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Russian Roulette

Written by Sara Sheridan — When Sheridan’s first Mirabelle Bevan book, Brighton Belle, was published in 2012 I was quickly hooked by the story of an ex-Secret Service backroom girl, Mirabelle, who thinks her life is over after World War II. Like many women who are…
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Righteous

Written by Joe Ide, narrated by Sullivan Jones — Righteous is Joe Ide’s second crime novel about Isaiah Quintabe, a young black man living in tough East Long Beach, California, who’s really good to have around if there’s trouble. Not that he’s a crack shot or…
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Gunshine State

Written by Andrew Nette — “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.” That’s how Queensland, Australia’s advertising campaign Sunshine State describes the weather in the country’s second largest state. The beaches and pristine waters from Coolangatta in the south to Cape York in the far north attract…
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Burn Cards

Written by Christopher Irvin – Burn cards are those dealt from the top of the deck and discarded – of no use to anyone. Casino towns like Reno are full of people who are a bit like this – seemingly on the lowest rung, but holding onto…
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Game for Five

Written by Marco Malvaldi, translated by Howard Curtis — Game For Five is the first instalment in the Bar Lume series, which are bestsellers in the author’s native Italy. Set in a small coastal town in Tuscany, the book features Massimo – a barman and…
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The Gilded Edge

Written by Danny Miller — Danny Miller’s 2011 debut, Kiss Me Quick, was a well-observed and thoroughly engaging period piece lifting the lid on the dark side of 1960s Brighton, with its mods and rockers tearing up the beach, porn barons, mafiosi and corrupt police….
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Tumblin' Dice by John McFetridge

In music, I like bands and singers who explore not only different themes and styles, but also try different sounds and voices. Same with writers. As some of them will tell you, everything has been said already, you just need to take a new approach,…
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Dead Money

The latest Cal Innes novel features Alan, a double glazing salesman, husband to a long suffering wife, boyfriend to a young student, and best mate to Les Beale. Les is a degenerate gambler, all round bigot and somewhat disgusting human being. So, only slightly worse…
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