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The Dangerous Game

The Dangerous Game

Written by Mari Jungstedt, translated by Tiina Nunnally – While on a photoshoot for a top fashion magazine on the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland, the chief photographer Markus Sandberg is found in his cabin within an inch of death. He has been brutally attacked with an axe. It’s his girlfriend Jenny Levin who has discovered[…]

The Black Eyed Blonde

Black Eyed Blonde

Written by  Benjamin Black – Author John Banville has won the Booker Prize. Here he writes as Benjamin Black, embarking on a homage to Raymond Chandler by recreating Philip Marlowe in a story meant to follow on from the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye. Using a title Chandler might even have used himself, The Black Eyed Blonde,[…]

Elementary: The Ghost Line

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Written by Adam Christopher – Because of all the hype surrounding the BBC’s Sherlock, and the popularity of it’s lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it almost feels like sacrilege to point out that the best Holmes and Watson currently on television appear in an American import called Elementary. Holmes, played with joyful brio[…]

Past Crimes

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Written by Glen Erik Hamilton — Van Shaw, US Army Ranger veteran, steps off a plane in Seattle drawn back by a note from his estranged grandfather, Dono, 10 years after he suddenly left. He hasn’t heard from Dono or been home since then, undertaking tours in various war-torn theatres as the army trained and moulded[…]

Cognac Conspiracies

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Written by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, translated by Sally Pane – The Winemaker Detective series from Le French Book continues here and this time we’re in the Cognac region. As the heirs to one of the oldest family-run Cognac estates, the Lavoisier, face a hostile takeover by Chinese investors. Renowned Anglo-French wine expert Benjamin Cooker[…]

Prayer for the Dead

Prayer For The Dead

Written by James Oswald – Edinburgh DI Tony McLean is back, and there seems to be a rather nasty killer on the loose. When an investigative journalist is found both naked and dead – his throat cut – that’s one thing. Quite another is that his body has been found in the mysterious man made[…]

Prey

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Written by James Carol – The third in James Carol’s serial killer series follows the very successful Broken Dolls and Watch Me, and features ex-FBI psychological profiler Jefferson Winter. The hook of the series is that Winter himself is the son of a convicted serial killer, and he’s in a constant battle to dampen the killer instinct in his own[…]

Tell Tale

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Written by Mark Sennen – It is always something of a lottery for a reader to discover an author and character mid-series. Will you feel left out of a tight-knit clique, or be welcomed to the fold with open arms? Tell Tale is the fourth Sennen novel to feature DI Charlotte Savage, and I’m happy[…]

Nobody Walks

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Written by Mick Herron – Set in the a murky, satirised world of espionage, Mick Herron’s most recent novels, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, featured a fictional branch of MI5 called Slough House whose employees were only one more screw-up from losing their jobs. The books were uniformly well received, and got five-star ratings here on Crime Fiction[…]

Silent Scream

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Written by Angela Marsons – You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d seen everything when it comes to serial killer novels. It’s been a while since something really different has come out in the sub-genre, and in its opening Angela Marsons’ Silent Scream does little to separate itself from the norm. But looks can deceive, and so can excerpts.[…]

The Caveman

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Written by Jorn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce — It’s Christmas time and the Norwegian coastal town of Larvik is covered in a blanket of snow. A few doors down from where Chief Inspector William Wisting lives, Viggo Hansen is found dead in his home. He’s been there for four months without anybody noticing. His mummified body, in its dry,[…]

Second Life

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Written by SJ Watson – Coming as it does just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day and the arrival in cinemas of 50 Shades of Grey, 12 February seems a good day for SJ Watson’s second novel to arrive. Because Second Life is about love, be it motherly love, sisterly love, romantic love or the[…]

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