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September 2015

M.J. Arlidge - Liar Liar

"...the last page was left on a slight cliff hanger - things are looking to get even more interesting!"

Synopsis:
In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It's more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before.

This is no fire-starter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of careful, calculating acts of murder. But why were the victims chosen? What's driving the killer? And who will be next?

A powder keg of fear, suspicion and dread has been laid. Now all it needs is a spark to set it off.

Review:
'Liar Liar' sees Southampton's finest, DI Helen Grace, return in the hunt for a killer. I wasn't sure what to expect as the killer wasn't 'hands on'. I did wonder if this would mean the book would lose its edge, but as soon as I started reading, any worries I had soon dissipated and I lost myself in the story.

Arlidge manages to finely balance a gripping story line whilst also involving the characters' personal lives. However, this does not encroach too much and adds to the plot, giving depth and reasoning to their personalities.

Arlidge always manages to find a new twist and 'Liar Liar' is no exception. The killing isn't one on one, but it is still quite brutal. By the time the killer is revealed at the end, Arlidge had managed to elicit some sympathy for them, making me feel they were as much a victim. All loose ends were tied up making me feel totally satisfied with this story.

And DI Grace will be back very soon in her next book as the last page was left on a slight cliff hanger - things are looking to get even more interesting!

Reviewed by: H.A.

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Helen Cadbury - Bones in the Nest

"Cadbury writes with her finger on the pulse..."

Synopsis:
The notorious 'Chasebridge Killer' is released from prison; a woman is desperately trying to claw back from a past that her tormentor won't let her forget and the mutilated body of a young Muslim man lies in the stairwell of a Doncaster tower block. It soon becomes clear to PC Sean Denton that these events have a deadly link.

As Denton is drawn into the case of the dead man, his family life and his police job become dangerously entwined - can he confront the demons that encircle his own life before it is too late?

Review:
Sean Denton is back in the follow-up to the wonderful debut 'To Catch A Rabbit'. Denton is no longer a Police Community Support Officer but now a Police Constable. Starting at the bottom and working his way up.

'Bones in the Nest' is a very topical novel about racial tensions and sink estates but it is never preachy. Helen Cadbury knows her story and her characters and never allows the morals of society to breakthrough. Sean Denton is a brilliant protagonist. He is full of doubt and lacks confidence as he finds his way within the police force and the familial tensions are genuine and subtle. His ailing father is a worthy adversary and his Nan a delightful matriarch.

There is a will-they-won't-they element between Sean and Crime Scene Manager Lizzie Morrison but there isn't the usual threat of Sean getting ideas above his station. Yes, he doesn't think she would go out with someone like him, but there are vulnerabilities on both side which is refreshing and I think Cadbury is going to have plenty of fun with their relationship in future books.

Cadbury writes with her finger on the pulse and the gripping story races by. This is a genuine page turner of a novel and the tension on the estates as emotions run high are felt on every page. A lesser writer wouldn't have tackled such a sensitive subject for their second novel but Cadbury isn't a lesser writer. She has the talent and ability to challenge any seasoned professional on the crime writing scene. That is what makes this a standout novel and a series of originality. I look forward to more Sean Denton novels.

Reviewed by: M.W.

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Douglas Skelton - Devil's Knock

"This is a cracking book..."

Synopsis:
Club Corvus, a Glasgow night club, is owned by the Jarvis family, headed by its matriarch, Maw Jarvis. So, when Dickie Hymes tried to do a few deals in temazepam in the club, Scrapper Jarvis, one of Ma's sons, didn't like it. For Dickie was one of Big Rab McClymont's boys, and the McClymont clan were sworn enemies of the Jarvises, though there was a truce of sorts in operation. The upshot was that Scrapper knifed Dickie to death in a lane behind the club, and what the police always dreaded happened - gang warfare erupted in Glasgow. Davie McCall, one of Big Rab's men, was a vicious thug with his own code of honour. He thought nothing of shattering noses, breaking bones and bouncing skulls off brick walls, all at Big Rab's behest. He is brought in to sort things out.

