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Arguably the greatest detective novel of all time

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers My rating: 5 of 5 stars This, the ninth of Sayers’s eleven full length Wimsey novels, is the one that lifts her above the category of twentieth-century female detective novelist, and places her … Continue reading

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A poignant, thought-provoking study of religious warfare

Magdeburg by Heather Richardson My rating: 5 of 5 stars To far too many English readers, the Thirty Years’ War is a hazy shadow in the middle distance of history. We are aware of its presence but it has no … Continue reading

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Sesquisuperlative

Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Early in this book, Lymond is cornered in the streets of Lyon by various people intent on murdering him. With his companion Philippa Somerville he embarks on a high-speed chase … Continue reading

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Challenging; harrowing; satisfying

The Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway My rating: 4 of 5 stars It begins so quietly, this novel. So unostentatiously. Granted, there are two corpses in Chapter 1 – it is a murder mystery, after all – but there … Continue reading

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A book not to be judged by its cover

Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a complete surprise. Its title is at once misleading and accurate: one might easily expect Burden of Desire to be third-rate lightweight romantic escapism for … Continue reading

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