Spriteby: Top five books of 2014

If anything I’ve been spoilt with the selection of books I’ve been able to read this year. Strangely for me, I’ve not read any Nordic noir. My diet has in the main consisted of historical crime fiction and some pretty terrific home-grown talent, making my…
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The Lazarus Prophecy by FG Cottam

British writer FG Cottam made his debut back in 2007 with his highly successful paranormal thriller, The House of Lost Souls. This novel has subsequently been published in 15 languages, and won him the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night Award, not to mention being…
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Val's back - and so is Poirot

On the Radar — It’s a case of, ‘Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the ladies,’ this week, as we look at a new Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah’s recreation of Poirot, and another nail-biting psychological drama from Ann Cleeves. And in addition to…
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