Cage (Reykjavik Noir Trilogy) by Lilja Sigurðardóttir translated by Quentin Bates

WINNER OF THE ICELANDIC CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

Book blurb

A masterful conclusion to the award-winning, critically acclaimed Reykjavík Noir trilogy, as drug-smuggling, financial crime, political intrigue, love, murder and betrayal come together.

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence for financial misconduct ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed. Ruthless entrepreneur Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home. And at the same time, a deadly threat to Sonja and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive…

The lives of these characters are about to collide in a shocking crescendo, until the winner takes it all…

My thoughts

I’m delighted to be first along with Chapter in my Life on this month long blog tour for the third and final book in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, superbly translated by Quentin Bates and brought to us by Orenda Books.

There is such a lot packed into this one!

We have Agla coming to the end of her sentence for her part as a financial wheeler-dealer which resulted in the 2008 banking collapse in Iceland. She is hired to look into what is happening in the aluminium sector. She brings in María, a former banking prosecutor, who is now an investigative journalist with The Squirrel. Whilst prison has taken its toll on Agla it seems that she may not have learnt her lesson. However, this along with a new development on a personal level makes for a gripping and engaging storyline with an ultimately satisfying conclusion.

Then there’s Anton. He’s in love. He sees an injustice in what is happening in Iceland. It must be dealt with. It will soon be Júlía’s birthday and he has just the right gift. It will truly demonstrate his desire to take care of and look after Júlía. His plans will have far reaching consequences way beyond those he anticipated.

Ingimar likes to make money, he has a lot of money. He is into something that he wants to keep under the radar, it’s not illegal but…. and someone is being a bit too nosey. It’s time to show them who they are dealing with. Still Ingimar isn’t fully aware and his ‘happy ending’ may not be all he wished for!

Sonja, well we couldn’t have a final book without her in it! Her life has moved on. She now lives in London. Tómas is her whole world everything she has done and is still doing is to keep him safe – isn’t it? Will she finally get her chance to break free?

The cage Sonja knows all about that! And yet it is more, it is a symbol of how each character is trapped and which allows this truly skilled writer to bring all these desperate threads together.

This final book in the trilogy brings together a wonderfully gripping, truly twisty tale and serves up an ending which will bring a tear to the eye.

A breathtaking ending which will certainly do justice to the whole series and it’s fabulous characters. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride and this final episode is no different.

The superb writing, wonderfully translated, is a joy to read. The pace and timing is just right. The twists and turns are all beautifully drawn together. What an amazing story.

I will miss the characters, the devious plotting and wonderful storytelling but as they say you should always leave your audience wanting more.

You know it’s that final song, the encore has been played, the audience still want more, the applause echoing around, the artist has left the stage. There is a joy, a sadness, an anticipation. This maybe an end but there are other stories that need to be written and I for one will look forward to reading whatever comes next from Lilja Sigurðardóttir.

BlogTour

With huge thanks to Orenda Books for an e-copy of Cage and many thanks to Anne from #RandomThingsTours for inviting me on this wonderful #BlogTour

Enjoy following the #Cage #BlogTour brought to you by the fabulous Orenda Books and Anne Cater…..

Like to check out what I thought of the previous books in this series? You can check it out here….

Trap

Snare

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Publisher: Orenda Books (17 Oct. 2019)

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Translator:

Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England.

He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism largely by accident. He has been the technical editor of a nautical magazine for many years, all the while keeping a close eye on his second home in Iceland, before taking a sidestep into writing fiction. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, and Cold Comfort), which have been published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Finland and Poland. He has translated a great deal of news and technical material into English from Icelandic, as well as novels.

Visit him at Quentin’s website or on Twitter.

Author

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, including Snare and Trap, the first two books in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

Follow Lilja on Twitter  and on her Website

Books:

Steps (Spor), 2009
Forgiveness (Fyrirgefning), 2010
Snare (Gildran) 2015 (Reykjavík Noir 1)
Trap (Netið) 2016 (Reykjavík Noir 2)
Cage (Búrið) 2017 (Reykjavík Noir 3)
Svik (no English title yet) 2018

Lilja’s latest book, Svik is a standalone thriller with a political twist and will be published in Iceland in October 2018 by Forlagid publishing.

