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A Little White Death (Inspector Troy, #3)
3.96
I have had this on my bookshelf for over ten years without reading it. I can't see how I overlooked it. Most of the book was excellent with a good fee ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
The Take
4.08
A good read about sibling rivalry set in the criminal underclass of East London. Freddie Jackson leaves prison having made contact with a major crimin ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
London Calling (Inspector Carlyle, #1)
3.26
P D James once said 'don't review a book you don't like'. But I must be honest. It is readable and very much, even too much, of its time, 2011. It fel ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery (The Medieval Murderers, #1)
3.67
A good collaboration between five medieval mystery writers, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden and Ian Morson. Apart from t ...more
May 13, 2010
May 22, 2010
 
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
4.14
I read the novel slowly and carefully, noting all the clues, determined to work out whodunnit and how. I had my eye on the culprit from very early on ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
 
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
4.13
I have the Complete Sherlock Holmes on my Kindle, but for my own use I am dividing the 'one book' into individual novels. A Study in Scarlet is the ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1)
3.93
A very enjoyable murder mystery, carefully plotted and logical. Dorothy Sayers writes extremely well, with occasional flashes of wit (back-handers), a ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
Christine Falls (Quirke, #1)
3.44
I read this after watching the BBC adaptation, and the book is much better than the adaptation. The reason is in the prose. Black's depiction of the d ...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
Lord Peter Views the Body (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #4)
4.17
Regretfully I have to admit that this is my first exposure to Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey with his estimable man servant Bunter. Who came ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
Five Red Herrings (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #7)
3.89
This is a difficult book to read, and I would recommend starting out with a notebook and pencil to follow events.
An aggressive and unpleasant artist i
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May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
 
Second Violin
3.94
Nominally one of a series of detective novels featuring Troy, this is the story of the Troy family during that difficult time 1938 to 40. The family o ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
Talking to the Dead
3.70
In crime novels psychotic characters are usually portrayed as killers, but Harry Bingham places Fiona Griffiths, a brilliant but deeply flawed young w ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
A Place of Hiding (Inspector Lynley, #12)
3.87
Elizabeth Gearge abandons her usual protagonists Lynley and Travers and weaves the novel around her usually minor characters Deborah and Simon St Jame ...more
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Apr 19, 2010
 
Old Flames (Inspector Troy, #2)
3.94
1956, the year of Suez, the visit of Krushchev and Bulganin, and the frogman spy of Portsmouth. As in many of his novels, Lawton picks out a seminal y ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
One Man and His Bomb (Harriet Martens, #6)
2.50
Decades ago I enjoyed the Inspector Ghote series. This is my introduction into the Detective Inspector Harriet Martens novels.

Of the classic British c
...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
 
Cold Is the Grave (Inspector Banks, #11)
4.00
I watched ITVs Banks series and had to reread the book. The TV ending puzzled us and felt wrong. It was illogical, complicated and rushed.

This is a go
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Nov 2011
Nov 05, 2011
 
A Darker Domain
3.82
A novel spanning two periods, the Miner's Strike 1984 and a Cold Case investigation 2007. There are two investigators, DI Karen Pirie, and investigati ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
From the Dead (Tom Thorne, #9)
4.01
An excellent Tom Thorne detective novel. Mark Billingham is an author whose work I really enjoy.

Donna Langford has finished a ten year prison sentenc
...more
May 12, 2011
May 12, 2011
 
When Will There Be Good News?
3.96
I find it difficult to assign the Jackson Brodie series to any particular genre. As usual it is the characterisation which is so strong and central - ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Blue Rondo
4.00
John Lawton has an excellent feel for time and place. This novel is set in 1959 London; MacMillan's 'Never had it so Good'; East End hoodlums rubbing ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
 
Journey Into Fear
3.91
As a Fan of Eric Ambler I was delighted to see this re-issue in the Penguin Modern Classics series. I must have last read it about 15 years ago, but ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
 
Love Story, With Murders (DC Fiona Griffiths)
3.95
I really enjoyed this book, second in this series featuring the quirky entertaining DC Fiona Griffiths. I was going to give it five stars but reduced ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
One Good Turn
3.77
Second in the Jackson Brodie, PI series. This is not the usual crime fiction type novel. The characterisations are too strong and Jackson is periferal ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Bloodline (Tom Thorne, #8)
4.05
A good detective/thriller featuring Tom Thorne. I wavered between three stars and four stars and came down to three, because I do not think this is up ...more
May 28, 2011
May 28, 2011
 
Gently Does It
3.50
A gentle book about a gentle Chief Inspector. I enjoyed the Martin Shaw TV series, but I don't think that they quite got the bulky, slow moving, peppe ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 02, 2013
 
They Found Him Dead
3.69
A well written, entertaining, light murder mystery featuring Hannasyde. First published in 1937, with one possible murder, one definite murder and two ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Black Out
3.66
This is the first in the series featuring Frederick Troy. Set in 1944 in blitzed out London, it is a more orthodox detective novel. An intuitive polic ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
 
Riptide
3.93
A Troy novel set in April 1941. Wolfgang Stahl, an American spy, has his cover blown and has to escape. His controller, Calvin M. Cormack, is sent to ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
 
The Silver Swan
3.45
Interestingly constructed. The by-now sober but less entertaining, still secretive, pathologist Quirke is asked by an old acquaintance not to perform ...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
The Jackal's Share (Ben Webster, #3)
3.34
A complicated plot of high finance, double dealing and espionage which slowly unfolds as Ben Webster starts an investigation for a wealthy Iranian exi ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
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