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Still Midnight, by Denise Mina

Still Midnight "She knows the difference between good and bad. She’s just not sure which she prefers…” So reads the inaccurate cover blurb on Denise Mina’s latest novel, Still Midnight.  The novel is, in fact, a tale of a Glasgow … Continue reading

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Blue Lightning, by Ann Cleeves

  Blue Lightning (Shetland Quartet 4) The last book in the Shetland Quartet is set on Fair Isle, childhood home of detective Jimmy Perez. Jimmy and his fiancee Fran fly to this remote island in the teeth of terrible storms … Continue reading

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Sacrifice, by S. J. Bolton

  Sacrifice Sacrifice is an utterly absorbing, addictive read. The first thing that struck me about it is the attractive heroine, Tora, who not only has a lovely name but is a great role model. She doesn’t wear her feminist … Continue reading

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My Last Confession, by Helen Fitzgerald

  My Last Confession On one level this novel is an entertaining, light-hearted and fast-moving romp, relating how Krissie Donald, protagonist of DEAD LOVELY, becomes a probation officer, encounters a client, Jeremy, who is accused of killing his mother-in-law, feels … Continue reading

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Dead Lovely, by Helen Fitzgerald

Dead Lovely I don't think I have ever read a book quite like this one before, and it slips down a treat – like an ice-cream with a vindaloo centre. Chick-lit noir has truly arrived in the shape of DEAD … Continue reading

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Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves

  Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3) The third in Ann Cleeves' "Shetland quartet" (earlier volumes are the prizewinning RAVEN BLACK and the equally impressive WHITE NIGHTS) is a very satisfying read. This series is growing in maturity; RED BONES seems … Continue reading

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After the Fire, by Karen Campbell

  After the Fire Jamie Worth is the Glasgow policeman in the triangle at the centre of THE TWILIGHT TIME, Karen Campbell's impressive, police-procedural first novel. In the second book in the series, AFTER THE FIRE, Jamie trains as a … Continue reading

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A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid

  A Darker Domain Val McDermid is back with a stand-alone novel, A Darker Domain– though some of the minor characters have appeared in other books, most notably the forensic archaeologist River Wilde who was first encountered in The Grave Tattoo. … Continue reading

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The Twilight Time, by Karen Campbell

  The Twilight Time THE TWILIGHT TIME is an assured, seemingly authentic, noir-laden police procedural, set in Glasgow. The author is an ex-police officer, and this is her first novel. I'm impressed. Sergeant Anna Cameron arrives to take charge of … Continue reading

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The Naming of the Dead, by Ian Rankin

The Naming Of The Dead Ian Rankin dedicates his seventeenth John Rebus novel "to everyone who was in Edinburgh on 2 July 2003". The first half of the book is a pacy, punchy read, set against the backdrop of the … Continue reading

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