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March 8, 2014
We spring forward tonight; let's hope that Spring itself gets the message. But in case it doesn't, here are some suggestions of what to read by the fireside.
We start off with Denise Mina's THE RED ROAD, the latest (and I thought the best) in the Alex Morrow series set in Glasgow. I could have written a great deal more about this stunning book, but instead of reading me, just read it. You won't be sorry.
Another ongoing series features Laura Wilson's DI Ted Stratton. The latest is THE RIOT, set in a London undergoing demographic change in the late 1950s. Barbara Fister can recommend it. Adrian McKinty concludes his "Troubles Trilogy" with IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE - Ireland, 1984, a detective story that embeds a locked room mystery inside a political and historical thriller, to excellent effect. THE OUTCAST DEAD, by Elly Griffiths, is the sixth in that archaeological series, and while Caryn St Clair enjoyed it, she does wonder if this is a good place for readers new to the series to start.
Christine Zibas was very impressed with Scott O'Connor's HALF WORLD, about the consequences of a 1950s CIA experiment gone horribly wrong. Environmental pollution is the subject of Brad Parks's THE PLAYER, but its wise-cracking protagonist keeps things from getting too heavy. Anne Corey had a good time reading this one.
It's difficult to let a good protagonist go and not even the death of his original creator is necessarily enough. Benjamin Black channels Raymond Chandler in THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE and Jim Napier thinks he succeeds much better than others who have tried to bring back Philip Marlowe. While Michael Kurland doesn't resurrect Sherlock Holmes, he does employ Moriarty as a detective in WHO THINKS EVIL and Meredith Frazier thinks you may be impressed enough to shift allegiances.
Nicole Leclerc warns that it might be mistake to read Jo Nesbø's POLICE before reading the earlier PHANTOM, but there's a simple solution - read them both. Sharon Mensing, on the other hand, was simultaneously intrigued and put off by the narrative voice of RESURRECTION, by Wolf Haas, translated from the German by Annie Janusch.
Aimée Leduc is back in Cara Black's MURDER AT PIGALLE, and with her pregnancy, her life has become more complex. Lourdes Venard thinks that's a good thing on the whole. Diana Borse is very pleased to see that Tricia Fields is continuing her series set in small-town Artemis, TX, with WRECKED, which she calls "a barnburner of a story." Though Barbara Fister has to admit that some of the devices in Harry Dolan's THE LAST DEAD GIRL have been around for quite a while, she says they work, because Dolan knows how to make them seem fresh and new.
LIV, FOREVER, by Amy Talkington, is a boarding school-cum-ghost story intended for young adults. Ben Neal thought it a "smart paranormal thriller with emotional depth."
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And there we have for this week. But we will be back, never fear, in two weeks, with more. Come back to see what.
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