On the Radar: Back to Alaska

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February begins with a fine selection of crime fiction books to choose from, and we start this week’s roundup off with Iris Yamashita’s second novel set in Alaska, Village in the Dark. There are also new books from Gregg Hurwitz, Tony Kent, Tina Baker and Brandy Schillace – action, intrigue and mystery await…

Village in the Dark by Iris Yamashita

Village in the Dark by Iris Yamashita front cover

The sequel to Iris Yamashita’s thrilling debut City Under One Roof arrives on 13 February, and in Village in the Dark the Anchorage police detective Cara Kennedy must return to Point Metier in the hope of finding out what really happened to her husband and son, thought to have been victims of an animal attack in the Alaskan wilderness. As the book opens she is having their remains exhumed during the Alaskan winter but in the process digs up some deeply buried secrets. Readers of the first book will be delighted to be reacquainted with Point Metier’s somewhat offbeat residents, but this is a novel that works well as a standalone too.
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Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz

Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz front cover

Evan Smoak is a former black ops government assassin codenamed Orphan X, a lethal opponent and someone to be reckoned with. But now a personal crisis has hit him hard and Evan has slipped off the radar – much to the consternation of his friends. Meanwhile, a reclusive tech billionaire is quietly making plans that could change the world and maybe not for the good. And an assassin called Wolf has Evan in her sights. Find out how all these things connect when Lone Wolf, the latest book in Gregg Hurwitz‘s popular Orphan X series, comes out on 13 February.
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The Shadow Network by Tony Kent

The Shadow Network by Tony Kent front cover

Action thriller fans take note of 15 February – that’s when The Shadow Network by Tony Kent is published. It’s the fifth book in the series featuring Agent Joe Dempsey and barrister Michael Devlin and this time the pair get together when the lawyers of alleged war criminal Hannibal Strauss are caught up in a terror attack in The Hague. Devlin smells a rat, and soon they’re fleeing for their lives and hunting for a mysterious foreign agent known only as the Monk. With no one they can trust and nowhere to hide, is this the endgame for Dempsey and Devlin?
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What We Did in the Storm by Tina Baker

What We Did in the Storm by Tina Baker front cover

Tresco in the Scilly Islands is a playground for the rich, who arrive in their helicopters to stay at fancy time-share homes. The locals travel by boat and are at their beck and call at all hours of the day and night. But Tresco’s inhabitants have secrets and get up to all sorts while their rich visitors are sleeping. Then a ferocious storm hits the island and two women are attacked, with one of them going missing, and suddenly the islanders’ clandestine activities are thrown into the spotlight. What exactly were they doing as the storm raged? All becomes clear when What We Did in the Storm by Tina Baker comes out on15 February
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The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace

The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace front cover

A neurodivergent, hyperlexic book editor and divorced New Yorker who inherits a crumbling estate in the English countryside? Sounds like the makings of a crime novel – and on 13 February it arrives, in the shape of The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace. Jo Jones has had a hell of a year, losing her job, her mother and her husband in quick succession. A change of scenery seems just the thing but Jo’s new home in North Yorkshire has issues. Like the groundskeeper, found shot dead on her newly inherited rug, and the disappearance of a strange family portrait from a secret room…
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