Monthly Archives: April 2008

The Risk of Darkness, by Susan Hill

The Risk of Darkness Third in the Simon Serrailler trilogy, and the most exciting, THE RISK OF DARKNESS continues the story from where THE PURE IN HEART left off, with the Lafferton police depressed after the child abductions. Simon is … Continue reading

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A greater evil, by Natasha Cooper

A Greater Evil A GREATER EVIL is the eighth Trish Maguire book, but my first – I enjoyed it a lot, and it didn't matter that I hadn't read the earlier titles. Although the murder near the start of the … Continue reading

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The girl of his dreams, by Donna Leon

The Girl of His Dreams Donna Leon is back on top form in her latest Commissario Brunetti novel set in Venice, THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS. The main appeal, for me, is the beautiful sense of place and way of … Continue reading

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Written in bone, by Simon Beckett

Written in Bone In his accomplished follow-up to his best-selling debut THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH, Simon Beckett sends his protagonist, forensic archaeologist David Hunter, to the remote Scottish island of Ruma. When a burnt corpse is discovered in an isolated hut, … Continue reading

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A Carrion Death, by Michael Stanley

A Carrion Death A CARRION DEATH is a rip-roaring read. Set in Botswana, the main character is Assistant Superintendent David "Kubu" Bengu. He's a very large man (hence the nickname, which means "hippo") who loves opera and is happy to … Continue reading

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Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker

Bruno, Chief of Police I didn't think I was going to like this book before I started it – I imagined a cross between a "cosy" mystery and a Peter Mayle-style expat's view of France – neither being quite my … Continue reading

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Gallows lane, by Brian McGilloway

Gallows Lane (Inspector Devlin Mystery 2) Can Brian McGilloway's second novel, GALLOWS LANE, possibly live up to the first, BORDERLANDS, which among other kudos was Euro Crime reviewers' favourite read of 2007? Almost, but not quite. Never mind, though, the … Continue reading

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The pool of unease, by Catherine Sampson

The Pool of Unease Following on from her excellent first two novels, FALLING OFF AIR and OUT OF MIND, Catherine Sampson provides a change of theme for TV journalist Robin Ballantyne. After the death of her partner and the father … Continue reading

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