Daily Archives: August 29, 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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