Favouites of books reviewed in 2009 (no special order)

A Listmania! list by Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona" (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom)
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Shadow
1.  Shadow by Karin Alvtegen
The list author says:
  "Superb, checkhovian mystery with haunting historical themes. Very, very dark. This author is my "discovery of the year", excellent."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Missing
2.  Missing by Karin Alvtegen
The list author says:
  "Desperately exciting thriller about a woman fugitive, similar (and better than?) S Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Betrayal
3.  Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen
The list author says:
  "Another piece of perfect crime fiction from Alvtegen, a very bleak dissection of a marriage dovetails with crime plot."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Scarecrow
4.  The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "Reliable, excellent author.This one's about Jack McEvoy, journalist, and his last story."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

Island of the Naked Women
5.  Island of the Naked Women by Inger Frimansson
The list author says:
  "I reviewed three books by Frimansson this year, and they are all very good. This one is about a frustrated author, and the contrast between city values and rural traditions."
£10.55   Used & New from: £3.74
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
6.  The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series) by M. R. Hall
The list author says:
  "Superb debut, because of the character of coroner Jenny Cooper, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, crusading for social justice. This novel is better than the next in the series."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Sinner
7.  The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr
The list author says:
  "Brilliant, one of the best crime novels I've read. Dark journey into a woman's soul and repressed memories."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Hypothermia (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 6)
8.  Hypothermia (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 6) by Arnaldur Indridason
The list author says:
  "Welcome volume in Icelandic series about depressive detective Erlunder. Here, he digs into past cases of disappearances. Superb."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
9.  The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "This year, parts 2 and 3 of the Millennium trilogy were published in the UK, I reviewed both (this and Hornet's). Great thrillers with social campaigning (personal and politics) themes."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,649 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Blood Safari
10.  Blood Safari by Deon Meyer
The list author says:
  "South Africa "road" investigation into a woman's missing brother. Exciting, heartfelt and addictive."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Back to the Coast
11.  Back to the Coast by Saskia Noort
The list author says:
  "Very nice, understated thriller about good young mother whom society rushes to dismiss. Short but effective."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Darkest Room
12.  The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin
The list author says:
  "Second in the brilliant Oland quartet. A rounded novel, more than a crime story,set against rapidly vanishing island traditions and old mysteries."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

The Herring Seller's Apprentice (Macmillan New Writing)
13.  The Herring Seller's Apprentice (Macmillan New Writing) by L. C. Tyler
The list author says:
  "I rarely read comic novels, but this witty, knowledgeable pastiche of the genre is a delight."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Shooting Star
14.  Shooting Star by Peter Temple
The list author says:
  "If there is such a thing as "minor" Peter Temple this is it, but still streets ahead of most else. PI investigates disappearance of daughter of rich, often unpleasant Australian family."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Martin Beck series (7) - The Abominable Man
15.  The Martin Beck series (7) - The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall
The list author says:
  "Seventh in consistently excellent series of ten, this one is about the death of an unpleasant policeman. As usual, our sympathies end up with the criminal's predicament as Martin Beck investigates."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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The Consorts of Death
16.  The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen
The list author says:
  "Norwegian PI Varg Veum delves into his previous career as a social worker to solve longstanding case of "problem" child, now man. Very good."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Mind's Eye (The Van Veeteren Series)
17.  The Mind's Eye (The Van Veeteren Series) by Håkan Nesser
The list author says:
  "At last, the first of this 10-novel series is translated. It's a very sad story about a man accused of his wife's murder, but contains plenty of the author's trademark black humour."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

Publish or Perish
18.  Publish or Perish by Margot Kinberg
The list author says:
  "Fresh, breezy debut about a murder on campus at the fictional Tilton university, California. An attractively written novel with an authenticity to the descriptions of academic mores."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Thumbprint
19.  Thumbprint by Friedrich Glauser
The list author says:
  "First published in the 1930s, a Swiss crime investigation by the unusual Sergeant Suder. The writing about drug addiction is necessarily allegorical, a fascinating perspective"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Water's Edge
20.  The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum
The list author says:
  "Norwegian detectives Sejer and Skarre investigate a case of missing boys, but the crime is not central to this absorbing novel about different  perspectives of a difficult issue."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Burial
21.  Burial by Neil Cross
The list author says:
  "Creepy, compelling page-turner about an accidental crime and the spiralling ramifications."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Red Bones (Shetland)
22.  Red Bones (Shetland) by Ann Cleeves
The list author says:
  "Third of the Shetland series is set on Whalsay, focused on an archaelogical dig but uncovering many tensions among the islanders. Jimmy Perez investigates."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

After the Fire
23.  After the Fire by Karen Campbell
The list author says:
  "Serious-minded novel about the concept of "justice" and the inadequacies of the prison system. It's an Anna Cameron novel but not primarily about her."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
24.  The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) by Andrea Camilleri
The list author says:
  "One of two novels in this marvellous series I read this year. This one is about rivalries between woman, ostensibly, as Salvo Montalbano tries to unravel complexities while eating wonderful food."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Nine Dragons
25.  Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "The second Michael Connelly book I read/reviewed this year, this is a Harry Bosch novel and as good as the rest. Here, he goes to Hong Kong and is out of his element, with disastrous consequences."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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