REVIEW: The Wicked Go To Hell by Frederic Dard

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Read this book for: quick read, espionage novel, paranoid thriller, suspense. classic crime novels

Quick Review: A short but extremely tense read that is almost impossible to put down once you start!

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Frank and Hal are new prisoners in one of France’s toughest prisons. Neither trusts the other, but they plot a daring escape together. The catch: one is an enemy spy, and one is a police officer sent in to trap him. But which is which?

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REVIEW: Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham (DI Tom Thorne #1)

Series: DI Tom Thorne

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: modern crime fiction, police procedural, killers get personal, London-based detectives, thriller, disillusioned/damaged detectives

Quick Review: A solid debut novel and intro to the series and Tom Thorne, with an intriguing premise.

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Alison Willetts has survived a stroke that has left her alive but unable to communicate. The police believe that a killer who has been inducing strokes in victims through manipulation of pressure points in their head and necks has made his first mistake. But DI Tom Thorne discovers the truth: Alison’s survival isn’t the mistake – it was the three women that have already died. And Thorne’s obsessive nature could jeopardize the force’s ability to catch the killer. Continue reading →

REVIEW: Peril At End House by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #7)

Series: Hercule Poirot

Book Number: 7

Read this book for: classic Agatha Christie, interesting location, complicated story, classic mystery and crime fiction

Quick Review: A classic Hercule Poirot novel, and definitely one that captures the spirit of Poirot! Read for your fix of classic crime fiction.

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Poirot and companion Hastings are on holiday in the Cornish Riviera when Poirot is alarmed by hearing pretty, young Miss Nick Buckley describe several recent brushes with death. When he finds a bullet hole in her sunhat, he decides to come out of retirement to protect her – but can he find the would-be killer before they can accomplish their goal?

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REVIEW: Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch (DC Peter Grant #1)

Series: DC Peter Grant

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: dry humour, accurate police procedures, supernatural and magical elements, action, London and its history

Quick Review: A crime novel as funny as it is exciting, with loads of history and incredibly detailed police procedure packed in. One of my most recommended novels!

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PC Peter Grant has reached the end of his probation period as a new constable and assigned to the Case Progression Unit, doomed to do paperwork. But his fate changes when he’s called out to play a minor role in crowd control over a particularly vicious murder, and happens to interview a key witness – who just happens to be a ghost. This brings him to the attention of DCI Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and the supernatural, and who also happens to be a wizard. His move to this new unit and decision to become an apprentice wizard could put his career – and life – in danger.

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REVIEW: The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

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Read this book for: psychological thriller, interesting perspective, tight pacing, brilliant plotting

Quick Review: Brilliantly written, intensely plotted and absolutely riveting. An absolute must-read of a thriller.

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Henry Hayden is a famous bestselling author, who is generous, considerate, a loving husband, and a kind friend. But Henry’s past is deeply buried, along with an incredible secret – only he and his wife know that she is the one who has written the novels that made him famous. His mistress becomes pregnant, leading him to make a mistake that could bring the entire façade down around him, and even land him in jail. With the police and the past catching up to him, Henry has only his cunning and charm to help weave the lies and truths about what really happened into something that will save him.

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REVIEW: The Blue Pool by Siobhan MacDonald

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Read this book for: psychological thriller, suspense, inter-personal drama, tense whodunnit

Quick Review: A quick but incredibly satisfying thriller about a missing person and the secrets surrounding them; definitely pick this one up.

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Twenty-five years ago, four university friends go to a remote cabin by the Blue Pool to relax for a weekend during summer vacation. Only three return. Now, twenty-five years on, the three remaining friends have tried to move on with their lives. But they are suddenly thrown back into the case when a man turns up claiming to have knowledge about the disappearance of Sarah. What really happened at the Blue Pool?

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REVIEW: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Series: King & Klinger Sherlock Holmes Anthologies

Book Number: 2

Read this book for: a wide variety of short stories, a range of tones, styles and time periods, Sherlock Holmes – in character and in reference

Quick Review: A brilliant and diverse collection reaching far beyond the typical Holmes pastiche, and a must-read for anyone who loves Holmes stories.

Release Date: October 4, 2016

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What happens when great writers and creators who are not necessarily known as Holmes devotees are inspired by the Conan Doyle stories? This anthology of brand-new stories showcase the vast range of ways that the stories can drive new creations.

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