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IN WINTER'S GRIP: A 1940s' Mystery Thriller
IN WINTER'S GRIP: A 1940s' Mystery Thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim Winter in Newcastle., 24 Feb. 2015
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Intriguing concept, well thought out and researched. A young German women, Elsa, is on trial for her life for the killing of one of her colleagues in the shipyard where they both work. Jack Raisbeck, the ship owners son, is convinced of her innocence despite the growing evidence against her as details from her dangerous past in Germany and Holland come to light.


A Cursed Inheritance: Number 9 in series (Wesley Peterson)
A Cursed Inheritance: Number 9 in series (Wesley Peterson)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Series, 21 Feb. 2015
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This series is always interesting, combining historical or archaeological facts with present day crime. Wesley, a young black policeman working in Devon and far from his comfort zone in the Met sometimes feels out of place, both within his own family situation and his chosen career. His wife, Pam, has taken leave from teaching to look after their two small children and is looking forward to going back to work. His friend the archaeologist Neil Watson, is excavating at what was once was a stately home but has now been turned into an alternative healing centre. Unfortunately it has an unfortunate past which starts to intrude on the present. There is also a very interesting connection with an early and unsuccessful settlement in Virginia which failed for reasons unknown.


The Perfect Landscape
The Perfect Landscape
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Perfect, 19 Feb. 2015
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Having read some very interesting Icelandic novels I was looking forward to reading this new to me author. How disappointing this turned out to be. I didn't think a novel about the art world in Iceland could be so boring but unfortunately this proved to be the case.


Dead of Night (Inspector Ikmen series Book 14)
Dead of Night (Inspector Ikmen series Book 14)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grim and Depressing, 16 Feb. 2015
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I usually love this series but this time the author has summoned Inspector Ikmen and his colleague, Mehmet Suleyman, to an international police conference in the decaying American city of Detroit. Huge areas of the city are derelict and even the hotel in which they are staying is partly used for homeless people and crime ridden. Almost immediately they are approached by an American who believes he is descended from Turks and who wants justice for his son, shot dead years ago. When Ikmen,s enquiries with the police lead to further killings, he feels unable to return to Istanbul with his colleague. Mehmet Suleyman hates Detroit and returns to Turkey, leaving Ikmen to face considerable danger alone. Suleiman also faces some soul searching of his own when he finds two of his colleagues in a relationship of which he disapproves. Definitely not one of my favourites of the series.


Dance with Death (Inspector Ikmen series Book 8)
Dance with Death (Inspector Ikmen series Book 8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another atmospheric Turkish Mystery, 13 Feb. 2015
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Another intriguing investigation for Inspector Ikmen. This time he is completely out of his comfort zone, summoned by his cousin to a remote village in Cappodocia, the land of the Fairy Chimneys. The Inspector soon finds that things are done differently in the country, thought processes are not the same, and ancient secrets take a while to be discovered. He is also very much alone, without the support of his deputy, Mehmet Suleyman, who has pressing problems of his own back in Istanbul. Ikmen finds himself in grave danger fighting for justice for a girl murdered a long time ago and whose remains he finds in a cave where he himself has been abandoned.


Blood in the Tiber: A Novel of Murder, Passion and Power (The Hortensia Mysteries Book 1)
Blood in the Tiber: A Novel of Murder, Passion and Power (The Hortensia Mysteries Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical feminist, 11 Feb. 2015
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Another formidable Roman woman joins the ranks, though the young Hortensia has been trained in public speaking by her father, she has had little opportunity to practise. When a Vestal Virgin is found drowned, Hortensia is drawn into the mystery, aided by Lucria, a released slave.
The first of a probably very successful series, peppered with actual historical characters such as Cicero, Julius Caesar, Pompey etc.


The Last Anniversary
The Last Anniversary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small town secrets, 10 Feb. 2015
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Diane Moriaty has created some memorable characters in this tale of a dysfunctional family in a small town in Australia. Everyone has a secret. Sophie is amazed to find that she has inherited an historic house from someone she only met a few times. The woman's family are not so pleased. Intriguing and well written, as are all of this author's novels.


Holy Island: A DCI Ryan Mystery
Holy Island: A DCI Ryan Mystery
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mysteries on Holy Island, 8 Feb. 2015
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DCI Ryan is staying on Holy Island, linked to the Northumberland coast by a causeway, to recuperate from a previous traumatic case. However, when Anna Taylor returns to her holiday cottage on Lindisfarne they are thrown together by a dramatic murder. I did think the story had been successfully resolved, reverting to human sacrifice but, unfortunately, the Epilogue ruined that completely.


HOUSE OF SILENCE
HOUSE OF SILENCE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Country House Mystery, 7 Feb. 2015
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Dysfunctional families abound in fiction but this one makes an intriguing read. Gwen is invited to her lover's home in rural Norfolk for a Christmas she will never forget. The characters are well drawn and almost believable so I will probably read more of this author's work.


The First Fingerprint: A Commandant de Palma Investigation
The First Fingerprint: A Commandant de Palma Investigation
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3.0 out of 5 stars Archaeological mystery, 6 Feb. 2015
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An unusual storyline delving into jealousy and rivalry amongst historians and archaeologists studying the ancient hunters. When a well-known archaeologist is found dead floating in the sea near a newly discovered underwater cave, D. Palma and his team lead the investigation. My criticism is with the translation which sometimes I found quite comical and over the top.


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