Monthly Archives: December 2012

Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin’s 7th Rebus novel ‘Let It Bleed’ starts with a dramatic car chase. A pair of teenage boys, demanding a ransom for the return of a councillor’s daughter, are cornered and decide that suicide is the only way out. … Continue reading

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Anne Holt Profile and Books

Anne Holt was born in Larvik in Norway in 1958. She grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø before finally moving to Oslo. She has a law degree from the University of Bergen, and in addition to working as a lawyer, … Continue reading

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Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson

‘Watching the Dark’ is the latest instalment in Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series. This is the 20th book in the series featuring the Yorkshire based detective, although it’s the first one that I’ve read. The story starts with a police … Continue reading

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Troy: Fall of Kings by David and Stella Gemmell

The first time I read this book, I read it as a stand-alone book and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time I’ve read it as the third book of a trilogy (book 1 is ‘Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow’ and … Continue reading

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Still Midnight by Denise Mina

Set in tough and dreary Glasgow, ‘Still Midnight’ is Denise Mina’s first novel featuring DS Alex Morrow. There are now two more in the series: – ‘The End of The Wasp Season’, and ‘Gods and the Beasts’. Alex and her … Continue reading

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Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

‘Salvation of a Saint’ is the second book by best-selling Japanese author Keigo Higashino to be translated into English. Many of the same characters appear in this novel as in the brilliant ‘Devotion of Suspect X’. Yoshitaka Mashiba has a … Continue reading

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A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

‘A Foreign Country’ starts off describing a series of seemingly unrelated events then draws them together in an intricate and exciting plot. In 1978 a young British girl working as an au-pair in Tunisia has an affair with her boss … Continue reading

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Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

‘Mortal Causes’ is the 6th novel in Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. Beneath the current streets of Edinburgh the old street of Mary King’s Close, evacuated after a plague in the 1600s has been paved over. In this tourist haunt, a … Continue reading

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Mo Hayder Profile and Books

Mo Hayder was born in England in 1962. She left school at the age of 15 and had a number of jobs before becoming a writer: barmaid, security-guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, educational administrator, teacher of English as … Continue reading

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

‘Wolf Hall’ presents a period of English History from 1500 till 1535 through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. The last time that I encountered Thomas Cromwell in a novel was in ‘The Crown’ by Nancy Bilyeau and there he was … Continue reading

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