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Just finished reading Third Rail, by Rory Flynn, the first book in his new mystery series. I heard him speak on a panel at the Boston Book Festival. He read a brief excerpt and it knocked me out. I got the book for Christmas.

It's set in and around Boston and the series protagonist, Eddie Harkness, is a cop who's been kicked off an elite Narco-Intel squad because he failed to prevent the death of a young woman. And now he's lost his Glock and people keep dying from a mysterious new drug. Fast moving gritty story with offbeat characters. Flynn's vivid descriptions put me right on the mean streets of Boston. My only complaint: the switch from really dark situations to lighthearted joshing between Eddie and some of the other characters was a bit jolting.

But Flynn knows how to spin a good mystery with plenty of twists. I'd happily read his next book in the series.     


I'm just about to start FIVE MINUTES ALONE by Paul Cleave. I've really enjoyed the earlier novels of Cleave, who has a ferocious prose style and a very dark with beneath the violence. FIVE MINUTES alone sees the return of Theo Tate and Carl Schroder, two guys who've bounced between being cops and private investigations work. An accident has Schroder - usually the straight arrow - taking vengeance on criminals by providing victims' families with the often-wanted 'five minutes alone'. 

Interested to see what you think Craig - I've just finished that one :)

I just finished Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton. My review is on Goodreads but I'll say here that it was an enjoyable book about the villagers of Lochdubh and Detective Hamish Macbeth. There are some things I didn't like about the writing but they could be British issues. 

JF Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave and Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty - so feeling very privileged :) Next up is The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth.

I just finished "The Busy Body" by Donald Westlake, my favorite crime fiction writer.  It was definitely a fun little yarn about a dead guy in a blue suit.  I'm about to start "Lucky at Cards" by Lawrence Block, a veteran crime writer who I recently learned wrote the book behind "A Walk Among the Tombstones."

Ah. I keep trying, but I can't read Barnard.

My mistake. Put it down to old age. :-) The author is Robert Goddard.

Oh. Worth trying?

Finished another Camilleri's, "Rounding the Mark." He always makes me laugh, and his characters are like friends.

"The Player" by Brad Parks. This is his fifth, the books are well written first-person narratives.

"The Bloodiest Meadow" by William Ryan. This is the second in a series about a police detective of Stalinist Russia. Well done.

The Bloodiest Meadow is also published as The Darkening Field?

I'm reading or re-reading Dick Francis (the father, not the son). They are still very, very good. It's a pity our libraries have removed all the older books to make room for new writers. I've yet to find one of those I could stomach.

Have read all of Camilleri's. My all time favorite.


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