Category Archives: Police procedural

BRIT NOIR by Barry Forshaw

This is the third in the author’s guides to contemporary crime fiction, following on from Nordic Noir (2013) and Euro Noir (2014). This, the Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of the British Isles, looks at the state of … Continue reading

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Inspector Fabian Risk is the protagonist of this ultra dark Swedish thriller with a quite remarkably high body count. Here’s the blurb: Two gruesome murders have shocked the Swedish town of Helsingborg. The first victim, a thug who liked using … Continue reading

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POST MORTEM by Kate London

This crime novel has just been published in paperback and marks the debut of Kate London, who until 20014 was a member of the Metropolitan Police Service. I posted a short piece about the book a little while ago, offering … Continue reading

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VESPERS (1990) by Ed McBain

A priest is murdered n his own church and Carella and Hawes get tangled in a case involving drugs, blackmail, street gangs and, bizarrely, Satanism. At the same time, Hal Willis’ relationship with love-of-his-life Marilyn Hollis comes under strain when … Continue reading

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Can you follow the clues?

Post Mortem is a new Police Procedural by Kate London, an eight-year veteran of the London Metropolitan Police Service. The publishers are releasing tasters from the novel to those who can follow the clues and pick up the trail of … Continue reading

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LULLABY (1989) by Ed McBain

My pan edition (on the right), at nearly 350 pages, marks this as the chunkiest book in the 87th Precinct thus far (I reviewed the previous 40 in the series here) and as we know, length did become a bit … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 Silver Vintage Scavenger Hunt, 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, Friday's Forgotten Book, New York, Police procedural | 18 Comments


This is my last review of the year and I couldn’t resist a seasonal entry from my favourite police procedural series. This 87th Precinct short story (which first appeared in the December 1984 issue of Playboy) got the royal treatment … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge, 87th Precinct, Ed McBain, New York, Police procedural | 60 Comments