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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[...]

Gods of Gold

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Written by Chris Nickson – In the Yorkshire city of Leeds, there is a massive gulf between the rich and the poor. It is 1890, and the rich industrialists are getting richer beyond their wildest dreams. The chimneys belch out smoke but the grime turns to gold for the factory owners. The workers who keep[...]

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[...]

Lock-Down Blues

Lockdown Blues

Written by Ray Wilcox – For the most part, the lives these criminals lead are unconnected. There is Raymond Butterworth, a successful printer, whose gruesome crimes are separated by decades. Then we have ‘Diamond’ Perry, the black street hoodlum who makes the mistake of taking on a Yardie drug gang. Johnny Scapes ran a high-end[...]

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[...]

A Madras Miasma

Madras Miasma

Written by Brian Stoddart – The setting is 1920, in the teeming city of Madras (present day Chennai) on the south eastern coast of India. Superintendent Christian Le Fanu of the Indian Police Service has been called to the banks of a filthy city canal which is, in reality, little more than an open sewer.[...]

Falling Fast

Written by Neil Broadfoot – This debut novel was recently shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year alongside the likes of Peter May, Louise Welsh and Chris Brookmyre. In that company, it certainly has a lot to live up to. No problems there, for Falling Fast is a book that grabs you[...]

The Sandman

The Sandman

Written by Lars Kepler – If your perception of Nordic noir is of troubled detectives who can’t relate to people at work or at home, who are giving in to alcoholism and as cold inside as the climate they inhabit, then the Joona Linna series, now in its fourth instalment, might just be a breath[...]

The Long Way Home

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Written by Louise Penny – Louise Penny has a devoted audience of readers who eagerly await each of her novels featuring Québecois detective Armand Gamache – and I am no exception. We were all on tenterhooks to see if the good inspector’s retirement from his position as Head of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec[...]

Skinjob

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Written by Bruce McCabe – The scariest thing about dystopias – worlds which are defined by totalitarianism and dehumanisation – is how closely they resemble our own. The scariest aspect of novels such as George Orwell’s 1984 is not the strangeness of the worlds they represent, but their familiarity. Readers could see the spectre of[...]

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box

The Spirit Box

Written by George Mann – Previously here on Crime Fiction Lover we’ve reviewed The Will of the Dead featuring Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk mystery, and The Executioner’s Heart from George Mann’s Newbury & Hobbes series set in Victorian times. This latest Conan Doyle pastiche takes us back to the summer of 1915. The misery,[...]

The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad

Written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith – Last month we celebrated Bastille Day with a look at the best French crime fiction. My two suggestions for that list were written by Manchette. The quality of this author hasn’t escaped the eye of publishers New York Review Books, either. The company has just published[...]

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