The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

‘The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye’ is the 5th novel in the millennium series and the 2nd novel in the series written by David Lagercrantz. The first 3 novels were written by Stieg Larsson.

Lisbeth Salander has been sentenced to prison after the events of the previous novel. She finds herself in a maximum security section where one of the inmates, who calls herself Benito, seems to run the place. And Benito is intent on bullying the defenceless young Bangladeshi woman Faria Kazi. Faria has been unfairly imprisoned after months of being a prisoner in her own home, held by the ultraconservative and controlling male members of her family. There’s nothing that Lisbeth hates more than a bully so she sets up her plans to take care of Benito then Faria’s brothers. Continue reading


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Good Friday by Lynda La Plante

‘Good Friday’ is the 3rd novel in Lynda La Plante’s Tennison series which describes the career of the young Jane Tennison we see as a hardened DCI in the Prime Suspect series.

Jane is now a Detective Constable but still having to deal with the grunt work. She longs to join a team where she can do some real work and make her mark. She has her sights set on the male only, prestigious Flying Squad which tackles organised crime in London. She ends up in the Dip Squad which is responsible for organised pickpockets and is far from prestigious.

The story is set in the early 1970s when the IRA were waging a concerted bombing campaign in England. Continue reading


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Stuart MacBride Profile and Books

Stuart MacBride was born in 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland but moved to Aberdeen as a young child.

He briefly studied architecture at University but lost interest. He worked on offshore oil rigs, then as a graphic designer, actor, undertaker, studio manager, web designer, programmer, and IT Project Manager. While moving through his various jobs, he wrote his first novel – ‘Cold Granite’ and was eventually able to become a full-time writer.

His hugely successful series featuring police detective Logan McRae is set in and around Aberdeen.

MacBride lives in north-east Scotland with his wife. Continue reading

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The Affair by Lee Child

‘The Affair’ is Lee Child’s 16th Reacher novel and takes us back to Jack Reacher’s time in the army – just before he left to live his life of wandering and righting wrongs.

Janice May Chapman was raped and murdered in a small Mississippi town called Carter Crossing. The town is close to an army base from which Rangers are carrying out clandestine operations, so the army needs the case sorted without any impact on the army. Reacher is sent under cover to Carter Crossing to keep an eye on the local police investigation.

But when Reacher arrives, he finds the truth very different from the story he’s been told. Janice May is the 3rd woman killed. The first two just weren’t considered as newsworthy. The sheriff, Elizabeth Devereux is an ex-marine and immediately works out what Reacher is doing there, but Reacher gains her confidence and becomes part of her team (and her lover). Continue reading


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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 one evening she comes across the aftermath of a car accident and stays with the woman driver until an ambulance and police arrive. The woman later dies.

It is only later that Francis finds out that the woman was Alys Kyte, wife of the famous Booker winning novelist Lawrence Kyte. 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 handpicked staff (Paula McIntyre, Stacey Chen and others) and with Tony Hill as their profiler. Now the team have their first real case.

A woman’s body is found in a burnt car and investigation reveals that she was dead before the fire. The team quickly discovers that the woman met her killer at a wedding. But it is clear that the killer is forensically aware as he has left no trace. 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, those now running the Circus are digging up the secrets of the past.

Le Carré’s novel ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ describes an operation which resulted in the tragic deaths of Agents Alec Leamus and Elizabeth Gold. Now 50 years later, their descendants are questioning their deaths and suggesting that they resulted from betrayal. Peter Guillam, now an old man, is called to London to answer to the new generation at the circus. 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 now on his way to visit Susan in Virginia but gets held up for a while in a small rural community in Nebraska.

Reacher was planning to stay for one night and then be on his way, but he ends up helping the very drunk local doctor attend a battered patient and then gives the patient’s husband the treatment he deserves.

Now the husband Seth Duncan, his father, his two uncles and the ex footballer bodyguards (the cornhuskers) they employ are all out to get Reacher. Because the Duncans are a family of bullies. They control all transport in the county and use the cornhuskers to keep the farmers in line. 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 is on the run and using a false name after killing a cop in Ireland. He is a fighter and dreams of a career in the boxing ring.

Lucia has always dreamed of being a Hollywood star. Nicky’s aim is to get his sister to Hollywood, but beyond that he dreams of riches – any way he can get them.

Neither Danny or Lucia get quite what they hoped for while Nicky works his way up the Mob hierarchy (despite not being Italian). And they have a persistent detective breathing down their necks. 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 of CERN’s top physicists Leonardo Vetra has been murdered and branded with a symbol that has been lost for hundreds of years. It seems that the Illuminati, presumed to have vanished hundreds of years ago, have returned.

The Illuminati started as a group of intellectuals and featured men such as Galileo. They were frowned upon by the Catholic Church. As the Illuminati became more radical, their war with the church escalated. Now they have devised a plot to destroy the Church by blowing up the Vatican. Continue reading


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