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Death of a Red Heroine, by Qiu Xiaolong

  Death of a Red Heroine Death of a Red Heroine is on the one hand a fairly standard police procedural novel, as Chief Inspector Chen and Detective Yu of the Shanghai Police Bureau investigate the case of a murdered … Continue reading

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The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

  The Coroner's Lunch Laos is an impoverished, landlocked socialist republic in southeast Asia, bordering with the more dominant nations of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. THE CORONER'S LUNCH is set in 1976, a year after the end of a … Continue reading

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Looking good dead

Looking good dead Peter James     Looking Good Dead Peter James follows up his racily readable first outing for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace with a second, Looking Good Dead, which is just as good, if not better. The new … Continue reading

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Roseanna

Roseanna (The Martin Beck) Maj Sjowall Thanks to Norm alias Uriah Robinson of Crime Scraps, I have just finished Roseanna, the first of the Martin Beck series of books by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, written in 1965. The book … Continue reading

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End in tears

  End in Tears Ruth Rendell Ruth Rendell's Chief Inspector Wexford series is now about 20 books long. I first started reading these books as a teenager and enjoy them as much now as I did then. Over the series, … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Dark

  "There's a song…."  " 'Losing my religion'. "She screwed up her eyes, then said yes. "You know what that means: losing my religion?""I know what it means literally. Is there another meaning?""It's an idiomatic expression. It means something like: … Continue reading

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Savage Garden

Denise Hamilton is the female author who most nearly made it onto David Montgomery's "top ten" detective novels list. I have enjoyed her previous books since reading her first, The Jasmine Trade, upon its initial UK publication as part of … Continue reading

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What Came Before He Shot Her

  What Came Before He Shot Her "New Elizabeth George an odd prequel"   See here for my review of this book published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday 15 October 2006.

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Involuntary Witness

I am fairly sure by Crimescraps out of Eurocrime, or vice versa, I recently came across a book so highly recommended that I could do nothing but read it. Involuntary Witness is by an Italian author, Gianrico Carofiglio, who according … Continue reading

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Kill Me

How's about this for a crazy premise: man pays organisation to kill him painlessly if he should have progressive fatal disease or accident rendering him comatose. Changes his mind, but the organisation won't let him. Organisation is ruthlessly efficient at … Continue reading

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