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Friday Reads

Strictly Murder

  Strictly Murder has it all – the gorgeous coastal town of Whitstable as its setting, an amateur sleuth after Agatha Christie’s own heart, and a literal murder on the dancefloor. It’s perfect cosy crime, […]

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Dead Ground

  This week’s Friday Read is a visual representation, as we’ve gone on about the book a lot. Here is M.W. Craven unboxing his copies of the wondrous Dead Ground, demonstrating both how not and […]

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Before You Knew My Name

  It’s hard to think of ways to convince people of a truly special book when all the things have been said, but this is absolutely one of the greats. Inspired by the author’s love […]

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The Hunting Season

  As 70 mph winds whip across the country and rain lashes down 24/7, we fully recommend picking up Tom Benjamin’s latest and escaping to the Italian countryside outside Bologna, where truffle hunting and murder […]

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Guilty

  It’s so good to be able to use that old adage ‘Good things come to those who wait’ as I first came across Siobhan MacDonald’s writing five or so years ago. She had written […]

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How to Kidnap the Rich

  How to Kidnap the Rich is the outrageous and fast-paced debut from Rahul Raina. Set in Delhi, this is the story of Ramesh, a self-styled ‘examinations consultant’. When Ramesh takes an exam for Rudi […]

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Hyde

There’s nothing quite like a Victorian chiller to curl up with on a long dark night and once again, Craig Russell has written what is a masterclass in Gothic suspense. Following on from his awesome […]

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Once Upon a Lie

Lisa Ballantyne is a master of the ‘moral thriller’. She has such a talent for writing about shocking situations that ordinary people can find themselves in and her sophisticated suspense novels never fail to challenge […]

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Nightshade

I am such a fan of Elaine Thomson’s books; I love this series featuring the enigmatic Jem Flockhart, I love her sidekick Will Quartermain, and most of all, I love her description and evocation of […]

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Forced Confessions

John Fairfax is the alter ego of William Broderick, a former monk who used his experience among the order of the Augustinians to create the brilliant Brother Anselm mysteries, crime novels steeped in philosophy and […]

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The Point of No Return

So . . . it’s springtime, green shoots are out, hairdressers are about to reopen, we’re all getting vaccinated and optimism’s in the air. And Neil Broadfoot’s latest is out in paperback – hurrah!  Neil’s […]

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Before the Storm

When I read Alex Gray’s last book, When Shadows Fall, I was reasonably sure that it would be almost impossible to better in terms of plot, pace and atmosphere. Then when her new novel landed […]

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