Blood Rites: DI Kelly Porter Book 6 by Rachel Lynch

Book blurb

DI Kelly Porter is about to discover just how dark things can get in the Lake District.

When a young woman is found unclothed, unspeaking at an ancient stone circle it’s not clear if any crime has been committed. DI Kelly Porter and her team start looking into the circumstances, but the mystery girl disappears.

Soon after, a brutal murder is committed and sinister markings at the scene indicate that the killer had a message. The investigation reveals that in the beautiful Lake District there are those who believe in ancient ways, and within those circles old resentments are spilling over into terrible violence. 

Kelly has all the pieces to solve the puzzle, but to put them together she must confront a figure from her past: one who nearly destroyed all that she holds dear. Will she avoid the same fate this time, or can the killer stay one step ahead of her to the bitter end? 

My thoughts

We are back in the beautiful Lake District with Rachel Lynch’s sixth D I Kelly Porter book. You can breathe in the air, the scenery and settle right back in with Kelly and her team along with Ted, Johnny and Josie.

We are getting to know Dan, Kate and the team more and more. We are seeing Kelly’s increasing trust in them allowing her to give them the responsibilities they should have. Not that Kelly is a sit-behind-the-desk type she gets right in there with the investigation which also means getting out and about because that’s how she thinks.

In this story there is an investigative strand that means she has to get very up close with someone from the past. I like the way Rachel Lynch allows Kelly to be quite human, you are shown feelings and trains of thought which, along with the interaction with other characters, allows a lot of procedural information to come through in a natural way.

We also have the personal side to Kelly her relationship with Johnny and his daughter Josie and with Ted. All effortlessly woven into the overall story of the investigation.

Ah, The investigation! It begins with the discovery of a young woman on Castlerigg Stone Circle she is naked and seemingly abandoned. There is no identity and she won’t or can’t speak. There is something wrong but no obvious signs of an attack. Taken to hospital Kelly goes to talk to her but she has disappeared. Concerned for her safety a missing persons case is opened. It’s difficult with so little to go on. Then Kelly is called to a murder and this takes precedence.

We are lead into the world of Panganism the murdered woman, Mary Hales, was part of such a group. They are a small group who feel their beliefs are not widely known and, perhaps, are misunderstood, stereotyped or generalised by those who do not know much about it. They disavow any association with a darker side. Nevertheless there is both a lot of personal anger and symbolism at the scene.

There is little graphic detail in the story which has murder, child abuse and animal cruelty within it. All well handled by Rachel Lynch. She includes sufficient information to get across what she needs to demonstrate the evil within the world today without giving it any kudos.

As always we get an excellent police procedural with these books but, for me, they are also a cracking good read, well paced and a fascinating story. They are set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery we are lucky enough to have in the UK and you get a great sense of place. Highlighting some of the social and political situations of the day whilst keeping focused on the main investigative story line.

There are new characters in this story including Callum and Demi Cramer who may well become a part of further books in this series? I hope so.

The D I Kelly Porter series continues to be a really good read. It really is a terrific book and series, I always look out for when the next will be published. Without any hesitation at all I highly recommend this book, indeed the whole series. I hope you will read them and agree.

Thanks

With thanks to Sophie at Canelo for the exclusive access to an early copy of Blood Rites, the sixth book in the DI Kelly Porter series, via NetGalley. I had this on order but couldn’t resist this early read! Of course, I will still purchase – and receive – Blood Rites by Rachel Lynch on 30 September.

Here are links to my reviews of the previous DI Kelly Porter Books:-

Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch

Bitter Edge by Rachel Lynch

Dead End by Rachel Lynch

Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch

Dark Game by Rachel Lynch

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Published: 30 September 2019

Canelo

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Author:

F6AD47FB-2EC7-4C7D-B9AB-F490E1884BF2Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.

Twitter: @r_lynchcrime

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IN THE ABSENCE OF MIRACLES by MICHAEL J. MALONE

THE SHOCKING NEW STANDALONE THRILLER FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR MICHAEL J MALONE

Book blurb

In this powerful new thriller, Michael J Malone returns to A Suitable Lie territory, movingly and perceptively addressing a shocking social issue. Chilling, perceptive and heartbreakingly emotive, In the Absence of Miracles is domestic noir at its most powerful, and a sensitively wrought portrait of a family whose shameful lies hide the very darkest of secrets.