Along the way there's an American film star who wants to make a movie in Glasgow, Davie's own particular ghosts, his nameless dog, nasty Jimmy Knight, a detective inspector who gets results, even though he has a finger in a few unlawful pies himself. Then there's Scratchy, a dosser who may have seen the knifing. He has disappeared, and everyone wants to find him, either to testify or shut him up.

Review:
This is a cracking book set in the 1990s and shows Glasgow in the raw. Douglas Skelton knows much about this subject having written non-fiction books about Glasgow crime. He has decided not to hide or explain away urban violence. Some may find the violence uncomfortable, but here he has described it in clinical detail without glorifying or condemning it.

Of much more importance is Davie McCall himself, the main character in the book, a man who knows no other life than one of violence. Yet he is, in his own way, an honourable man, and Douglas has achieved the remarkable feat of combining the taciturn nature of someone who is basically a thug, with someone who questions his own actions and has a constant conversation with himself about his past, his motives and his relationships. Davie, basically, is lonely and weary of violence. In Glasgow, according to Douglas, a life of violent crime is simply called 'The Life', and almost every hard man, thug and gangland hoodlum wants out. So too does Davie, but he knows of no other way of leading his life. Will he ever escape? Maybe in a future book we'll find out. The plot unfolds at breakneck speed, with a denouement that is as exciting as it is bloody - and at last Davie gives his dog a name.

Reviewed by: J.G.

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Samantha Priestley - Reliability of Rope

"...a dramatic writer of immense talent..."

Synopsis:
When a hand-delivered invitation to a funeral is dropped through Kate's door by mistake, she immediately knows she needs to attend. During the service she whispers 'Please forgive me' to the dead man, Peter and afterwards meets his son Anthony for the first time.

Why does Anthony feel responsible for his dad's death when Kate knows she was entirely to blame? And why does the previous tenant of Kate's flat feel so culpable that she cannot sleep until she has returned from Portugal to apologise to Peter's wife?

As more and more strands of the events leading up to Peter's death are gradually unravelled, Kate and her two new friends tell each other they should not blame themselves, but it turns out that they themselves have proved Peter's own words to be true: 'rope is more reliable than people'.

Review:
Mystery surrounds the death of Peter in a drama told through the eyes of three very different people. This is a story of grief and guilt with very human characterisation and tightly written prose by an author who understands raw emotions and the complexities of relationships.

The essence of the story is the suicide of Peter and the events leading up to it. The people closest to Peter all had final conversations with him and it is the scrutiny we inflict upon ourselves at a time of tragedy that is explored here. Meaningless conversations, throwaway words, suddenly take on a more haunting significance.

As the story moves backwards and forwards from before the suicide to the aftermath the pace quickens to an unexpected finale as ghosts from the past resurface.

'Reliability of Rope' is an intelligent and original story told with the believability of a real voice. Samantha Priestley is a dramatic writer of immense talent; a fine addition to literary fiction.

Reviewed by: M.W.

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Hakan Nesser - The Living and The Dead in Winford

"...the mystery slowly and carefully unfurls itself, like a morning mist rolling across the landscape."

Synopsis:
A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Her sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her.

Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm under a cloud. The couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination.

As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding? And who now is trying to find her?

Review:
'The Living and The Dead In Winsford', is one of those books that owes much of its greatness to the dedication to research of its author. Hakan Nesser spent six months with his dog in a cottage on Exmoor through one winter, and this experience shines through, ensuring that the moor itself is one of the stars of this novel as its history, beauty and atmosphere envelope the whole story. As its pace firmly dictates, it is not a novel to be rushed, but one to be savoured, as the mystery slowly and carefully unfurls itself, like a morning mist rolling across the landscape.

