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World Gone By

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Written by Dennis Lehane – What an incredible career Dennis Lehane is having. Of his American contemporaries, perhaps only Michael Connelly has managed to sustain a similar degree of commercial and critical success in the crime genre. His early, gritty PI novels in the Kenzie and Gennaro series were followed by slick standalone thrillers like[…]

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[…]

Stranger Child

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Written by Rachel Abbott – Never go down a dark country road with this author… you just know it is going to end in tears. In The Back Road, a young runaway is left for dead by a hit and run driver; in Stranger Child, the story opens with another harrowing scene. Caroline Joseph is[…]

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[…]

Love You to a Pulp

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Written by CS DeWildt – One of the things which makes book reviewing such a rewarding thing to do is the opportunity to discover great new writers and pass on their work to others. Sometimes a book comes along, from an author you’ve never read before, that just blows you away. Love You to a[…]

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