John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home. Following a massive stroke, she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood.

In a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover. For sometimes in that space where memory should reside there is nothing but silence, smoke and ash.

And in the absence of truth, in the absence of a miracle, we turn to prayer. And to violence…

My thoughts

John’s mother has had a stroke and now resides in a care home. John is going to have to sell her home, the family home, in order to pay the costs. He needs to sort out and clear the house making a start in the attic. He finds some stuff that relates to another child. He has a younger brother, Chris, but this is someone different. He’s older than John, the family resemblance is unmistakeable but who is he?

John starts to look into it – he has another brother! He never knew and when Chris turns up on a flying visit John explains what he’s found. Chris wants to know what it’s all about too, what happened and says he will be back. John continues and, on his return, Chris joins the search for answers.

What transpires is a harrowing although not an overtly or unnecessarily explicit story.

This is not a book that will be easily read with regard to it’s subject matter. Yet it is one that brings difficult, horrendous experiences into the open. It shows how important it is to have places of refuge, trustworthy people to intervene and help. We must ensure there are always such places and people available when needed. That help is readily available.

This book is gripping. It will sear into your mind and crush your heart. In the absence of miracles it will bring a sliver of hope.

The characters, foremost John, are well written and the subject matters well handled. The thoughtful and sensitive way in which the various situations and the characters actions, thoughts and feelings are portrayed make this story a truly worthwhile read.

BlogTour

Many thanks to Orenda Books for an eCopy of In the Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone and to Anne from #RandomThingsTours for the invite to read and review. Like to check out the rest of the tour? Here’s the list…

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Publisher: Orenda Books (19 September 2019)

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Author: Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes Carnegie’s Call; A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage; The Bad Samaritan and Dog Fight. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the critically acclaimed House of Spines and After He Died soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr.

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You can find and follow Michael on

Facebook, www.facebook.com/themichaeljmalonepage

His website, www.mjmink.wordpress.com

Twitter: @michaelJmalone1

#20BooksofSummer – final roundup

It’s been another fun challenge this year, thanks to Cathy at 746Books for hosting, and whilst I originally expected to read 10 books it was great to actually manage the full 20.

The Books I Read

Here are the books that I read for this years #20BooksofSummer challenge. Read the review by clicking on the book title.

1. WHEN SHE VANISHES BY CLAIRE DOUGLAS – NG/PUBLISHER INVITE

2. BOLD LIES BY RACHEL LYNCH – BLOG TOUR BOOK

3. THE LAST WIDOW BY KARIN SLAUGHTER – NG/PUBLISHER INVITE

4. MURDERLAND BY PAMELA MURRAY – BLOG TOUR BOOK

5. BURNT ISLAND BY KATE RHODES – PURCHASED

6. DEATH OF AN ANGEL BY DEREK FARRELL – BLOG TOUR BOOK

7. ICE COLD HEART BY P J TRACY – NG/PUBLISHER INVITE

8. MURDER UNEARTHED BY AMANDA WALLER – BLOG TOUR BOOK

9. THE CHAIN BY ADRIAN MCKINTY – NG/PUBLISHER INVITE

10 – 11. THE EAST RISE SERIES BY LISA CUTTS – PURCHASED/NG

12. ABSOLUTE PROOF BY PETER JAMES – NG BOOK

13. THE LAST STAGE BY LOUISE VOSS – BLOG TOUR BOOK

14. THE COLOUR OF BEE LARKHAM BY SARAH J HAINES – NG & PURCHASED BOOK

15. THE STRANGER DIARIES BY ELLY GRIFFITHS – NG BOOK

16. THE TRUTHS AND TRIUMPHS OF GRACE ATHERTON BY ANSTY HARRIS – NG BOOK

17. AN ELEGANT SOLUTION BY ANNE ATKINS – BLOG TOUR BOOK

18. THE GRAVEDIGGER’S BOY BY R R NEWMAN – BLOG TOUR BOOK

19. CAUSE AND EFFECT BY PETE ADAMS – BLOG TOUR BOOK

20. THE HUNTING PARTY BY LUCY FOLEY – NG BOOK

The original list included the following books which, for one reason or another, had to be put back.

