Monthly Archives: March 2009

Skin, by Mo Hayder

  Skin SKIN opens a few days after the climax of Mo Hayder's previous book, RITUAL, when the body of a young woman is found in the countryside outside Bristol. Quickly establishing that the victim is not Misty Kitson, the … Continue reading

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Shadow, by Karin Alvtegen

  Shadow SHADOW opens in 1975 with the discovery of a four-year old boy who has been abandoned in a park. The boy, Kristoffer, is bought up by foster parents, and when an adult becomes an addict and drifter. The … Continue reading

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The Other Half Lives, by Sophie Hannah

  The Other Half Lives As with her previous novels, Sophie Hannah starts with an intriguing premise – a confession to a crime that did not take place. Aidan Seed confesses to his girlfriend Ruth Bussey that he killed a … Continue reading

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The Twilight Time, by Karen Campbell

  The Twilight Time THE TWILIGHT TIME is an assured, seemingly authentic, noir-laden police procedural, set in Glasgow. The author is an ex-police officer, and this is her first novel. I'm impressed. Sergeant Anna Cameron arrives to take charge of … Continue reading

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Go to Helena Handbasket, by Donna Moore

  Go to Helena Handbasket GO TO HELENA HANDBASKET is one hundred and fifty pages of pure fun. Donna Moore has written a crackingly paced, witty send-up of every hard-boiled crime-fiction genre going. Each paragraph, even almost every sentence, is … Continue reading

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City of Fear, by Alafair Burke

  City of Fear I very much enjoyed Alafair Burke's three Samantha Kinkaid novels, which are superior legal thrillers. I blinked, though, because I missed the fact that Ms Burke has started writing a new series, featuring NYPD detective Ellie … Continue reading

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