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A Change of Circumstance

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Easily one of my all-time favorite detective series, Book 11 in the Simon Serrailler series, “A Change in Circumstance” is every bit as wonderfully engaging as its precedents. Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler, a complex man who is something of an emotional enigma, has an exceptionally close relationship with…

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Mind Trap

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The gang is back - the second in the series featuring Clay Wolfe, Professional Investigator (because that happens to be what they call it in Maine); his partner, the beautiful and extremely capable Baylee; retired octogenarian and solicitor Gene, who also happens to be Clay’s Grandpops; and a posse…

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A Fiery End

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ( Backstory: I have to confess - I love mysteries. Particularly British detective series. So I saved this book for a day I knew I would need a treat - and it’s fair to say I was not disappointed. So much so that I read this one straight through,…

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Rat Island

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A near-perfect heart-stoppingly intense NY crime story - I read this almost straight through, hovering between intense interest in the events unfolding and an equally intense sickly anxiety for what I feared was going to happen next. Callum Burke, our main protagonist, is a Hong Kong cop with a…

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Black Reed Bay

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Compulsively readable, “Black Reed Bay “ is crime fiction at its summit. One of my true joys is finding superb new authors, - authors whose writing style, characterization and plotting hit the sweet spot that defines what reading does for me - takes me away into another world where…

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The First Cut

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With an interesting (and very socially intermingled) cast of police characters, this Scottish crime book, the first of the new DC Jane Renwick series, is off to an intriguing start. Part procedural police mystery, and part what-do-police-officers-do-in-their-social-lives, this story begins with a emotional wallop and the psychological suspense never…

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Sophomania

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I had no idea what to expect in a book with such a strange title. So I looked it up. Sophomania: A delusion of having superior knowledge. And armed with that definition, as you now are, I began reading one of the most unusual mysteries I’ve read in…

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Dead Man’s Grave

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monsterAnd when you gaze long into an abyss then the abyss also gazes into you”. With those words from philosopher Nietzsche, we get a glimpse into the soul of Detective Sergeant Max Craigie,…

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Sandraker

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The third installment in the “Sam Applewhite” series, this madly manic romp has Sam, - once again inadvertently enmeshed in a labyrinth of criminal activity - fighting for her life, scouting out stolen antiques and staring down Hugh, a rangy elderly tiger. All of this mayhem takes place at…

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Right to Kill

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Right to Kill is an intense, intelligent, and totally absorbing British police procedural - one of the very best I’ve read in a long while. From the first pages of this book we are dropped into a situation that quickly unleashes a horrifying and deeply chilling homicide, told from…

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