Red Cat by Peter Spiegelman

Yet again due to the generosity of Karen at Euro Crime, I’ve read another cracker of a book. This one, by Peter Spiegelman, is the third in the John March series. You need to have read the first two in order to enjoy this one fully, but if you haven’t read the predecessors you can still relish a private-eye investigation in the classic mould.

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Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Another book I received thanks to Karen at Euro Crime is “Triptych”, the bestselling stand-alone book by Karin Slaughter. I have loved the five previous books by this author, a series set in Grant county, Georgia, about Sara Linton, the town coroner and a paediatrician, and Jeffrey Tolliver, chief of police and Sara’s ex-husband. The series is involving for all the usual reasons in detective stories: intriguing plots, strong sense of place in the local community concerned, tragedies in the characters’ pasts, and well-drawn recurring characters. Sara’s family’s mild disappointment that she went into medicine rather than becoming, like her father and sister, a plumber, is a nice touch. The added attraction of the series, for me, is Sara’s back-story: her own life and that of her relationship with Jeffrey. I am looking forward to the next in the series, Skin Privilege (US title)/Beyond Reach (UK title), out in July.

As much as I enjoy the Grant County series, fast-paced they are not. This is one of the surprises about Triptych, Slaughter’s new book, which is a scorcher.

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