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Ahh, Banks is back!

One of my absolute, all time favourite series, that never, ever disappoints, is Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels.

He almost got away

book cover image: That lonely section of hell: the botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away

I can't admit to having read this book, because I haven't. 

Another wonderful Brit mystery series

Cover Image - The Sound of Broken GlassI only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie last year when I read No Mark Upon Her. (I loved it) I have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in her Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series. The Sound of Broken Glass (#15) is newly released.

Kincaid and James are husband and wife and both work for Scotland Yard. Duncan is staying at home right now with their three year old daughter and Gemma is heading up her first big murder case.

Unique detective series

Peggy Blair introduced readers to Inspector Ricardo Ramirez of the Havana Major Crimes Unit last year with her first novel The Beggar's Opera. I loved it and so did a lot of other folks. It was the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader's Choice Winner, the CBC Bookie Award Winner for Best Canadian Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award!

Needless to say, I was very eager to pick up the second book  - The Poisoned Pawn. Did it live up to the first? Absolutely - and more!

Grim, gritty and a great read

Book cover image - Birthdays for the DeadStuart MacBride is another author whose name I was familiar with, but hadn't sampled yet. Well, that's all changed. I just read Birthdays for the Dead and I am hooked.

Department Q - Cold Cases

I read the first book of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series  The Keeper of Lost Causes  -  and just knew I would be in a for another fantastic read with the second book - The Absent One.

Department Q is the division of the Copenhagen P.D. dedicated to the resolution of cold cases. The staff is not large - it is only Detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad. The characters and their interplay are a big reason I am so enamoured of this series. 

Another great British series

Book cover image A Question of Identity

Book Cover Image - A Question of Identity

 I first  'discovered'Susan Hill about this time last year when I read The Betrayal of Trust - the sixth in her Simon Serrailler Crime novels. I was really looking forward to her latest - A Question of Identity - and I wasn't disappointed!

Bosch is back!

The Black Box book image coverOh, Harry Bosch is back! I started Michael Connelly's latest book in the series (#18) - The Black Box - and I tried really, really hard to make it last.....but it was no use.....I finished it in a day. I literally couldn't put it down.