Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Shadow in the River, by Frode Grytten

The Shadow in the River In the provincial, decaying Norwegian town of Odda, journalist Robert Bell is a cynical observer, relishing his self-chosen role of outsider, constantly sizing-up and judging his fellow-citizens. He enjoys his lonely job at an outpost … Continue reading

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White Nights, by Ann Cleeves

White Nights WHITE NIGHTS is the second book to feature the Shetland Island detective Jimmy Perez and the artist Fran Hunter. As the book opens, Fran and a local celebrity artist, Bella Sinclair, are about to hold a joint exhibition … Continue reading

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Where are you now? by Mary Higgins Clark

Where Are You Now? From the publisher's description of Mary Higgins Clark's latest novel, Where are you now? : "a gripping tale of a young woman trying to unravel the mystery of a family tragedy — a quest with terrifying … Continue reading

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Dead Point, by Peter Temple

Dead Point: A Jack Irish Thriller Dead Point is the third Jack Irish novel by Peter Temple. It is brilliant. Although I've very much enjoyed every book I've so far read by this author, in this one he joins the … Continue reading

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Trial by Blood, by John Macken

Trial by Blood Debut novel DIRTY LITTLE LIES introduced GeneCrime, a high-tech forensic laboratory led by Reuben Maitland and attached to the UK police force. The first 100 or so pages of the sequel TRIAL BY BLOOD recap how everything … Continue reading

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Black Seconds, by Karin Fossum

Black Seconds It is generally agreed that the worst thing that can happen to anyone is to lose a child. This is the premise of Karin Fossum's excellent new novel, BLACK SECONDS. Small and unpretentious in scale yet deep in … Continue reading

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Unspoken, by Mari Jungstedt

Unspoken As with her debut novel UNSEEN, Mari Jungstedt sets UNSPOKEN on the Swedish island of Gotland; many of the same characters feature. Six months after the events of the first novel, winter is setting in, and Chief Inspector Anders … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect, by Pernille Rygg

The Butterfly Effect In a bracing dash of Norwegian noir contrasting with the snow white of an Oslo winter, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT opens just after Igi Heitmann's father, a private detective, has been killed in a hit and run accident. … Continue reading

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Into the Shadows, by Shirley Wells

Into the Shadows (Forensic Psychologist Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Tentham Mystery) Jill Kennedy is a forensic psychologist who has recently moved to the village of Kelton, in northern England. She has decided on a new career of writing, no … Continue reading

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