Raven’s May Reading Round Up
Raven Crime Reads
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2w ago
May has truly been a month of bookish delight in the Raven’s nest, with a bunch of really good reads to entertain me. Took part in two blog tours- Stella Blomkvist- Murder Under The Midnight Sun  and Helga Flatland- Toxic both of which I really enjoyed, and also had a fulsome month of additional reads… Absolute stand out book of the month was Abir Mukherjee-Hunted which led to a very long, gushing review by yours truly. I was genuinely blown away by this fast paced, beautifully plotted thriller, so would implore you to seek this one out. “Hunted is fast, furious, gripping ..read more
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#BlogTour- Stella Blómkvist- Murder Under The Midnight Sun (tr. Quentin Bates) – @StellaBlomkv @graskeggur @CorylusB
Raven Crime Reads
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1M ago
Smart, ruthless and with a flexible moral code all of her own, razor-tongued lawyer Stella Blómkvist is also dealing with a desperate deathbed request to track down a young woman who vanished a decade ago. It looks like a dead end, but she agrees to pick up the stone-cold trail – and she never gives up, even if the police did a long time ago. Then there’s the mystery behind the arm that emerges from an ice cap, with a mysterious ruby ring on one frozen finger? How does this connect to another unexplained disappearance, and why were the police at the time so keen to write it off as a tragic acc ..read more
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#BlogTour- Helga Flatland- Toxic (tr. Matt Bagguley) @HelgaFlatland @orendabooks
Raven Crime Reads
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1M ago
When Mathilde is forced to leave her teaching job in Oslo after her relationship with eighteen-year-old Jacob is exposed, she flees to the countryside for a more authentic life. Her new home is a quiet cottage on the outskirts of a dairy farm run by Andres and Johs, whose hobbies include playing the fiddle and telling folktales – many of them about female rebellion and disobedience, and seeking justice, whatever it takes. But beneath the apparently friendly and peaceful pastoral surface of life on the farm, something darker and more sinister starts to vibrate and, with Mathilde’s arrival, crac ..read more
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Come join the #ConnollyReadathon- Revisiting Charlie Parker… @jconnollybooks @grabthisbook @hodderbooks
Raven Crime Reads
by ravencrimereads
1M ago
Well, hello, hello! Something a bit different for the blog today with the announcement of the #ConnollyReadathon where you can join up with two crime bloggers, Gordon at Grab This Book  and myself , to revisit the Charlie Parker books by the brilliant John Connolly from Every Dead Thing to The Instruments Of Darkness… So how did this begin- you ask? Well, as it always does with an idle conversation on X/Twitter where I posted this:  To which Gordon replied:  So naturally I said:  And so the quest begins:  After much deliberation on the all important hashtag, which ..read more
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Abir Mukherjee- Hunted- @radiomukhers @harvillsecker @vintagebooks
Raven Crime Reads
by ravencrimereads
1M ago
It’s a week before the presidential elections when a bomb goes off in an LA shopping mall. In London, armed police storm Heathrow Airport and arrest Sajid Khan. His daughter Aliyah entered the USA with the suicide bomber, and now she’s missing, potentially plotting another attack. But then a woman called Carrie turns up at Sajid’s door after travelling halfway across the world. She claims Aliyah is with her son Greg, and she knows where they could be. Back in the US, Agent Shreya Mistry is closing in on the two fugitives. But the more she investigates, the more she realises there is more to th ..read more
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A Month of Reading Shamelessly- the good, the bad and the ugly…
Raven Crime Reads
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1M ago
Now for something completely different. I had only very tentatively dipped my toe into the fantasy/romantasy genre, as I like to step out of my comfort zone once in a while. Bolstered by recommendations and suggestions from bookselling colleagues and bloggers across social media, my strange, and at times downright hilarious, reading journey began, as just for larks I decided to dedicate a whole month to solely reading within this genre. I had to be careful when I posted this, as obviously one of these books I’ve had to wang on about for an entire month, making it out to be the best thing sinc ..read more
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Nick Curran- Step Inside My Soul- @Nkcurran @LittleBrownUK
Raven Crime Reads
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1M ago
Matt Langley used to be somebody. Back in the late ’90s his star shone bright. Thanks to his debut novel, the shocking The Devil’s Debt, he was at the forefront of the Bright Young Things. He was on chat shows and culture shows. He was the man of the moment. And then it all stopped, because there was no second book. Now, with his marriage to Naz on the rocks, they’re trying to start over. They’ve sold the house that The Devil’s Debt built and moved to a farmhouse deep in the wilds of Northumbria, where no one knows them, and for a while their new life is fragile but good. Furthermore, Mat ..read more
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#BlogTour – Doug Johnstone- The Collapsing Wave- @doug_johnstone @orendabooks
Raven Crime Reads
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3M ago
Six months since the earth-shattering events of The Space Between Us, the revelatory hope of the aliens’ visit has turned to dust and the creatures have disappeared into the water off Scotland’s west coast. Teenager Lennox and grieving mother Heather are being held in New Broom, a makeshift US military base, the subject of experiments, alongside the Enceladons who have been captured by the authorities. Ava, who has given birth, is awaiting the jury verdict at her trial for the murder of her husband. And MI7 agent Oscar Fellowes, who has been sidelined by the US military, is beginning ..read more
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Raven reviews- Jahmal Mayfield- Smoke Kings- @jahmal_mayfield @melvillehouse #BlogTour
Raven Crime Reads
by ravencrimereads
4M ago
Nate Evers, a young black political activist, struggles with rage as his people are still being killed in the streets 62 years after Emmett Till. When his little cousin is murdered, Nate shuns the graffiti murals, candlelight vigils, and Twitter hashtags that are commonplace after these senseless deaths. Instead, he leads  three grief-stricken friends on a mission of retribution, kidnapping the descendants of long-ago perpetrators of hate crimes, confronting the targets with their racist lineages, and forcing them to pay reparations to a community fund. For three of the group members, the ..read more
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Guest Post- James Oswald- Why I Wrote (Write) #ForOurSins #BlogTour @SirBenfro @Wildfirebks @headlinepg
Raven Crime Reads
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4M ago
James Oswald Why I Wrote (Write?) ” I remember, a long time ago, reading an interview with comics artist Bill Sienkewicz, where he described his awe at writers who could take a small idea and worry away at it until it became big. That struck a chord then, and has stuck with me ever since, because it’s such an eloquent summation of my approach to writing. I will take what appears to be the simplest of ideas and poke at it until it becomes something a hundred thousand words long. On a similar theme, I am often asked where I get my ideas from. I don’t think there’s a published author out there wh ..read more
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