Category Archives: Scotland

Lying Dead by Aline Templeton

Lying Dead by Aline Templeton Hodder & Stoughton 2007 Reviewed at Petrona, November 2011.

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The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton

The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton Hodder, 2006. Reviewed at Petrona, October 2011.

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The Retribution by Val McDermid

McDermid, Val – ‘The Retribution’ Hardback: 416 pages (Sep. 2011) Publisher: Little, Brown ISBN: 140870319X THE RETRIBUTION is the seventh in Val McDermid’s series about DCI Carol Jordan, leader of the “minorities integration team” in the fictional city of Bradfield, … Continue reading

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Proof of life by Karen Campbell

Campbell, Karen – ‘Proof of Life’ Hardback: 469 pages (June 2011) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton ISBN: 1444700456 PROOF OF LIFE is one of those novels that has several apparently disparate strands that the reader gradually realises are connected, in this … Continue reading

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One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls Reviewed at Petrona, May 2011 See here for review.

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Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid Reviewed at Petrona, January 2011. See here for review.

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Meet me in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod

MacLeod, Torquil – ‘Meet Me in Malmo’ Hardback: 224 pages (Dec. 2010) Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd Sweet but useless journalist Ewan Strachan works for a failing northern English newspaper, having recently been downgraded to working for the monthly lifestyle part … Continue reading

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Shadowplay by Karen Campbell

I very much enjoyed SHADOWPLAY, the third book by Karen Campbell, a former police officer whose previous profession adds a sense of authenticity to her writing. Anna Cameron, insecure protagonist of THE TWILIGHT TIME and “avenging angel” of AFTER THE FIRE, has just … Continue reading

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All the Colours of the Town, by Liam McIlvanney

Gerry Conway is a political journalist for the Glasgow Tribune. Divorced with two young sons, he lives in a flat in the city centre and when he isn’t at work he’s in the pub.  Aware of the general unease and insecurities … Continue reading

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The Complaints, by Ian Rankin

The Complaints is the second novel by Ian Rankin after his final (?) Rebus book, and is an order of magnitude better than the first post-Rebus exercise, Doors Open. The Complaints is a far more substantial and engaging novel, introducing … Continue reading

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