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Stone cold dead

On the Radar — Maybe it’s because archaeologists thought that human sacrifice may have taken place at Stonehenge. Maybe what happened in Jamaica Inn continues to haunt us. Or maybe it was that classic Tom Baker Doctor Who episode, The Stones of Blood. Whatever the…
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Shutter Man

Written by Richard Montanari — When the Rousseau family are found dead in their suburban Philadelphia home – and Mrs Rousseau is minus her face – homicide cop Kevin Byrne, no stranger to horror, is appalled. There are no obvious clues, no prints, no forensics,…
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City of un-brotherly love

On the Radar — With one exception, all our new releases this week hail from the United States. Californian crime scenes seem to be popular, but the body count is also rising like a Republican’s temperature in NYC, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Philly – or the city of unbrotherly…
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From the Mona Lisa to Maori detectives

On the Radar — Our book report this week includes the crime fiction debut of an Emmy nominee, Bitter Lemon Press introduces us to the godfather of New Zealand’s crime fiction scene, we have Scandi crime fiction written by a German, and Philadelphia detectives Byrne…
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The Killing Room

Written by Richard Montanari — Winter grips Philadelphia. Ice floes clunk in the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, but Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano of  the Homicide Unit have, for once, a clean plate. Three recent cases – three suspects in custody. All seems good,…
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