Category Archives: 1st in series

“Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – #BookReview @OrendaBooks #DeathDeserved

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the first to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a … Continue reading

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“The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

The Creak on the Stairs is the first in the electrifying FORBIDDEN ICELAND series The Icelandic Police team of criminal investigators include: Hörður Höskuldsson – leader of the Akranes Criminal Investigation Division. With many local connections, he is in charge … Continue reading

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“The Tenant” by Katrine Engberg – Book Review @SimonSchusterCA @EngbergKatrine #DanishFiction

Esther de Laurenti is a newly retired academic living in the house where she grew up. She lives on the top floor and rents out the three lower floors.  She fancies herself a novelist and is working on a murder … Continue reading

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“Firewatching” by Russ Thomas – Book Review

Set in and around Sheffield, England, this debut novel introduces a unique and somewhat unusual team of police officers. D.S. Adam Tyler – keenly observant and very sharp witted, a taciturn loner, gay, conflicted, and emotionally damaged. The son of … Continue reading

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“Silent Cry” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects. Izzy … Continue reading

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“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

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“The Birds That Stay” by Ann Lambert – Book Review

Anna Newman, a woman in her eighties is found dead outside her home in rural Quebec. An accomplished artist, the woman has lived almost like a recluse. The police department don’t seem overly interested in finding out about her death, … Continue reading

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“River Bodies” by Karen Katchur – Book Review

Autumn in small town America. The leaves on the trees are showing off their best colors, but the people perhaps are not… There has been a brutal murder on the banks of the Delaware River, and the people of the … Continue reading

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“Death by Dark Waters” by Jo Allen – Book Review

“Meet DCI Jude Satterthwaite, the protagonist in a crime series set in the English Lake District. Serious, sharp and impatient, he’s a hero to some and Judas to others. Jude’s doing a job he loves in the county where he … Continue reading

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“The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves – Book Review

The first novel in a new series which introduces Detective Matthew Venn. Two Rivers book one. “Now he could hear the surf on the beach and the cry of a herring gull, the sound naturalists named the long call, the … Continue reading

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“Retriever of Souls” by Lorraine Mace – Book Review

Published by Accent Press    ISBN: 9781786156792    294 pages The killer in this novel gets sexual satisfaction from mortally harming prostitutes. A real ‘sicko’, his extremely unhealthy relationship with his mother has marred his life forevermore. He believes that … Continue reading

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“She Lies in Wait” by Gytha Lodge – Book Review @randomhouse

“Seven kids had bedded down thirty years ago but only six of them had got up in the morning”. When a rebellious young girl hides from her parents at a camping site in the Brinken Wood of the New Forest, … Continue reading

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“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard – Book Review

A small town in Upstate New York idyllic to the casual observer. Beautiful autumn foliage, stunning scenery, and an interesting history of witchcraft. Now the witchcraft is a tourist industry but the town still holds many dark secrets beneath the … Continue reading

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“Her Sister’s Bones” by Geraldine Hogan – Book Review

Twenty-five years ago, while Anna Fairley  was helping her mother peg out clothes on the line, Anna’s baby sister Janey, was taken from her pram in the front garden of their cottage. The case of the missing baby girl was … Continue reading

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“The Sea Glass Sisters” by Lisa Wingate – Book Review

The prequel novella which introduces the Carolina Heirlooms series. Elizabeth Gallagher is a 911 operator. Blaming herself for an on-the-job mistake, she has lost confidence in her ability and feels guilty about the outcome of the case. Elizabeth’s guilt is … Continue reading

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