Monthly Archives: January 2017

Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom

‘Dark Fire’ is the 2nd novel in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, set in Tudor England. Shardlake has been approached by a friend to save his niece from a murder charge. The orphaned Elizabeth Wentworth is accused of murdering her … Continue reading

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Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

‘Postmortem’ is the first of Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta novels. I first read this book soon after it was written in 1990 and I’d forgotten how good it is. Alas, some younger people may find this book difficult to deal with … Continue reading

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The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson

‘The Lasko Tangent’ was Richard North Patterson’s first novel. It introduced the character Christopher Paget, a lawyer who appeared in later novels – ‘Degree of Guilt’, ‘Eyes of a Child’ and ‘Conviction’. Paget is a lawyer working with the Economic … Continue reading

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The White Road by John Connolly

‘The White Road’ is the 4th novel in John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. This is a series that should definitely be read in order since each novel builds on the previous ones. The previous novel ‘The Killing Kind’ should definitely … Continue reading

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Stef Penney Profile and Books

Stef Penney was born in 1969 in Edinburgh. She attended Bristol University where she obtained a degree in Philosophy and Theology. She found it difficult to find a job that made use of her degree and became a filmmaker and … Continue reading

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Brush Back by Sara Paretsky

‘Brush Back’ is the 17th novel in Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series in which V.I. (Vic) takes on crime and corruption in Chicago as a private investigator. When Vic was at school, she had a brief relationship with one of … Continue reading

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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

‘A Quiet Flame’ is the 5th Bernie Gunther novel by Philip Kerr. At the end of the previous novel ‘The One From the Other’ Gunther was incorrectly accused of being a war criminal, so needed to escape Europe. It is … Continue reading

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Body Work by Sara Paretsky

‘Body Work’ is Sara Paretsky’s 14th novel featuring female private investigator V.I. (Vic) Warshawski. Vic attends a night club with several friends. The main show features the body artist – a nude woman who has the audience paint her body … Continue reading

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Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

‘Under a Pole Star’ is a beautiful romance surrounded by Arctic exploration in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When Flora Mackie’s mother died, she was only 12 years old and her father wasn’t sure what to do with her. … Continue reading

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The Black Friar by S.G. MacLean

‘The Black Friar’ is Shona Maclean’s 2nd novel featuring Captain Damien Seeker, a loyal follower of Oliver Cromwell. Dissent against Cromwell is growing and so is the number of spies keeping an eye on the dissenters. Seeker along with the … Continue reading

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