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The Adversary

Written by Emmanuel Carrere, translated by Linda Coverdale — This true crime story of deception culminating in murder has fascinated reporters and filmmakers for the past 20 years. Two French films, a Spanish one, a Channel 4 documentary, and several crime shows including Waking the Dead…
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Cambridge Black

Written by Allison Bruce — Nadine is walking home with her boyfriend after a gig she has played in Cambridge. They head to Theo’s, a big, unfinished, creaky house he inherited from his father. The place is dark and they go to bed, but soon the…
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The Fire Maker

Written by Peter May — Crime fiction fans know and love Peter May for his very atmospheric Lewis trilogy and we’ve reviewed The Chessmen and a recent standalone likewise set in the Outer Hebrides, Coffin Road. The author has since moved on to the Gulf of St Lawrence…
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Symbiosis

Written by Guy Portman — Talulah and Taliah are twins. Their father is a decent fellow, but not the most imaginative of souls, while their mother is a woman from the Caribbean who wears her heart on her sleeve at all times. The twins are…
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First look: Liar Liar by MJ Arlidge

Penguin wanted to have some fun with its mail-out for the fourth MJ Arlidge novel, Liar Liar. The book arrived in a mysterious box, and was further concealed in a red fire blanket cover. Accompanying it were some sparklers, and two packets of Mystical Fire. If you sprinkle this…
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Skies of Ash

Written by Rachel Howzell Hall — LA Homicide detective Elouise Norton returns to our shelves a year after making her terrific debut in Land of Shadows. If you’ve read that book, then you’ll know Norton is confident and assertive, and very much the senior detective in her partnership…
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