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The Collini Case – Ferdinand von Schirach

1993, the Head Office of a bank in Munich: ‘Before we go any further, I have to say …’ the man paused to find the right words, ‘I was only … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Origin – J T Brannan

Originally attracted by mention of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, J T Brannan’s debut Origin proved to be something other than expected.  This is a thriller that leaves little … Continue reading

December 23, 2012

Cold Grave – Craig Robertson

Where Robertson’s second novel Snapshot (review link) focused on police photographer Tony Winter as the main protagonist, Cold Grave (Amazon UK link) shifts the beam of light onto DS Rachel … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Dark Winter – David Mark

Now that the dark nights have firmly set in and the clocks will soon be put back in the UK, you might want to get in the mood with The … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 8 Comments

The Sentinel – Mark Oldfield

Mark Oldfield’s Spanish-set The Sentinel is the first in a trilogy called Vengeance of Memory.  The author has credentials of credibility: Oldfield has a PhD in Criminology, has worked in … Continue reading

October 18, 2012

Garment of Shadows – Laurie R King

Review by ScotKris. In recent years I have, on occasion, been concerned when a number of writers have started consolidating their output by focusing on one series character at the … Continue reading

October 17, 2012

Books to Die For – John Connolly and Declan Burke (editors)

Earlier in 2012, I was involved in an interesting discussion on the crime fiction blog of Mrs Peabody who had declared herself ‘all autopsied out’.  There, contributors considered developments in … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 8 Comments

The Last Weekend – Blake Morrison

Rather captured by the first episode of the recent TV adaptation of The Last Weekend and having personal issues with reading a novel after seeing its screen adaptation – I … Continue reading

September 18, 2012

The Bull of Mithros – Anne Zouroudi

Anne Zouroudi’s The Mysteries of the Greek Detective are based around the seven deadly sins and with The Bull of Mithros we arrive at sloth.  Within the realms of crime … Continue reading

September 17, 2012

Eye Contact – Fergus McNeill

Robert Naysmith enjoys playing a game.  But his is no ordinary game as he plays alone, framing the task and setting the rules himself.  The challenges come when life’s uncontrollable … Continue reading

August 20, 2012