We begin the story with Maria's arrival in Winsford, and her efforts to quietly settle herself into a life of obscurity in the small cottage she has rented for the winter. A well-recognised TV presenter in her native Sweden, she is now desperate to fade into the background. Through her own testimony the story flits, back and forth not just between the mystery of the book her husband planned to write, but also her past life, how it brought her to Winsford, and finally the way she passes her days walking the moors.

Whilst more of a mystery story, with a hint of the supernatural than a crime novel, there is a serious crime at its heart and 'The Living and the Dead in Winsford', is a fascinating tale that is both dark in its content and at times dark in its humour too. It delivers unexpected twists, and some genuinely scary moments as you put yourself in Maria's isolated shoes amongst the bleak landscape.

With an ending that's guaranteed to cause much debate, 'The Living and The Dead in Winsford' is a great introduction to the writings of this exceptional author.

Reviewed by: J.P.

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Vaseem Khan - The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

"...I was constantly lured in by the smells and sounds of Mumbai."

Synopsis:
Inspector Chopra is having an interesting day: he is retiring from the Mumbai police on medical grounds and he has inherited from his much loved and eccentric uncle a very special baby elephant to be known as Ganesh. Neither of these occurrences did he particularly welcome. Practically as his last act in the police he starts to investigate the death of a young man apparently by drowning when drunk. This solution fits in with his successor's view of the poor but Inspector Chopra is not sure and promises the boy's parents that he will discover the truth. Against his wife's advice Ashwin trawls around the amazing city of Mumbai from rich suburbs to the famous teeming slums, on occasion followed by one baby elephant! Chopra discovers corruption and cover-ups everywhere and his own innocent deception leads him into a spot of bother with his long suffering wife.

Review:
This is a delightful whimsical tale that manages to reveal much about life in the teeming city of Mumbai, whilst following the career of the delightful Inspector Chopra. Written with a gentle humour, this is a book to read when a non-threatening, amusing tale is required. The characters are warm and intriguing: a very special insight into the lives of ordinary and extraordinary Indians. Whilst reading I was constantly lured in by the smells and sounds of Mumbai. Comparisons to McCall Smith are inevitable, but Khan's book stands on its own merit. Wonderfully light-hearted, this frothy investigation is highly entertaining. I look forward to Khan's next Chopra instalment.

Reviewed by: S.D.

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Sasha Arango - The Truth and Other Lies

"...an excellent piece of writing that is imaginative, very dark yet funny at the same time."

Synopsis:
Henry Hayden appears to be the ultimate success. He has fame as an outstanding popular author, an understanding and loving wife and good friends to whom he is extremely generous. But there is a fatal flaw at the heart of his life: he is an extremely successful liar who can convince anyone of any truth that happens to suit him. Occasionally things do go wrong and this is the story of how Henry Hayden manufactures a convincing web of lies to ensure his reputation.

Review:
This is a very original book, albeit with subtle reminders of some very good novels. The hero, Henry Hayden, has a very similar outlook on life to Patricia Highsmith's, Mr Ripley and Hayden's outrageous behaviour delights and appals at the same time. He is a completely amoral character on one level, in that he will do anything to survive, but on another level he can be a very caring, generous and thoughtful friend; definitely an enigma.

The descriptions of the people of the little town where Hayden has ended up made me laugh and reminded me of the villagers of Clochemerle in their pragmatism and isolation from the rest of the country. It is deliberately set in an anonymous place but it could easily be somewhere near you.

This is an excellent piece of writing that is imaginative, very dark yet funny at the same time. The original is in German but the translation flows smoothly and never intrudes. I have not read many German thrillers but perhaps this will be the first of many.

Reviewed by: S.D.

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Jason Starr - Fake ID

"You will be overjoyed when you discover Starr’s books for the first time."

Synopsis:
New York bar bouncer, Tommy Russo dreams of being an actor… and being so much more… Then, Tommy Russo is given the chance to join a horse-owning syndicate. But to do so he'll have to pony up $10,000 - and that's money he hasn't got. So what's an ambitious young man to do? Anything he has to...

