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Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Post-war Hamburg. A city in ruins. A little boy finds something unexpected among the rubble, and a crime story set against the backdrop of a ruined Germany unfolds… I’m happy to say that I recently (finally!) joined the Goethe-Institut library in London, so now I can borrow all the wonderful German books they have there. I marked the occasion by taking out a couple of books by Mechtild Borrmann, a German crime writer whose work I discovered back in 2015…

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Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Last week was a very exciting one for me. Because… I got my first book post since starting my new blog! And it was particularly special for me, as the book was none other than The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books. I haven’t read anything by Dahl before (though I’m sure that will change!) but I knew as soon as I saw Orenda tweeting about it that this…

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By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

The moon is bright tonight, illuminating the ripples on the surface of the lake. The waves lap gently against the boat as the water settles. It was over pretty quickly really; he didn’t struggle or make much noise. It wasn’t my first time, after all. I head back to the shore and prepare for the inevitable fuss. I splash water onto the blanket before wrapping it round my shoulders. I shake out my hair and concentrate for a moment until…

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Review of ‘Red Snow’ by Will Dean

Review of ‘Red Snow’ by Will Dean

We’re in Sweden, in the small town of Gavrik. It’s the middle of winter, in the depths of the forest, and there’s barely a sliver of daylight. It’s cold, and the trees are cloaked in a heavy blanket of snow. But none of this can deter Tuva Moodyson, the deaf reporter we all got to know and love in Will Dean’s first book, Dark Pines. Tuva is a kick-ass character, down-to-earth, slightly flawed and just utterly human. And she’s determined…

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