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Sabine Durrant hooks the reader in 'Sun Damage'

Sabine Durrant hooks the reader in 'Sun Damage'

Adrian McKinty brings us another heartstopper in 'The Island'

Adrian McKinty brings us another heartstopper in 'The Island'

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Sabine Durrant hooks the reader in 'Sun Damage'

Perhaps crime fiction is so popular because as a genre it can be anything it wants to be. A Benjamin Black and a Richard Osman belong side by side yet couldn’t be more different. The four books here are so diverse they share virtually nothing – except murder.

In Death Visits January by Fiona Sherlock (Poolbeg, €9.99), January Quail is an antiques columnist and sole survivor of an old Anglo-Irish dynasty. She’s stone broke, a drinker, and habitually infuriates her editor. She’s also first to scoop the story of an ancient bog body, just discovered outside Ardee.


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