Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ice skating in Austria

The weather has been sunny and spring-like, which reminded me of last year when we took a long weekend to go ice skating in Austria. It was warm, it was sunny, it was perfect. Weissensee, which is located close to … Continue reading

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David Hewson’s Venetian mystery in Carnival for the Dead

A very gothic detective story involving the disappearance of the dear aunt Sofia of a Roman forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo. The setting – Venice in the cold winter month of February – is used to create a particular sense of … Continue reading

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The Glass Room is Ann Cleeves’s fifth Vera Stanhope story

 Ann Cleeves calls attention to the writing of detective stories in her new novel, The Glass Room, featuring Northumberland DI Vera Stanhope. The soft-mannered investigator leads the way in the mysterious murder of a highly-esteemed literary agent Tony Ferdinand. The … Continue reading

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Machiavellian politicians in David Hewson’s The Killing

David Hewson’s new novel, The Killing, is a good example of how authors have started to use the genre of crime fiction to voice their social criticism. In their thrillers/detective stories Henning Mankell, Stig Larsen, Jens Lapidus and now Hewson … Continue reading

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