Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Reviews: Cregan, Desai, Kitson, Nesser, Pears, Staincliffe

Two competitions for August and one is open internationally closes 31st:
Win one of three sets of Lockdown and Deadlock by Sean Black (Worldwide)
Win one of five copies of Inspector Cataldo's Criminal Summer by Luigi Guicciardi, tr Iain Halliday (UK & Europe)

Here are this week's reviews, which include several novels which, though crime-related you may have to hunt in the fiction section for...:
Paul Blackburn reviews the urban gothic thriller, The Levels by Sean Cregan, which is set on the East Coast of America;

Maxine Clarke goes to India in Kishwar Desai's Witness the Night writing that "Although the book does not hold up too well as a crime novel, it is excellent";

Amanda Brown reviews Bill Kitson's second DI Mike Nash book, Chosen concluding that it's "a good addition to the rich wealth of British crime fiction";

Geoff Jones review the latest paperback release in Hakan Nesser's "absorbing series" - Woman With Birthmark, tr. Laurie Thompson;

Terry Halligan reviews the lengthy Stone's Fall by Iain Pears writing "this is historical fiction par excellence"

and I review Cath Staincliffe's The Kindest Thing which technically has a crime in it but is more about love and loss (hankies may be required).
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive and forthcoming titles can be found by author or date, here.


Maxine Clarke said...

I do highly recommend that novel by Kishwar Desai. The snippet in your blog is true, in that the crime plot had some holes and inconsistencies, but the novel is so much more than that, I think it is very much worth reading.

kathy d. said...

Well, Maxine convinced me to read Desai's book. My library does not have it, so it's off to the infamous Book Depository or Amazon.

Very good review, whether it's crime fiction or not. It's good to read about women in India, what a lack in my own education about women globally.

It's on my TBR list.

(I just finished "The Darkest Room," and even though it got the Dagger, I'm still torn between that and "Hypothermia." Well, an unflinching Indridason fan I remain and can't wait for his next translated book, which I noted on this website, is, in fact, happening.)