Monthly Archives: June 2010

Gunshot Road, by Adrian Hyland

This is simply a marvellous book. It is a crime story, and an exciting one, but more importantly the book is a poem, full of emotion and insight. Every sentence is beautiful, as the author depicts a harsh yet rich … Continue reading

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Almost Blue, by Carlo Lucarelli

Almost Blue  translated from the Italian by Oonagh Strasky First published in Italy, 1997; first published in translation in the UK, 2003 (Harvill Press/Vintage)   When you’ve just finished reading a 700-page large-format novel, the perfect antidote is a 169-page pocket … Continue reading

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This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George

This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16) Elizabeth George is back on form with This Body of Death, the sixteenth outing for Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard. Thankfully back from his sojourn in Cornwall, Lynley decides to return … Continue reading

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The Monster in the Box, by Ruth Rendell

The Monster in the Box Ruth Rendell is such a great crime novelist, particularly her Chief Inspector Wexford series, started in 1964. Monster in the Box is the 22nd, and is a thoroughly good read. All the books are solid … Continue reading

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The Killer’s Art, by Mari Jungstedt

    The Killer's Art Translated by Tiina Nunnally.   The fourth, and in my opinion the best, Gotland novel by Mari Jungstedt takes place in a cold and dark February as the owner of a successful art gallery secretly … Continue reading

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Dead Like You, by Peter James

  Dead Like You The sixth in the DS Roy Grace series follows the themes established in previous novels, but is written to enable new readers to start the series here without needing to read the previous titles. Grace is … Continue reading

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The Marx Sisters, by Barry Maitland

The Marx Sisters (Brock & Kolla Mystery) Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, then Bernadette of Reactions to Reading, encouraged me to try reading a novel by Barry Maitland.  He’s written a series about two police detectives, Brock and Kolla, so I decided … Continue reading

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The Last Child, by John Hart

The Last Child Thirteen-year-old Johnny’s twin sister Alyssia disappeared a year ago. Katherine, his beautiful mother, could not cope with the strain and has become a fragile, hysterical addict; and his father, wracked by guilt as he was late to … Continue reading

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No-one Loves a Policeman, by Guillermo Orsi

No-one Loves a Policeman No-One Loves a Policeman By Guillermo Orsi, translated from the (Argentinian) Spanish by Nick CaistorMacLehose Press (Quercus), May 2010.  Pablo Martelli, known as Gotán, is retired from the police force (“the National Shame”) in Buenos Aires, and … Continue reading

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The Neighbour, by Lisa Gardner

The Neighbour A domestic thriller in the tradition popularised by Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay (even down to the white picket fence on the cover of the UK paperback, the edition I bought), The Neighbour is a tense thriller that's … Continue reading

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