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  Crime Scene Books are publishing the Amy Lane series by Rosie Claverton for the first time in paperback, as part of their 2018 programme. Released on 19 April, Binary Witness and Code Runner introduce new readers to the unconventional partnership of reclusive computer whizz Amy Lane and her side-kick, former crook Jason Carr. Binary … Continue readings

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  I ALMOST WEPT WHEN THE CHARLIE RESNICK BOOKS CAME TO AN END. They were brilliant – not just crime fiction at its best, but also insightful political and social commentaries on the state of Britain at the time, set to a lot of great music. I didn’t read any John Harvey after that, so, … Continue readings

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  FROM ITS VERY FIRST LINE, Cormac O’Keeffe’s debut novel, Black Water, reels us in – and there is no option other than to stay the course of this fast-paced tale, set in the underbelly of Dublin. The black water of the title refers to a stretch of the city’s Grand Canal, where locals war … Continue readings

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  They were known as the Wildflowers, the lot of them. Spent every summer here. Oh, the people they used to have staying. The glamour of it! You’d walk past on the way back from the beach and you’d see them above you, gramophone on, drinking cocktails, women in those beautiful dresses, and their kids … Continue readings

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  IAN RIDLEY’S THE OUTER CIRCLE opens on a swelteringly hot day in August 2012, just after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. The capital is euphoric, the city basking in ‘sunshine and pride’, ‘at peace and ease with itself’ after the glory of the Games. Tolerance is the name of the day and … Continue readings

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  ‘Can I make you a cup of tea?’ she asked, turning back to face him. Without answering, he raised his arm and struck her a powerful blow in the middle of her chest. He felt the blade slide in and stop as it hit bone. Her blue eyes widened in shock and her mouth … Continue readings

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  A STYLISH NOVEL SET IN POSTWAR TANGIER which pays more than a nod to classic noir – really, what’s not to like? And Christine Mangan’s fictional debut, Tangerine, ticks all those boxes, and much more. Beautifully packaged, with a black-and-white cover model channelling a young Lauren Bacall, the book is a well-crafted mystery, competently … Continue readings

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  Cyrille said the sea was like a patchwork quilt. Fragments of waves joined together by strands of sunlight. He said the sea would swallow the stories of the world and digest them at its leisure in its cobalt belly before regurgitating only distorted reflections. He said the events of the last few weeks would … Continue readings

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  It’s a while since I’ve reviewed a children’s/YA book and I’ve been trying to think why. Some of my favourite books are from childhood – fast-paced, poignant, often funny stories, with kick-ass maverick protagonists, who, after many breathtaking adventures, emerge triumphant. Those are the kind of books that I return to, even now. I’m … Continue readings

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   … she loved books because they let her exist in different worlds, far from the dusty, hot town in which she’d grown up. In books she could live in London and Crete … she could inhabit the eighteenth century or New Kingdom Egypt. In books she could find tips on how to be a … Continue readings

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  MATT JOHNSON’S END GAME, the last book in his acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, opens in 2002 with an assassin stalking his target in the English countryside. From the first line, Johnson drops us into the thick of things and it’s this immediacy, this immersion in the storyline that fans love so well. End Game … Continue readings

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  Author Jane Harper undoubtedly struck gold with The Dry, an outstanding piece of crime fiction that garnered well-deserved praise and also introduced the complex character of federal investigator Aaron Falk. In Force of Nature, Falk’s second outing, Harper delivers another finely crafted book, slower paced perhaps than its predecessor, but one in which the … Continue readings