Literature

Thompsonville, Colorado. 1984. A woman walks into a man’s house, fires three shots – one to the stomach, two to the chest – killing him in cold-blood. After he takes his last breath she pulls out an old Polaroid camera, takes a picture and walks out the door. Fast-forward 34 years and the same woman
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In Julie Mayhew’s Greek island-set thriller, Little Nothings, little cuts do lasting damage and friendships are as intense and heartbreaking as romantic relationships. Thanks to her friendless childhood and dysfunctional family, Liv Travers never felt like she belonged. Even getting married to her husband, Pete, and giving birth to a daughter, Ivy, didn’t fundamentally change
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Although the title and cover don’t give much away, Immoral Origins by Lee Matthew Goldberg is perfect when you’re in the mood for a pulpy crime read that’s fast-moving and intense, a little brutal and a little weird. It thrives on a 1970s New York setting, with disco, drugs, sex and violence. This is an
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Tom Boy is the sequel to Copy Boy, with Shelley Blanton-Stroud bringing us the further adventures of cub reporter Jane Benjamin in a tale that is lighter than her first outing. Back then, Jane got a job as a copy boy with Prospect, a San Francisco newspaper, by pretending to be a young man, donning
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A talented new crop of memoirists explore the friction between their queer identities and their cultural and geographical surroundings. Asylum Edafe Okporo’s aptly titled memoir, Asylum: A Memoir and a Manifesto, recounts his experience growing up gay in Nigeria, a place known for having harsh laws against “known homosexuals.” Okporo writes with sensitivity about the
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Dear Little Corpses is the 10th book in Nicola Upson’s atmospheric series featuring Golden Age crime author Josephine Tey flexing her little grey cells as an amateur sleuth. While the nearest the real-life Josephine seemingly came to fighting crime was retrospectively investigating the role of Richard III in the infamous disappearance of the Princes in
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Do former police detectives ever stop, erm, detecting? Not if Matt Ballard and Liz Haynes are anything to go by. With a dining room turned into an incident suite and an unerring nose for a mystery, this pair of sleuths wouldn’t dream of putting their feet up. Trick of the Night is the fifth in
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The award-winning Scottish crime author Denise Mina returns to the top of the bill here in our new books column this week as she prepares for the launch of Confidence, the second novel featuring her accidental sleuths Fin and Anna. We also have a debut by Texas author Katie Gutierrez, a new anthology of short
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An outrageous and shocking terrorist act which kills more than 1400 people, mostly school children, drives this satirical sci-fi crime crossover. David Musgrave’s genre-bending novel Lambda successfully blends the hunt for the bombers and the indiscriminate, or at least unfocused, desire for retribution. By raising contemporary issues he gives us a reflection on modern Britain’s
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Young sleuths searching for great mystery novels know exactly what they’re looking for: engaging characters, a suspenseful story, a satisfying resolution and a touch of heart. They’ll find all that and more in these two middle grade books. Duet If the animal menagerie of Deborah and James Howe’s classic Bunnicula series had included a goldfinch,
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