Monthly Archives: April 2010

Still Midnight, by Denise Mina

Still Midnight "She knows the difference between good and bad. She’s just not sure which she prefers…” So reads the inaccurate cover blurb on Denise Mina’s latest novel, Still Midnight.  The novel is, in fact, a tale of a Glasgow … Continue reading

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The Last Fix, by K. O. Dahl

The Last Fix Translated by Don Bartlett. The Last Fix is a very enjoyable, if ultimately sad, police procedural set in Oslo, Norway. Katrine, a young woman who works part-time in a travel agent, is attacked by a customer demanding … Continue reading

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The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo

  The Snowman   Translated by Don Bartlett. There is no doubt in my mind that THE SNOWMAN is the best so far of Jo Nesbo's series about Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo police. The novel is a very … Continue reading

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The Wings of the Sphinx, by Andrea Camilleri

  The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)   Translated by Stephen Sartarelli THE WINGS OF THE SPHINX is an utter delight. Reading any one of this series of short books about Inspector Salvo Montalbano and his colleagues in … Continue reading

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At Close Quarters, by Eugenio Fuentes

  At Close Quarters (Eurocrime)   Translated by Martin Schifino. A young, single man lives in a flat in a medium-sized coastal city in Spain. Looking out of his window in the morning, he sees a beautiful woman among the … Continue reading

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The Rising, by Brian McGilloway

  The Rising   Brian McGilloway is on top form with his fourth Benedict Devlin novel, THE RISING. After the broad canvas of the previous instalment (BLEED A RIVER DEEP), THE RISING returns to the classic police procedural – with … Continue reading

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Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer, by Luigi Guicciardi

  Inspector Cataldo's Criminal Summer Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer   By Luigi Guicciardi, translated by Iain Halliday I don’t mean to start a review with a geography lesson, but as this novel is set in the small, fictitious town of Guiglia, Italy, … Continue reading

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Affairs of State, by Dominique Manotti

Affairs of State (Eurocrime) Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti.Translated by Ros Schwartz and Amanda Hopkinson.(EuroCrime, Arcadia, 2009. First published in France, 2001.)   This superbly exciting political thriller, set in the 1980s, takes as its premise a saying of … Continue reading

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Rupture (A Thousand Cuts), by Simon Lelic

  Rupture   A THOUSAND CUTS is a book that sears. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of a shooting at a school in London, in which five people are killed. Thankfully, the book does not describe this horrible … Continue reading

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Thirteen Hours, by Deon Meyer

            Thirteen Hours Translated from the Afrikaans by K. L. Seegers Thirteen hours in the life of South African police Detective Inspector Benny Griessel make Jack Bauer's exploits look like child's play. In the early hours of … Continue reading

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