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Archie Lemons: died a death

There’s a great story in this snappy detective novel. A nifty murder mystery, with an unlikely anti-hero PI, a sassy female sidekick and a cleverly constructed plot. In the manner of a modern day Sherlock Holmes, Lemons (based in sweltering California and hating every second of its artificial sheen), attends murder scenes, draws sweeping conclusions…

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Typhoon: China spies

An old-school espionage adventure, set in the recent past in Hong Kong, Typhoon explores that pivotal moment when one of the last outposts of England’s old empire faded from Britain’s history and into China’s future. Cumming has an unfussy writing style which at times borders on the basic. There are a couple of segments in…

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The secrets of The Stoner Stories

While readers get to grips with his new collection of quick thrillers, author Frank Westworth pauses in between projects to chat about what he writes, and why. And what he reads, and where his characters come from, and which kinds of Kevlar can actually stop bullets… What made you want to write? Vanity. Pure, simple,…

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Chase: cinema for your Kindle

A rollicking action-thriller, ‘Chase’ is an intriguing proposition on many levels. It’s part of the German KopfKino series: Theatre of the Mind. These offer the same length and style of entertainment you’d expect to get from a movie, but in book form. So this novella will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. It’s…

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Glass Cats: fierce felines

If the central character in a murder mystery is of the furry feline persuasion, then you might expect the book to fall squarely into the category of ‘cosy crime’. A cast of intelligent, inquisitive cats who chat to their humans and run a parallel police furce (sorry – force) kinda sounds like it’s time for…

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Giveaway: win a WW2 espionage adventure

  In ‘Spy On Spy’ by John Day, a secret team of hastily-trained German spies are sent to infiltrate England at the end of the 1943. Their mission: to covertly install the technical equipment which will help Hitler win the war with the Nazi’s new terror weapon, delivering death from the skies. Karl Strom, the…