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Venetian Blind

Advantages: A superbly-written detective novel.
Disadvantages: The ending is not as strong as the rest of the plot.

I've long been a fan of detective novels and particularly of the "police procedurals" type. That's the one where the gallant, over-worked policeman sets out to solve the mystery and generally does so, despite the hindrances provided by his colleagues and ...

SueMagee 14.10.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin

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General Comment on Aurelio Zen series

Advantages: excellently plotted, strong characters, amazing sense of Italy
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Zen is my kind of detective, lazy, corrupt on occasions and trying to do the minimum amount of work possible while still being a generally likable good guy. Dibdin has a wry humour and one of he things I really love about the books is they cn make me laug ...

ajordan15 26.07.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin

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This book is all Quality

Advantages: Good period detail lots of twists and turns stir the emotions
Disadvantages: none

...Why this book ********************* Having read and enjoyed several of the books in this series about Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne I couldn't resist giving this one a go when I saw it in the library the other week. About the author **** ...

jillycat 19.05.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Quality of Mercy - David Roberts

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Only Genes in this Icelandic Bank

Advantages: Interesting cultural aspect to the plot, different setting
Disadvantages: Cliched detective, starts slowly

A man is found dead in his Reykjavik flat in suspicious circumstances and Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate. He doesn’t have much to go on – just an old photograph he finds hidden in a chest of drawers and a cryptic message left beside the bo ...

fizzytom 07.03.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Tainted Blood - Arnaldur Indridason

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The Lost Prophecies - The Medieval Murderers

Advantages: Parts are well written
Disadvantages: Story doesnt flow, medieval book which ends in the future

The Lost Prophecies is the fourth book by The Medieval Murderers. The Medieval Murderers are all historical fiction writers - CJ Sansom, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, Ian Morson, Philip Gooden and Michael Jecks. Each of the authors writes a section ...

MrsW2011 03.02.2012 · Read full review
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