Thursday, 10 September 2015

Crime books to look forward to from Serpent's Tail

Northern Ireland’s most charismatic detective inspector returns in the latest instalment of Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy Thrillers It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career? When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?  Rain Dogs is by Adrian McKinty and is due to be published in January 2016.

She Died Young is by Elizabeth Wilson and is due to be published in March 2016.  The Cold War is in full swing but DCI McGovern has more domestic concerns London, 1956. A young woman has been found dead in a hotel in King’s Cross. Looks like an accident, and Scotland Yard’s not interested in accidents. But Fleet Street journalist Gerry Blackstone thinks there’s more to it than that. Meanwhile, Oxford is filling with Hungarian émigrés fleeing the failed revolution. With the memories of Burgess and Maclean’s defection still raw, Special Branch is concerned that there could be Soviet spies among the genuine refugees and wants Jack McGovern on hand to keep an eye out. As McGovern carries out his casework in Oxford and Blackstone investigates the King’s Cross death in London, clues start to emerge that, somehow, the two cases might be linked. And underneath everything, there might be something even more sinister going on …

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