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All Yours – Claudia Pineiro

Now and again a surprising little gem comes along.  This summer it has to be All Yours by Claudia Piñeiro (translated by Miranda France) published by Bitter Lemon Press.  A … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

This Bleeding City – Alex Preston (NON-CRIME)

Not a crime novel, but another that falls into the post-credit crunch, financial services sector examination genre which I like to foray into now and again.  Or so you may … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dead Tomorrow – Peter James

Following his early December interview on BBC Radio Wales and appearances in Newport and Cardiff libraries, I picked up Dead Tomorrow, the fifth in the Roy Grace series by Peter … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Frugal Life – Piper Terrett

Here’s another good (non-crime fiction) book for the festive market and one I consider an investment.  It’s also another timely tome as the UK lags behind in coming out of … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Complete And Utter Zebu: The Shocking Lies We’re Told Every Day – Simon Rose and Steve Caplin (NON-CRIME)

I’ve noted this is not a crime book (in the usual fictional blog-throughput sense), but you may care to differ when you read the content and think about crime.  With … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture And Its Inhabitants (NON-CRIME)

The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture And Its Inhabitants, by Colin White (Author), Laurie Boucke (Author), Rusty Haller (Illustrator), Gerald Fried (Illustrator). Following on from a Dutch crime … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Secret Life of France – Lucy Wadham (NON-CRIME)

Lucy Wadham's The Secret Life of France will be published by Faber & Faber on 2 July, 2009.  The author is well qualified to provide insights into France and the French as … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Language of Bees – Laurie R. King

Most of us can name authors whose work we anticipate so keenly that we know not whether to devour or savour a new volume.  For me, Laurie R. King fell … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

The Preacher – Camilla Läckberg

Well, the competition for female Scandinavian crime authors writing of dark places of both the mind and geography, but with some added and well-placed humour just heated up.  Yrsa Sigurðardóttir … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

A Dog Among Diplomats – J. F. Englert (Randolph’s second outing…)

Thoughts on J .F. Englert's first Randolph novel are here. It's called A Dog About Town. It was fun; it was different; for an animal protagonist book, it was a … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Fourth Man – K. O. Dahl

The Fourth Man by K.O.Dahl (Faber) Sex can sometimes be great.  Frank Frølich, Oslo policeman finds himself in a "stick up" situation – no, no, no, not an erection courtesy … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

The 50/50 Killer – Steve Mosby

The 50/50 Killer from Steve Mosby (Orion). Although I did not fully embrace the subject matter in Mosby’s first novel The Third Person – just a matter of taste, I … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Noble Outlaw – Bernard Knight

My late mother may be described as an avid fan of this Crowner John series from Bernard Knight; she who read little crime fiction in her lattter years as it … Continue reading

April 9, 2017

Tess Gerritsen – The Bone Garden

Tess Gerritsen has written romance novels, medical thrillers and two series of other crime thrillers: the Jane Rizzoli and the Maura Isles series.  On her site, The Bone Garden is … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

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