Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sun Storm, by Asa Larsson

Sun Storm I was a bit worried when I finally picked up this book, as I'd waited a long time to read it, and it comes garlanded with awards and rave reviews. Could it live up to its reputation? Emphatically, … Continue reading

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The Simian curve, by Mark Lalbeharry

The Simian Curve THE SIMIAN CURVE starts with a harrowing chapter about a lost child, by far the most tense part of the book. It rapidly changes, however, into a completely different type of story, as the rescue services attempting … Continue reading

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The man on the balcony, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

The Man on the Balcony (The Martin Beck) THE MAN ON THE BALCONY is the third of Sojwall and Wahloo's ten novels featuring Martin Beck and his Stockholm police colleagues. It is a lean, compelling novel, told with simplicity and … Continue reading

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Requiem, by Jack Ross

Requiem REQUIEM isn't a bad thriller by any means: it is short, swift, easy to read and has the makings of a sizzling plot. However, whoever teaches "thriller writing 101" should include type-examples by Lee Child and Dick Francis as … Continue reading

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The thirteenth tale, by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale THE THIRTEENTH TALE is a magnificent, beautifully written and involving story, a modern version of a Victorian novel. Vida Winter is the most respected and widely read living writer, now coming to the end of her life. … Continue reading

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Wash this blood clean from my hand, by Fred Vargas

Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand The eccentric Commissaire Adamsberg and his team, with varying degrees of reluctance, are going to Canada to learn about DNA fingerprinting techniques from none other than the famed Mounties. Before leaving, however, Adamsberg … Continue reading

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Seeking whom he may devour, by Fred Vargas

Seeking Whom he may Devour In the south east of France is a mountainous region of villages and sheep farms, where life is still lived the way it has been for centuries, and attitudes have barely changed. The invasion of … Continue reading

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Ice trap, by Kitty Sewell

Ice Trap The first chapter of ICE TRAP is a compelling account of a young boy's solo hunting trip in the snowy sub-Arctic wastes. By the chapter's end, he has been attacked by a polar bear and we don't know … Continue reading

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The scent of the night, by Andrea Camilleri

The Scent of the Night (Montalbano 6) The case under investigation by Inspector Salvo Montalbano in his sixth outing, THE SCENT OF THE NIGHT, is that of a financial advisor who has disappeared with vast quantities of everyone's money. Tempers … Continue reading

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