Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Consorts of Death, by Gunnar Staalesen

  The Consorts of Death Translated by Don Bartlett. Varg Veum is a private detective based in Bergen. Although he's featured in almost 20 novels, only two of them are readily available in English, both published by Arcadia: THE WRITING … Continue reading

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To Steal Her Love, by Matti Joensuu

  To Steal Her Love Translated by David Hackston Not having read this author's PRIEST OF EVIL (first published in 2003) as the subject matter does not appeal, I was pleased to discover that one of his earlier books, TO … Continue reading

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No Escape, by N. J. Cooper

  No Escape NO ESCAPE is the first of a series by N J Cooper, previously known as Natasha Cooper, author of the Trish McGuire books. Like the earlier books, NO ESCAPE has an appealing female protagonist – this time … Continue reading

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The Darkest Hour, by Katherine Howell

  The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell is her second novel, telling two connected, interweaving stories with a cracking pace and confidence. I enjoyed it tremendously, despite not being sure about it at first. The book opens with … Continue reading

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True Murder, by Yaba Badoe

  True Murder TRUE MURDER tells the story of Ajuba, an 11-year-old girl from Ghana whose parents' marriage is in great difficulty. She's therefore been dumped, uncomprehending, in an English boarding school. She befriends three other girls with whom she … Continue reading

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Sworn to Silence, by Linda Castillo

Sworn to Silence I very much enjoyed this book. I shouldn’t have done if I am logical, as it is not only about a serial killer, but it concerns the murders of young women and girls in very gruesome, slow … Continue reading

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Wicked Prey, by John Sandford

Wicked Prey Wicked Prey is nineteenth in the Lucas Davenport series (there is a twentieth, Storm Prey, due out early next year). I haven’t read all of the previous books, but have read enough of them (about six) not to … Continue reading

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Thumbprint, by Friedrich Glauser

  Thumbprint Translated by Mike Martin. Thumbprint is the first novel in a series written in the 1930s by Friedrich Glauser; a series so influential that Germany’s main crime-fiction award is the Glauser prize. The novel is a highly readable … Continue reading

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The Southern Seas, by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  Southern Seas Translated by Patrick Camiller.If  the Swedish authors Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, writing in the 1960s and 70s, are often held to be the parents of the modern police-procedural crime novel, then the Spanish Manuel Vazquez Montalban, … Continue reading

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Publish or Perish, by Margot Kinberg

  Publish or Perish Academic intrigue is deeply entrenched at Tilton University. Graduate student Nick Merrill has devised Learn It!, a computer program to help students learn English, which seems from initial trials to be very effective. Nick asks Connor … Continue reading

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