Monthly Archives: July 2012

Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason

Indridason, Arnaldur – ‘Black Skies’ (translated by Victoria Cribb)  Hardback: 336 pages (June 2012) Publisher: Harvill Secker ISBN: 1846555817 In a book first published in Iceland in 2009, but set in 2005, the black skies of the title are gathering not … Continue reading

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Meltwater by Michael Ridpath

Ridpath, Michael – ‘Meltwater’  Hardback: 320 pages (June 2012) Publisher: Atlantic Books ISBN: 085789644X The third in this author’s Fire and Ice series, set in Iceland, is as fast and packed with incident as the first two books, WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE and 66 DEGREES NORTH. … Continue reading

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Border Run by Simon Lewis

Lewis, Simon – ‘Border Run’ Paperback: 208 pages (Apr. 2012) Publisher: Sort of Books ISBN: 0956308651 BORDER RUN is a suspense novel set in the forest region of China near Myanmar (called Burma here). Will and Jake are two backpackers taking … Continue reading

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The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach translated by Anthea Bell Penguin/Michael Joseph 2012 (first published in Germany 2011) Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin Ballantine Books (pb), 2012 Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Pierced by Thomas Enger

Pierced by Thomas Enger translated by Charlotte Barslund Faber&Faber, 2012 Henning Juul #2 Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Death of a Carpet Dealer by Karin Wahlberg

Death of a Carpet Dealer by Karin Wahlberg Stockholm Text e-book, 2012 (first published 2009) Translated by Neil Betteridge Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Mildred Pierce by James M Cain

Mildred Pierce by James M Cain Phoenix (Orion), 2011 First published in the USA 1941 First published in the UK 2002 Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Murder at the Mendel by Gail Bowen

Murder at the Mendel by Gail Bowen McClelland & Stewart 2004, first published 1991 Joanne Kilbourn #2 Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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Vengeance in Mind by N J Cooper

Vengeance in Mind by N J Cooper Simon and Schuster, 2012 Karen Taylor #4 Reviewed at Petrona, June 2012.

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