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“Fractures”: Book 5 in the Karen Seagate and Ryan Miner Mysteries

By Book 5 of this series, Karen has been off the Jack Daniels for more than a year, “with just a couple of blurry days here and there.” She and Ryan have been detective partners for two years, and their characters, as well as the relationship between them, are/is becoming more complex and engrossing. Their very different approaches – as well as their tolerance and appreciation of each other - tell us a lot about how different people handle the pressures of life in the 21st century, and that is as interesting as following their progress through the case they...

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‘BIG, SICK HEART’ by Mike Markel

I read Book 2 in this series before reading this opening book, so I had already decided Mike Markel was a master of this genre. This book confirms it. What takes it beyond the usual, clever ‘are you as a reader astute enough to pick up the clues the writer has artfully woven into the proceedings as you move towards the eventual solving of a crime?’ is that the author is as interested in the struggle of his main character, Karen Seagate, to solve the problems that are messing up her life as he is in her solving the crime...

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“Deviations”: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery by Mike Markel

Mike Markel is a master of this genre. “Deviations” is exceptionally well-written throughout, with no wasted words: “Age had defanged the Reverend Barry and was draining the lifeblood of his organization.” It’s the stripped-back writing style of this genre at its best: “I give him money. He gives me drinks. A streamlined relationship.” The author has a similar relationship with his reader: s/he gives him a little money, he gives her/him a great story, skilfully told. I read this one in one go during a ten-hour flight from Manchester to Cancun. He can get across a whole heap of hurt...

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“Kālong” (Book 3 of ‘The Dreamwalkers of Larreta’) by Carol Holland March

“What a piece of work is man: how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god” (Hamlet II ii). And yet, how ‘bestial’, ‘tyrannical’ and ‘fiendish’ can the behaviour of this ‘paragon of animals’ be under certain conditions? In human consciousness, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ have always engaged in an apparently eternal struggle for supremacy. Hebrew mythology has it that ‘God’ cast out ‘Satan’ from ‘Paradise’ and threw him into ‘Hell’. Satan, however, travelled between his world of despair and hopelessness and...

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