Charlesgate Confidential

Scott Von Doviak’s debut is the complete package. It has ambition. The narrative is split in to three parts, 1946, 1986, and 2014. There is…

I Know a Secret

Written by Tess Gerritsen — Over the course of 12 books, the partnership of Rizzoli and Isle has become as well-established as, say, Laurel and…

Since We Fell

Written by Dennis Lehane — Rachel Childs shoots her husband dead on a boat in Boston harbour in the opening sentence of Since We Fell, the…

Die Again

Written by Tess Gerritsen — The last crime novel that I read which was set in Botswana was one of the No1 Ladies Detective Agency series,…

Flesh and Blood

Written by Patricia Cornwell — Have you ever been stuck in an interminable traffic jam on the motorway? One where time seems to slow down…

The PI Case Files – Part 2

Welcome to the second of four articles we’re presenting, in which we’ll tell you about 12 of the best private investigators throughout all of crime…

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The Other Woman

Written by Hank Phillippi Ryan – The Other Woman is a title, and a phrase, shot through with double meaning in Ryan’s engaging thriller. Double…

In Pursuit of Spenser

Edited by Otto Penzler – In Pursuit of Spenser will certainly shed some light on its titular iconic PI. But Otto Penzler’s edited collection of…

Sistine

Written by Michael Hogan — If you love a comfortable murder-detection-solution book, then look away now. Oh, yes, there’s one other thing. Are you a…

A Killer’s Essence

Written by Dave Zeltserman — Dave Zeltserman’s Monster was the first book I read by the author and I was blown away. So, when I…

CIS: Deadly Image revisited

Classics in September -– George Harmon Coxe is largely forgotten now, though his career is emblematic of the development of American crime fiction. Coxe began…

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Frame Up

Written by James Phoenix – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it’s a shame Robert B Parker is no longer around. If he…