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The Lingering

Written by SJI Holliday — Susi Holliday has been making quite a name for herself as a writer of creepy and claustrophobic thrillers. She is the author of the Banktoun trilogy and we reviewed book one, Black Wood, in 2015. One of her short stories, Home…
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The Funeral Owl

A dark, menacing and resentful land, where the people are as hard and edgy as the relentless landscape? No, this isn’t set in the hard-scrabble Midwest, or among the endless cotton fields of Mississippi. It is set in England. In Cambridgeshire. In Fenland, to be…
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CIS: Dorothy L Sayers and Fenland

Dorothy L Sayers was one of the greats of The Golden Age of crime fiction. Her two most celebrated characters, Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, inhabit an England that is long dead, and exist in a society whose values, dress and language are museum…
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The Funeral Owl

Written by Jim Kelly — The Cambridgeshire Fens. High Summer. Fen Blows – dust storms that whip the topsoil off the flat fields and pepper the isolated Fen bungalows and cottages like birdshot. The drains –  man-made rivers that hug the ruler-straight country roads, and…
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The crime writing of Jim Kelly

It’s a winter night in the meeting room of the town library. A handful of local worthies has gathered for the quarterly meet-the-author evening. These sessions can range from spell-binding accounts of traditional Fenland knitting patterns to scholarly memoirs of life as a Cambridgeshire station…
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