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The Beatrix Rose Box Set
The Beatrix Rose Box Set
Price: £5.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Dawson deserves a place with the best of the British thriller writers, 17 Aug 2014
Britain has produced a fair share of its thriller and espionage writers and Mark is fast climbing his way to the top of the list. His work reminds me a lot of Adam Hall's (Elleston Trevor) excellent, although sadly dated, Quiller series and the work of US thriller/comic book writer Greg Rucka (Queen & Country). Although I should add that Mark's Beatrix Rose is no mere copy. Mark has distinct voice of his own, and has created a character all of her own.

The three books in this set are written concisely, with the minimum of extraneous information (no wasted words with Mark). A feat that must be harder than it looks with a lot of crime/thriller novels padded out to over (sometimes well over) 300 pages.

I won't give to much away about the plot, except to say that it is relevant (the influence of the private sector in global security, Somali pirates, the ongoing problems in Iraq), but never to a point that it diminishes the personal nature of Beatrix's mission (which is as personal as it is deadly).


Quinn Checks In (Liam Quinn Mysteries Book 1)
Quinn Checks In (Liam Quinn Mysteries Book 1)
Price: £0.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First in a great series, 27 Jan 2014
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I purchased this on the strength of one reviewer comparing it to Robert B Parker. The writing style isn't quite up there with Parker but the hero is likeable enough, the mystery compelling without being taxing, and the action believable.


Answers from the Grave
Answers from the Grave
by Mark Timlin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timlin's best novel?, 20 Oct 2004
This review is from: Answers from the Grave (Hardcover)
Leaving the pulp excesses of his Sharman novels behind him, Timlin returns with a mature crime novel that deserves to be a best seller.
Set in the present, but with continuous flashbacks to 1960's/1980's, this book follows the lives of a south London criminal gang and a sons need for revenge against his father's killer that ends up destroying all those involved. The themes of sadness and loss that permeate the best of the Sharman stories (which might surprise many who dismiss Timlin as merely a pulp writer) are allowed to take the forefront. Your sympathy for the characters is built up slowly (this is a very long book by Timlin's standards) and his drawing of South London is his best here and the violence, which could be over the top in some of Timlin's work, is handled realistically.
Great stuff.


Answers from the Grave
Answers from the Grave
by Mark Timlin
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timlin's best novel?, 19 Oct 2004
This review is from: Answers from the Grave (Paperback)
Leaving the pulp excesses of his Sharman novels behind him, Timlin returns with a mature crime novel that deserves to be a best seller.
Set in the present, but with continuous flashbacks to 1960's/1980's, this book follows the lives of a south London criminal gang and a sons need for revenge against his father's killer that ends up destroying all those involved. The themes of sadness and loss that permeate the best of the Sharman stories (which might surprise many who dismiss Timlin as merely a pulp writer) are allowed to take the forefront. Your sympathy for the characters is built up slowly (this is a very long book by Timlin's standards) and his drawing of South London is his best here and the violence, which could be over the top in some of Timlin's work, is handled realistically.
Great stuff.


The Hindenburg Murders
The Hindenburg Murders
by Max Allan Collins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mystery for more than just Saint fans, 22 Sep 2001
The Hindenburg Murders is a fast-paced murder mystery that takes place around a real historical catastrophe and features Leslie Charteris, the renowned author of the Saint novels, as the hero.
The story begins with Charteris and other passengers boarding the Hindenburg, under the watchful eye of the Nazis. Charteris suspects that they may have been a bomb threat. A German, who Charteris along with most of the other passengers took an instant dislike to, mysteriously disappears. This man turns out to be a SS agent. The ship's officials fear the bad publicity as much the reaction from their own government but don't want to upset the passengers. So they ask Charteris to discretely investigate on their behalf.
Like any good Agatha Christie novel you are quickly introduced to all the suspects and the mystery is fairly obvious. However, you learn a fair bit about the Hindenburg, people's reactions to the world events at that time and Charteris makes an engaging protagonist.


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