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The beautiful serial killer

Advantages: Very unusual but wonderfully engrossing story
Disadvantages: Took a while to get into it.

Background: Most of the books I read are recommendations from friends or people I work with. This one was from the latter, who was very enthusiastic about this author’s work. So I added it to my must read list and finally I purchased it and looked f ...

CPTDANIELS 01.12.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Sweetheart - Chelsea Cain

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Like people, the fish...

Advantages: Four for the price of one
Disadvantages: Not as deliciously convoluted as the novels, but distinctively Marlowe all the same

Some websites talk about Trouble Is My Business (1950) as being a collection of 12 of Chandler's short stories. I haven't been able to track down that edition. This review is of the 1989 Penguin edition, previewed by Karin Slaughter, which is a collect ...

hiker 30.12.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Trouble Is My Business - Raymond Chandler

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Unusual and fascinating book.

Advantages: well written, emotive, clever, funny
Disadvantages: none

The Coroner's Lunch was written with the intention of it being the first in a series of books about its main character, Dr Siri Paiboun. This is good news, as the character, and indeed the whole book, is well conceived. The first book in any series shoul ...

SuzieBlue85 05.09.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill

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Finding the pasts ghosts

Advantages: Well thought out story
Disadvantages: Hard to believe and find credible at odd times.

Background: A few weeks ago I read my first novel by this author, which I really enjoyed so I was keen to try another as soon as I could to see how it compared. Ideally I was looking for the first book in the Detective Inspector Mariner series but t ...

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Review of Written In Blood - Chris Collett

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Daddy's Girls

Advantages: A good idea decently plotted
Disadvantages: The different voices aren't distinctive enough

Easter Quilby is twelve years old. She and her sister Ruth are in a children's home. Not so long ago they woke up to find their mother slouched across the bed, dead. Drink and drugs and a hard, sad life had finally got to her, or maybe her body just ga ...

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Review of This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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