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David Jackson, The Helper

The first case of the Helper involves a young girl, brutally butchered in a New York bookstore. The murderer has left a message on the victim’s body; it seems to be directed to Detective Callum Doyle, who is leading the … Continue reading

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Sweet as Cane, a debut novel from Stephanie McCoy

Sweet as Cane, Stephanie McCoy’s debut novel, is set in an insignificant small Southern town of North Carolina called Marrow. Not an easy place to grow up in. To quote Winkie Jr.: “You have to be very careful in this … Continue reading

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Ken Follett: Winter of the World

The second volume of Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, Winter of the World, picks the story up where Fall of the Giants ended. The main characters are the same with the addition of a new generation of protagonists. The dark years … Continue reading

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Hakan Nesser: Hour of the Wolf

It all started on a dark rainy night as he was driving home after an evening out with his buddies. The road was slippery, visibility almost non-existent, and the level of alcohol in his blood certainly did not help his … Continue reading

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Louise Millar The Playdate

When Callie Roberts, a successful sound designer and a mother of a little girl, wants to pick up her career from where she left it off to have a child, she has to ask her best friend and neighbor, Suzy, … 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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