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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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You can't get better than this!

Advantages: Exciting, suspense, characters, plot
Disadvantages: Noting

Author Dreda Say Mitchell is a broadcaster, journalist and educational advisor. She grew up in the East End of London on a housing estate. She took a degree in African History at the University of London and she later obtained an MA in education stud ...

KathEv 07.03.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Hit Girls - Dreda Say Mitchell

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Murders in Glasgow (pre-Taggart!)

Advantages: Readable and interesting
Disadvantages: Wasn't too keen on the first story

Square Mile of Murder is a book that was written in 1961 by journalist Jack House, I have to say that the tattered copy I picked up on an internet auction for next to nothing looked a little worse for wear than the one in this picture! The boo ...

dangaroo 23.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Square Mile of Murder - Jack House

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The Gypsies in Long Farnden

Advantages: Interesting initial concept
Disadvantages: Slow moving story that meandered along.

Synopsis of the book: Josie Meade’s comfortable life in the village of Long Farnden is shattered when her boyfriend Rob is found very badly beaten after a night drinking. Admittedly there relationship was in trouble and he had left her angry and ...

CPTDANIELS 12.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Tragedy At Two - Ann Purser

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