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There’s a life-sized cardboard cutout in view in the latest of Dr Jacky Collins’ The Doctor Will See You Now video interviews – and no, we’re not talking about Mark Edwards, author of No Place to Run, which is out now. The cutout is female, and she had a vital part to play in Edwards’
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Definitions differ, but many people eventually discover the value in approaching life’s challenges with at least a modicum of grace. Grace and its manifestations are at the heart of The Poet’s House, Jean Thompson’s charming novel about a young California woman with a learning disability who figures out her place in life with the help
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Macabre murders, quirky characters and delightful settings combine in a way that would make Midsomer proud in The Trust, the first book in the Astrid Swift cosy mystery series by MH Eccleston. Astrid’s burgeoning career as an amateur sleuth might get off to an inauspicious start when she spots an unknown gold bracelet in the
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A fake relationship is on the menu in Natalie Caña’s debut, A Proposal They Can’t Refuse, which follows a passionate chef and a whiskey distiller as they plot to save their business while outsmarting their grandfathers. It’s an enemies-to-lovers romance with a heaping spoonful of meddling families. Talented chef Kamilah Vega feels held back at
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The popular Boston Police Department duo detective Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Maura Isles return in their 13th crime thriller, Listen to Me. It’s been five years since the previous novel in the series, I Know a Secret. There was also a TV series based on the books, which ran from 2010 to 2016. In
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In Murder Before Evensong, Richard Coles’ debut cosy mystery, Canon Daniel Clement joins the ranks of crime-fighting clergy alongside such literary legends as Father Brown, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Brother Cadfael. As the Rector of Champton St Mary, a bucolic English parish still supported by the patronage of the landed gentry, Daniel is used to
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Translated by Jesse Kirkwood –– Penguin’s new translation of Seichō Matsumoto‘s classic Tokyo Express is both modern and respectful of the original Japanese text from 1958, with the action taking place a little earlier in 1957. It’s a book you can immerse yourself in – relax and trust the author to take you on a
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Over the years, there’s been a veritable dawn chorus of crime fiction novels featuring birds in their title. Immediately springing to mind are Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves and even Meadowlark by Greg Ruth and the aptly named Ethan Hawke. Let’s add The Blackbird to that literary aviary, shall
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Translated by Alison McCullough — Rikke and Jørgen are lovers. They are also neighbours, which makes for a perfectly comfortable and convenient arrangement. That is, until Jørgen is discovered in his study with his throat slit. Not only might their relationship be exposed, but Rikke was in Jørgen’s flat during the time he was killed,
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Summer and paperback books go together like peanut butter and bread. Paperbacks let you tote your latest read around with you like no big deal, and at a lower price point, let you snag more at your local indie or library. Get ready to do even more outdoor reading with this roundup of summer 2022
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Ah, summer reading. What some consider the best time of year to be a reader, summer is undoubtedly reading season. Even if you’re not taking a vacation (or staycation, at that), there is an indescribable air to the summer months that you can loosen up a bit and read whatever you want. Much of the
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Some topics are still treated as taboo even in crime fiction, and eating human flesh is one of them. When the taboo is broken, crime fiction lovers tend to remember it – just look at Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, et al by Thomas Harris. I mean, can you imagine the outrage if
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Thompsonville, Colorado. 1984. A woman walks into a man’s house, fires three shots – one to the stomach, two to the chest – killing him in cold-blood. After he takes his last breath she pulls out an old Polaroid camera, takes a picture and walks out the door. Fast-forward 34 years and the same woman
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In Julie Mayhew’s Greek island-set thriller, Little Nothings, little cuts do lasting damage and friendships are as intense and heartbreaking as romantic relationships. Thanks to her friendless childhood and dysfunctional family, Liv Travers never felt like she belonged. Even getting married to her husband, Pete, and giving birth to a daughter, Ivy, didn’t fundamentally change
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Although the title and cover don’t give much away, Immoral Origins by Lee Matthew Goldberg is perfect when you’re in the mood for a pulpy crime read that’s fast-moving and intense, a little brutal and a little weird. It thrives on a 1970s New York setting, with disco, drugs, sex and violence. This is an
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Tom Boy is the sequel to Copy Boy, with Shelley Blanton-Stroud bringing us the further adventures of cub reporter Jane Benjamin in a tale that is lighter than her first outing. Back then, Jane got a job as a copy boy with Prospect, a San Francisco newspaper, by pretending to be a young man, donning
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A talented new crop of memoirists explore the friction between their queer identities and their cultural and geographical surroundings. Asylum Edafe Okporo’s aptly titled memoir, Asylum: A Memoir and a Manifesto, recounts his experience growing up gay in Nigeria, a place known for having harsh laws against “known homosexuals.” Okporo writes with sensitivity about the
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In the latest edition of her video interview series, Dr Jacky Collins chats to her first author from Sweden – although his is probably not a name you’ll immediately recognise. However, Henrik Fexeus is half of a writing partnership, and Scandi fans will certainly know the work of his good friend and co-writer, Camilla Läckberg
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This Pride month has been a difficult one for U.S. libraries: white supremacists have stormed Drag Queen Story Hours, libraries have been defaced with the word “groomer” for carrying LGBTQ children’s books, Pride displays have been censored and stolen, and the systematic challenging of LGBTQ books by rightwing groups like “Moms for Liberty” continues. While
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Dear Little Corpses is the 10th book in Nicola Upson’s atmospheric series featuring Golden Age crime author Josephine Tey flexing her little grey cells as an amateur sleuth. While the nearest the real-life Josephine seemingly came to fighting crime was retrospectively investigating the role of Richard III in the infamous disappearance of the Princes in
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