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New Book: Surveillance

coverAllen & Unwin have published a new book called ‘Surveillance’.  Written by Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane, this thriller is about security in the digital age, and how far governments may go to conceal the truth.

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The real Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling’s birthday

I thought I’d write this post since it’s J.K. Rowling’s 47th birthday today, July 31, the same day as her protagonist in Harry Potter.

After selling 8500 English copies in paperback, eBook, library and audiobook, it was revealed last week that Robert Galbraith, author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, really is J.K. Rowling.  News spread around the world and resulted in a surge of sales and at least 140 000 reprints.  The book shot to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.  J.K. Rowling has since explained….

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Crime at its best – Shadow by Karin Alvtegen

Shadow by Karin Alvtegen COVERThere’s nothing like a bit of crime for  bedtime reading.  Karin Alvtegen’s Shadow left me with a thrill, toying with the psyche.

Sometimes, it’s better to leave the past buried…

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And then there were none – Agatha Christie

Continuing my reading of Agatha Christie’s crime novels, I could not resist taking hold of her famous novel And then there were none.

Individuals seeking attention receive a letter from a certain U.N.Owen, who relates to each on a personal level.  Grappled by this letter, deciding that they had met U.N.Owen at a posh dinner party, each of them independently unite and are escorted to a deserted island.

This is where the weirdness begins.

Their hosts aren’t there.

The butlers were only appointed yesterday.

An electronic speaker is reading out crimes they had supposedly committed.

And within 24 hours, the first death has occurred.

Who is the murderer? One must find out before it is too late.

 

This expertly written novel, one which Agatha Christie remarks was ‘one of my best’, is a must-read for all crime fanatics.

It will leave you riddled and asking for more!

 

10/10

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Crooked House – Agatha Christie

Delving into the crime lover’s favourite, Crooked House, one of Agatha Christie’s less well known novels, will leave any bloodthirsty reader satisfied.

The Queen of Crime, Christie has nailed it again with the most unexpected twist I’ve ever seen in such a crime novel.

Two lovers who want to break family norm.

One death which splits them apart.

One twist which changes their lives forever.

While reading this novel, my perception of the murderer was constantly changing. Christie has done a fantastic job at hiding the true murderer to who we least expect. It is this suspense which makes reading this novel such an unusual experience – who do you think it is?  The connections aren’t as crooked as they may seem.

8/10

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Thursday update -The Poet – Michael Connelly

Today’s post will be on Michael Connelly’s crime fiction novel The Poet.

 

The Poet is about a trail of police murders. A reporter, Jack, gets involved as it is his brother, a police officer, who has just been murdered.  It follows a continuing trail of such murders of police officers.  There is a short poem left at each of the murder scenes. They dub the murderer ‘The Poet’.  Jack manages to get into the FBI ring investigating the crimes and realises something just isn’t right.  They get a fax – the next murder victim has been picked.  And it’s who he trusts the most that’s killing him.

Rating: 7/10

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1222 by Anne Holt

1222 is a Norweigan crime thriller translated to English.

It tells the story of a train derailing occurring 1222 metres above sea level in the Norweigan mountains.  There is a disabled ex-police officer on board this train. She is bound by a wheelchair, and her name is Hanne.

There is not much hospitality 1222m above sea level, but they are rescued by Geir, a lawyer who works in this area who takes to them to the only hotel – Finse 1222.

Holt’s true crime section of the novel now begins.  There is an extra carriage which was heavily guarded attached to the end of the train.  Suspicion is that they were transporting the royal family.  But Hanne suspects it’s a prisoner, a high risk prisoner or terrorist.

A shooting occurs of a well known priest at Finse 1222. Of course, everyone is icelocked due to a blizzard, and there is no escape.  Hanne begins her investigation, leading to someone you would least expect.

1222 is a brilliant thriller. Fantastic story-telling and it ticks all the right boxes.

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1222 Anne Holt

8/10

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