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Acts of Violence, and more...

On the Radar — It might seem strange that publishing should have lean times and fat times, but February is certainly when the first shoots of the literary spring burst through. Our selection this week is topped and tailed by two well-regarded British writers, but…
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Behind Closed Doors

Elizabeth Haynes is back with a psychological thriller. Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford disappears while on a family holiday in Rhodes, then re-appears 10 years later in her hometown, a broken young woman working in a local brothel. DCI Louisa Smith has to find out what happened, trawling…
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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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Behind Closed Doors

Written by Elizabeth Haynes — Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford disappeared in 2003 while on a family holiday in Rhodes. Ten years later, she’s reappeared in her home town, a fictional place outside of London called Briarstone. It’s just like any decent-sized town in Western Europe, and poor Scarlett…
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Back to Barchester

On the Radar — Anthony Trollope visits his own fictional cathedral city of Barchester in our headline title this week, while in the present day we have novels featuring international corruption, a failed journalist hunting a beautiful missing musician, and a serial killer whose knowledge…
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Death is death, is death...

On the Radar — Death is death, is death, is death. It can happen in Restoration England, the frozen tundra of northern Sweden, a humid tar-paper shack in North Carolina, or on one of the Royal Navy’s finest ships. Someone dies and, thank goodness, the…
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