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Historical Fiction Mystery

Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

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26 July 2020

Tributaries

Once Upon a Thames (River) is a beautiful story of mystery, family and community, wonderfully coloured with the art of storytelling, not only in relation to the novel itself but the celebrated pastime of locals in the story at The Swan in Radcot near Oxford. The historic Thames is the…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Knife Edge – Simon Mayo

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4 July 2020

Terror

Knife Edge is a contemporary thriller that seems to resonate on various levels with current global issues, including multiple terrorist groups and an attack on the press. In this book, I actually mean an attack on the press. A muggy May morning and within twenty-nine minutes, seven investigative journalists working…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Heatwave – Katerina Diamond

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28 June 2020

Accursed

Heatwave is the latest book from the pen of the fabulous Katerina Diamond and it is her first standalone novel sitting alongside her DS Imogen Grey series. A dark psychological thriller which is cleverly crafted and leads to a very disturbing finale.

Unlike Katerina Diamond’s other novels where the action takes…


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Crime Mystery Womens Fiction

The Swap – Robyn Harding

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24 June 2020

The Swap is an emotionally immersive story that draws three very distinctive female characters who allow avaricious choices to create a toxic set of relationships. A story that is fascinating and keenly observed, as we wonder what emotional control is possible when relationships become unhinged.

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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Curator – M.W. Craven

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18 June 2020

Dominion

When I started reading this third novel in Mike Craven’s police crime series I realised just how much I had missed Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw from the National Crime Agency (NCA). Mike has struck gold with this partnership and I find myself more captivated during scenes with them…


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Mystery Supernatural Thriller

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

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10 June 2020

Abstruse

Stuart Turton had an ambition of writing an Agatha Christie type murder mystery and his book The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was the culmination of that objective. With echoes of Peril at End House, Agatha Christie fans will be treated to the neglected manor house, packed with dead bodies and…


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Crime Mystery

I Made a Mistake – Jane Corry

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21 May 2020

Indiscretion

I Made A Mistake is a slow-burn drama, that is carefully layered and very much in the style of Jane Corry. Having read most of her books, and been a fan for a long time, it is always a joy to read the latest novel from this very talented author….


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Buried – Lynda La Plante

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14 May 2020

Identity

The highly popular, Hall of Fame author, Lynda La Plante, has treated us to another great crime thriller and the start of a new series starring her new protagonist DC Jack Warr. Buried, is a novel that is clever and compelling, and shows the natural ease La Plante has in creating…


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Mystery Thriller

Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier

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26 April 2020

Devious

Little four-year-old Sebastian and his mother Marin Machado are shopping in a crowded shopping centre in Seattle, just before Christmas. The air is filled with excitement and anticipation. As Marin drops Sebastian’s hand to respond to a text message, the next two hundred and forty seconds will see the…


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Mystery Thriller

The Split – Sharon Bolton

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20 April 2020

Breach

The Split is an outstanding psychological thriller that is throbbing with suspense and suspicion. A past that is slowly uncloaked, revealing dark and horrific crimes that are haunting and driving alarming consequences in the present.

“Felicity crawls into the cupboard and wraps the duvet around her as she settles herself into…

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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