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The Burning Room

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Written by Michael Connelly – There’s many a crime novel which begins in a mortuary, as the coroner works on a body and uncovers a vital clue that ultimately solves the case. Never before, though,  have I encountered an autopsy that is in response to a cold case. In truth, Orlando Merced was a dead man walking.[...]

Mask of the Verdoy

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Written by Phil Lecomber – George Harley is a decorated veteran of World War I who worked for British intelligence post 1918. Now he is scratching out a living as a private investigator in 1930s London, steering a hazardous course between the criminal underworld and the Metropolitan Police, neither of whom is sure of his[...]

Sin Walks into the Desert

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Written by Matt Ingwalson – Sin is a loner, a tattooed outcast in Tucson, Arizona. In his early 20s, he spends his days at home watching videos online and cleaning his gun, and his nights getting tattooed by Sindy, his one friend, who works at an all-night tattoo parlour. That is until he gets a[...]

From the Cradle

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Written by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards – Family: it’s a six-letter word that covers a whole world of possibilities. If you’re lucky, it means happy get-togethers with relatives. Then again, it could conjure up mental images of Barbara Windsor in EastEnders. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, family is something you’re stuck with. A veritable conveyor[...]

A Penny for the Hangman

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Written by Tom Savage – The Virgin Islands. Sound idyllic, don’t they? Especially as the nights begin to draw in here and the temperatures plummet. Richard Branson even owns one! But all is not so wonderful on the island of St Thomas where, in May 1958, a teenage boy and his friend are planning something dastardly.[...]

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 –[...]

Music for the Dead

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Written by Luis Gutiérrez Maluenda, translated by Nick Caistor – It’s not often that a crime novel calls to mind the work of Boris Vian, the multi-talented French saxophonist, writer, translator and publisher who, when asked to discover the latest American noir author and translate his work into French, decided it would be easier to[...]

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.[...]

Moriarty

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Written by Anthony Horowitz – Having experienced considerable critical and commercial success with The House of Silk, accomplished author Anthony Horowitz has returned to the world of Sherlock Holmes with his latest book. However, it might be more accurate to suggest he has entered Moriarty’s world, since this book’s narrative begins just days after Sherlock[...]

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[...]

The Hummingbird

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Written by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston — Although Finland is often grouped with Scandinavia, its population, language and sensibility are all quite different. That holds true of its crime fiction as well. There is something unnerving and mysterious about the taciturn Finnish detectives, some of whom we’ve featured previously on this website. Anna[...]

Compulsion

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Written by Bruce W Perry – Karl Standt has a back story. The former New York cop, now a private investigator, is still regaining his health after broken bones and a drug addiction were the price he paid for tracking down a missing heiress. All this happened in Gone On Kauai, which we reviewed back[...]

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