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On the Radar: The Troubles return

The people of Northern Ireland thought that The Troubles were behind them, but Brexit might be unravelling all of that. And art imitates life, doesn’t it? Or is it the other way around? Anyway, in our lead book this week a straight-down-the-line Belfast clergyman just…
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Kill the election blues

On the Radar — So, 12 December is election day in the UK and everyone who’s not heatedly arguing about politics is heatedly telling everybody they know how sick they are of politics. Brits are an angry lot at the moment but there’s nothing like…
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Lady with death on her mind

On the Radar — Peter James – the UK’s best crime author according to readers of the WH Smith books blog – leads us off this week with a black widow case for his white knight of Brighton CID, Roy Grace. Or, you could grab…
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Nagaisayonara: Top five books of 2015

Early in 2015 I said that this would be the year of the psychological thriller, and I wasn’t wrong. Perhaps you’ll see this reflected in my top picks, below. Although the trend for psychological crime is showing no sign of slowing, I’d love to see a…
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Alex Cross goes home

On the Radar — For all James Patterson’s constant output, Alex Cross is his standout creation, and the good doctor heads up our selection of new releases this week. Spies, kidnapping, an Italian take on Scotland Yard, short stories and plenty more are on offer…
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King of horror, prince of crime

On the Radar — Writing detective fiction is becoming a regular for Stephen King, who is following up Mr Mercedes with a new case for retired detective Bill Hodges. Beyond our lead book, this week’s new releases present an eclectic collection once again. We have a protagonist with…
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Silent Scream

Set in England’s Black Country – so named because of its sooty industrial past – this is a serial killer novel with a difference. Five people stand round an open grave. Each one swears a vow of silence regarding the grave – and its occupant….
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Silent Scream

Written by Angela Marsons — You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d seen everything when it comes to serial killer novels. It’s been a while since something really different has come out in the sub-genre, and in its opening Angela Marsons’ Silent Scream does little to separate itself from…
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