Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Reviews: Cain, Clark, Larsson, Monroe

The following reviews have been added to the review archive over on the main Euro Crime website:
New Reviews:

Paul Blackburn reviews the second in the Accident Man series by Tom Cain - The Survivor (sounds like one for Bond/Bourne fans);

Amanda Brown goes back to the 14th Century in Cassandra Clark's Hangman Blind the first in a new historical crime series;

Maxine Clarke catches up with Swedish lawyer Rebecka Martinsson in Asa Larsson's third book, The Black Path

and Norman Price is very disappointed with Aly Monroe's The Maze of Cadiz.
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive and forthcoming titles can be found here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good collection of reviews, Karen. I think Paul enjoyed that Tom Cain more than I would have done, from his outline of the plot! And Amanda's review of Hangman Blind makes it sound tempting - run-up to the John Sims series starting on Wed, perhaps? Pity that Norm had to suffer so, but maybe he'll enjoy Last Rituals - hope so!
The Black Path was so good, I thought. I've just gone back and read the reviews of her previous books. Fiona's of The Blood Spilt was interesting, about there not being a central character which removes from the focus of the mystery. I think you can apply this to The Black Path also, though Rebecka does come more into it - certainly not as much as the protagonists in some novels. But this factor does make the books interesting, as they don't follow a formula. Would be interesting to read a review from Fiona of this one.
Similar is the author's interest in the supernatural, not usually my scene but she has upped this type of content in each book, from being more of a hint in the first (the man who died momentarily and then came back to life), to stronger in The Blood Spilt (the dead priest still being "alive" to some of her parishoners) to the story of Mauri and his family and associates in The Black Path. These books are certainly "different" and I'm looking forward to the next. You definitely sense that the author has the six mapped out from the start.