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Crime Mystery Thriller

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…


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Crime Mystery

One by One – Ruth Ware

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14 September 2020

Elimination

The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them.

Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting…


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Snow – John Banville

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3 September 2020

Shroud

A deeply attentive plot that is clever and watchful through the characters that are so wonderfully drawn. There are many subtle nuances that enable John Banville to play with scenarios that are intriguing to observe, particularly the relationship between the preeminent catholic church in Ireland and the protestant citizens…


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Lost Souls – Jonathan Kellerman

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9 August 2020

Disentangle

Lost Souls is an intriguing slow-burn investigative thriller featuring Deputy Coroner Clay Edison in the third instalment of the ‘Clay Edison’ series. As a new parent Clay and his wife Amy have structured their work-life balance to provide the best care they can to their new-born insomniac daughter while saving…


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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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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.

Freya was an Instagram influencer with…


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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…

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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