Review:
Russo is self-deluded enough to keep waiting and believing his time will come. Like many (if not all) of Starr's characters, there is very little to like about Russo. He is arrogant, deceitful, has no self-awareness, and doesn't see his own faults - although is quick to see these in others.

Russo is a compulsive gambler, spending most of his wages on this habit. So to become part of an industry he has such a great interest in by owning a share of a racehorse is impossible to resist. And Russo sees this ownership as a way of making him rich - something he deserves - because working as a bouncer is beneath him. The small matter of not having the money to buy his share of the race horse won't stop him, even if it means stabbing those in the back that have helped him.

The story starts with a simple enough plan of Russo getting hold of the money. But as with most plans, there is always a spanner in the works to complicate matters. Things go from bad to worse for Russo, but he can still never accept the consequences from his actions - that it is always someone else's fault. Russo is the character with the most flaws, but all of Starr's characters are deeply flawed; either weak, greedy, dishonest, although in Russo's case he is all of these.

Again I am torn between wanting to see the protagonist get away with his crime and seeing him strung up for them. This is what makes Starr so addictive. He can make you rout for the darkest of characters. 'Fake ID' has echoes of Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. Starr is an incredible dark talent and I can only direct you to this talented writer. You will be overjoyed when you discover Starr's books for the first time.

Reviewed by: H.A.

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Priscilla Royal - Satan's Lullaby

"Royal has created a worthy successor to Ellis Peters’ marvelous, iconic series..."

Synopsis:
It is 1278. Prioress Eleanor has been told that the head of her order, Abbess Isabeau, has sent her brother, Father Etienne Davoir, to inspect Tyndal Priory in all aspects. Previously highly favoured by the Abbess, Eleanor is seriously worried. When a member of the investigating group dies after being treated by Sister Anne, the situation becomes more dangerous.

When Father Etienne is threatened, it is essential to solve the mystery before too much damage is created. The Crowner Ralf, charged with the investigation, is in no position to be impartial and he is also concerned about the welfare of his wife who is expecting their first baby imminently.

Review:
This is a well-established series involving Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud. This book is the eleventh in the series but it is the first one I have read. As a fan of Cadfael and other medieval mysteries, I am delighted to discover a new source of delightful tales of 900 years ago. Royal has created a worthy successor to Ellis Peters' marvelous, iconic series which has become a benchmark for any writer who ventures into this particular time frame. The characters are interesting and well-drawn, the plot is intriguing and the historical detail means the atmosphere of the time is beautifully evoked. And the good thing is I have a back catalogue to now explore which is even better. Definitely worth a read for any lover of Historical Crime.

Reviewed by: S.D.

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Julia Heaberlin - Black-Eyed Susans

"...an intelligent read..."

Synopsis:
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving 'Black-Eyed Susan', the nickname given to the murder victims due to the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa's testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, Tessa is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of Black-eyed Susans, a summertime bloom, just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications that she sent the wrong man to prison, Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve her lost memories.

What they don't know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.

Review:
Flitting from past to present sees Tessa struggle with the aftermath of her abduction immediately after her being found, but also the emotional toll it still has on her years later.

I struggled to get started with 'Black Eyed Susans' and was hoping that eventually it would just 'click'. But this just didn't happen for me. I found the reading quite hard going and a struggle. I was also left with a lot of unanswered questions around the motives of some of the characters. Much was made as to why Tessa could not remember what happened to her during the hours she was abducted, yet this was never revealed. To me, it felt as though the book was half finished as I was left with more questions than when I started.

Compared to Heaberlin's previous books which I absolutely loved, I felt this lacked the insight and intrigue. It was still an intelligent read, but was let down from lack of explanations.

Reviewed by: H.A.

