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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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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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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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Winterland, by Alan Glynn

    Winterland WINTERLAND is a brilliant book. A young man is shot in the beer garden of a Dublin pub. His mother Catherine is devastated but most of his family are privately unsurprised, as the victim is a known … Continue reading

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Vodka Doesn’t Freeze, by Leah Giarratano

Vodka Doesn't Freeze (Detective Jill Jackson Mysteries) Vodka Doesn’t Freeze by Leah Giarratano (Bantam) A novel bought to me by the slow boat from Australia, sent on its way by the generous Bernadette Inoz (;-) ), whose blog Reactions to Reading is essential for … Continue reading

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Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

Twenty-five years ago, a poor farming family in Florida was massacred, the only survivors being two of the children, Ben, the eldest, and Libby, the youngest. Libby was taken in by her aunt who lived in a nearby trailer park, … Continue reading

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Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke

Black Water Rising Feted by wondrous reviews and on any number of award shortlists (including the Edgar and the Orange prize), I was predisposed to like this first novel about a lawyer in 1980s Houston, Texas. The book opens promisingly … Continue reading

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Entanglement, by Zygmunt Miloszewski

Entanglement Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones Entanglement combines three of my favourite elements in a novel: a strong sense of place, a realistic criminal investigation, and psychotherapy. I liked it very much indeed, not least because of the faultless … Continue reading

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Shadow Family, by Miyuke Miyabe

Shadow Family Translator Juliet Winters Carpenter Originally published in Japan in 2001 with the title R. P. G. (Role Playing Game), Shadow Family is the second of Miyuki Miyabe’s novels to be translated into English (the first was All She … Continue reading

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The Last Child, by John Hart

The Last Child Thirteen-year-old Johnny’s twin sister Alyssia disappeared a year ago. Katherine, his beautiful mother, could not cope with the strain and has become a fragile, hysterical addict; and his father, wracked by guilt as he was late to … Continue reading

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