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Favourites of books reviewed in 2012, no special order

Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona"
 
The Nobodies Album
The Nobodies Album
"Beautifully written novel about a writer exploring the meaning of endings and how to come to terms with loss, with a murder mystery in the background."
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Kinglake-350
"Measured yet moving nonfictional account of the Australian bushfire disaster of Feb 2009. Brilliant."
The Brotherhood
The Brotherhood
"Debut novel from Tasmania, multi-perspective crime investigation over 24 hours. Excellent, but dark."
The Blackhouse
The Blackhouse
"Together with the sequel,The Lewis Man, atmospheric mysteries with wonderful sense of place and history in the Outer Hebrides. (Part 3 of this trilogy due out in 2013.)"
Where the Devil Can't Go (Kiszka and Kershaw Book 1)
Where the Devil Can't Go (Kiszka and Kershaw Book 1)
"Polish fixer and London police detective pursue separate but (it turns out) related  investigations into crimes committed within Polish community. A confident, well-written debut novel."
Last Will
Last Will
"Exciting, intelligent and human crime thriller, 6th in excellent Annika Bengtzon (investigative journalist) series. Superb."
The Potter's Field (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
The Potter's Field (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
"Inspector Montalbano in elegiac but sharp form in darker entry in superb Sicilian series"
Broken Harbour
Broken Harbour
"Irish police procedural revealing personal costs of a ruined economy: compelling slow burn of a book."
Black Skies
Black Skies
"Epitome of the appeal of Icelandic noir, part of the Erlunder series minus Erlunder. A crime investigation set on the eve of financial doom."
Lorraine Connection
Lorraine Connection
"Superb, muscular account of the ripple effect of a French factory strike on international trade, government and society at large - as individuals play the system."
Another Time, Another Life: (The Story of a Crime 2)
Another Time, Another Life: (The Story of a Crime 2)
"Sweden's police system between 1975 and the turn of the millennium dissected in this fantastic, sophisticated novel in the style of Sjowall and Wahloo."
A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins 1)
A Killing in the Hills (Bell Elkins 1)
"Assured debut novel about a state prosecutor in a small West Virginia town. Great atmosphere and characterisation."
Pierced
Pierced
"Second book about Oslo journalist Henning Juul is even better than the first (Burned) as Juul follows up a lead about the arsonist who caused his son's death. An exciting thriller."
In the Darkness: An Inspector Sejer Novel (Inspector Sejer 1)
In the Darkness: An Inspector Sejer Novel (Inspector Sejer 1)
"Finally, English-language readers can enjoy Karin Fossum's first Inspector Sejer novel; a compelling tale of psychological suspense with some lovely touches of humanity"
Eyes of Lira Kazan, The
Eyes of Lira Kazan, The
"An "international thriller" that is genuinely thrilling, as an unusual trio tries to expose financial wrongdoing and possible murder, against the odds. Excellent."
7 Days
7 Days
"Another superb South African crime thriller by Deon Meyer. Benny Griesel tries to solve a cold-case crime against a nerve-wracking deadline."
The Summer of Dead Toys (Inspector Salgado 1)
The Summer of Dead Toys (Inspector Salgado 1)
"Excellent debut police detective novel set in Barcelona, with some well-drawn female characters."