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The Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon  

In Australia, the slang expression ‘woop woop’ can be used to describe ‘the middle of nowhere’. However, each  of these twenty-four distinctive ...
The Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon  

Fortune Favours the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Another crime series? Where to go these days with the genre it seems? Well, in this instance to 1940s New York and a wonderful new dynamically ...
Fortune Favours the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Betrayal by Lilja Sigardardottir

Remember Snare, Trap and Cage? (2017-19, Orenda Books). Like any self respecting fan of Scandi-noir I was taken with Sigardardottir’s superb trilogy ...
Betrayal by Lilja Sigardardottir

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

What a wonderful, wonderful read this is. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside is everything I want in a book. Dawn is 42 and homeless. We know ...
The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

A Blackpool Christmas by Maggie Mason

A Maggie Mason book is always a true pleasure to read, but A Blackpool Christmas is a bit special as it is the third in the Sandgronians trilogy and ...
A Blackpool Christmas by Maggie Mason

GCHQ by John Ferris

Behind the Enigma The Authorised History of GCHQ Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency. The papers have had their run ins with the security ...
GCHQ by John Ferris

Scatter Her Ashes by Heine Bakkied

Scatter Her Ashes is the follow up novel that confirms Bakkied as a distinct voice in Nordic noir and as a writer with staying power. 2019’s I Will ...
Scatter Her Ashes by Heine Bakkied

Snow by John Banville

As an opener for a new series Snow, Banville’s first crime novel published under his own name, is promising; an intriguing and satisfyingly complex ...
Snow by John Banville

The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey

‘I want and fear the creature’s death. I mean my fish-house. How long may it live, and how long has it lived already? A thing cannot go on ...
The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey

All Your Little Lies by Marianne Holmes

All Your Little Lies is a twisty story focused around the disappearance of a 12 year old girl from the small town where Annie Marwood lives., ...
All Your Little Lies by Marianne Holmes

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Publisher’s synopsis Việt-Nam 1972. Hương and her grandmother Trần Diệu Lan cling to one another in their improvised shelter in Hà Nội as American ...
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen

I’m not sure I like direct comparisons between authors, it’s apples and oranges. However, Staalesen is often compared to Scandi-noir’s finest and ...
Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

I had been seeing Diane Cook’s latest novel, The New Wilderness, everywhere before receiving a review copy.  The novel has been shortlisted ...
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

The Lost and the Damned by Olivier Norek

Book 1 of the Banlieues Series. A gritty crime novel from France that manages to be upbeat and has a refreshingly original cop at it’s heart – ...
The Lost and the Damned by Olivier Norek

The Bigamist by Mary Turner Thomson

This is a true story originally published in 2007. So why a third paperback edition this year? Well film rights have been sold. “There is a ...
The Bigamist by Mary Turner Thomson

Blunt Force by Lynda La Plante

This novel provides an insight into the early career of Detective Jane Tennison, who you may be familiar with from the Prime Suspect crime series. ...
Blunt Force by Lynda La Plante
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