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I am an Aussie who has lived in Budapest for 20+ years. I enjoy reading in the extended crime fiction genre most. Unless disclosed, I have no direct or indirect associaton with the authors or publishers of books I review.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,155 - Total Helpful Votes: 1124 of 1395
No Stone Unturned: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W. Ziskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard fare, 17 July 2014
Our lead here, Ellie, is a likable newspaper reporter who has a good relationship with the local police and works to explain the killing of a local judge's daughter and find the murderer.

There is nothing too special about the writing and the plot follows a standard whodunit formula by throwing up multiple suspects. While Ellie is a terrier, and the reader roots for her, I didn't really feel captured or challenged by the novel.

I hoped the 1960's background would add a dimension to the story, but apart from a reference to a Coke syrup and regular references to everybody smoking, there wasn't much there for me. Without those giveaways, the novel could have been set… Read more
The Lawyer's Lawyer by James Sheehan
The Lawyer's Lawyer by James Sheehan
3.0 out of 5 stars His others are better, 11 July 2014
I bought this book simply because I didn't recognise it as a Sheehan novel I had read. I am an admirer of his work and snapped it up the minute I saw that I didn't have it in my library.

I didn't rely on reviews and didn't pay too much attention to the plot summary when I placed my order. As a result, the first half of this book contained some of the most intriguing material I have seen in a crime novel. I was totally hooked.

And then the rot set in. At just after halfway, the story takes a rather silly turn, so we live with a rather improbable second half which undoes all the early good. To top it all off, the ending is about soft as you can get - a real… Read more
The Hunting Dogs by Jorn Lier Horst
The Hunting Dogs by Jorn Lier Horst
Sometimes I buy books for the wrong reasons. I can't remember, in this instance, whether I bought this novel as a result of some great reviews, or simply because the author was new to me and in the Scandinavian crime fiction family and therefore "worth a look". But luck was with me this time.

This book sucked me in from the opening pages and not because of some action-packed start. The plot was just brilliantly set up. We have two likable protagonists - a senior police officer who is suspended for allegedly planting evidence, and his daughter who is a crime reporter. The writing (including the translation effort) is stylish and we have a genuine mystery - or mysteries… Read more