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REVIEW: Wild Justice – Kelley Armstrong

(Sphere e-book 2013) Francis Bacon wrote: “Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Tiger in the Smoke – Margery Allingham

(Penguin 1975, originally published 1952) Meg Elginbrodde, recently engaged to Geoffrey Levett, has been a war widow for five years after her husband Martin was killed in France. Recently, however, photographs have been turning up, both in illustrated papers and … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Deep Secret – Diana Wynne Jones

(published by Victor Gollancz, 1997) Rupert Venables is the youngest of Earth’s Magids when he’s faced with two problems: his sponsor, Stan, dies, and thus Rupert has to find a replacement; and secondly, events in the Koryfonic Empire – not … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Death in Kenya – M. M. Kaye

Originally published as ‘Later Than You Think’ (1958) I was doing that usual thing on Wikipedia of jumping from one article to another (I think it went from Little Women to White Mischief via Gabriel Byrne and Wah Wah) when … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Original Sin – P. D. James

This is the tenth of P. D. James’ crime novels featuring her Metropolitan Police detective Adam Dalgliesh. Dalgliesh is a direct fictional descendent of Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn, though James’ novels are much more modern and less concerned with the … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Chill – Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer is hired by a young man, Alex Kincaid, to find his wife Dolly, who has suddenly disappeared. They had not known each other long, and Alex has not been able to persuade the sheriff’s department to take her … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Die for Love – Elizabeth Peters

Jacqueline Kirby, assistant head librarian at Coldwater College, is fed up with life in Nebraska, and heads to New York for a bit of a change, to revisit old haunts, and to attend a convention of historical romance writers organised … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Whom the Gods Love – Kate Ross

(Hodder and Stoughton 1996) Julian Kestrel – Regency dandy, man-about-town and sometime sleuth – begins his third adventure in a churchyard in Hampstead, where Sir Malcolm Faulkland, eminent barrister, has asked for a meeting. Sir Malcolm wants Kestrel to investigate … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Thus Was Adonis Murdered – Sarah Caudwell

(Constable & Robinson 2002, originally published 1981) This, like Delusions of Gender, was the result of a review by another book blogger, this time a more recent one from Jenny. The review immediately made me search out Caudwell’s books (sadly … Continue reading

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The Father Brown stories – G. K. Chesterton

The first Father Brown story, The Blue Cross, was published in 1910, and many other stories followed, being collected into five volumes: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911), The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926), … Continue reading

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