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/ 4th March 2019 / Comments Off on February 2019

February 2019

A closed world murder mystery inside a postapocalyptic thriller, The Last by Hanna Jameson (Viking, £12.99) is set in a remote Swiss hotel. American historian Jon Keller, there for a conference, reads about the end of the world on the internet. Nuclear attacks take out major cities and destroy communications until the twenty people remaining […]

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/ 4th March 2019 / Comments Off on January 2019

January 2019

Historical novelist Lucy Foley’s crime fiction debut, The Hunting Party (HarperCollins, £12.99) is a modern take on the ‘closed world’ country house mystery. Nine well-heeled friends travel to an exclusive hunting lodge in the remote Scottish Highlands to celebrate the new year, but it’s clear from the get-go that things haven’t gone as planned – […]

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/ 6th December 2018 / Comments Off on Picks of the Year 2018

Picks of the Year 2018

This year we welcomed some exciting new voices, with notable debuts including the The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books), a country house mystery complete with time travel, body swaps and a mind-bogglingly complex plot, and Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Raven Books), a Ripleyesque exploration of female insecurity set […]

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/ 6th December 2018 / Comments Off on November 2018

November 2018

Newcomer, by Japanese bestseller Keigo Higashino (translated by Giles Murray, Little Brown, £13.99), is an intriguing mash-up of police procedural and Golden Age puzzle mystery. When 45-year-old divorcee Mineko Mitsui is found strangled at home, Detective Kyoichiro Kaga, first introduced to anglophone readers in Malice (2014) and here newly demoted to local policing in the […]

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/ 6th December 2018 / Comments Off on October 2018

October 2018

Tomblands (Mantle, £20.00), the long-awaited seventh novel by CJ Sansom to feature lawyer Matthew Shardlake, is a thumping 847 pages of glorious Tudor pageantry that certainly won’t disappoint. It’s 1549, and the sharp-minded, crook-backed hero must ride to Norfolk to look into a murder case on behalf of the Lady Elizabeth, younger sister of boy […]

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