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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.
A rather frightening tale of misconceptions and the danger of jumping to conclusions. There are horrific murders and spur of the moment killings which the authorities assume are all done by the same person. Kovac and Liska, two of the authorâ€™s popular characters, are called in and then the plot really gets going. This is a real page-turner and is certainly gripping all the way through. Highly recommended and then you have a backlist to devour too! Sheâ€™s great.Similar this month: Patrick Lennon.Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Alex Kava.
Intriguing, complex and a perfect antidote to the fast paced American crime novel. Sister Pelagia is a young Russian Miss Marple with more than a hint of Sherlock Holmes. Not a book to read commuting (unless you have a long journey) but well worth getting into the characters, pace and late 19th Russian settings of these clever and very readable whodunits.
I read this just after the latest Kathy Reichs so I was able to compare her American forensic anthropologist with this English creation, Dr David Hunter. He is as meticulous in his detailed analysis as hers, but he is much easier to follow – he does not use obscure medical terms – so I found this most interesting, highly intriguing and very disturbing. And the storyline …? Well that was totally gripping and almost hair-raising in the true sense. What is also exciting is that this is the beginning of a series, the next David Hunter book comes out in hardback in August, paperback early 2008 … I can hardly wait.Similar this month: Patrick Lennon.Comparison: Mo Hayder, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter.
Less grisly and more serious than his previous tales so newcomers to this wonderful author will have a few surprises when you tackle his backlist, but tackle them you must for he is very special. Those familiar with Brookmyre will find the details typically complicated and will be interested to know that, as with his first novel Quite Ugly One Morning, we get an intriguing look at Scottish local government and politics. But which ever you are, old or new to this author, you are in for a treat.Similar this month: None but try Simon Beckett.Comparison: Christopher Fowler, Colin Bateman, Charles Higson.
Seemingly unrelated murders have been taking place across the city but Detective Joe Lucchesi spots a link which switches the investigation to a hunt for a serial killer. This is packed with characters nursing physical and psychological scars, each carrying around guilty secrets, but who is guilty of what? Barclay keeps you guessing until the final pages. Gruesome, gripping and fast paced. A great thriller writer to keep an eye on.
April 2007 Book of the MonthA brilliant, gritty, well plotted second novel from Roberta Kray. When Eve Weston’s brother is targeted in jail and badly beaten Eve makes a deal with another con to get him protection but the man she asks for help, Cavelli, asks that she do whatever he asks of her in return. Soon her apartment is being broken in to, her ex-husbands flat is ransacked, people start getting murdered and it becomes apparent that someone wants something Eve has got, the only problem is she doesn’t know what it is. Propelled on by great plot development and believable well rounded characters this is a real page turner and one that we highly recommend. If you enjoy this title you might also like to read Roberta Kray's previous novel, The Debt.
Murderous, Mysterious, Machination
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.
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