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The Black Box by Michael Connelly

The Black Box is the 25th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the sixteenth novel featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. Believe it or not, I picked it up in my local library sale for only US$0.20! I have always enjoyed the Michael Connolly novels that I have read. Michael Connelly was born on 21 …

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The Narrows by Michael Connolly

Michael Connolly’s novels were recommended to me, but I cannot remember by whom. It may have been Kathy Reichs who mentioned his work. Whoever it was, when I saw The Narrows in a library book sale, it would have been silly to pass it up. So I took it on holiday and read it in …

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Fatal Last Words by Quentin Jardine

I really enjoy the Bob Skinner series written by Quintin Jardine. Fatal Last Words was one of his new books that I discovered in a book exchange in a hotel while I was on holiday. I was thrilled. Quintin Jardine is one of my favourite Scottish authors. He was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and educated …

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Where the Bodies are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre

I knew I was to attend a writing workshop run by Arvon at Moniack Mohr in Inverness-shire in Scotland and that Christopher Brookmyre, a leading exponent of Tartan Noir was to be the guest tutor. I had only read one of his books, Quite Ugly One Morning. It is reviewed here https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/quite-ugly-one…pher-brookmyre/ , but I did not …

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Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born to a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, England.  She served in a hospital during the First |World War before she married and started her family in London.   Although initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, in 1920, The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which, like this …

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The Death of a Travelling Man by M.C. Beaton

Marion Chesney herself is probably even more interesting than this book!  She is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.   However, this book she wrote as M.C. Beaton which is the …

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Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, queen of crime writing, was the first crime novelist whose work of this kind I read.  It remains my favourite genre.  Her style of plotting is one that I like too. Peril At End House was one book in a set given to me by my mother as a Christmas present. It involves Christie’s …

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The Hollow by Agatha Christie

My mother gave me a series of Agatha Christie books as a gift.  Some of them I had read before, but The Hollow was new to me.  I really enjoyed it.  The Hollow is the country estate of flighty Lady Lucy Angkatell, who invites Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, brilliant selfish specialist Dr John Christow and his …

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In the Dark by Mark Billingham

I have always enjoyed detective novels, mysteries and crime thrillers.  Mark Billingham is an English crime novelist and stand up comedian. If you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak, take it. I first read a Mark Billingham novel when I was studying creative writing in Stirling, Scotland.  One of the books I read …

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A Small Weeping by Alex Gray

  Alex Gray is a well respected author in Scotland and, although I enjoy detective novels, I had never read any of her work.  My friend Dawn recommended her work to me, so I chose this book when I found it in our local library.  Gray’s books revolve around her character Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer. …

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