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The Bramble and the Rose

Tom Bouman has penned his third Henry Farrell novel and the cop, based in small-town Pennsylvania, is called out to investigate a headless corpse. It looks like a bear had been eating the man but killing the creature isn’t Farrell’s main worry – it’s the…
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On the Radar: Beyond Fear, and more

Isolation is a major theme in current affairs at the moment and it’s also a theme in two or three of this week’s new books. We lead off with Jaye Ford’s psychological thriller Beyond Fear, which takes us away to into the Australian countryside. But…
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The Siberian Dilemma

Written by Martin Cruz Smith — On average, a new Arkady Renko novel only arrives every 4.75 years, so if you’ve read any of Martin Cruz Smith’s previous books featuring the Moscow detective you’ll know that The Siberian Dilemma is a reason to celebrate. Renko…
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Bearskin

Written by James A McLaughlin — For his debut, James A McLaughlin provides an interesting spin on rural noir, itself an increasingly popular genre. Rather than focusing on the drama arising from conflict within poor rural communities, McLaughlin makes his protagonist an outsider. Rice is a…
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Force of Nature

Written by Jane Harper — Her debut novel, The Dry, has astounded readers around the world, winning both the CWA Gold Dagger and the Ned Kelly First Novel Award. But what if Jane Harper’s first book is still lurking in your to be read pile, as…
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The Marsh King's Daughter

Written by Karen Dionne — This book has been described as ‘Room meets The Revenant’. That might grab some readers but for me the description, and the topic of child abduction, gave me pause. Who wants to be plunged into the claustrophobia of Room and…
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