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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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Some People Are Nothing But Trouble

Advantages: Fast paced novel with a strong plot.
Disadvantages: Lots of characters can lead to confusion!

Review of Nothing But Trouble, a novel by Roberta Kray The Book I am reviewing the paperback edition of this novel, published by Sphere, ISBN 978-0751544794, 544 pages, cover price £6.99. Genre- Crime Fiction. My copy was sourced from my local boo ...

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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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Review of Purgatory - Ken Bruen

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