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THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN is a genuine treat and is particularly recommended to those looking for something other than an endless stream of death from their crime fiction. There isn’t even a murder in it. … Continue reading

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Review: BREAKHEART HILL by Thomas H. Cook

I’m very grateful to regular visitor Tracy (who blogs wonderfully herself at Biter Tea and Mystery) for recommending this book set in her native Alabama for my virtual tour of the USA via its fiction. Tracy hasn’t actually read her … Continue reading

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Review: THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan followed up her debut novel THE UNQUIET DEAD with another thought provoking exploration of the complexities of modern policing in THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS. The two main characters are again Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from Toronto’s Community … Continue reading

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Review: THE CORPSE IN THE WAXWORKS by John Dickson Carr

Without the Crimes of the Century meme to prompt me, my reading of classic crime is almost non existent. Which is why I treated myself to a Vintage Mystery Box subscription late last year (check out Kate’s Etsy Store for a subscription … Continue reading

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Review: BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough

If I had to sum up Sarah Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES in a single sentence it would be: it’s a well written load of bollocks. The single story is told in two main voices. The first voice belongs to Louise; … Continue reading

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Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by Charlie Donlea

I was so sick of Girl books a while back I refused to read any for a whole year. And while I have softened a little since then seeing Girl in a title still makes me grit my teeth. So … Continue reading

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Review: WHEN TIME RUNS OUT by Elina Hirvonen

Hat tip to Raven Crime Reads for recommending this unsettling but excellent book There couldn’t be much worse than being the parent or sibling of a horrendous criminal…someone who has randomly shot multiple people for example. Except perhaps being the … Continue reading

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Review: AUNTY LEE’S DELIGHTS by Ovidia Yu

Summer in my part of the world brings some pretty intense temperatures and at such times I look for something light to read (when I can tear myself away from binge watching The Crown, a show I should have no … Continue reading

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Review: THE BLANK WALL by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Thanks to Patricia Abbott for recommending this one. I really liked discovering this author (that I’d never even heard of let alone read before), especially in this Persephone Books edition. They really put the class back into publishing; it comes … Continue reading

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Review: ICARUS by Deon Meyer

ICARUS is the latest of Deon Meyer’s intelligent, accessible thrillers set in South Africa, offering his usual mix of local colour and universal themes. The core mystery involves an investigation into the death of Ernst Richter, a young man whose chief … Continue reading

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