The secret place by Tana French

Amy The Secret PlaceA year ago a teenaged boy was found dead on the grounds of a fancy girls’ school, and now, a girl turns up at the police station with a card that says someone knew who killed him. I love the main detectives in this book; young Stephen, desperate for a shot at the Murder Squad, and Conway, who was so frustrated a year ago. The many teenaged girls are well drawn, the atmosphere both real, and eerie, and the mystery satisfyingly convoluted. It took me longer to read this than others in the series, perhaps because I have enough teenaged girl drama in real life, or perhaps because the otherworldly parts of the story were a little much at times, but I still enjoyed it very much.

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The crow trap by Ann Cleeves

Amy the Crow TrapThe scenery isn’t quite as good as when you read (listen to the eAudiobook) rather than watch it, but the accents are as good, thanks to the narrator. An environmental survey starts off badly, and gets worse for the three women up on the lonely hill, who are conducting it. A very satisfying murder mystery, told from four different perspectives, the final one being Vera’s.

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Dead man switch by Tara Moss

Cynthia Dead Man SwitchThere is a lot to like about this story set in Australia after World War II. Billie is a private investigator with a whole lot of spunk, trying to make it in a male dominated world. Many underlying issues are explored in the story, such as women in work and society, returning soldiers, the wealthy divide, and policing. This is the first book in the series and was a great start – reminds me a bit of the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton which I enjoyed. Can’t wait to see what case Billie will dive into next.

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Broken Harbour by Tana French

Amy Broken HarbourI do so love a Tana French novel. Each one’s main character, is a minor character from the one before, which gives the added bonus of getting to know a character you are already familiar with, and don’t necessarily love, so much better. Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy is a murder detective taking a new, young partner along to solve the mystery of who murdered a whole family. It’s a psychological mystery, full of flawed characters, complicated relationships, evocative Irish dialogue, and moving character journeys.

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October man by Ben Aaronovitch

amy-the-october-man.jpgTaking a quick break from London and Peter Grant, Ben Aaronovitch is keeping it fresh by taking us to Germany. Tobi Winter is our stand in for Peter, and he is in the same position in the German police force. Tobi isn’t as funny as Peter, but there was still amusement to be had, as well as some hints at Nightingale’s past, and the history of magic. A little bit of fun while we wait for the next London adventure.

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The malice of waves by Mark Douglas-Home

amy-malice-of-the-waves.jpgAfter a bit of a slow start, or perhaps an uncomfortable one, I ended up enjoying this book. Cal MacGill is an expert on the ocean, and uses his knowledge to solve mysteries. In this case, which can be read without reading the earlier books, though they are referred to, a boy went missing on an island, five years ago, and his father is convinced of foul play. Atmospheric Scottish setting, small town secrets, and an intriguing mystery, along with likeable main characters, made this an enjoyable read. I would read more in the series.

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