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The Facts of Life and Death
The Facts of Life and Death
by Belinda Bauer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belinda Bauer--The Facts of Life and Death, 13 April 2014
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This is the fifth novel from the author,and shows her at her very best.
Set in rural Devon,in landscape in danger of flooding from the sea,there
is a murderer on the loose,who forces young women to undress and
telephone their mothers ,before murdering them.
Ruby Trick is an inward looking troubled 10 year old,caught in the cross-
fire of her parents disaffection for each other,when she accompanies her
father on evening trips to catch the culprit.
A brilliantly written atmospheric page-turner of a novel.


Death Can't Take a Joke (A Kiszka & Kershaw Mystery) (Kiszka & Kershaw 2)
Death Can't Take a Joke (A Kiszka & Kershaw Mystery) (Kiszka & Kershaw 2)
by Anya Lipska
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Can't Take a Joke--Anya Lipska, 2 April 2014
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This splendid second novel by Anya Lipska confirms the undoubted talent
displayed in her excellent debut novel 'Where the Devil Can Go'.
It again features the engaging Detective Constable Natalie Kershaw ,and
the Polish Londoner,and private investigator ,Janusz Kiszka.
When Janusz's English drinking pal( with a Polish wife) is murdered in
East London,he starts his own investigations to find the culprit.Meanwhile
Kershaw is involved in an seeming suicide in Canary Wharf,when she is
moved to the murder squad,and her path starts to cross with Janusz as
they are investigating the same murder.
The plot ,which takes us to Poland for a while,is tough and pacy.The narrative
is often witty,and the characters are well drawn,holding one's interest.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.


Parade
Parade
by Shuichi Yoshida
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parade--Shuichi Yoshida, 23 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Parade (Paperback)
This novel was written before Yoshida's previously published excellent
novel 'Villain', but has only now been published in English.
Five people ,aged between 18-28,share a flat in Tokyo.They each take a
turn narrating events in their lives ,and the apartment.,whilst something
strange is happening in the adjoining dwelling.
This is not so much a crime novel,rather a study in urban alienation,lack
of purpose and disconnectedness.
The paucity of plot is counterbalanced by fine writing.


The Silence of the Sea
The Silence of the Sea
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yrsa Sigurdardottir---The Silence of The Sea, 9 Mar 2014
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This well plotted tense thriller again features the highly likable Reykjavik lawyer,
Thora Gudmundsdottir.
When a very expensive yacht collides with a Reykjavik harbour wall,with no person
on board,Thora is hired to investigate the whereabouts of the missing family (father ,
mother and two female twin girls) with a view to claiming the large life insurance.
The novel is told in two parts.Thora and the police investigation ,is juxtaposed with
the scary events on the yacht,before it ends up peopleless.
This is a readable novel full of suspense,and with a very moving denouement.
My only caveat is that some of the dialogue did not add to the novel ,and could have
been edited.


Fire Dance, The (Inspector Irene Huss Investigation)
Fire Dance, The (Inspector Irene Huss Investigation)
by Helene Tursten
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helene Tursten--Fire Dance, 23 Feb 2014
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The sometimes underrated Helene Tursten consistently produces fully rounded
enjoyable crime thrillers .The sixth novel featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss,
of the Gothenburg is no exception.
When a rookie detective ,Huss interviews a young girl,Sophie,whose step-father was
burned to death in a house fire.She remained mute throughout.Fifteen years later,
Sophie goes missing,with her burned remains found later in a warehouse.Huss wants
to know what happened fifteen years earlier ,and whether this has any connection with
Sophie's death.
An excellent thriller that keeps one guessing until the end.


Scarred (Henning Juul 3)
Scarred (Henning Juul 3)
by Thomas Enger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarred -Thomas Enger, 16 Feb 2014
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This absorbing thriller is the third novel featuring the troubled internet journalist,
Henning Juul.
He is asked to report on the murder of an elderly female care home resident.
Meanwhile,his estranged sister,the Justice Minister,is accused of sexually
harassing a young male party member.Juul investigates both situations ,whilst
still obsessed in finding out who started the fire in his flat that led to the death of
his son.
It is difficult not to feel sympathy for the solitary Juul,whom no woman seems to like.
The author leaves many mysteries in Juul's past unsolved ,preparing us for further
episodes in the series.


