Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Man From Beijing, by Henning Mankell

  The Man from Beijing Translated by Laurie Thompson. The usual pattern in a crime novel is for a murder to take place and for the investigator(s) to gradually narrow down the various explanations until one is left and the … Continue reading

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A Room Swept White, by Sophie Hannah

  A Room Swept White In her new novel, Sophie Hannah addresses the complex and delicate issue of women who are accused, and sometimes convicted, of killing their own babies despite claiming that the deaths are natural. This subject is … Continue reading

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The Eye of Jade, by Diane Wei Liang

  The Eye of Jade Mei Wang is a determined young woman in modern China. Not wishing to be part of the conventional system of kickbacks and privilege, she quits her safe Ministry job and sets up as a private … Continue reading

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The Lying Tongue, by Andrew Wilson

  The Lying Tongue I thoroughly enjoyed this creepy psychological thriller. The story is classic: a young, recent graduate, Adam Woods, wants to be a novelist. He studied art history at university so he jumps at the chance to go … Continue reading

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The Last Ten Seconds, by Simon Kernick

  The Last 10 Seconds As may be expected from its title, THE LAST TEN SECONDS is an action-packed thriller which leaves no opportunity for reflection as the pages zoom past. The book opens as Sean Egan, the narrator, lies … Continue reading

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Snow Angels, by James Thompson

  Snow Angels Inspector Kari Vaara is in charge of a small police station in remote Lapland, in the north of Finland. His new wife Kate, who is American and ten years younger than Kari, is a senior manager of … Continue reading

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The Locked Room, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  The Locked Room (The Martin Beck) Translated by Paul Brittan Austin. Introduction by Michael Connelly. THE LOCKED ROOM, the eighth book in the Martin Beck series, is darker and longer than its predecessors, and has a more complex plot. … Continue reading

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The Stonecutter, by Camilla Lackberg

  The Stone Cutter Translated by Steven T. Murray. The third of Camilla Lackberg's series set in the small seaside town of Fjallbacka, Sweden, is every bit as good as the previous two novels. In THE STONECUTTER, Erica has recently … Continue reading

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