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Little Tales of Misogyny

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Written by Patricia Highsmith — The title of Patricia Highsmith’s story collection, reissued by this month Virago, remains highly provocative even 40 years after it first appeared. As a reader, you wonder if these tales will highlight the cruelty of misogyny from a feminist perspective. Or perhaps the stories themselves are designed to be misogynistic. With[…]

Uncle Dust

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Written by Rob Pierce — Dustin doesn’t hold down an ordinary job – he robs banks to pay the bills. It’s a compulsive cycle with him. Generate some dollars, spend them, steal some more. When we meet Dust he is between jobs, working his way through a suitcase of cash. He’s living with Theresa and her 10-year-old son,[…]

My Bloody Valentine

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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[…]

Gun Street Girl

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Written by Adrian McKinty – Originally, Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series was meant to be a trilogy, so the appearance of Gun Street Girl is great news for fans. It’s the fourth book set in 1980s Belfast and featuring the Catholic detective who’s reached the rank of Detective Inspector in the mainly Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary. Duffy[…]

Behind Closed Doors

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Written by Elizabeth Haynes – Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford disappeared in 2003 while on a family holiday in Rhodes. Ten years later, she’s reappeared in her home town, a fictional place outside of London called Briarstone. It’s just like any decent-sized town in Western Europe, and poor Scarlett is working in a brothel. Lou – DCI Louisa Smith –[…]

The Ice Twins

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Written by SK Tremayne – Angus and Sarah Moorcroft are living an enviable life. Angus is an architect, Sarah a freelance journalist and the couple live in a fashionable part of London. The picture is completed by identical twin daughters, Kirstie and Lydia. Born on the coldest day of the year, with ice-blue eyes and snowy[…]

Dark Briggate Blues

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Written by Chris Nickson – With his in-depth knowledge of Leeds and its history, and a love for writing novels set in various past eras, Chris Nickson is making quite a name for himself in crime circles. Both Gods of Gold (Victorian) and The Constant Lovers (1730s) were well received by our reviewers. Will Dark Briggate Blues make it a[…]

Dark Country

Dark Country

Written by Darren E Laws – With the eloquent subtitle Songs of Love and Murder, this is the follow up to Laws’ 2008 novel, Turtle Island. The central character once again is FBI agent Georgina O’Neil, but we find her in a bad place. Having been on the verge of losing her badge after the[…]

The Girl Who Wasn’t There

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Written by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Anthea Bell — It seems you just can’t avoid books with ‘girl’ in their title, but there’s barely a girl to be seen in this elegant story of art, perversion and courtroom drama. In fact, the original German title was Taboo, which is at once more enigmatic and all-encompassing. This[…]

The Crooked House

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Written by Christobel Kent — Following a series set in Florence featuring private investigator Sandro Cellini, Christobel Kent has shifted the action to an English estuary village for her 10th novel. It feels like a fresh start for the author, who’s been taken on by a different publisher. There’s not even any mention of her previous[…]

Vanished

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Written by Elizabeth Heiter – Evelyn Baine is a top profiler with the FBI. Her speciality is human behaviour, but her own personal story informs everything she does. She is of mixed race, and after a childhood where she was rescued from a drunken mother and her abusive boyfriend, then fostered out to a family[…]

Slow Down

Slow Down

Written by Lee Matthew Goldberg – November might be long gone, but here at Crime Fiction Lover we continue to bring you the latest indie releases long after our annual New Talent November event. New Pulp Press, no respecters of genre boundaries, is publishing Lee Matthew Goldberg’s debut novel. Noah Spaeth is a 22-year-old New Yorker who has[…]

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