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Crime Mystery

Over My Dead Body – Jeffery Archer

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13 October 2021

Disjointed

I’m not a fan of Jeffery Archer as a person, but he has written some great novels. His latest crime thriller Over My Dead Body illustrates many glimpses of his keen ability to develop police procedural plots with complexity and pace. Overall, though, this was a book that left me frustrated…


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Crime Mystery

The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman

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4 October 2021

Richard Osman is a popular TV personality in the UK, and has now released the second book in what is becoming a best-selling series. The Thursday Murder Club was established by four fascinating characters, all seniors, but determined to use their career skills and experience to help solve murder…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Rosy & John – Pierre Lemaitre

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6 August 2021

International best-selling author Pierre Lemaitre pens this novella following the cases of Commander Camille Verhœven of the Brigade Criminelle in Paris. Camille is four foot eleven inches, but his small stature greatly contrasts his renowned experience and reputation as one of the greatest French detectives.

At 5 pm on the…


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Crime Mystery Reviews

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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Crime Thriller

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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Crime Mystery Thriller

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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Crime Thriller

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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Crime Thriller

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.

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Crime Thriller

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…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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