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Deity by Matt Wesolowski

There are times when crime fiction reading can feel a little bit like Groundhog Day, with the same old tropes, characters and situations occurring again and again. Just when the palate feels a little jaded though, along comes an author who shatters the mould. Matt…
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Blood

Written by Maggie Gee — Far from the ordinary crime story, literary author Maggie Gee’s Blood is a comic excursion into the rough-and-tumble mind of narrator Monica Ludd. She’s 38, over six feet tall, outspoken and awkward, far from tiny with, as she is fond…
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The Disappeared

Written by Sibel Hodge — How far would you go for a bar of chocolate? I’m guessing not as far as some of the people in this thought-provoking novel, which has the shocking subject of child slavery on cocoa plantations at its dark heart. We’re…
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The Crow Girl

Written by a pair of Swedes using the pseudonym Erik Axl Sund, The Crow Girl is the next big thing in Scandinavian crime fiction. Vast, dark, atmospheric and tackling all manner of big themes, it actually collects together three separately published novels in one fabulous…
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Angel

Written by Anita Waller — A good measure of how much a book affects you is how much of it stays with you months, or years, later. Anita Waller’s debut Beautiful, which I reviewed here for New Talent November last year, is full of the…
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The Crow Girl

Written by Erik Axl Sund, translated by Neil Smith — It’s been a decade since the posthumous publication of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which kicked off a global fascination in all things Nordic noir. Ever since, the holy grail for readers and publishers alike has been…
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Barlow by the Book

Written by John McAllister — John Barlow is the Royal Ulster Constabulary Station Sergeant in Ballymena, County Antrim. It’s 1960 and he is both respected and feared, depending on which part of Ballymena society you come from. Petty crooks fear his policing skills and intuition, but respect his fairness. Up-and-coming…
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