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Favourite reads of 2010 (no special order)

Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona"
 
Witness the Night
Witness the Night
"Debut novel, exploring women and girls' awful oppression in India, but lightly done."
Winterland
Winterland
"Unusual female protagonist uncovers conspiracies in collapsing Irish economy"
The Crossing Places: A case for Ruth Galloway
The Crossing Places: A case for Ruth Galloway
"Introducing a wonderful character, forensic archaelologist Dr Ruth Galloway"
Rupture
Rupture
"Searing account of bullying and its consequences, almost an update of Lord of the Flies"
Red Wolf
Red Wolf
"Extremely welcome return for Swedish journalist investigator Annika Bengzton"
Water-Blue Eyes
Water-Blue Eyes
"Wonderful Spanish police procedural with great sense of place"
A Capital Crime
A Capital Crime
"Third and best so far of excellent series, this one set in 1950s London"
The Burning: (Maeve Kerrigan 1)
The Burning: (Maeve Kerrigan 1)
"Surprisingly good novel that isn't about what you may think from the cover blurb"
The Reversal
The Reversal
"The Master on top form as Bosch and Haller team up in unusual law case"
The Build Up
The Build Up
"Darwin, Australia - great atmosphere, great female protagonist and lots of humour"
Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery
Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery
"Marvellous, poetic writing as Emily Tempest investigates in magical story set in Australia's Northern Territories"
Needle in a Haystack
Needle in a Haystack
"Bleak plot, wonderfully told, of Argentina during the repressive years of "the disappeared""
Truth
Truth
"Dark, complex and brilliant story of crimes and political corruption in Australia"
Shadowplay
Shadowplay
"Shaping up to be the heir to Ian Rankin in third of Scottish police procedural series"
The Last Fix
The Last Fix
"Bleak story; involving police procedural from Norway"
The Dragon Man (Hal Challis Novel) (Hal Challis Mystery 1)
The Dragon Man (Hal Challis Novel) (Hal Challis Mystery 1)
"Great start to enjoyable Australian series; good characters and interplay"
The Screaming of the Innocent
The Screaming of the Innocent
"Unbearably tragic, brilliant book set in Botswana and by an ex-high court judge"
The Unit
The Unit
"Mesmeric mix of social comment and futuristic state crime, from Sweden"
The Rising (Inspector Devlin Mysteries)
The Rising (Inspector Devlin Mysteries)
"The series returns to form as Devlin's investigation into drug dealing hits ethical nerves"
Entanglement
Entanglement
"Fascinating Polish psychodrama in murder investigation"
The News Where You Are
The News Where You Are
"Sad novel about ordinary lives and misplaced ambition"
Thursday Night Widows
Thursday Night Widows
"Excellent social satire in Argentinian gated community"
The Martin Beck series (10) - The Terrorists
The Martin Beck series (10) - The Terrorists
"Tenth and final novel in classic series: magnificent"