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Crime Mystery

Dead Flowers – Nicola Monaghan

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September 8, 2019

Departed

Dead Flowers is an accomplished crime mystery with a central character that sets a unique course for a plot and disturbing family secrets. The story is told in two alternating time threads between the early 1970s and 2017 and the attention to historic detail in the settings is very well…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

What Rose Forgot – Nevada Barr

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September 5, 2019

Inheritance

What Rose Forgot is an entertaining novel packed with full-on action and suspense, with splashes of humour that make this a wonderful read. What struck me was just how quickly this novel had hold of me and totally consumed the hours until I finished reading. The writing is very perceptive…


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Horror Mystery Thriller

The Devil Aspect – Craig Russell (by Beata)

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September 4, 2019

Creepy And Unsettling

The year is 1935 and the political changes which took place two years earlier in Germany begin to influence the attitudes of more and more citizens of Czechoslovakia. A psychiatrist, Viktor Kosarek, arrives at Hrad Orlu Asylum to observe some most dangerous murderers kept there. …


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Fantasy Mystery Thriller

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

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September 2, 2019

Witchcraft

I loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692. There is intrigue. Add a little bit of a thriller that other more sinister people want the book and you’ve got a cracker of a plot and an…


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Crime Mystery

The Long Call – Ann Cleeves

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August 25, 2019

Culpability

The new series opener from the prolific crime writer Ann Cleeves establishes the foundation for another enthralling series. I’m sure this one will receive many justified accolades. The Long Call builds wonderful depth to a location, a community, multiple complex characters and a plot with enterprising threads that continuously surprise.

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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Lying Room – Nicci French

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August 18, 2019

Subversion

The Lying Game is a compelling thriller full of suspense and clever complicity to keep you guessing who the killer is and how the main suspect, although innocent, navigates her own guilty situation. Neve Connolly is a wife in her forties and mother with three children. The last number of…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Bones of The Earth – Eliot Pattison

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August 12, 2019

Concealed

For lovers of crime thrillers, Bones of the Earth is a special opportunity to take all that’s great in an investigative mystery novel and place it in a location that introduces unique culture, geography, characters and national politics – Tibet, China. The Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1950, brought about more…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Whisper Man – Alex North

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August 8, 2019

Stalking

Alex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King he ramps up compelling suspense with an air of supernatural peril.

Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me,…


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Mystery Thriller

The Killing Type – Jane Corry

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August 2, 2019

Deadly

The Killing Type is a free short story from Jane Corry and boy does she pack in a lot, in 50 pages. Jane is a master of plot twists and surprises and this story has a few good ones.

Danielle and Susie are sisters, very close in age, (we call them…


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Crime Historical Fiction Mystery

The Corpse Played Dead – Georgina Clarke

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July 31, 2019

Undercover

Lizzie Hardwicke is back in Georgina Clarke’s second historical fiction novel The Corpse Played Dead. Lizzie is a prostitute, from a privileged past, now fortunate to earn a living from the wealthy customers that frequent the exclusive brothel she’s employed in. Since the first book, Lizzie has earned notoriety…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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