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The Second Deadly Sin – Åsa Larsson

We’re back in Sweden, where the nights are dark and the winters are long and cold. Perfect conditions for crime. In a forest in the North, the villagers band together to overcome a rampaging bear. Nothing prepares them for a grizly discovery in its stomach. In Kurravaara, a woman is murdered with frenzied and vicious ...
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Harbour Street – Ann Cleeves

We Brits love Vera. Played on TV by the wonderful Brenda Blethyn, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is a straight-talking investigator whose suppressed maternal instinct sometimes finds its way to the surface with a gruff, awkward charm. And ah, those big skies, desolate landscapes and that Tyneside accent…. The good news is that this novel, ...
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Interview with Lauren Beukes (author of The Shining Girls)

Author of the The Shining Girls, today we’re happy to guest on our site Lauren Beukes. We’ve asked her a few questions about her books, but about herself as well. This is what she’s said… Q. Hi Lauren, welcome. Our first question is very easy: who is Lauren Beukes as a person and as a ...
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Ripper – Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a giant of the literary fiction world. Her novels, in which poverty and cruelty are tempered by love and by magic, have sold over 57 million copies. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. Allende is the author of twenty books, including Eva Luna, Inès of ...
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The Tournament – Matthew Reilly

Something a bit different this time, as the thriller genre moves to sixteenth-century Istanbul. There’s a killer on the loose and a cardinal has been found mutilated in the grounds of the Sultan’s palace. Suleiman the Magnificent has invited every king in Europe to send his best chess player to take part in a spectacular ...
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Stay Alive – Simon Kernick

Stay Alive is a breathless, race-against-time thriller best avoided by those of a nervous disposition – or those who can only spare the odd ten minutes to read.  This novel is almost literally impossible to put down. One witness: you’re on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out – and ...
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A Song for The Dying – Stuart MacBride

Scotsmen make excellent football managers and they also make excellent thriller writers. I’ve often wondered if there’s a link and just what it might be. I’ll avoid clichés like ‘gritty determination’ and ‘dark imaginings’, I’ll just leave it for you to ponder for yourselves. Our next offering, A Song for The Dying is by Dumbarton-born ...
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A Purity of Vengeance – Jussi Adler-Olsen

Copenhagen-born author Jussi Adler-Olsen may be a relatively new name (to me at least), but he has sold over 14 million books around the world. And for a writer who began his career compiling a comic encyclopedia and writing books about Groucho Marx, the Department Q cold case series is very serious stuff indeed. A ...
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