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Alys, Always by Harriet Lane

‘Alys, Always’ is Harriet Lane’s debut novel. Francis Thorpe is in her mid-thirties and single. She works as a sub-editor for a struggling publication. She leads a fairly mundane life and there is not much prospect of that changing. Then … Continue reading

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Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

‘Insidious Intent is the 10th novel in Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series. In the previous novel in the series – ‘Splinter The Silence’, the ReMIT team was set up, headed by Carol Jordan, and including her favourite … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré

After many years, John Le Carré has added another chapter to the George Smiley story with ‘A Legacy of Spies’. The series was very much based around the cold war, so I thought I’d seen the last of Smiley. But, … Continue reading

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Worth Dying For by Lee Child

‘Worth Dying For’ is Lee Child’s 15th Reacher novel. At the end of the previous novel ’61 Hours’ we were left wondering if Jack Reacher was dead or alive. He obviously survived, since the series continues. The injured Reacher is … Continue reading

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Kings of America by R.J. Ellory

‘Kings of America’ is set in the late 1930s through to the 1960s in New York and Los Angeles and is the story of 3 young immigrants – Danny McCabe from Ireland and Nicolas and Lucia Mariani from Corsica. Danny … Continue reading

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

‘Angels and Demons’ is the first novel by Dan Brown to feature Harvard professor of Art History and world renowned symbologist Robert Langdon. Langdon receives a phone call in the middle of the night from CERN Director Maximillion Kohler. One … Continue reading

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Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson

‘Friend of the Devil’ is Peter Robinson’s 17th Inspector Banks novel and this one has echoes back to an earlier novel in the series ‘Aftermath’. Annie Cabot is temporarily assigned to another division, so is not currently working with her … Continue reading

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A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

‘A Dark So Deadly’ is the first novel that I’ve read by Stuart MacBride and it certainly won’t be the last. The story is set in the fictional Scottish town of Oldcastle where DC Calum MacGregor has been assigned to … Continue reading

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A Game of Sorrows by Shona (S.G.) MacLean

‘A Game of Sorrows’ is the 2nd novel in S.G. Maclean’s Alexander Seaton series. We were introduced to Seaton in ‘The Redemption of Alexander Seaton’. It is now 1628. Seaton is living and teaching in Aberdeen and has finally gained … Continue reading

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Darkside by Belinda Bauer

‘Darkside’ is the 2nd novel in Belinda Bauer’s Exmoor Trilogy and includes some of the characters from the 1st novel ‘Blacklands’. Jonas Holly was a young policeman with an exciting future ahead of him. But then his wife Lucy was … Continue reading

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