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For the Joy of Reading: The Darkness

Ragnar Jonasson is a find.   This is someone who knows how to write a detective thriller.   He knows how to build a character.   He knows how to paint the background details of his detective and of the plot.    340 more words

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The conservative streak of the psychological thriller

I’m not having a pop at psychological thrillers. I’ve written one myself and it remains one of my favourite genres. But as such, I’ve noticed a certain moral streak that runs through many of their narratives. 534 more words


30 Books For My 30th - Number 16

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Dear Agatha Christie,

I admit that I probably took a bit of time actually getting around to reading your books. There were so many times that I’d heard them dismissed as “cosy crime” that I thought they were beneath me. 758 more words

The Big Heather Burnside Book Giveaway

I am excited to announce that from July The Riverhill Trilogy will be republished by Aria Fiction. The books will have shiny new covers as well as being given the once over by one of Aria’s talented editors. 285 more words

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How I Miss P. D. James!

I know she led a long, rich and successful life, but how I miss P. D. James! Despite my long-standing aversion to the short story genre, I found James’ collection… 222 more words


What I read in February 2018

In my February recap, I said I had read 16 books but I miscounted and it was actually 17. Yay. Erin’s challenge is still going on, and I started the bonus round in February but didn’t finish it – partly because some of the books I chose turned out not to be long enough so I had to wait for replacements, partly because I kept getting distracted by non-challenge books and partly because… 2,041 more words


Let Me Lie - Clare Mackintosh

I should preface this by saying that I have high expectations for this book. I’ve read the other two novels written by Clare Mackintosh and she is becoming my favourite author in the genre. 1,214 more words

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