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Dead Man’s Grave

By Neil Lancaster 4/5 Dead Man’s Grave has all the hallmarks of a first in series. DS Max Craigie is six month’s into his new job. Fresh from “the Met” he’s under pressure to prove himself in the Serious Organised

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The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder

By Edgar Wallace Read (characterised without sound effects) by David Horovitch J G Reeder is the epitome of his contemporary, the hard boiled detective (Marlowe, et al.) a slightly shabby, easily overlooked and always underestimated little man with red hair,

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Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

Full Cast DramaI’ve said it before and it’s worth saying again, nobody does radio drama better than the BBC and to my ear there are no audio books to rival the BBC’s full cast recordings. Toby Stephens captures the world

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Sleepless

by Louise Mumford Thea just can’t get enough sleep. Night after night with only an hour or two is wreaking havoc with her life. Under the circumstances the message popping up on her phone was becoming ever more difficult to

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The Final Round

by Bernard O’Keeffe4/5 Detective Inspector Garibaldi “as in the great Italian nationalist. And the biscuit” is country music loving, well read and the only officer in the Metropolitan Police who can’t drive a car. He’s the filling in the sandwich

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All Your Little Lies

by Marianne Holmes 4/5 Annie is socially awkward, always saying the wrong thing, misreads the signals when men are nice to her and is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.When the poster of a missing girl has

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This Thing of Darkness (BBC Radio Drama)

By Lucia Haynes 7 episodes, 45 minutes each is an investment and it wasn’t altogether clear from the blurb exactly what this was. I listened to everything else I had lined up before tackling it. David Grant (Robin Laing) has

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Murder Made Easy

Dir. David Palamaro 2/5 Indie film and firmly indie in feel. Liberal use of jump cuts and long takes for effect. A lot of hand-held camera work. Acting and dialogue a bit stiff which isn’t helped by the quality of

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The Chalet

By Catherine Cooper. 4/5 Compulsive reading. Fractured narrative told in first person by several unreliable and fairly unsympathetic narrators, this could have been all style no substance. Without an obvious protagonist and antagonist the story might have struggled to engage

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Where the Innocent Die

By MJ Lee. 4/5 The fourth in the DI Ridpath series, Where the Innocent Die manages to be an easy read and thought provoking at the same time. A detainee dies while awaiting deportation and noone seems to care. The

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