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Kate Vane: Top five books of 2019

As a crime fiction fan, I’m contrary. I want authors to show an understanding and love of the genre, and then to transcend it. My favourite books from this year rise above the hordes of formulaic fiction, offering stylish and surprising takes on contemporary concerns….
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Fallen Angel

Written by Chris Brookmyre — In an interview with the Independent Chris Brookmyre said, “The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves.”  Lies and secrets, in particular family secrets, form the core of his latest novel, Fallen Angel, which tells the story of…
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Holidays from hell

On the Radar — Are you ready for Easter? Be on your guard because bad things can happen during the holidays and in Chris Brookmyre’s latest novel there are echoes of the Madeline McCann case, that real-life holiday tragedy in Portugal. This week’s new crime…
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The Way of All Flesh

Written by Ambrose Parry — Will Raven is a lowly medical clerk living in Edinburgh’s poor Old Town but if he can just get through the rest of the day he will have significantly better prospects. The year is 1847, and Will is due to…
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From Aberdeen to outer space

On the Radar — This week we bring you ten books you’ll find hard to choose between, because they all look so intriguing. We kick things off with two great Scots, Aberdeen author Stuart MacBride and Edinburgh counterpart Chris Brookmyre. The former’s new standalone is…
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Interview: Chris Brookmyre

In the last year Chris Brookmyre has won both the William McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Fiction and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for his book Black Widow. Now he’s gone into orbit in a different way with his first novel…
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