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Margaret Moore - Broken Chord

"...a great book for those who love their Mediterranean crime. "

Synopsis:
Introducing State Prosecutor Jacobo Dragonetti, this book is an investigation into the death of a wealthy woman and the workings of the dysfunctional family with whom she lives. Jacobo, commonly known as Drago, is well known as a man who has thrown over the shadow of his Mafia father, and also as an independent thinker who pursues the case till the end.

Everyone who is related to Ursula con Bachmann has reason to want her dead, as she rules the family with a rod of iron and uses her money to control them, but which one is it? Or is it someone from outside the family? There are close neighbours with reason to want her out of the way.

The heat of Florence and its surrounds in mid-summer is making life uncomfortable for everyone. Ursula's three children by different fathers, their families and the man she was about to marry all have reason to murder her, but the mutual suspicion and family resentments make it difficult for Drago to tease out the solution. Add to this local anger at Vanessa's autocratic behavior and the scene is set for a difficult case.

Review:
Jacobo Dragonetti is an interesting and attractive addition to the ranks of European detectives. He is handsome, charming strong willed and with a life style of good food (sometimes) and inspiring music that appeals to those who want to get away to romantic Italy. The intricate plot is intriguing and requires attention to work out the possibilities, as it seems that everyone had a motive to kill off Ursula. The final denouement has a satisfying conclusion and I really felt that while reading Chord's book, I had been basking under the Florence sun. This is a great book for those who love their Mediterranean crime. I look forward to the next in the series.

Reviewed by: S.D.

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Sabine Durrant - Remember Me This Way

"...an enjoyable psychological thriller, with a deliciously wicked sting in the tale."

Synopsis:
A year after her husband Zach's death Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place. As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changes since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.

At last she reaches the spot, and there tied to a tree is a bunch of lilies, the flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been here before her.

Lizzie loved Zach. She really did. But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him. Or what he was capable of…

Review:
'Remember Me This Way', is an enjoyable psychological thriller, with a deliciously wicked sting in the tale.

The story begins with a difficult opening scene as a year after the crash that killed her artist husband, Zach. Already fearing she didn't know Zach as well as she thought, Lizzie travels to his country cottage where he would retreat to paint only to discover more signs that things may not be as they seem.

With alternating narratives between Lizzie and Zach, 'Remember Me This Way' starts slowly, but finds its way under your skin as it carefully reveals their history, showing the awful truths behind seemingly innocent events. The more you learn of Zach, the more creepy, controlling and genuinely awful he becomes, contrasting brilliantly with the discoveries of Lizzie who becomes increasingly concerned, confused and paranoid.

Constantly twisting and turning so that you, like Lizzie, don't know the truth until all is revealed at the end. This is a well told tale that is excellently put together and had me gripped throughout.

Reviewed by: J.P.

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Mark Campbell - The Pocket Essential Agatha Christie

"This gorgeous little book makes for fascinating reading..."

Synopsis:
Since her debut in 1920 with 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles', Agatha Christie rapidly became a household name. Over time fans rushed to read her latest novel and for many years she dominated the market with her 'Christie at Christmas' book which was always in the bestseller lists. Even now, forty years after her death in 1976, the enthusiasm for this writer's books has not diminished. In fact, her readership seems to be growing. To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of her birth, this new updated re-issue is a fine catalogue of Christie's huge body of work.

Review:
This is a new updated re-issue of Christie's collection which includes her plays, films and every television episode of Poirot and Marple, each accompanied by a full cast list. I suspect the incomparable Miss Lemon would greatly approve of Campbell's filing system. Each section has been separated by detective (or in the case of her standalone's as thriller/mystery), rather than by year - there is also a list of Christie's books in chronological order at the front. What I do love about it is Campbell gives us a short biography of each detective, (Poirot, Marple and the Beresfords), but he also includes those supporting characters like Hastings, Ariadne Oliver, Sir Henry Clithering and of course, Marple's favoured nephew, Raymond West.

