Monthly Archives: August 2010

Telling Tales, by Ann Cleeves

Telling Tales Pan, 2005 The second novel to feature Inspector Vera Stanhope is an involving mystery set in the fictional coastal village of Elvert in East Yorkshire. Emma and James are a young married couple with a new baby, who … Continue reading

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Havana Red, by Leonardo Padura

HAVANA RED Havana Red by Leonardo PaduraTranslated by Peter BushBitter Lemon Press 2005 (first published in Spanish in 1997) The Havana Quartet, of which this novel is the first, is a highly regarded contribution to the crime-fiction genre. The story is … Continue reading

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Chinatown Beat, by Henry Chang

Chinatown Beat (Detective Jack Yu) Soho Crime, 2006. I recently read a very positive review of the latest in the series of books about Jack Yu, a Chinese police detective in New York, so I thought I would try the … Continue reading

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American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea

American Visa Translated by Adrian Althoff. Publisher, Akashic Books, 2007 (first published in Spanish, 1994). A taxi grinds to a halt in the middle of crammed street parties and demonstrations in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, and Mario Alvarez disembarks. Alvarez is searching … Continue reading

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Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli

Day After Day Translated by Oonagh Stransky. Vintage, 2005. (First published in Italy 2000). Day After Day is, after a bit of a rocky start, a tight and exciting follow-up toAlmost Blue. It again follows an investigation led by Ispettore Grazia … Continue reading

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Play Dead, by Harlan Coben

Play Dead I probably should not review this novel. It’s an early book by the now-bestselling Harlan Coben which was published in the USA 20 years ago but never made it to the UK until now.  In his preface to … Continue reading

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Cop Killer, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  Cop Killer (The Martin Beck Series) translated by Thomas Teal   Although written in the 1970s, this ninth volume in the Martin Beck series remains a strong, relevant novel today. Two stories are told, both sent in the Malmo … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Rain, by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

The Silence of the Rain: A Detective Espinosa Mystery (Inspector Espinoza Mysteries) Translated by Benjamin Moser Picador, 2003. First published in Brazil, 1998. I like mysteries in which the reader knows more than the detective, as one can see how … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die, by Malla Nunn

A Beautiful Place to Die This impressive debut novel is set in South Africa in 1952, in the immediate aftermath of the election which resulted in the Boer government and specifically the Immorality Act, by which the “white”, coloured” and … Continue reading

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The Dragon Man by Garry Disher

The Dragon Man (Hal Challis Novel) (Hal Challis Mystery 1) The Dragon Man is first in a series of five, soon to be six, novels about Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his Sergeant, Ellen Destry. It’s one of my favourite … Continue reading

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