Category: Shelf Indulgence

Twelve Women Detective Stories, edited by Laura Marcus

Oxford,ISBN-10: 0192880365 Presents an eclectic selection of stories, and although only about half are written by women, these and others like them, helped to shape the conventions of modern detective fiction. Some of the stories fall down on the question of fair play—that is, providing the reader with sufficient clues to make good guesses, which is […]

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In A Kingdom by the Sea, by Sara Macdonald

HarperCollins,ISBN-10: 0008245193 Gabby has spent a most of her marriage bringing up her two boys largely single-handed, running a book translation service, and fitting her publishing life around her husband Mike’s busy international work schedule. Her self-effacement and self-denial are heroic, and she has been taken shamefully for granted. Approaching her fifties, she wonders if Mike […]

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November Road: Lou Berney

November Road, by Lou Berney HarperCollins ISBN-10: 0008309337 November Road unfolds in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination. Frank Guidry knows everyone—as a loyal and long-serving lieutenant to New Orleans Mob boss, Carlo Marcello, it’s what he’s paid to do. He’s a self-aware hedonist intent on enjoying every minute of life, and his talent for deception […]

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THE CRAFTSMAN, by Sharon Bolton

Trapeze, £5.95 ISBN-10: 9781409174134 The Craftsman opens in August 1999, the hottest day of the year. Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the burial of Larry Glassbrook, a coffin-maker. He’s also the convicted serial killer whom she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims – alive – in caskets he […]

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