Untitled by Dreda Say Mitchell (Postponed) – I had this as a scheduled Blog Tour which was sadly cancelled/postponed.

THE QUAKER BY LIAM MCILVANNY;

BROKEN GROUND BY VAL MCDERMID;

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES BY M J LEE;

DARK SACRED NIGHT BY MICHAEL CONNELLEY

I will, of course, be reading and reviewing these in the coming weeks and months.

 

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson, Trans.: David Warriner

Book blurb

Spain, 1938: The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Teresa witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Teresa gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells, and they soon find themselves on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer, in an investigation that takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule…

Terrifying, vivid and recounted at breakneck speed, Blood Song is not only a riveting thriller and an examination of corruption in the fertility industry, but a shocking reminder of the atrocities of Spain’s dictatorship, in the latest, stunning installment in the award-winning Roy & Castells series.

My thoughts

This is a stunning book, incredibly well translated into English by David Warriner, that brings to life an appalling and dark period of Spanish history along with the struggles couples have who are unable to have children and a murder investigation.

Set in 1938 and 2016 across Europe from London to Falkenberg to Madrid Johana Gustawsson pens a heart rending story that left me amazed at the things humans do to each other, what so many have had to bear and the resilience that so many have managed under such circumstances.

Johana Gustawsson has brought a story to us which many, like myself, will have not heard before about what happened to those individuals who were against Franco, their families, most particularly those of the children. Then she takes this and goes on to tell how such atrocities impact those individuals. It will leave you reeling, numb and both disgusted and amazed at this human race that can be so contradictory, so evil, so wonderful.

The sympathetic way in which the story is written enables you to continue to read. Bringing together the different strands of the story into a whole, being able to write a story and bring the historical element and the struggle of those who wish to become parents, I have to say I’m with Alexis on that, into the modern day murder investigation is done so incredibly well.

The characters from each era are beautifully drawn and whilst there are several that are quite despicable there are so many to admire including Teresa, Gordi, Emily, Alexis and Aliénor.

This is a book which will linger long in the memory. I believe it should have a wide audience as this is exactly the sort of book that goes beyond any particular genre not only to appeal to readers but to enlighten them and I hope that it gets the credit, in my opinion, that it deserves.

Blog Tour

My thanks to Anne at RandomThingsTours for the invite to this amazing BlogTour and to the publishers Orenda Books for an eCopy of Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson. There are lot’s of terrific stops to take a look at…

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Publisher: Orenda Books

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Author

Born in Marseille, France, and with a degree in Political Science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, including Block 46, Keeper and, soon to be published, Blood Song, has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards, and is now published in nineteen countries. A TV adaptation is currently underway in a French, Swedish and UK co-production. Johana lives in London with her Swedish husband and their three sons.

@JoGustawsson

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It was a pleasure to meet Johana, very briefly, at the Orenda Roadshow when she kindly signed my copy of Keeper

Translator: David Warriner translates from French and nurtures a healthy passion for Franco, Nordic and British crime fiction. Growing up in deepest Yorkshire, he developed incurable Francophilia at an early age. Emerging from Oxford with a modern languages degree, he narrowly escaped the graduate rat race by hopping on a plane to Canada – and never looked back. More than a decade into a high-powered commercial translation career, he listened to his heart and turned his hand again to the delicate art of literary translation. David has lived in France and Quebec, and now calls beautiful British Columbia home.

Follow David on Twitter @givemeawave and on his website: wtranslation.ca.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Paperback – 31 Oct 2019

Book blurb

Dripping with atmosphere, THE HUNTING PARTY is Lucy Foley’s hotly-anticipated crime debut. A razor-sharp and chilling Highland murder mystery. . .

Everyone’s invited. Everyone’s a suspect.

Nine friends ring in the New Year in the remote Scottish Highlands.

As the curtain falls on another year, the celebrations begin.

The next 48 hours see the friends catching up, reminiscing over past stories, scratching old wounds. . . And guarding friendship-destroying secrets.

The clock has barely struck 12 when a broken body is found in the snow.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

When a thick blizzard descends, the group are trapped.

