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  I’d always wanted to write a mystery set in England. No place could be more mysterious to the mind of a young girl who hardly knew anything outside of her working-class, suburban neighborhood at the southern tip of New York City. When I was in my late teens, I traveled to London with no … Continue readings

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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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  Today, author Ian Ridley joins us in The Literary Lounge. Ian is a journalist and author/ghostwriter of several sports biographies. His first novel, The Outer Circle, is published this month by Unbound. It centres on a brutal attack on a central London mosque in the days after the 2012 London Olympics, as seen through … 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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  This is that weird time when the climate’s not quite caught up with the changing light. Still, longer days bring that hope of spring and new beginnings. Food-wise, comforting soups and stews give way to salads and lighter dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Now, I don’t eat a huge amount of dairy, mainly because … 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