Gallows Lane and The Pool of Unease

Two of my reviews were posted at Euro Crime on Sunday – both excellent books. Gallows Lane is Brian McGilloway's follow-up to his powerful debut, Borderlands (which, incidentally, has just been reviewed on Crime Scene NI). From my review:

"GALLOWS LANE may take only a couple of hours to read: it is an absorbing, satisfying book that delivers on all its plot promises; provides a strong sense of humanity; and leaves the reader looking forward to more."

My other assignment, self-awarded in this case, was Pool of Unease by Catherine Sampson which as well as featuring series regular, TV journalist Robin Ballantyne, introduces a new character, Song, an ex-cop-turned-PI, and a new milieu, China. As I put it:

"Catherine Sampson now lives in Beijing, and her first-hand experience is woven into this very vivid account of a country in the midst of upheaval. She conveys so well what it must be like to live there if one is not one of the favoured Communist party few; how people struggle to survive in a place where wages are virtually non-existent, families live several to a room and share bathroom facilities with the rest of the street; and where nobody is sure who is watching them."

I learn from Euro Crime herself, Karen Meek, that Catherine Sampson's next book will again feature Song. Title is The Slaughter Pavilion. Can't wait. 

Euro Crime's other new reviews are here, and the latest news on the crime-fiction scene is here.