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The Night Visitor

Written by Lucy Atkins — How far would you go to protect your reputation? In the academic world, where issues of plagiarism or biased research methods can make or break a career, the answer is: probably very far indeed. Just think of Andrew Wakefield’s now discredited…
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If I Run

Written by Terri Blackstock — In a house in Shreveport, Louisiana, a journalist lies dead. He has bled out from savage stab wounds, inflicted by someone who knew exactly where to plunge the knife. A young woman flees the scene. Her bloody footprints surround Brent Pace’s…
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Finders Keepers

Written by Stephen King — One year on from Mr Mercedes, Stephen King’s highly successful foray into crime fiction, he’s back with a follow-up. Finders Keepers is also a mystery novel, though it’s more of a companion story than a direct sequel. Intriguingly, though, a third…
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Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) remembered

It was just five months ago that Ruth Rendell spoke on BBC Radio 4 to pay tribute to PD James, who died last November. Rendell’s recollections of a friend, crime-writing colleague and fellow parliamentarian (they both sat in the House of Lords) turned out to…
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Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Suspense has always been Stephen King’s stock-in-trade, but he’s increasingly turning to crime too. The much-admired Joyland was published last year in the Hard Case Crime series, and his latest book more than lives up to the publisher’s description of a riveting mystery thriller. This…
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CIS: An evening with Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell – or Baroness Rendell of Babergh to use her full title following her Life Peerage in 1997 – is approaching the 50th anniversary of the publication of her debut novel. She’s published a total of 50 novels as Ruth Rendell as well as…
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The Other Woman

Written by Hank Phillippi Ryan – The Other Woman is a title, and a phrase, shot through with double meaning in Ryan’s engaging thriller. Double meanings abound throughout Ryan’s tale, much to my delight. The publisher is billing the upcoming paperback release as a ‘beach…
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