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The Wages of Sin

Written by Kaite Welsh — The heroines of crime novels come in all shapes and sizes. Police officers, private detectives, doughty mothers and spirited teens, have all earned their places on our ever-more-groaning bookshelves. Time to add another to the fold – meet Sarah Gilchrist, medical…
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Hard Labour

Written by Bill Bateman — Medical crime fiction is not the most mined of the sub-genres we cover, which is strange because doctors hold life and death in their hands every day. And of course things don’t always go the way they planned. In Hard…
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Dark Asylum

Written by ES Thomson — Angel Meadow Asylum is a grim place even by the standards of 1851 London. Jem Flockhart is on the scene when a body is found. The murder is gruesome. There are fatal blows to the skull and the ears have been…
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The Empty Quarter

Written by David L Robbins — What an exciting adventure combining military and medical thriller elements! It takes place in the Rub’ al-Khali, which translates as The Empty Quarter of the title. It’s the world’s largest desert and it occupies most of the southern third of…
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Embryo 5: Silver Girl

Written by JA Schneider — Maybe the title of this book seems a little off-putting. Somehow, in my mind’s eye, it conjured up a mutant alien life form wreaking havoc in some place or other. How wrong can one reviewer be? As the number suggest, Silver Girl…
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Alphabet House

Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by Steve Schein – Published for the first time in English, Alphabet House was Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen’s first book in his native language, predating the Department Q series which includes Mercy and Disgrace. It is an ambitious psychological thriller…
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Rubbernecker

Written by Belinda Bauer — Having won the CWA Gold Dagger for her audacious 2010 debut Blacklands, about a 12-year-old boy who corresponds with a jailed child killer, Belinda Bauer promised to be one of those writers capable of leading the reader into some unsettling…
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The Devil's Sanctuary

Written by Marie Hermanson, translated by Neil Smith — It’s a title that might have graced one of Dennis Wheatley’s satanic potboilers – but don’t let that put you off. The Devil’s Sanctuary is, in fact, the first offering in translation from bestselling Swedish author Marie…
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