Monthly Archives: June 2008

Broken, by Karin Fossum

Broken A long queue of people waits patiently at a door. Old and young, in small groups or alone, everyone waits silently. Every year, the author who lives in the house on the other side of the door will choose … Continue reading

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Waterloo Sunset, by Martin Edwards

Waterloo Sunset A solicitor from an earlier, more traditional generation, middle-aged Harry Devlin is attempting to come to terms with the flash pace of life in the European Capital of Culture, the “new Liverpool”.  Harry and his law partner Jim … Continue reading

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Disco for the departed, by Colin Cotterill

Disco for the Departed The third book in the series that began with THE CORONER'S LUNCH and continued with THIRTY-THREE TEETH continues our journey of discovery of a magical-realist, independently minded group of protagonists in landlocked, impoverished 1970s Laos. Dr … Continue reading

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Detective Inspector Huss, by Helene Tursten

Detective Inspector Huss Although I often enthuse about Scandinavian crime fiction, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS is an excellent police procedural even by the sky-high standards of authors such as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Arndaldur Indridason and Kjell Ericksen. Irene Huss is … Continue reading

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The Vows of Silence, by Susan Hill

The Vows of Silence The fourth Simon Serrailler novel looks at death from a wide range of perspectives: natural, unnatural; past and present; of old characters and new ones. By the end of it, I felt I had gone through … Continue reading

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The blood spilt, by Asa Larsson

The Blood Spilt Eighteen months after the events described in Asa Larsson's debut novel, THE SAVAGE ALTAR, Rebecka Martinson is still psychologically unfit to return to work at her law firm. Nevertheless, her notoriety brings in new business, so she's … Continue reading

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The Murder Farm, by Andrea Maria Schenkel

The Murder Farm I was going to begin my review by remarking that this creepy little book is the IN COLD BLOOD of this century, but a glance at the blurb shows me that the publisher thought of it first. … Continue reading

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