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Witness the Night, by Kishwar Desai

  Witness the Night A terrible tragedy has occurred in a small town in India. Thirteen members of a family have been murdered and then their house set on fire. A young girl, Durga, the daughter of the family, has … Continue reading

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Telling Tales, by Ann Cleeves

Telling Tales Pan, 2005 The second novel to feature Inspector Vera Stanhope is an involving mystery set in the fictional coastal village of Elvert in East Yorkshire. Emma and James are a young married couple with a new baby, who … Continue reading

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Willing Flesh by Adam Creed

Willing Flesh The second in the series featuring DI Staffe (William Wagstaffe) of the City of London police is an atmospheric crime novel set among the rich financiers who always seem one step ahead even while credits crunch and bubbles … Continue reading

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Cambridge Blue, by Alison Bruce

  Cambridge Blue Here is the Cambridge of coffee shops and pubs by the river – a river, however, that in the first chapter is the recipient of a dead body. Whether or how this body is related to the … Continue reading

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Afterlight, by Alex Scarrow

Afterlight Afterlight, by Alex Scarrow (Orion, May 2010) What would Britain be like 10 years after the oil has run out? This stark question is the basis of Afterlight, a crackingly absorbing thriller. The novel is ostensibly a sequel to … Continue reading

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Where the Shadows Lie, by Michael Ridpath

  Where the Shadows Lie (Fire and Ice) WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE is an exciting, readable and solid thriller. Magnus Jonson is a young Icelandic-American policeman in Boston who has reported one of his colleagues for taking kickbacks. The colleague … Continue reading

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This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George

This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16) Elizabeth George is back on form with This Body of Death, the sixteenth outing for Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard. Thankfully back from his sojourn in Cornwall, Lynley decides to return … Continue reading

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The Monster in the Box, by Ruth Rendell

The Monster in the Box Ruth Rendell is such a great crime novelist, particularly her Chief Inspector Wexford series, started in 1964. Monster in the Box is the 22nd, and is a thoroughly good read. All the books are solid … Continue reading

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Dead Like You, by Peter James

  Dead Like You The sixth in the DS Roy Grace series follows the themes established in previous novels, but is written to enable new readers to start the series here without needing to read the previous titles. Grace is … Continue reading

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The Marx Sisters, by Barry Maitland

The Marx Sisters (Brock & Kolla Mystery) Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, then Bernadette of Reactions to Reading, encouraged me to try reading a novel by Barry Maitland.  He’s written a series about two police detectives, Brock and Kolla, so I decided … Continue reading

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