Category Archives: Support Your Local Library Challenge

THE BEAST OF THE CAMARGUE by Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Dr Xavier-Marie Bonnot, author of the Commandant de Palma series, is the focus of this week’s Alphabet of Crime entry, which is reaching its always fairly head-scratching conclusion now that most of the ‘easier’ letters, shall we say, have been … Continue reading

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SALT RIVER by James Sallis

An author of compact mysteries rooted in the Deep South, poet and novelist James Sallis saw his profile rise last year after the release of the critically acclaimed Ryan Gosling movie Drive, an adaptation of his eponymous novel. Otherwise best … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Alphabet of Crime, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Friday's Forgotten Book, James Sallis, Noir, Support Your Local Library Challenge | 20 Comments

WHERE THE SHADOW FALLS by Gillian Galbraith

Something really odd happened while I was prepping this post -  there I was, after a brief pause, about to continue my Support Your Local Library Challenge, when I discovered that someone in the blogosphere had beaten me to it! … Continue reading

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A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by David Ashton

“That’s done it!” is what Arthur Conan Doyle is reputed to have said upon completion of his historical novel, The White Company, before throwing his pen across the room! I felt a bit like this after reading the last page of … Continue reading

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QUEENPIN by Megan Abbott

After my somewhat underwhelming first encounter with Lee Child, my 2012 Library Challenge continues with high hopes for another author I have heard lots of good things about. Indeed, this novel by Megan Abbott won the Edgar for best paperback … Continue reading

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61 HOURS by Lee Child

Today I begin my personal Support Your Local Library Challenge, through which I hope to support a great institution currently under genuine threat from government cutbacks and read at least one new author each month. In a previous post I … Continue reading

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Crime fiction leads in British Libraries

Perhaps not a surprise this, but it has been revealed that loans in UK libraries between July 2010 and June 2011 are dominated completely by thrillers. Top of the pile is Dan Brown and his latest effort, The Lost Symbol, … Continue reading

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