Monthly Archives: October 2010

Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

Let the Dead Lie by Malla NunnPan Macmillan, 2010.  The year 1953 finds Emmanuel Cooper in Durban, no longer a policeman after the Morton’s fork he faced in A Beautiful Place to Die, working in the shipyards with other ex-army men … Continue reading

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Gone by Mo Hayder

GoneBy Mo HayderBantam Press, 2010 Mo Hayder is back on form with a vengeance in Gone, her latest novel about detective Jack Caffery of the Bristol major crime investigation unit and police diver sergeant Flea Marley. After two promising but, for … Continue reading

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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Blacklands by Belinda BauerCorgi,  2010 Exmoor dripped with dirty bracken, rough, colourless grass, prickly gorse and last year’s heather, so black it looked as if wet fire had swept across the landscape, taking the trees with it and leaving the … Continue reading

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Silent Counsel by Ken Isaacson

Silent Counsel by Ken IsaacsonKindle, or Windermere Press (hardback). I used the opportunity of my new Kindle to read this novel, which has been on my list for a while. I love legal thrillers and this one is well up … Continue reading

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Any Man’s Death by Hazel Holt

Allison and Busby, 2009 In a change of pace from my recent reading, I’ve just completed this novel (via the library) by the refreshing Hazel Holt. Any Man’s Death appears to be the nineteenth in this series about Sheila Malory, of which … Continue reading

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Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay Orion, 2010 David and Jan Harewood are a seemingly typical American couple. He’s a journalist at the local paper; she works for a plumbing supplier. Their four-year-old son, Ethan, is looked after by David’s parents while … Continue reading

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Audition by Ryu Murakami

AuditionBy Ryu Murakami, translated by Ralph McCarthyBloomsbury, paperback 2010. Audition is a book that is both quick to read and deceptively simple in narrative. It opens with Shige, the 15 year old son of widower Aoyama, urging his father to … Continue reading

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