Mark Bailey's favourite reads of 2013
Of the new releases in 2013, I would strongly recommend (in alphabetical order by author as I don’t want to choose an order).
Brett, Simon - A DECENT INTERVAL (the 18th of the Charles Paris novels by Simon Brett and the first to be published for 16 years; somewhat darker than before but still a good read)
McKinty, Adrian - I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET (the 2nd Sean Duffy novel set in 1980s Northern Ireland; yes I am biased as I go past most of the places in this novel on my train to work every day and part of this one is set in my village but this is a very assured police procedural with just one more in the series (AND IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE) to be published in January 2014)
Nesbø, Jo – POLICE & COCKROACHES (both tr. Don Bartlett) (the 10th & 2nd Harry Hole novels chronologically – POLICE carries on from PHANTOM and with COCKROACHES it was once again nice to see the back plot to the later novels explored in more depth)
Rankin, Ian - SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE (Rebus is back on the force, older but not wiser - demoted back to his 1987 rank so he could return with Siobhan Clarke as his boss)
Tursten, Helene - THE GOLDEN CALF (tr. Laura A. Wideburg) (the 5th Irene Huss novel in the series and to be translated into English; a fairly conventional police procedural with a likeable main character, well plotted with a good core idea and excellently realised characters who interact with one another realistically and are likeable).