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Fate: Death Notice II by Zhou Haohui

Reviewed by Paul Burke Fate is a superb follow up to one of the most original crime novels of last year, Death Notice; all the more fascinating for ...
Fate: Death Notice II by Zhou Haohui

Marshmallows by Colin O’Sullivan

Reviewed by Paul Burke This is the third novel by O’Sullivan that I’ve reviewed after Killarney Blues and Dark Manual. I like Colin O’Sullivan, his ...
Marshmallows by Colin O’Sullivan

Spiral by Iain Ryan

This is not my kind of book, that’s not a judgement on its quality, just a statement about my personal reading tastes. I read it to get a feel for ...
Spiral by Iain Ryan

Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson

The fifth Ari Thor novel Reviewed by Paul Burke Jónasson’s debut Snowblind, the first Ari Thor novel, was assured and highly entertaining and he’ ...
Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson

Thunder Storme by W.L. Ripley

There will be blood, plenty of it, but this entertainingly breezy thriller will have you laughing more than crying. Thunder Storme is a riff on the ...
Thunder Storme by W.L. Ripley

The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson

Christmas Eve. A snowbound castle atop a cut off island in Cornwall. Friends and strangers, including a policeman and a movie star gather for a ...
The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson

Rachel to the Rescue by Eleanor Lipman

I held off on writing a review of Eleanor Lipman’s Rachel to the Rescue, partially because I was too busy following the election, and partially ...
Rachel to the Rescue by Eleanor Lipman

A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes

This magical fable set firstly in Jamaica imagines the life of a baby Moshe found, almost biblically amongst the reeds, and brought up by loving ...
A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes

The Fear Talking by Chris Westoby

The True Story of a Young Man and Anxiety This insightful memoir of a young man’s life is eloquent and insightful as it deals with the affects of ...
The Fear Talking by Chris Westoby

Body Language by A.K. Turner

Twenty-five-year old Goth Cassie Raven, with her dyed, partly shaved hair, multiple piercings, tattoos and an inherent distrust of the police, is ...
Body Language by A.K. Turner

Scoff by Pen Vogler

A book about food!  Tasteful in every sense, the history and progress of eating through several centuries, across many countries, linked closely ...
Scoff by Pen Vogler

The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain

A veteran freedom fighter and friend to Nelson Mandela is forced to break all his loyalties and oppose the ruling ANC party to confront corruption ...
The Rhino Conspiracy by Peter Hain

A Time to Lie Simon Berthon

A Secret Worth Killing For, Berthon’s last novel, was, for me, a speculative buy, I didn’t know the author, I didn’t know what to expect, I took a ...
A Time to Lie Simon Berthon

The Inner Darkness Jørn Lier Horst

Police procedurals don’t come much better than the, now Chief Inspector, Wisting novels. The Inner Darkness is instantly exciting; a dangerous ...
The Inner Darkness Jørn Lier Horst

Ivory’s Story by Eugen Bacon

From the publisher Long ago a good man transgressed and was brutally punished, his physical form killed and his soul split asunder. Now, one half of ...
Ivory’s Story by Eugen Bacon

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

Japanese crime fiction has a long and distinguished history. One of the things that stands out is their love of the golden age and the fair play ...
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
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