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The Booktaker by Bill Pronzini

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14 June 2021

Audible has some outstanding selections, and from time to time, they suggest things to me. This week’s review is one of the shorter stories I have located on Audible, but there are many good things in such a small package. This is my Audible review of “The Booktaker,” a…


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A Beginners Guide to Murder – Rosalind Stopps

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9 June 2021

Grace, Meg and Daphne, all in their seventies, are sitting quietly in a coffee shop planning a murder. They want to save young Nina from The Toad because they have taken her into their hearts. They discuss and hatch a daring plot which all three seem remarkably ill suited…


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Every Last Fear – Alex Finlay

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13 April 2021

Every Last Fear has a profound mystery underlying a clever perceptive plot that ravages a family through the most brutal and chilling encounters with killers and callously powerful people. What makes this murder mystery that little more poignant are the backdrop similarities with the Netflix true-crime series Making a Murderer.

Danny…


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Judas Horse – Lynda La Plante

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17 March 2021

Conspirator

Lynda La Plante returns with her second book in the Jack Warr series, and I have to say this one is highly accomplished with a compelling storyline. I had an issue with the first book, but La Plante has delivered a police procedural thriller that is amongst the best…


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The Shadow Man – Helen Fields

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14 February 2021

Delusion

The Shadow Man is a unique crime thriller, spiced with supernatural undertones and a horror scene waiting to befall those caught in a killer’s path. The hunt for the Shadow Man is a formidable investigative task as his kidnapped victims share no similarities and whose lives have nothing in common.

Even…


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The Ruthless – David Putnam

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1 February 2021

Cold-Blooded

The Ruthless is a crime thriller with a gritty authenticity that is at home in the disquieting battle between crime and law enforcement. An engrossing plot and complex characters ensure that this novel is hard to put down. This is the eighth book in the Bruno Johnson series and while…


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Crime Nonfiction

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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22 December 2020

Chilling

An outstanding and powerful work of literature, even more impressive because it conveyed true crimes, a profound investigative insight, the vivid sense of time and place, and the atmosphere that cloaked the evil events carried out on November 15 in 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas. Truman Capote is an artist…


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The Whole Truth – Cara Hunter

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4 December 2020

Evidence?

I have followed Cara Hunter from her debut for good reason – she’s brilliant. One of my favourite thriller writers does it again, and she delivers another police procedural with her police team that we grow a deeper and deeper connection with. The Whole Truth is captivating, full of mystery, tension,…


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The Nothing Man – Catherine Ryan Howard

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18 October 2020

Minatory

Catherine Ryan Howard has composed a book that lifts to unique levels the experience of reading thrillers with a wily plot of perilous tension and a writing craft that amplifies the fascination with the cold remorseless mind of a serial killer.

The remarkable sense of this thriller is that it…


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When She Was Good – Michael Robotham

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17 October 2020

Disentangle

When She Was Good is a gritty and nerve-racking thriller that reveals a backdrop of unthinkable child abuse, and a cast of characters that are absorbing and mysterious. Cyrus Haven and Evie alternately narrate the story as two characters that are brilliantly drawn and captivating. Both have disturbing pasts but…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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