Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

This book is Steve Hamilton’s first novel and began a series featuring Alex McKnight that now extends to eight novels. At the time of its publication in 1998 it won the Edgar award for best first novel. While some of … Continue reading

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The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor

It is 1778 and the American War of independence is raging. New York is held by the loyalists but blockaded by the rebels and the French, so that it has turned into a wasteland of starving and freezing people. Edward … Continue reading

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Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George

‘Well-Schooled in Murder’ is the third novel in Elizabeth George’s Inspector Linley series. And, the setting of this novel once again highlights the class differences between Inspector Thomas Linley (Lord Asherton) and his partner Sergeant Barbara Havers. John Corntel is … Continue reading

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Mary Stewart Profile and Books

Mary Stewart was born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow on September 17 1916 in Sunderland, County Durham, England and died on May 9th 2014. Her father was an Anglican clergyman who had travelled extensively while younger. Her parents met in New … Continue reading

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The Sculptress by Minette Walters

‘The Sculptress is another absolutely chilling novel from Minette Walters. Rosalind Leigh is a best-selling writer who has struggled to write since suffering a tragedy. In order to resurrect her career, she is assigned the task of writing about the … Continue reading

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The Child’s Child by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)

‘The Child’s Child’ is written as a story within a story. The novel opens in the present day. Grace Easten is a PhD student writing her thesis about unmarried mothers in literature. Her brother Andrew, who is also her close … Continue reading

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Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

The Denbe family – Justin, Libby and their 15 year old daughter Ashlyn are kidnapped from their beautiful Boston home. They are a family who appeared to have everything. Justin owned a multi-million dollar construction company and their wealth allowed … Continue reading

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The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis

This is the 4th book in the series by Lindsey Davis featuring Marcus Didius Falco and set in Rome during the reign of Emperor Vespasian from around AD70. At the start of the novel, Falco is once again wondering where … Continue reading

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When Nick and Amy met, it seemed to be a match made in heaven. They were perfect for each other. And, the first two years of their married life could not have been better. But, both of them were pretending … Continue reading

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Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George

‘Payment In Blood’ is the 2nd book in Elizabeth George’s Linley series and features many of the characters that were introduced in the first book – ‘A Great Deliverance’. A group, preparing for a play in a London Theatre, gather … Continue reading

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