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Author of the Month is Alan Judd and his new Thoroughgood spy novel, Queen and Country. Basing his new novel on the Salisbury Novichok poisonings, Judd weaves a mesmerising book. A killer is dispatching old Russians who have defected to the UK from the Motherland. The assassin known as Cleaner Bob is on a mission and Charles Thoroughgood is brought out of retirement to find out who is giving Cleaner Bob the gen of the whereabouts of these people. As with a good espionage thriller, no one is above suspicion and Charles is instructed to find out who is giving out this information to the other side. ‘Queen and Country’ is an addictive book based in fact and as with life, there is no black or white, but much grey in between.

Fresh Blood is Katy Watson and her debut, The Three Dahlias. This has everything to keep you turning those pages. A homage to the Golden Age of crime, three actresses who have portrayed Lettice Davenport’s heroine, Dahlia Lively are caught up in a real life murder at a crime convention. Watson brings the Golden Era to modern times with a marvellous nod to the 1930s. ‘The Three Dahlias’ is a book I am sure Christie or Sayers would have been proud to put their name against!

Reviews this month includes a bumper load of reviews including Linwood Barclay, Anthony Horowitz, Chris Carter, Ambrose Parry, Alex Marwood, Jeffrey Archer and many more.

On Classic Crime is Robert Barnard and A Scandal in Belgravia. Writing his memoirs, Peter Proctor reminisces back on his friendship and the early death of Timothy Wycliffe. Tim was a homosexual in London when it was illegal, but was not one to hide the fact. Now forty years later, Proctor wants to learn more about his friend’s death and begins to find there are inconsistences to the original investigation. Was it the open and shut case it as claimed in the 50s? Barnard’s novel tackles a subject that was extremely taboo in the 50s. There is much commentary of those times that lifts this novel up beyond just a crime investigation.

Events highlights Agatha Christie as I have more reviews coming up, having read many of her books recently. With the new Marple anthology just released, Christie is back again in readers minds. More Marple reviews will appear in the next few months.

Top Ten will soon change to our Christmas reads – yes, I did write the dreaded word! I guess we all have to face it sooner or later. I am currently compiling it and there are some great titles that any crime reader will love in their stocking!

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you can’t recall the surname. And for good measure you can also search under the title of the book. Simply click on the box at the top of the page and then click on to the letter of the author/title you would like to find. As you will see, we have reviewed a huge number of books during Crimesquad.com's thirteen years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!
 

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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.


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