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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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Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli

Day After Day Translated by Oonagh Stransky. Vintage, 2005. (First published in Italy 2000). Day After Day is, after a bit of a rocky start, a tight and exciting follow-up toAlmost Blue. It again follows an investigation led by Ispettore Grazia … Continue reading

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Cop Killer, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  Cop Killer (The Martin Beck Series) translated by Thomas Teal   Although written in the 1970s, this ninth volume in the Martin Beck series remains a strong, relevant novel today. Two stories are told, both sent in the Malmo … 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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Needle in a Haystack, by Ernesto Mallo

Needle in a Haystack Translated by Jethro Soutar. Inspector Lascano lives in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, at the time of the military dictatorship. It was a terrible regime, first encountered by me in book form in Isabelle Allende‚Äôs marvellous … Continue reading

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Hit by Tara Moss

  Hit HIT is an introduction for a UK readership to Makedde Vanderwall, ex-model turned PI, based in Sydney, Australia. Makedde (known as Mak) is an independent, attractive person, but boy has she had some awful experiences in her past … Continue reading

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Bad Intentions, by Karin Fossum

Bad Intentions Translated by Charlotte Barslund. Bad Intentions is an extremely bleak anatomy of the aftermath of a death. Three friends, Axel, Philip and Jon, are spending the weekend at a cabin on the shores of Dead Water lake. They … 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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The Inspector and Silence, by Hakan Nesser

    The Inspector and Silence Translated by Laurie Thompson.   The fifth of Nesser's series of ten books featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren finds the Inspector brooding on his desire for retirement from the police force, increasingly depressed and … Continue reading

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