Daily Archives: May 7, 2012

Split Second by Cath Staincliffe

Staincliffe, Cath – ‘Split Second’  Hardback: 320 pages (Apr. 2012) Publisher: Constable ISBN: 1849013454 SPLIT SECOND is a very moving account of an apparently impulsive crime and its aftermath, told from the point of view of three characters. Emma is a … Continue reading

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Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanen

Nykanen, Harri – ‘Nights of Awe’ (translated by Kristian London) Paperback: 278 pages (Feb. 2012) Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press ISBN: 1904738923 The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are termed the Days of Awe, or the … Continue reading

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Taken by Robert Crais

Robert Crais is one of the best (and best-selling) exponents of the detective novel/thriller blend. He achieves this goal by use of two characters: LA private investigator Elvis Cole, and his friend Joe Pike. Cole is a wisecracking, warm-hearted and … Continue reading

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Stay Close by Harlan Coben

Did you know that you can hire paparazzi to follow you around, yelling personal questions and photographing you while you have your Bar Mitzvah or take someone out for a date? I didn’t, but this nadir is where Ray Levine finds himself … Continue reading

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Containment by Vanda Symon

Containment by Vanda Symon Penguin (New Zealand), 2009. Sam Shephard #3 Reviewed at Petrona, May 2012.

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming St Martin’s 2002 Clare Fergusson #1 Reviewed at Petrona, May 2012.

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The Loyal Servant by Eva Hudson

The Loyal Servant by Eva Hudson copyright Eva Hudson Kindle edn, 2011 Reviewed at Petrona, April 2012.

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Killer Instinct by Zoe Sharp

Killer Instinct by Zoë Sharp Murderati, Inc (Kindle edn, 2011) First published by Piatkus, 2002 Charlie Fox #1 Reviewed at Petrona, April 2012.

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