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7 Mar 2017

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Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly: A Sean Duffy thriller
Adrian McKinty    $29.99 PB

The marvellous Adrian McKinty returns with the sixth book in the Sean Duffy series. The Northern Ireland of the 1980’s comes to life on each page, giving context to the lives led by its police force and its citizens. Sean Duffy, a police detective with the RUC, is saved from a religious pilgrimage with his father by a call to return to work after a man is killed outside his home, shot in the back with an arrow. In a town where bullets rule, this was a crime unusual enough for Sean to cut short his leave. This decision will put his family and colleagues in danger and see him kidnapped at gunpoint and taken into the woods to dig his own grave. Sean and his teammates Sergeant McCrabben and Constable Lawson begin an investigation into the background of the victim and his Bulgarian wife, suspecting that they are low-level drug dealers. This was not a typical IRA hit, which has the murder team more than puzzled. With his loyal associates backing him up Sean Duffy is also fighting for his career, as he is not well liked by his bosses. Each chapter heading gives a clue to the wry Irish humour which Adrian McKinty infuses into his books to lighten the grim events portrayed. He draws you in instantly with his very believable characters and intricate plots. This will undoubtedly be one of the best crime novels of the year.     BiP staff review by Leonie

The Unmourned: The Monsarrat Series Book Two
Meg and Tom Keneally    $32.99 PB

Hugh Monsarrat and his housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney have earned their tickets of leave from the convict settlement of Port Macquarie and are now living in Parramatta. The colony is in disarray because the former governor has not yet been replaced. Hugh has found a position as a clerk at Government House, working for the governor’s secretary. Robert Church, the superintendent of the female factory, is a vicious young man who preys on the young women in his charge while profiting by using the factory as a marriage market. When Church is brutally murdered the main suspect is an inmate, Grace O’Leary, who has had many run-ins with the superintendent while trying to protect her fellow-inmates. Because of the success of his investigation in Port Macquarie Monsarrat is given leave to use his skills in the murder inquiry. After several difficult interviews with Grace he and Mrs. Mulrooney believe that Grace is innocent. Proving her innocence will be difficult as there is a long list of people who hated Robert Church. Meg and Tom Keneally bring to life the history of nineteenth-century Ireland and the Young Ireland movement. Their wonderful use of language gives each page a fascinating, violent and exciting tale. I cannot wait for Book Three.    BiP staff review by Leonie

Spook Street
Mick Herron     $32.99 PB

Never outlive your ability to survive a fight. Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he has always known there would be an accounting. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. ‘Nasty old spook with blood on his hands’ would be a more accurate description. ‘The old bastard’ has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House. So it is Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril... Recommended by Deborah.