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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

‘The Lost Symbol’ is the 3rd novel by Dan Brown featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. This novel is set in Washington DC where Langdon has been called as a last minute replacement for a conference speaker. The person who has … Continue reading

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Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey

‘Down Among the Dead Men’ is the 15th novel in the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey. Before we even meet Diamond in this novel we are treated to two events. The GCSE Art students at a private girls school … Continue reading

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Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

‘Resurrection Bay’ is Emma Viskic’s debut novel and the first in a series featuring Caleb Zelic and set in Melbourne and country Victoria. Caleb has been profoundly deaf since childhood. He mostly gets by OK using a combination of sign … Continue reading

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This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan

‘This is How it Ends’ is a standalone psychological thriller by Eva Dolan. It takes us into the world of social activism in London Molly is a long term social activist who was involved in the protests at Greenham Common. … Continue reading

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The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah

‘The Death Messenger’ is the 2nd novel by Mari Hannah featuring DI Eloise O’Neil and DS Matthew Ryan and follows on from ‘The Silent Room’. O’Neil has been tasked with setting up an elite squad to investigate serious crimes. She … Continue reading

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Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey

‘Stagestruck’ is Peter Lovesey’s 11th novel featuring Bath detective Peter Diamond and as the name suggests, this novel revolves around the theatre. The latest production by the Bath Royal Theatre is I am a Camera and the leading actress in … Continue reading

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The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

‘The Gates of Rome’ is the first novel in Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series and introduces us to the young Gaius Julius Caesar. This was also Conn Iggulden’s debut novel. The childhood of Julius Caesar is not actually documented, so Iggulden … Continue reading

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I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May

‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ is a standalone novel by Peter May mostly set on the Islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Niamh and Ruairidh grew up in the same small village in Lewis. They were in love … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver

‘The Sleeping Doll’ is the first novel in Jeffery Deaver’s Katherine Dance series. Katherine Dance is a Special Agent with the California Bureau of Investigation and an expert in kinesics, the science of interpreting behaviour. Daniel Pell has been in … Continue reading

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Carnival of Shadows by R.J. Ellory

‘Carnival of Shadows’ is a very different novel. It can’t really be categorised as a crime novel, even though it involved the FBI and a murder investigation. It is set in 1959 in Kansas. At the time, America feared communism … Continue reading

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