Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Serpent Pool, by Martin Edwards

  The Serpent Pool DCI Hannah Scarlett's latest cold case concerns Bethany Friend, a young woman who apparently committed suicide half a dozen years previously by drowning in the Serpent Pool, a local beauty spot by a ruined tower. Bethany's … Continue reading

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Last Light, by Alex Scarrow

  Last Light Last Light is a very exciting thriller based on the premise that the world’s oil supplies run out. Andy Sutherland, a consultant geologist originally from New Zealand, is commissioned to write a secret report about the vulnerable … Continue reading

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The Missing, by Jane Casey

  The Missing I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Casey’s debut novel, The Missing. The story is told from the perspective of Sarah, a young English teacher whose brother Charlie disappeared from the family garden almost 20 years ago.  Sarah was in … Continue reading

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The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths

  The Crossing Places: A Case for Ruth Galloway I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Elly Griffiths, which depicts a vivid and attractive character, Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist at North Norfolk University, a fictional institution near the salt … Continue reading

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Where the Dead Lay, by David Levien

Where the Dead Lay David Levien’s second novel to feature PI Frank Behr certainly lives up to the promise of the first, City of the Sun.  As Where the Dead Lay opens, Behr is distraught to discover the dead body … Continue reading

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The Cruel Stars of the Night, by Kjell Eriksson

  The Cruel Stars of Night (Ann Lindell Mysteries) Translated by Ebba Segerberg. Laura Hinderstern calls into her local police station to report her father, an elderly retired professor of Italian literature, missing. Soon after this, Ann Lindell and her … Continue reading

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Thursday Night Widows, by Claudia Pinerio

  Thursday Night Widows Translated by Miranda France  Thursday Night Widows is a remarkable novel.  Without taking any editorial or judgemental line on the characters it describes, it relates the story of some wealthy Argentinian families who live in an … Continue reading

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Blue Lightning, by Ann Cleeves

  Blue Lightning (Shetland Quartet 4) The last book in the Shetland Quartet is set on Fair Isle, childhood home of detective Jimmy Perez. Jimmy and his fiancee Fran fly to this remote island in the teeth of terrible storms … Continue reading

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The Last Surgeon, by Michael Palmer

  The Last Surgeon The Last Surgeon is a very exciting thriller which I read in a day (Sunday, as it happens). Dr Nick Gerrity, nicknamed Nick Fury after a comic-book character, is serving in Afghanistan when a terrible act … Continue reading

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Sacrifice, by S. J. Bolton

  Sacrifice Sacrifice is an utterly absorbing, addictive read. The first thing that struck me about it is the attractive heroine, Tora, who not only has a lovely name but is a great role model. She doesn’t wear her feminist … Continue reading

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