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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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Part of the Family

By Charlotte Philby. 3/5 It’s difficult to nail this securely to a particular genre. It’s a tale of lies and betrayal, of love and loss, it’s billed as espionage but Le CarrĂ© or Fleming it certainly isn’t. Anna, David and

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Cruel Acts

By Jane Casey. The latest in the Maeve Kerrigan crimes series sees Maeve and her partner DI Josh Derwent assigned to re-examining the evidence for the retrial of Leo Stone when it emerges his murder trial jury was prejudiced. The

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Eighteen Below

By Stefan Ahnhem. Not having read the previous books in the Fabian Risk series and not realising it was nordic noir, this was a brutal introduction. This was The Big Heat with the dial turned up to 11! When Peter

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Where the Dead Fall

By MJ Lee. Two good opening chapters that really captured my attention. It held my attention and I picked it up at every opportunity. We get a good sense of who DI Ridpath is just in time for him to

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Buried in the Stacks

By Allison Brook. I was in the mood for a cosy mystery and this one sounded like fun: “Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the

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Believe Me

By JP Delany. I was totally conflicted about this book. A great concept – Claire is the ultimate unreliable narrator – and a storyline that had me hooked. Sadly, the lead character didn’t inspire empathy and the general morality and

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