World Of Trouble – The Last Policeman Book III by Ben H Winters

World Of TroubleDoomsday minus 14 days. The world is going to end, the asteroid 2011GV1, otherwise known as Maia is going to hit the Earth and then everything will end. And Detective Hank Palace has one last case to solve – he’s going to find his sister Nico.

Nico was last seen with a group of radicals who have a plan to save everything – a nuclear missile that will deflect Maia – and, despite believing that her cause is doomed, he needs to find her before the end. But he’s going to find more than he expects – as the doomsday clock ticks down, Palace finds that he has a brutal murder to solve. But needless to say, the clock is ticking…

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All Day And A Night by Alafair Burke

All Day And A NightPsychotherapist Helen Brunswick is found murdered in her office, her limbs broken post mortem. This was the signature of the serial killer Anthony Amaro, who killed six women in the same manner twenty years previously. A serial killer who is still in jail, protesting his innocence.

Carrie Blank, a young legal associate, joins forces with a celebrity defence lawyer in order to overturn Amaro’s conviction, although she has her own agenda. Her sister was one of Amaro’s victims and she is determined to find out the truth about why she died.

Meanwhile NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are assigned to review the original case against Amaro. As their leads head towards Carrie’s hometown, the location the crimes, it seems that there are plenty of secrets to be unearthed. And someone doesn’t want the truth coming out.

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A Perfect Death by Kate Ellis

A Perfect DeathGrandal Field in Devon seems to have a curse upon it. In the thirteenth century, a French woman, fleeing the terrors in her own country, was burned to death. Ten years ago, an archaeological dig ended in tragedy with the deaths of two of the workers. And now a young woman is found dead in the field – also burned to death.

When Wesley Peterson, on holiday in Carcassone, is asked for help by an old university acquaintance, he presumes that the problem of his missing friend (back in Devon) is a minor matter. But as his friend disappears from the town overnight, and another burned body is found near Tradmouth, it seems that things are much more complicated than they first appeared. Is there really an ancient Cathar treasure buried under the field? And will someone kill again to get their hands on it?

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The Invisible Circle by Paul Halter

The Invisible Circle“Dear Whoever. Please come to an isolated castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall. I’ve got something important to announce and you probably won’t get murdered like people tend to do in this sort of book. Promise. P.S. I’m not a loony.” Or words to that effect…

Thus begins an adventure for a mixed group of people who, for the most part, haven’t met each other before. But soon the ghost of King Arthur will rise, take the sword from the stone and kill someone who is “safely” locked inside a chamber at the top of a tower. Someone who has already announced that he is going to be murdered and seems to be going happily to his impossible death.

This is the eighth novel from Paul Halter to be translated by John Pugmire, but the recent novels have been a bit hit and miss. How does this one measure up?

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The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

The Moving FingerJerry and Joanna Burton have relocated to the village of Lymstock to recover, he from injuries received in a plane crash, she from a failed relationship. Unfortunately, they don’t realise that they’re in an Agatha Christie novel, and that the village’s women are being plagued by a series of poison pen letters. Needless to say, things escalate as the wife of the local solicitor commits suicide and when another girl dies, it falls to Jerry to sort things out. Well, until a certain little old lady shows up…

The third Miss Marple book, following The Murder At The Vicarage and The Body In The Library, this is another review in my re-evaluation of the Miss Marple mysteries. So far, I’ve actually been rather disappointed with the re-reads so far. Is this the one to break the pattern?

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Death In Elysium by Judith Cutler

Death In ElysiumMeet Jodie Welsh. After a successful career when she has earned more money that she knows what to do with, she astonishes herself by falling in love and marrying Theo, a vicar in Lesser Hogben, a village in Kent. As she works out how to be a vicar’s wife, she finds herself in a village that is struggling to survive in the modern world and sets her mind to helping out.

However, there are strange goings on in the village and when a young man who Jodie has taken under her wing disappears, she suspects the worse. And when a body turns up, things begin to take a turn for the worse. What exactly is being built on nearby land? How far is someone willing to go to keep their secrets? And is Jodie at risk as well?

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The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

death of Lucy kyteWhen Josephine Tey’s godmother, the actress Hester Larkspur, dies, Josephine is astonished to inherit her home, a remote cottage in Suffolk. Needless to say, things aren’t as simple as that – there is a second beneficiary by the name of Lucy Kyte who nobody seems to have heard of.

A shadow hangs over the house – it is close to the location of the notorious Red Barn murder that took place nearly a century before, a murder that still casts a shadow over the local community. Is it possible that danger still lurks from a century before – or is there a more present threat to Josephine? And who exactly is Lucy Kyte?

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