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Crime Mystery

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter – Linda Lo Scuro

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December 4, 2018

Vendetta

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter is an engrossing novel with menace accompanying every character, as we weave through a story of lives precariously entwined with the Mafia. There is a simmering threat and unrelenting revelation about abuse and violence, that clings to a people steeped in the DNA of the Sicilian…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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November 16, 2018

Foreboding

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, … ‘Daniel you mustn’t tell anyone what you’re about to see today’ my father warned.”
The wonderful opening line that sets the scene for…


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Crime Mystery

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders – Soji Shimada

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November 11, 2018

Cluedunit
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders is a unique and intriguing murder mystery set in the same vein as a Sherlock Holmes mystery. The master and the assistant, the master coaching the assistant through the clues while never totally revealing his thoughts until the end. The genre belongs to the Japanese ‘honkaku’ subgenre…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days – Juliet Conlin

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November 6, 2018

Closure

There is something educational, captivating and very endearing in listening to an elderly person reflect on the events and experiences they witnessed during their life, especially through eventful times. When the writing is as good as Juliet Conlin’s, you get a front-row view into the life of Alfred Warner….


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Horror Mystery Reviews

Darkness on the Edge of Town – Brian Keene

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October 20, 2018

Left in the Dark
Brian Keene wonderfully portrays the rapid fall of civilisation, the sudden regression of humanity into primal creatures, and the danger that lurks in the darkness outside of town, and in the hearts of the characters. Once the story gets going, it delivers a continuous crescendo of…


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Crime Mystery Thriller War

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

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October 15, 2018

If you want to be free, all you have to do is let go.
An incredible debut novel from an author better known for their screenwriting work such as Mad Max 2 and From Hell, Terry Hayes has delivered a gripping and genuinely unpredictable story that refuses to be boxed…


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Crime Mystery

The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan

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October 12, 2018

Dereliction

The Ruin is a fantastic crime murder mystery with multiple fascinating plot threads that the brilliantly drawn characters get to weave in and out of. Each and every character adds intriguing suspicion, hidden agendas and background to the story. The plotting is very clever and delicate layers of deceit from…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The King’s Justice – E.M. Powell

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September 23, 2018

Incorrigible

The King’s Justice is an intriguing and perplexing historical murder mystery based in England during King Henry II’s reign in 1176. Henry II is responsible for much of the current legal system in the UK, and introduced travelling Royal Justices to cover 6 geographical circuits in England, each circuit with…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction Mystery

Company of Liars – Karen Maitland

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September 5, 2018

Deception

At the onset of the black plague in 1348, a group of travellers band together to seek refuge against the disease and journey to a safe location. Each member of the group has a hidden secret and one, in particular, has something more sinister to conceal. The secrets they…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1 – Mike Wells

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August 6, 2018

Revenge

Lust, Money and Murder are a series from Mike Wells, but let’s think about them being a trilogy for now: Lust – Money – Murder. Book 1 has the subtitle Lust and deals with the events that shaped Elaine Brogan’s decision to become a Secret Agent, the training required…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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