You Disappear
You Disappear
by Christian Jungersen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.26

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Jungersen--You Disappear, 30 Jan 2014
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This fine novel is narrated in the first person by Mia,a Danish schoolteacher.
Frederik,her husband is a renowned headmaster of a private school,when
on holiday in Majorca,it is revealed that he has a brain tumour.The book
traces the changes in his personality and Mia and their son's reactions to it.

When it is discovered that Frederik faces a criminal action for embezzling
money from his school,Mia and Frederik's lawyer engage in studying brain
research,in order to prove that it was his illness that led him to commit
the crime.
Aside from being an original and captivating tale,the book also explores the timeless
philosophical problems of free will and personal responsibilty,and poses the
question,as we learn more about the workings of the brain,are we less free than
we think we are? Is our brain responsible both for our misdeeds and our goodness?


Where Evil Lies
Where Evil Lies
by Jorgen Brekke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jorgen Brekke--Where Evil Lies, 23 Jan 2014
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This cleverly plotted thriller is initially told in three parts.
In the sixteenth century a Norwegian monk is fascinated by the
dissection of human corpses.He leaves behind an account of his
activities in a book bound in human skin entitled 'Johannes Book'.
In 2010 ,in Trondheim ,Norway,a female librarian is murdered and
her body flayed,whilst the 'Johannes Book' is stolen from the
library vaults. Meanwhile in Richmond ,Virginia,USA,a similar
murdered has occurred to the curator of the Edgar Allan Poe
museum.
The clues eventully point to a serial killer,and Detective Felicia
Stone from Richmond joins up in Trondheim ,with local detective,
Singsaker in the chilling climax.
A very enjoyable,rich novel that keeps the reader engaged throughout.


The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation (Rebecka Martinsson 5)
The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation (Rebecka Martinsson 5)
by Åsa Larsson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.72

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asa Larsson--The Second Deadly Sin, 10 Jan 2014
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The author is a distinctive and distinguished voice in Swedish crime
fiction.Her novels feature District Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson
whose troubles have led her to return to work and live where she was
brought up,north of the Arctic circle in Lapland,which is where the novel
is set.
The complex tale begins with a bear hunt.The remains of a human is found
in the dead animal's stomach. Martinsson is then asked to assist her
neighbour in locating an elderly woman who has not appeared at her work,
she is found to have been brutally murdered,and her young grandson has
disappeared.
When Martinsson is taken off the case she continues with her own enquiries.
Juxtaposed with the main plot is the story of a young female schoolteacher,
many years before,who falls for the local mine owner and is murdered.
This is a highly accomplished novel,expertly plotted ,with strong characterisation,
and a vivid sense of place. It is a tale about the limits some go to serve their
avarice.Highly recommended.


The Dark Angel: A Lola and Ingrid Investigation (Diesel & Jost 1)
The Dark Angel: A Lola and Ingrid Investigation (Diesel & Jost 1)
by Dominique Sylvain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dominique Sylvain---The Dark Angel, 5 Jan 2014
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This fast-paced lively thriller is set in Paris,and features two
engaging female protaganists,Lola and Ingrid.
When a young female neighbour of Lola and Ingrid is murdered in
her apartment,they meet for the first time,and despite not starting
on good terms they agree to ,together,commence investigating the
murder,as their mutual friend has become the main suspect.Lola is
a retired police officer ,whilst Ingrid is a Paris loving American
masseuse .Their relationship develpos into a friendship,and the frank
dialogue between them is a delight.
Meanwhile a sociopathic violent thief,who was spurned by the murdered
women, is seeking his revenge for her murder.
A gritty atmospheric read that makes one hope for further adventures
from Lola and Ingrid.


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