Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Black Book by Ian Rankin

‘The Black Book’ is the 5th novel in the Rebus series by Ian Rankin. In this book DI John Rebus and his team have been moved to St Leonards. Brian Holmes is still part of the team and has now … Continue reading

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1356 by Bernard Cornwell

After the three books of the Grail Quest – ‘Harlequin/The Archers Tale’, ‘Vagabond’, and ‘Heretic’, I thought that we’d seen the last of Thomas Hookton. So, I was thrilled when Bernard Cornwell released a new novel featuring Hookton and many … Continue reading

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Citadel by Kate Mosse

‘Citadel’ is my favourite Kate Mosse book so far. It is the third in the Languedoc trilogy. The other two in the trilogy are ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Sepulchre’. ‘Citadel’ while containing stories from two different time periods, doesn’t have the main … Continue reading

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Troy: Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell

Troy: Shield of Thunder is the second book in David Gemmell’s Troy trilogy. It continues on from book1 ‘Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow’, following a different set of characters. The final book in the trilogy is ‘Troy: Fall of … Continue reading

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Strip Jack by Ian Rankin

‘Strip Jack’ is the 4th book in Ian Rankin’s Rebus series, and after Detective Inspector John Rebus’s trip to London in the previous novel – ‘Tooth and Nail’, Rebus is back on home turf in Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. … Continue reading

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Ian Rankin Profile and Books

Ian Rankin was born in 1960 and like his main character Rebus, was born in Fife. He attended Edinburgh University and while studying for his doctorate in Scottish Literature, he wrote his first novel ‘Knots and Crosses’ which explores the … Continue reading

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The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina

‘The End of the Wasp Season’ tells the story of a brutal crime and the solving of this crime by police. Mmm, not really. The reader knows who the murderer is almost from the opening scene. And, the police don’t … Continue reading

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The Mermaid’s Singing by Val McDermid

After reading Val McDermid’s most recent Tony Hill book, I decided to go back and read the series from the beginning. What an incredible start the series made with ‘The Mermaid’s Singing’. Next book I’ll read is ‘Wire in the … Continue reading

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A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

‘A Land More Kind than Home’ is Wiley Cash’s debut novel and it won the 2012 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Coming from a criminal background, Carson Chambliss finds God and moves to a small Western North Carolina town … Continue reading

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The Rage by Gene Kerrigan

‘The Rage’ is a brilliant novel and has won the 2012 CWA Gold Dagger for best Crime Novel. It is set in the seriously economically troubled Ireland of today and the feelings of financial gloom pervade the story. Vincent Naylor … Continue reading

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