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Dead Man Riding – Gillian Linscott (2002)

It is 1900 and a group of Oxford friends, including our protagonist and
heroine Nell Bray, are full of idealism. They agree that old shibboleths
need sweeping away with a new broom of truth and honesty, particularly in
respect of the relationships between men and women. In this spirit 7 of them
set out on a mixed summer reading party, defying convention, to the Lake
District. Read the rest of this entry »

Hidden Depths – Ann Cleeves (2007)

Single mother Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night-out in Newcastle to discover that her son Luke has been strangled then laid out in the bath
surrounded by flowers. Inspector Vera Stanhope is assigned to the case and
her initial enquiries seem to be heading no-where; then a second body is
discovered laid out in a rock pool and again strewn with flowers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wine of Angels – Phil Rickman (1999)

1st in the Merrily Watkins series

Merrily Watkins is the newly appointed Priest-in -Charge at the village of
Ledwardine in deepest Herefordshire. Beautiful church, black-and-white
buildings, gorgeous countryside – what’s not to like? Well a great deal as
Merrily, and her teenage daughter Jane, soon discover. Read the rest of this entry »

By Death Divided – Patricia Hall (2008)

Laura Ackroyd is drawn into a case of domestic violence when her friend
Vicki takes in a woman, Julie Holden, and her daughter Anna, fleeing from
her abusive husband Bruce. Read the rest of this entry »

The Death of Corinne – R.T.Raichev – 2007

Antonia Darcy and Hugh Payne, recently married, are spending the last part
of their honeymoon at the Shropshire country-house of Hugh’s aunt Lady
Grylls. The latter informs them that they are shortly to be joined by her
god-daughter, a French singer called Corinne and Corinne’s manager Maitre
Maginot; Corinne has been receiving death threats and Maginot thinks she
will be safer at Chalfont Park. Read the rest of this entry »

I have to declare an interest here :). I wrote a review of
Raichev’s third book for rte ( )
and he got in touch with me subsequently to which
we have become good friends in correspondence.
So I probably am a little biased but as my initial
review was wholly uninfluenced and this repeats quite
a bit of that I don’t think it has affected me over-much. Read the rest of this entry »

Borderlands – Brian McGilloway (2007)

Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin is the head of CID in the Irish town of
Lifford in Donegal which is a stone’s throw across the border from Strabane
in Northern Ireland; when the near-naked of a young woman is discovered
literally straddling the border, which is ill-defined, it only becomes his
case when she is named as Angela Cashell a Lifford resident. Read the rest of this entry »

Enigma – Robert Harris (1995)

Tom Jericho, brilliant mathematician and cryptanalyst, has been sent back to Cambridge University after collapsing with exhaustion while involved in his work at Bletchley Park on decoding the Nazis Enigmas cipher. But in March 1943 he is abruptly summoned back; the Germans have changed the cipher and it appears that they may have suspicions that Enigma has been cracked. Read the rest of this entry »

Troubled Midnight – John Gardner (2005)

It is late 1943 and plans for the invasion of Europe, Operation Overlord,
are in full swing when Chief Superintendent Tommy Livermore and Detective Sergeant Suzie Mountford are called out to a vicious double murder in Wantage. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Rights – Barbara Nadel – 2005

It is October 1940, the height of the Blitz, and East End undertaker Francis
Hancock is reliving his nightmares from World War 1; unable to cope with
shelters, he wanders the streets when there is a raid on. During the course
of one such nocturnal adventure he comes across a man who is screaming that he has been stabbed. Read the rest of this entry »

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