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Throwback Thursday: Foxglove Summer

Book cover: Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch (blood smearing across a map of the English countryside)Reeling from recent betrayals, Peter Grant finds himself packed off to the Welsh borders to rule out magical interference in a child abduction case and take some time out in the country air to work through his tangled emotions. If only life were that simple.

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Throwback Thursday: Whispers Underground

Book cover: Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch (an artistic take on a London streetmap, dripping blood)When the son of a US senator is found dead in a tunnel just before Christmas, the heat is on to find his killer and get the trains running (London priorities). Given the scarcity of leads, it’s just as well Lesley May is back to lend Peter a hand with some Proper Policing…

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Throwback Thursday: Moon Over Soho

Book cover: Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch (illustrated map of London)Credentials established, PC Peter Grant is settling into life in the Met’s supernatural policing division. But with both Lesley May and Thomas Nightingale on medical leave and corpses stacking up across Soho, how much trouble can Peter get into? ALL THE TROUBLE.

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Yesterday: sometimes it’s better not to remember

Book cover: Yesterday - Felicia Yap (a jagged edge and a blood smear)What if you could only remember yesterday? How would you live? How would you love? How would you react if your husband was accused of adultery and murder? How could you uncover the truth? Would you trust yourself to record yesterday’s facts for tomorrow?

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Throwback Thursday: Lock In

Book cover: Lock in - John Scalzi (red and white figurines on a white background)The flupocalypse didn’t wipe us out, but it left 1 in 100 people paralysed – or ‘locked in’. One of them was the POTUS’s wife, so we gave a shit. But 25 years later, a new US government is stripping away the life lines that keep Hadens in touch with the physical world, and there’s a killing to be made… literally.

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Throwback Thursday: Rivers of London

Book cover: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch (a snarkily contextual map of London, with a suggestively bloodstained West End)Easily distracted, PC Peter Grant is a probationary officer with a dull future of tedious admin ahead of him – until he takes a witness statement from a ghost in Covent Garden and finds himself recruited into the Met’s little-advertised supernatural division…

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The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi)

Book cover: The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf - Nick BryanAngelina Choi is on work experience, keen as mustard to make a good impression. When the irascible Hobson gets her to set up a Twitter account for his detective agency, she starts a trending topic and wins them a client. Now John just needs to fight a wolf if they hit 400 followers…

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Liar! Liar! BASTARD!

Calling all Gentleman Bastards! As part of the wider (re-)read of the Gentleman Bastard sequence championed by Kaja (http://ofdragonsandhearts.com/) and DJ (https://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpress.com/), I’ll be hosting an epic read-along.

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Top Ten Tuesday: crime tropes I can’t stand

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s a freebie this week, so I’ve decided to have a little look at rant about tropes following some disappointing reads over the past year.

Top crime tropes I can’t stand

Last Rituals: not actually the Scandinavian Secret History

Book cover: Last RitualsWhen single mother and local lawyer Þóra Guðmundsdóttir (or Thora Gudmondsdottir (ish) to you and me) is asked to investigate the ritualistic murder of an eccentric German history student, she finds herself researching the history of Icelandic witchcraft. But would someone kill to keep the secrets of the past?

Presumably, or there wouldn’t be a novel in it

Ragnar Jonasson – Snowblind

Snowblind has several things going for it. Firstly, the central character, Ari Thor. Young, smart, impetuous, and deeply confused, he’s a convincing mid-20s bloke tackling his first job – all desire to prove himself and no common sense. Secondly, the location. I have developed a big soft spot for Iceland, and Siglufjordur is a perfect pot-boiler setting – a small settlement on the north coast, which is inaccessible in deep winter as the sea is wild, the mountain pass iced closed, and the single-lane tunnel through the mountain gets blocked by avalanches.

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London Falling: more supernatural crime in the capital

Book cover: London Falling - Paul Cornell (a flaming pentagram above a night-time London skyline)When a suspect is murdered in custody, DI James Quill is determined to solve the case. His small but dedicated squad soon find themselves chasing a supernatural opponent neither they – nor their procedures – are remotely equipped to deal with. Can they conquer their fear and bring her to justice?

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