CRIME FIC­TION ROUND-UP

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There are so many psy­cho­log­i­cal thrillers at the mo­ment, it’s hard to pick a win­ner, but Watch­ing Edie by Camilla Way (Harpercollins) re­ally is out­stand­ing. Ex­pect­ing a baby and on her own, Edie tries to get rid of long-lost school friend Heather, who has reap­peared. That won’t stop the dark se­cret they share from un­rav­el­ling, though.

Lovers of 1970s pulp will en­joy the lat­est from Max Al­lan Collins, Quarry In The

Black (4 Oc­to­ber, Hard Case Crime). With its hand­painted jacket and a story that sees the hit­man Quarry fac­ing tough choices as he guns for a civil rights ac­tivist, the book con­tin­ues a se­ries that Collins first started 40 years ago.

You’ll get a deeper sense of the past with A Death At Foun­tains Abbey (Hod­der & Stoughton) by An­to­nia Hodg­son. Set in 1728, it’s the third in her Thomas Hawkins se­ries. Hawkins is sent to York­shire, where for­mer Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer John Ais­la­bie has a ledger list­ing fi­nan­cial mis­do­ings that could bring down the gov­ern­ment. Miss­ing Jo Nesbo’s de­tec­tive Harry Hole? If so try Rage by Zyg­munt Miloszewski (Ama­zon Pub­lish­ing). The au­thor uses writ­ing de­vices sim­i­lar to Nesbo as his acer­bic hero Prose­cu­tor Sza­cki in­ves­ti­gates a skele­ton found in the vaults be­neath the Pol­ish city of Ol­sz­tyn, and tracks a vig­i­lante who’s killing do­mes­tic abuse per­pe­tra­tors.

The dry hu­mour of Poland is sup­planted with a zanier Ital­ian brand in Mario Gior­dano’s Aun­tie Poldi And The Si­cil­ian

Li­ons (Bit­ter Lemon Press). Re­cently ar­rived in Si­cily af­ter the death of her hus­band, Aun­tie Poldi finds a corpse on the beach, be­comes a sus­pect, and falls for the de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

South African writ­ing duo Michael Sears and Stan­ley Trol­lip work un­der the pseu­do­nym

Michael Stan­ley, and their Botswana CID man De­tec­tive Kubu has his hands full in A Death In The

Fam­ily (Orenda). Not only has Kubu’s fa­ther been mur­dered, but the ap­par­ent sui­cide of a lo­cal of­fi­cial points to cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing Chi­nese min­ing com­pa­nies. Black Night

Fall­ing (Faber & Faber) is the sec­ond novel by Rod Reynolds fea­tur­ing his rugged reporter Char­lie Yates. The au­thor evokes the Amer­i­can South of the 1940s once again as Yates goes to help a friend in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where past crimes are bub­bling to the sur­face.

You’ll dis­cover an­other South­ern set­ting, an­other sec­ond novel, and an­other promis­ing young au­thor with Ar­rowood by Laura Mchugh (Cen­tury). Ar­den Ar­rowood re­turns to her child­hood home on the Mis­sis­sippi and starts dig­ging into the case of twin girls who dis­ap­peared a decade ear­lier.

There is noth­ing south­ern at all in The Dead Don’t

Boo­gie by Scot­tish au­thor Dou­glas Skel­ton (Con­tra­band). As Do­minic Queste searches for a miss­ing girl, he goes from coastal Salt­coats to the East End of Glas­gow, via a mire of vi­o­lence and black hu­mour. James Henry made his name writ­ing the Jack Frost pre­quel sto­ries based on R.D. Wing­field’s char­ac­ter. Now he’s come up with his own de­tec­tive, DI Nick Lowry, who’s fight­ing crime in 1983 Es­sex in Black­wa­ter. It’s drugs, mur­der and fop­pish hair­cuts as 100kg of il­licit pow­der are smug­gled into Colch­ester via the Black­wa­ter Es­tu­ary.

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