Monthly Archives: October 2006

A Walk in the Dark

  "There's a song…."  " 'Losing my religion'. "She screwed up her eyes, then said yes. "You know what that means: losing my religion?""I know what it means literally. Is there another meaning?""It's an idiomatic expression. It means something like: … Continue reading

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Savage Garden

Denise Hamilton is the female author who most nearly made it onto David Montgomery's "top ten" detective novels list. I have enjoyed her previous books since reading her first, The Jasmine Trade, upon its initial UK publication as part of … Continue reading

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What Came Before He Shot Her

  What Came Before He Shot Her "New Elizabeth George an odd prequel"   See here for my review of this book published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday 15 October 2006.

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Involuntary Witness

I am fairly sure by Crimescraps out of Eurocrime, or vice versa, I recently came across a book so highly recommended that I could do nothing but read it. Involuntary Witness is by an Italian author, Gianrico Carofiglio, who according … Continue reading

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Kill Me

How's about this for a crazy premise: man pays organisation to kill him painlessly if he should have progressive fatal disease or accident rendering him comatose. Changes his mind, but the organisation won't let him. Organisation is ruthlessly efficient at … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I think I went on holiday fairly recently, didn't I? One of the many unwritten posts in my head arising from about that involves Harry Potter. Regular readers of Petrona may remember an optimistic posting about Cathy's and my hopes … Continue reading

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The Man Who Smiled

  The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery Henning Mankell Frank Wilson on Books, Inq. posts about today's book reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The interesting collection includes my  review of Henning Mankell's book The Man Who Smiled. I … Continue reading

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Paradise

Paradise Liza Marklund I had my faith in crime fiction restored by Lisa Marklund's Paradise, which I read after the five books I posted about the other day. Paradise features most of the elements I love the most about crime … Continue reading

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Various Haunts of Men

The Various Haunts of Men Susan Hill Looking at the PubSub "Litblog" output, which despite gloomy predictions seems to be still going, I see a review of Susan Hill's The Various Haunts of Men on a blog called The Little … Continue reading

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Silence of the Grave

  Silence of the Grave Arnaldur Indridason Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason is the last translated book that will win the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) gold dagger award. Since losing BCA sponsorship, the organisation is changing the rules … Continue reading

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