Campbell critiques all of Christie's titles, some of which you will agree and some you won't. Christie said one of her favourite titles was 'The Moving Finger'. I have read it three times now and it still leaves me cold. Marple doesn't even come in to it until sixty pages towards the end! Campbell gives this one a five while giving 'A Murder is Announced' only four, which for me personally is the best of the Marple books. So, you can see everyone will have a difference of opinion, but in the main I agreed with Campbell's scoring. I have been a life-long fan and even I didn't realise just how much Christie had produced. This gorgeous little book makes for fascinating reading and will keep any Christie fan quiet for a good few hours!

Reviewed by: C.S.

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Ed. by Martin Edwards - Resorting to Murder

"...a lovely little box of confection to dip in and out while you put your feet up and relax."

Synopsis:
Going on holiday can be as stressful as moving house and having financial worries. As shown in this collection of short stories – going on holiday can literally be murder! Fourteen stories from some of the greatest names in the crime fiction genre, notably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton are collected alongside other names from that era who have since fallen out of fashion – and out of print. Destinations range from Switzerland to France to the English seaside. All show that although the resort may look idyllic, murder is never lurking far away.

Review:
I always enjoy reading something crime-orientated from the Golden era. Back then they were written purely for entertainment value. I find the 'oldies' embody a simpler age when life seemed much more relaxed and not fraught with technology. However, some stories do not wear well with time and with all things antique, some have worn better than others. As with any chocolate box, some flavours are more preferable to others. There are some wonderful delights here and Edwards' collection has introduced me to writers I had a) never heard of before and b) will be searching for more of their work. In particular I would point readers to the stories by Leo Bruce (who I had heard of but have never read), Anthony Berkeley (who wrote 'Malice Aforethought', but is less well-known under his own name) and the great find for me was Phyllis Bentley. 'Where is Mr. Manetot?' doesn't sound the most intriguing title, but with an assured hand Bentley delivers a lovely little twist at the end of her tale. The other find is Gerald Findler's, 'The House of Screams' which is a wonderful chilling mystery with a remote house, screams in the night and a proverbial skeleton in the cupboard! Unfortunately, this appears to be all the man published which is a great shame. This is a wicked little collection, a lovely little box of confection to dip in and out while you put your feet up and relax.

Reviewed by: C.S.

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Clare Carson - Orkney Twilight

"The plotting is clever and keeps up the suspense to the end."

Synopsis:
Sam is a feisty eighteen year-old on the brink of going up to Oxford. She has decidedly anti-war views and has even frequented Greenham Common peace camp and indulged in some illegal trespass on to the American base there. Her mother is a busy academic but her father is an enigma. He tells the family he is an undercover cop and this means him being away for long periods of time but Sam is not sure.

When he asks her and a friend to accompany on a holiday in Orkney she agrees, but decides to see if her father's secrecy has another woman at its root. True to form Jim does have various secretive and puzzling trips across the island but it is not clear whether a woman is the main focus of them. Underlying the whole book is Jim's interest in Norse mythology- he even holds a longstanding wish to complete an Open University degree on the subject.

Throughout, there is an atmosphere of menace as all is definitely not as it seems on the surface and Sam feels that even she is being watched. On return to London the feeling of doom increases and Sam has to call on her reserves of strength and her memories of her past to tease out the truth.

Review:
This is an unusual book with an unusual heroine. Clare Carson has a rare insight into the world of the undercover cop as her father was one. Not many people can say that and also write convincingly about what that means. Jim is an enigmatic character who seems to be on the side of the good guys but you are never completely sure. The plotting is clever and keeps up the suspense to the end. The pace is fast and the style reflects the character of Sam: slick and funny in places.

I did enjoy 'Orkney Twilight' and suspect that there might be a follow up with Sam in a role not dissimilar to her father's. I hope so as I would like to see where Carson takes this series. Very enjoyable.

Reviewed by: S.D.

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