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Stranger at Sunset

Strangers At Sunset

Written by Eden Baylee – Psychiatrist Dr Kate Hampton takes a vacation in Jamaica, staying at the luxury resort Sunset Villa. It’s gated off against the wilder criminal elements of the Caribbean island, but all is not well. The owners of Sunset Villa, Nolan and Anna Pearson, have two problems. One – which is solvable[...]

A Song from Dead Lips

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Written by William Shaw – Crime writers are occasionally given to complaining about how technology has made life harder when it comes to plotting. Many Golden Age authors would certainly have been scuppered by mobile phones or CCTV. So, in theory, the historical crime novel should make life simpler. However, the judicious deployment of research[...]

The Skeleton Road

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Written by Val McDermid – If Agatha Christie is the queen of crime writing, then Val McDermid is surely her lady in waiting. She’s written 28 novels and has topped the bestseller list so many times that she deserves a free season ticket. McDermid is best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring[...]

The Meating Room

The Meating Room

Written by TF Muir – St Andrews is headquarters of the Royal and Ancient and the home of golf. Obviously, it is a sedate, peaceful place where the only sound to be heard is the smacking of golf balls and the occasional muttered curse from someone stuck in a bunker. In short, St Andrews is[...]

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

Written by Elizabeth Little — Dear Daughter is one of those debut crime novels that arrives with the sort of buzz that guarantees it will get noticed in a busy period for major new titles. The blurbs from genre giants Kate Atkinson and Tana French suggest that Elizabeth Little may be the next big thing.[...]

The Monogram Murders

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Written by Sophie Hannah — Have you ever had to step into someone else’s shoes? It’s tough trying to equal, or better, what came before, isn’t it? And when that someone else is the undisputed queen of crime, the legendary Dame Agatha Christie, then you would surely have to be crazy to take up the[...]

Damned if You Do

Damned If You Do

Written by Michael Brandman – The late Robert B Parker will always be remembered for Spenser, the Boston PI who polled at number six in our best 12 private eyes feature. That character was kept alive by Ace Atkins in the novel Wonderland and now Jesse Stone, another of Parker’s creation, has been revived by[...]

Blind Moon Alley

Blind Moon Alley

Written by John Florio – We first met Jersey Leo in Sugar Pop Moon, reviewed here. A mixed race albino, he’s a Philadelphia inhabitant unlike any other. The year is 1931 and his adventures with moonshine (aka Sugar Pop) in the previous novel behind him, Jersey is running a speakeasy called the Ink Well. He[...]

An Event in Autumn

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Written by Henning Mankell, translated by Laurie Thompson — A new Kurt Wallander book by Henning Mankell is a major literary event for fans of this troubled Swedish detective. Mankell was the first of the translated Scandinavian crime writers I discovered a decade ago and he’s still the best. Indeed, it’s remarkable that a series[...]

Missing

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Written by Sam Hawken – Jack Searle lives a quiet life in Texas, near the Mexican border. He earns enough to get by as a builder, looking after his stepdaughters Lidia and Marina. Jack’s wife died of cancer several years ago. Jack and the girls have family over the border in Nuevo Laredo and regularly[...]

Alphabet House

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Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by Steve Schein – Published for the first time in English, Alphabet House was Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s first book in his native language, predating the Department Q series which includes Mercy and Disgrace. It is an ambitious psychological thriller that was inspired by his own upbringing around psychiatric hospitals[...]

Cherringham – Mystery at the Manor

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Written by Matt Costello and Neil Richards — Mystery at the Manor is the second episode in a 12-book series of cosy mysteries, which transatlantic writing duo Matt Costello (US) and Neil Richards (UK) intend to release in monthly instalments. Each book is intended to be a self-contained mystery and they all feature amateur sleuth[...]

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