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Three-Card Monte

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Written by Marco Malvaldi, translated by Howard Curtis – Three-Card Monte is the second instalment in the Bar Lume series, (we reviewed Game For Five here) which are bestsellers in the author’s native Italy. Set in a small coastal town in Tuscany, the book once again features Massimo – a barman and amateur sleuth –[...]

Last Winter We Parted

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Written by Fuminori Nakamura, translated by Allison Markin Powell – The question of how art inspires and corrupts is something that drives the work of Japanese crime superstar Fuminori Nakamura, and the art is of the unconventional kind. In his first novel to be translated into English, The Thief, the eponymous pickpocket’s art is stealth.[...]

Dark Tides

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Written by Chris Ewan – It’s not that this book is that blood-curdlingly scary – though it has its moments. The violence isn’t graphic or outrageous and the final reveal might not stun you. What’s compelling about Dark Tides is simply that it’s very well written. While you’re reading it, you won’t be able to think about[...]

Confessions

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Written by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder – You never quite know what to expect when you pick up a Japanese crime fiction novel. There is no theme or style that dominates, so you might get a methodical police procedural, or a twisted psychological thriller. Each gives a different view of Japan – one[...]

Truth or Dare

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Written by Tania Carver – A new Tania Carver book is always something to celebrate, particularly if you like your crime, dark, disturbing and mega-gruesome. But novels by husband and wife team Martyn and Linda Waites are definitely not for the faint-hearted. I’ll give you a couple of examples. The story opens with a crossbow death that[...]

The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

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Written by Ian Rankin – The Rebus revival continues with this volume of 29 tales, old and new, featuring the irascible Edinburgh detective. Having retired Rebus, Ian Rankin brought him back for a cold case in Standing in Another Man’s Grave in 2012 and then reinstated him to CID – albeit with a demotion –[...]

The Secret Place

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Written by Tana French — Famed for her mastery of suspense and character, Tana French is one of those crime novelists admired by her peers as much as her readers. The Irish author’s fifth novel arrives with blurbs from Stephen King, Kate Mosse and Sophie Hannah. A rich, absorbing read that goes deeper than your[...]

Murder on the Ile Sordou

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Written by ML Longworth — This book is being publicised as the fourth in the Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal mystery series set in or around Aix-en-Provence, but fear not if you are new to the series. It had not previously registered on my Francophile radar either, and it stands well enough on its own two[...]

The Bone Seeker

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Written by MJ McGrath – After adventures taking in Ellesmere Island and Greenland in White Heat, and Alasaka in The Boy in the Snow, Edie Kiglatuk is back on Ellesmere for her third mystery. The half-Inuit heroine isn’t really a detective, she’s a hunter and a tracker, but this summer she’s working as a school[...]

Raiders of the Nile

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Written by Steven Saylor — 88BC, and a 22-year-old Gordianus, fresh from his voyage to see the seven wonders of the world, has left his hometown of Rome far behind and now lives in Alexandria. He is with his slave and lover, the beautiful Bethesda. Trouble is brewing in Alexandria and across Egypt. Rome threatens to invade[...]

Malice

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Written by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O Smith – This year has been a good one for lovers of Japanese literature in translation. Across all genres, Japanese literature in English has flown off the shelves. In crime fiction in particular, the second half of 2014 has seen three great novels – Confessions by Kanae Minato[...]

The Soul of Discretion

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Written by Susan Hill – In the quiet cathedral city of Lafferton there are cries in the night. Children’s cries. Odd incidents come to light, and before too long the authorities realise that they have the nightmare of child abuse going on around them. Eventually the professionals wake up to what is going on, and[...]

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