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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 ...

hiker 01.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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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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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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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 ...

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Review of Trouble Is My Business - Raymond Chandler

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Sizzling Sicily

Advantages: great local colour, interesting protagonist
Disadvantages: none really

Commissario Salvo Montalbano has got a long-term, long-distance lady-friend, Livia. He lives in the south of Sicily, she in Genoa, 1440 km to the north. One summer he has to work and she decides to come to Sicily with a friend, her husband and their three ...

MALU 11.03.2011 · Read full review
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Review of August Heat - Andrea Camilleri

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