preceded this release was more than justified. To say that the main protagonist is unusual, is an understatement. Maud is an 80-year-old woman on the fringes of dementia. Her memory is fallible, but she is convinced of one thing. She has a friend called Elizabeth, and Elizabeth has disappeared. In a[…]

Natchez Burning

This is a giant of a book in length, moral stature, and the  sheer intensity of the writing. Penn Cage is a lawyer-turned-politician in Natchez, Mississipi – a small town with a big history. As the ghosts of the paddle steamers chug silently by on the river below the bluffs, the town wrestles with an uneasy[…]

The Axeman’s Jazz

Based on the true story of a series of killings in post-WWI New Orleans, this book is a heady mix of soulful music, savage murder and the unique atmosphere of The Big Easy. In one sense it is a period police procedural, but as Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot and Luca d’Andrea, the disgraced cop whose job[…]

Malice

Japanese sensation Keigo Higashino is back with his fourth novel in English translation – the first of his series following police detective Kyoichiro Kaga. Here popular author Kunihiko Hidaka is found dead in his home the day before he is due to leave the country. When Hidaka’s old friend Osamu Noguchi – himself a slightly[…]

The Valley

Don’t expect a cosy rural crime thriller – the valley of the title is actually a street in suburban London. On the one hand the book is a psychological study of the hopes and fears of the families who live in The Valley, but it is also a tense abduction mystery. Lucy Grainger has gone[…]

Angel of the Abyss

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, this is the tale of a failed screenwriter who becomes involved in the restoration of a 1926 movie which for a number of reasons has achieved cult status with film buffs. Graham Woodward is well aware that the star of the movie, Grace Baron, mysteriously disappeared before the film could be[…]

Never Look Back

DI Mike Lockyer has an autistic brother. He also has a failed marriage. The wedding ring on a chain round his neck is a constant reminder of the latter, while his visits to his brother’s care home remind him that life can be extremely unfair at times. When a serial killer strikes in his South[…]

The Lying Down Room

“I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles”, goes the old song. Certainly, the August heat is a trial for Chief Inspector Serge Morel as he tries to solve a puzzling and brutal series of murders. Not only is Morel finding the temperature a hindrance, but he has his father’s descent into senility, his[…]