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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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Patricia Highsmith's A Suspension of Mercy

Advantages: An easy, pleasant read
Disadvantages: A little dated

In a belief that Patricia Highsmith was more of an author beyond her most famous works (the Ripley series and Strangers on a Train), I have continued my exploration of her work with 1965’s A Suspension of Mercy. While the high quality of the writing pleas ...

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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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