No-one can get in. And no-one can get out.

Not even the killer.

My thoughts

A group of friends who had met whilst at Oxford and their ‘other halves’ are off to Scotland on their annual New Year’s Eve gathering. They are staying in a lodge next to a loch with some stunning countryside and mountain scenery to behold.

There are the nine friends, Heather the manager, Doug the gamekeeper, two visitors from Iceland and Iain who also works on the estate but he’s due to go home before New Year’s Eve as he does not live on the estate itself.

Heather and Doug have pasts, reasons for coming to live up in this rather lovely but somewhat bleak place. The Icelandic couple are a little strange. As for the group of nine their secrets abound and they are coming to realise that actually they don’t have too much in common, or do they?

Whilst there a woman is found murdered by the gamekeeper. Once the body is discovered, it was clearly murder, the police are called but they are not able to get onto the Estate due to the snowfall.

This is not the usual detective – Police or amateur sleuths – story although Heather and Doug appear to be concerned, it is more on the level of keeping themselves and the guests safe. The story is told by several people all clearly indicated in the headers along with a date indicating when that person is recalling what they are talking about.

It is an intriguing story and one that is quite fraught with danger, yes, but also with the tension from the stories and relationships we learn about as we read. This is a story as much about the dynamics of those relationships as it is about solving the mystery of what happened. There is a killer is it a stranger or one of the characters?

The story draws you in, keeps you wondering and builds to a tense climax.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it especially to those who like a different slant to a murder mystery and enjoy a good, well written story.

Thanks

My thanks to HarperCollins via NetGalley for an eCopy of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.

20BooksofSummer

This is my twentieth book review in the 20BooksofSummer Challenge hosted by Cathy at 746Books – all the books were read, if not reviewed, in time.

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Publisher: HarperCollins (Paperback: 31/10/2019; Hardback: Out now)

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Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination. Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

@lucyfoleytweets

Also by Lucy Foley…

The Book of Lost and Found

The Invitation

Last Letter from Istanbul

The Guest List by Lucy Foley is due to be published in 2020.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick

Book blurb

A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time?

This is what the police know: English teacher Clare Cassidy’s friend Ella has just been murdered. Clare and Ella had recently fallen out. Found beside the body was a line from The Stranger, a story by the Gothic writer Clare teaches, and the murder scene is identical to one of the deaths in the story.

This is what Clare knows: No one else was aware of her fight with Ella. Few others have even read The Stranger. Someone has wormed their way into her life and her work. They know her darkest secrets. And they don’t mean well.

This is what the killer knows: Who will be next to die.

My thoughts

The story is told from the alternating points of view of Clare, DS Kaur and Georgia, between which are extracts from ‘The Stranger’ itself. It works well.

This book has terrific characters which add to the spooky atmosphere of the story and which flit through your mind as you read and try to figure out who, if anyone, killed Clare’s friend Ella.

The book will send chills up your spine and the added intertwined extracts ramp up the scariness. Still it has a fine detective strand running through and DS Kaur’s character comes into her own with some inside knowledge of the school. She’s a character who could well be given another story or two.

Elly Griffiths tells a terrific story, with good characters – not just the main ones, many of the ‘lesser’ ones too – which are well rounded and add something to the storyline.

It’s a well-written, atmospheric book which I thoroughly enjoyed and would say is well worth reading.

Do read the full ‘The Stranger’ story at the end for another shiver up your spine and another wonderful twist to this terrific book.

Thanks

My thanks to Quercus via NetGalley for an eCopy of The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths.

#20BooksofSummer

I’m catching up with my reviews, at last! Although the final reviews are somewhat after the 3rd Sept. As I had only anticipated reading 10 books this summer I’m thrilled to have read the full twenty. I’ll put up the final review and a full update on this summers reading challenge as soon as I can.

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Publisher: Quercus (Paperback: 16 May 2019)

Buy: Quercus. AmazonSmileUK

Author:

Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the Library, and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her Brighton-based mystery series is set in the 1950s and 1960s. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two grown children.

Elly Griffiths also write under her real name Domenica de Rosa.

For all book information go to: Elly Griffiths

To follow: @ellygriffiths