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It Cuts Like a Knife - but it feels so WRONG

Advantages: Interesting use of the point of view of the killer
Disadvantages: Rather a lot of loose ends and blind alleys - not always intentional

A Change of Direction ‘Cut Like Wound’ is the latest book by one of my favourite Indian writers, Anita Nair, and it’s a very new direction for her to take. I’ve been hooked by her writing ever since I picked up her fascinating ‘The Ladies Coupe’ more ...

koshkha 27.02.2014 · Read full review
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A Parisian Whodunnit

Advantages: Well written, enjoyable, evocative
Disadvantages: Characters sometimes hard to remember, a bit too long

Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi is a murder mystery/detective novel set in Paris in 1899, a time of racial tensions with the Dreyfus affair at its height, and the city preparing for the universal exhibition and the new century. James Norton, a Harvard ...

eilidhcatriona 12.02.2014 · Read full review
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A main dish of noir with a side serving of crime

Advantages: distinctive narrative voice, good example of noir fiction
Disadvantages: not much crime solving, some may dislike style and / or bad language

I like narratives with a distinctive voice. That said, I find narrators with a truly distinctive voice can take a bit of getting used to. My first perusal of the opening pages of Ken Bruen's 'Purgatory' didn't inspire me to read further and I let most of ...

brokenangelkisses 20.10.2013 · Read full review
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The Bubble Gum Thief

Advantages: Engaging, Good character development, New spin on the genre
Disadvantages: Not sure anorexia was dealt with fully

...Amazon's book description: Special Agent Dagny Gray is smart, athletic, and fearless. She's also fragile, depressed, and anorexic. If she doesn't get healthy soon, the FBI will drop her--and she'll never have a chance to end the crime spree of the so-cal ...

mattydalton 07.03.2013 · Read full review
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A gripping tale that was literally lost - and found

Advantages: Chilling murder story; characters very well drawn
Disadvantages: Arguably a little dated - as if it really matters

... A lost and found manuscript Around 1935 C.S. Forester (1899-1966), who had written and published two excellent crime noir novels, ‘Payment Deferred’ and ‘Plain Murder’ (both reviewed on ciao by yours truly), began writing the Hornblower sea stories ...

JOHNV 23.11.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Pursued - C.S. Forester

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