A MATTER OF TIME by Claire Askew

A MATTER OF TIME Claire Askew (claireaskew.com) Hodder & Stoughton (hodder.co.uk) £16.99 At 8am, a man opens fire with a shotgun at an agricultural show in Scotland’s Borders region. Either he’s a poor shot, or he has been aiming deliberately to minimise casualties. Then he’s in the wind. By lunchtime he’s holed up in a […]

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COLD GRAVE by Craig Robertson

COLD GRAVE Craig Robertson Simon & Schuster (www.simonandschuster.co.uk) £12.99 There is, it would seem, an unwritten rule for writers of cop-centric series that states that at some point the cop must become involved in an off-the-books investigation. Craig Robertson’s third novel, Cold Grave, sees the return of series characters Rachel Narey and Tony Winter, and […]

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STONEMOUTH by Iain Banks

STONEMOUTH Iain Banks (www.iain-banks.net) Little Brown (www.littlebrown.co.uk) £18.99 I didn’t have to read too far into Iain Banks’ latest novel, Stonemouth, to realise that I’ve been more than a little unfair to him over the course of the past few years. As a younger man, I read The Crow Road, having enjoyed the BBC television […]

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SNAPSHOT by Craig Robertson

SNAPSHOT Craig Robertson Simon & Schuster (www.simonandschuster.co.uk) £12.99 Glasgow, present day, and someone – a man with a high-powered rifle and a scope to match – is taking out the rulers of the city’s underbelly: drug dealers, murderers, extortionists. As the body count grows and war breaks out amongst the various underground factions, the Strathclyde […]

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