March 2013

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Thrillers Of The Month - March 2013

This month featuring

- The Scent Of Death by Andrew Taylor, published by Harper Collins

- Heart Of Ice by PJ Parrish, published by Simon & Schuster

- Sister by Rosamund Lupton, published by Piatkus

- Predator Strike by Liam Saville

- Painting By Numbers by Tom Gillespie, published by Crooked Cat Books

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  The Scent Of Death By Andrew Taylor
Looks Deceive at the Best of Times – Review by Sophie Scott
New York. 1778. The American War of Independence is at full-throttle. Into this teaming, stinking cauldron of fear and vitality is thrown homesick gentleman Edward Savill – a British clerk sent by the American Department to resolve the property issues of dispossessed loyalists. Lodging with the well-to-do Wintour family, Savill finds himself embroiled, unwittingly, with double-agents and murderers, all seeking to unlock a secret that could bring power to whoever holds its key.

Taylor captures the assault on the senses of this era. His writing is excellent, the pace is meticulous, frustrating and repellent attitudes towards race and femininity are irritatingly well-drawn – yet he doesn’t, quite, submerge the reader in his world. The particular, pedantic, and naïve voice of Taylor’s narrator is a boon to the novel’s historicity, but delays the reader’s relationship with Savill. Although Savill’s loneliness is beautifully captured, and the tenderness he feels for his five-year-old daughter (growing up so distant from the father who loves her) is heartbreaking, it takes an unnatural will to engage with the protagonist.

The presence of the red-blooded Jack Wintour is invigorating, and a venture into the Debatable Land eerily atmospheric, driven, and compelling, but the narrative tone is peculiarly disconnecting in its effect and tough to embrace.

Rating:Well-written historical-crime fiction for a lazy afternoon.

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Publisher: Harper Collins

 Heart Of Ice by PJ Parrish
Review by Leslie Gardner

I’d never read any of the Louis Kincaid novels, and I can see I’ve been missing something. There is a wonderful heart throb running under this missing person/murder story that thrums hardest when the detectives need to make professional choices – they include sentiment and moral choice; behaving well is important, love matters.

Banned from practice in the state, Louis Kincaid is desperate to be with his new girl friend, spend time with his newly discovered-daughter and yet accommodates a second-rate policeman with a heart of gold who wants to do the right thing. Then there’s the ratty-but-upright policeman intervening who knows his GF from former life complicating things. We want to know what happens, and we want to know how these people behave among each other. It is not usual for a crime thriller that sets these on a par – although Inspector Lynley stories are another example.

What is also an added bonus are themes of relationships between women and men, male friendships, daughters and fathers – and daughters with their mothers; but meanwhile the violence is convincing and motives are compelling. the ending is a tight surprise, and lies in the past (always a satisfying ploy) – something we’ve been tipped off about right at start up – and we’ve been waiting to find out why it’s started the way Parrish chose to do it. The structure is brilliantly designed to deliver all the tension of the crime revelations, the lawmen’s investigations, alongside personal relationships keep the pressure on, and I found myself reading faster and faster. This is a good one!

Rating: This is a good one!

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Review by Wendy Cartmell

Sister by Rosamund Lupton, is one of the most extraordinary books I have read. It chronicles the story of Beatrice as she tries to find out what is behind the death of her sister, Tess. Not once does she ever stray from this determination, despite being ignored, fobbed off and treated as though she was becoming as ‘mad’ as Tess was, when she committed suicide.

As the story unfolds, we understand more and more about the sister’s relationship, as Beatrice is forced to examine herself and how she relates to others. Rather than being told from the usual police point of view, the whole story is from Beatrice’s point of view. The telling of the story centres around a letter Beatrice writes to her dead sister and therefore changes from the present, to the past and back again. In her stark prose, Ms Lupton evokes the intense emotion felt by Beatrice, her fiancé and her mother, without resorting to platitudes or clichés, making it easy for the reader to become emotionally involved in the story.

One reviewer on the book cover describes the book as ‘where crime fiction and literature coincide’, which is a description I totally agree with. Whilst this read is not an adrenaline rush, there are still the elements of mystery and surprise that crime readers love and the ending has a twist that I confess I didn’t see coming.

Rating: A highly recommended e-thriller read.

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Publisher: Piatkus

  Predator Strike by Liam Saville
Review by Paul Morris

This is a small, but perfectly formed book that takes an interesting slant on a popular conspiracy theory. What’s most refreshing is the choice of lead character an Australian military investigator sent to investigate an incident whose ramifications could tear apart the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

It’s high on drama has a great cast of characters. My only issue with this book is that it’s too short. Hopefully Mr Saville will use this debut as a platform to set his character off on a new adventure soon…

Rating: High drama.

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Publisher: Blue Door

 Painting By Numbers by Tom Gillespie
Review by Paul Morris

This Kafkaesque nightmare novel takes us through the journey into the torment of an academic as his obsession in decoding a painting leads to his life unravelling and his marriage being torn apart. Keeps the reader hooked and even if you’re not entirely sure what’s going on all the time, it’s a journey worth taking. A refreshing and intriguing read.

Rating: Refreshing and intriguing read

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Publisher: Crooked Cat Books