Monthly Archives: September 2007

Rough Trade by Dominique Manotti

Rough Trade (Eurocrime) Originally published in French in 1995, translated into English (by Margaret Crosland and Elfreda Powell) in 2001, set in 1980, ROUGH TRADE is a blistering police-procedural novel set in the Sentier district of Paris, home to the … Continue reading

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Echo Park by Michael Connelly

Echo Park In Echo Park, Harry Bosch continues his lonely, almost religious campaign to close old unsolved crimes. “Bosch considered himself a true detective, one who took it all inside and cared. Everybody counts or nobody counts. That’s what he … Continue reading

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Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah

Hurting Distance HURTING DISTANCE, Sophie Hannah's second novel, is both of the same cut of cloth and fulfils the high standard set by her first, LITTLE FACE. Alternating chapters are narrated direct to the reader in the first person by … Continue reading

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Temple x3, Harvey, Cook, Woodrell, Flynn, Blunt and Penny

In the Evil Day Bad Debts An Iron Rose Winter's Bone The Fields of Grief The Chicago Way The Murmur of Stones Sharp Objects               Still Life     An Iron Rose, In the … Continue reading

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Never End by Ake Edwardson

Never End Where SUN AND SHADOW took place in the cold of winter, NEVER END takes the seasonally diametrically opposite milieu of a summer heatwave, making the book perfect beach holiday reading. The inappropriately named Chief Inspector Erik Winter is … Continue reading

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The Murder Bird by Joanna Hines

The Murder Bird THE MURDER BIRD is a compelling little psychological thriller of dark family secrets. At first, I thought it was going to be a story of a woman who stabs her sleeping husband to death, and the effects … Continue reading

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The Midnight Choir by Gene Kerrigan

The Midnight Choir This is a wonderful book, superbly well written. The promise of Kerrigan's previous book, LITTLE CRIMINALS, is more than fulfilled in this elegiac novel of corruption in Ireland. The book begins by describing various apparently unconnected events; … Continue reading

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The Death List by Paul Johnston

The Death List (MIRA) (MIRA) Matt Wells is a crime-fiction author of two violent series of books: one, set in Jacobean times, features themes of revenge; the other is about the Albanian mafia, equally if not more violent. The Albanian … Continue reading

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The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters

The Shadow Walker The words on the cover under the title read: "Murder at the edge of the world" – and Mongolia is indeed a pretty remote spot for most of us. THE SHADOW WALKER opens in standard fashion, with … Continue reading

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The Bone Garden by Kate Ellis

The Bone Garden Archaeologists excavating the grounds of Earlsacre Hall in Devon before the site is redeveloped as an arts centre discover a skeleton buried under an old sundial. The body seems to date from the early eighteenth century. Before … Continue reading

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