Monthly Archives: December 2011

Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Corte – no christian name, just Corte – is a “shepherd”. Working for a secretive government agency, he protects witnesses, ensuring that they reach their destinations safely. Henry Loving is a “lifter” – hired by an unknown party, he will … Continue reading

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The Last Templar by Michael Jecks

In Devon, 1316, an unpopular villager is found burned to death inside his house. Newly appointed bailiff Simon Puttock seems happy to accept that it was an accident but the newly returned lord of the manor, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, seems … Continue reading

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Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” Well, if you’re the villain of the piece, you’ve violently cut the throat of a patriarch on the eve of a family Christmas. And just for good measure, you’ve done it … Continue reading

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A Plague On Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory

And so to the last of the major historical mystery novelists that are currently in my firing line – Susanna Gregory. She has written, to date, seventeen novels featuring Matthew Bartholomew, set in 14th century Cambridge and six featuring Thomas … Continue reading

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100 Book Reviews and Counting… One Year of Blogging

Well, that’s the first year of my blog. The primary aim was always a selfish one – to break the reader’s block I had developed over the past few years – and, with The Ice Princess making it one hundred … Continue reading

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

And so, with (almost) impeccable timing, if I say so myself, we hit my 100th book review on (almost) my first anniversary. And to celebrate, I thought it was time to try something new – Scandinavian Crime Fiction. Camilla Lackberg … Continue reading

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By Murder’s Bright Light by Paul Harding aka Paul Doherty

And, after a very careful count, we come to my 99th book review of my first year of my blog – and it’s those men again – Brother Athelstan, Sir John Cranston and, of course, Paul Doherty. I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne

As we head towards my first blogiversary – not my choice of word, but the accepted phrase, apparently – it’s time for another branch on the tree of historical mysteries. Heading further into the dark ages, namely 7th century Britain, … Continue reading

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The Song of a Dark Angel by Paul Doherty

It is November 1302 and a chill wind, known locally as The Dark Angel, sweeps across the Wash, chilling all of Norfolk to the bone. On the cliffs above Hunstanton Bay, the wife of the local baker hangs from a … Continue reading

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

And so we continue the actual point of this blog – looking for a classic mystery amongst the multitude of crime fiction written today – with Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. Jimmy Perez is a recently returned native of Shetland, … Continue reading

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