Monthly Archives: March 2008

The cipher garden, by Martin Edwards

The Cipher Garden (Lake District Mystery) The second book in Martin Edwards's Lake District series is a variant on the classic "locked room" mystery, although events take place in the beauty of the north-west of England rather than in any … Continue reading

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Losing you, by Nicci French

Losing You This gripping story opens on the morning of the day that Nina Landry and her family plan to catch a plane from Heathrow to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Nina's car has broken down; her neighbour and fellow-teacher … Continue reading

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Cold in hand, by John Harvey

Cold in Hand COLD IN HAND is a very sad book, written by an author at the peak of his powers. Understated yet powerful, it is superb – this is going to be one of the very best novels I … Continue reading

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An expert in murder, by Nicola Upson

An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey Crime Series) Josephine Tey was a (pseudonymous) novelist and playwright most active between the 1930s and 1950s, perhaps most famous these days for her rehabilitation of Richard III in her novel THE DAUGHTER OF … Continue reading

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Until It’s Over by Nicci French

Until it's Over Husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French provide a predictably involving and tense London-based thriller in UNTIL IT'S OVER. The first half is told from the point of view of Astrid Bell, a rather rootless young woman … Continue reading

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A Small Weeping, by Alex Gray

A Small Weeping Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his team, part of the Glasgow police force, are called in to investigate the death of a prostitute, whose body was found at the train station with a flower between her hands. … Continue reading

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The pure in heart, by Susan Hill

The Pure in Heart THE PURE IN HEART is the second outing for DCI Simon Serrailler of Lafferton police. The first title, THE VARIOUS HAUNTS OF MEN, introduced the local CID and Simon's medical family, as well as a serial-killer … Continue reading

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Ritual, by Mo Hayder

Ritual For her fifth book, Mo Hayder has returned to the character she introduced in her cracking debut BIRDMAN and its equally dark, thrilling follow-up THE TREATMENT, DI Jack Caffrey. In RITUAL, Jack has recently broken up with Rebecca and … Continue reading

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Beneath the bleeding, by Val McDermid

Beneath the Bleeding Pick up a book by Val McDermid and you know you are in for an exciting, tense page-turner. BENEATH THE BLEEDING, one of the Tony Hill series, certainly delivers on this score. Tony is a psychological profiler, … Continue reading

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Meltdown, by Martin Baker

Meltdown "Do you know who you're working for?" is the question under the title on the cover of this financial thriller. At first, the answer seems to be a Rupert Murdoch-like figure, as an exhaustively detailed head-hunting exercise is carried … Continue reading

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