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AMELIA PEABODY - the most entertaining Egyptian adventures of an American suffragette and archaeologist; a younger Miss Marple with a sense of humour and a taste for a good fight. You read one and you want to read them all. TOMB OF THE GOLDEN BIRD is the 18th in the series. Lovereading view... The latest in this fantastic series and if you haven’t read the earlier novels it is advisable to go back and start at the beginning as there are lots of characters popping up from the previous books. In this story we find the characters at the Valley of the Kings where Lord Carnavon and Howard Carter are getting closer to their goal, while Emerson is pushed further away. Witty, fun and terribly English this is a great addition to a brilliant series. Amelia Peabody Series:1. Crocodile on the Sandbank2. Curse of the Pharaohs3. The Mummy Case4. Lion in the Valley5. The Deeds of the Disturber6. The Last Camel Died at Noon7. The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog8. The Hippopotamus Pool9. Seeing a Large Cat10. The Ape Who Guards the Balance11. The Falcon at the Portal12. He Shall Thunder in the Sky13. Lord of the Silent14. The Golden One15. Children of the Storm16. Amelia Peabody's Egypt17. Guardian of the Horizon18. Tomb of the Golden Bird
Winner of the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "Hugely compelling and inventive, it pulls the rug from under your feet from the very first page - O'Flynn reveals her clues tantalisingly in this poignant story of love and loss."
This is a charming crime novel with lots of intrigue, sinister goings on and plenty of good old fashioned British humour. This is the second murder mystery amateur sleuth, Libby Sargeant, finds herself drawn in to. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing and characters that are interesting and engaging. Definitely give it a go.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 11th July 2007.A great opening which hooks you from the start and keeps you tight throughout. Refreshingly, the hero, Tom, is not a cop but an ordinary man (possibly the only non-boring IT software salesman in the world!) caught up in a whirlwind of events he had no part in generating. Along the way we meet evil henchmen, bent coppers, unfaithful bi-sexual wives, paedophile rings and dodgy judges, all embroiled in a fast-moving plot leading to an unexpected and clever ending. This is a crime writer heading for the top of the pile.Similar this month: None but try Peter Temple.Comparison: Mark Billingham, Reginald Hill, Peter James.
This is the first anthology of thriller short-stories ever written. Highly readable, if not down right spine chilling, this is the ideal book for dipping in and out of. Edited by James Patterson who is one of the biggest selling novelists in the world, it includes contributions from some very well know writers including Lee Child, MJ Rose, Denise Hamilton, James Siegel and Gayle Lynds and some lesser known who are well worth discovering. It's fantastic if you like to read a complete story before bedding down for the night and we can't wait for the second anthology to appear.
Brian Freeman’s second novel keeps up the standard of his first with this chilling, suspense novel. Having moved to Las Vegas Stride finds life very different from Minnesota and the pressure is on not only in his work life but also in his personal life. Mixing suspense and sexual tension Freeman has given us another gem. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Lieutenant Jonathan Stride; a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
Angels Fall is a compelling page turner, full of strong, intriguing characters, romance and suspense.
The second in the story following Sister Pelagia finds her investigating the murders of several monks on a monastery island. Pelagia is such a likeable character and Akuninâ€™s historical knowledge gives brilliant depth to the book. Great characters are littered throughout and the twists and turns keep you guessing right to the end.
Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award 2007.A medieval thriller about a serial killer, this is just as brutal as any modern day psycho thriller and the lead character is an absolute joy. Adelia Aguilar is a doctor, not a common female occupation at this time, and she specialises in the study of corpses, hence the title of the book. She is a feisty, intelligent, sexy heroine who gives as good as she gets. An unputdownable read. Mistress of the Art of Death series:1. The Mistress of the Art of Death2. The Death Maze3. Relics of the Dead4. The Assassin's Prayer
Mongolia is in a state of change from communism to capitalism, an interesting backdrop to a book of European/Russian politics and the chaotic market forces that spawn crime. It is a race-against-time tale, an easy read and the start of a new crime series.Similar this month: Peter Temple.Comparison: Barbara Nadel, Donna Leon, Qiu Xiaolong.
Officer Melanie May discovers a link between a series of deaths concluding they are actually the work of a serial killer. With the help of FBI profiler, Connor Parks, she builds a profile of someone she then chillingly recognises as a person involved in her own life. As well as working the case she is having to deal with an ex-husband who wants custody of their child and a growing attraction towards the troubled Connor. A perfect blend of crime thriller mixed with romance this should appeal to those who enjoy both genres.
A terrific read, I loved this one. A tale of many twists and turns, a mix of politics and historical pageantry and a portrayal of resentment and revenge. In the supposedly quiet villages of the fens a feud has been raging for twenty years between the descendants of the Saxons and the Norman invaders. The former now disadvantaged, the latter affluent but corrupt. Into this conflict comes a young Russian out to avenge the death of his father, also twenty years ago. The whole thing becomes a particularly taxing problem for DI Tom Fletcher, a great character in the start of what should turn out to be a splendid series. Highly recommended.Similar this month: Tami Hoag.Comparison: Robert Goddard, Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben.
From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.