Six crime thrillers to keep you entertained on cold nights

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1979, Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly, 432 pages)

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Any new novel by McDiarmid, one of Britain’s finest crime novelists, is a cause for joy. The first book in a new series is even better because it promises more stories to come. 1979 The work is the first to feature Eli Burns, a Glasgow-based investigative journalist who works in an environment where casual abuse is part of everyday life and direct harassment is expected. McDiarmid, a writer who can cast a character like few others, creates the perfect circumstances to introduce a woman with intelligence and ambition living in a world that works to push her into the kitchen. Is.


The story begins with a year of strikes, power cuts, blizzards and political unrest, and Ellie sees the possibility of escaping the “women’s pages” loaded with diet, recipes, and fashion. She finds herself involved in the life and work of a general investigative reporter named Danny Sullivan and the two begin working on an international tax fraud story. The pair are barely digging in when they discover a link to a Scottish ultranationalist group. There is danger but a big story is a big story. This book has everything one would expect from McDiarmid but offers a bit more; Some history, some politics and a look back at what happened before. Get it before Christmas – you don’t want to stop reading to deal with the holiday craziness.

ville spirits, John MacLachlan Gray (Douglas and McIntyre, 320 pages)

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Who says Canadian history is boring? Certainly not a fan of author/playwright John MacLachlan Grey, whose first mystery, the white angel, founded in Vancouver in the 1920s, introduced readers to Constable Calvin Hooks, reporter/poet Ed McCurdy, and an eavesdropping telephone operator named Mildred Wikstrom. Now they return in a delightful sequel that focuses on the international trade in wine. In short, we have a whole collection of people and a plot to advance a fantastic novel.

Alcohol, and the sin it is supposed to supply, is once again legal in Vancouver. Prohibition, American style, has failed but its supporters have not been defeated. Many supporters of restraint are voters and they should be appeased. Enter BC Attorney-General Gordon Cunning, whose ambitions extend beyond the Rockies. He establishes the Liquor Control Board, which oversees the supply. His vote, All From champagne to elegant weddings to a supply of cheap beer to the local salon: the disease of intoxication will end. But then the cunning turns up dead, a martini glass in hand. Shortly after, Mrs. Harlan Crombie, socialite and wife of a powerful politician, dies after a drink at their book club gathering. Is this an accident? The papers report that hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans are dying from drinking household alcohol that turns out to be toxic. Can this happen in Canada?

I finished this terrifying secret and then celebrated with a gin martini. Dry. No olives.

hell and gone, Sam Wiebe (Harbour, 316 pages, $24.95)


This is Vibe’s third novel featuring private-eyed teammates Dave Wakeland and Jeff Chen and is the best of the three, meaning there’s more to come. Vibe also edited vancouver black, a collection of short stories in the acclaimed series. He knows his city from the Pai Gow parlor to the motorcycle haunt, and the story begins with a massacre in the Chinatown office building. The opening questions are who and why. Wakeland and Chen are on the tab of a motorcycle gang to find out what happened. Why the gang wants to know is part of the mystery and I won’t reveal it, but it’s good.

Chen and Wakeland are also assisting with the police investigation of the crime, but soon, things go south. Shooters are dying. Someone, somewhere, is cleaning up the crime but why? and that? Soon Wakeland and Chen find themselves embroiled in a case they can’t fathom.

Doll, translated by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton, 450 pages)


Iceland, one of the world’s most peaceful countries, is fast becoming a mecca of fantasy gore and yersa sigurdardottir is one of the most popular authors around, writing two series for adults, a batch of books for children, as well as a stand-alone book drenched in blood and myth. Doll, the fifth in the excellent Freyja and Huldar series, never lets go of its first sentence.

The story begins with a fishing trip and a doll. The mother and daughter are having a lovely day together while trolling peacefully. The only thing they hold is an old doll, apparently to age in the water and distorted and deformed. The mother thinks of tossing the terrible thing but the child begs to keep it. Little thought of pity for an old and lost toy. The mother posted the story on social media. Two days later, she is dead and the doll is gone and has no clue. Eventually things get cold.

Years later, Detective Huldar is embarking on a boat trip, which turns out to be one of his least favorite things. He is part of a search for human remains and finds far more than he expected. He enlists psychologist Freyja to find out what he’s seeing but then another death takes him in a very different direction and Freyja’s expertise becomes more important than ever.

rabbit bill, Mark Billingham (Little, Brown, 389 pages)


Mark Billingham’s latest psychological thriller begins and ends inside the head of Alice Armitage, who was not a police officer. Whatever Alice may have been, she is currently a resident in a long-term psychiatric facility after a severe mental break due to heavy indulging in drinking, drugs and many self-destructive behaviors. Alice believes it was brought on by PTSD, but ultimately, she is her own worst enemy and least reliable narrator.

That twist allows Billingham to work on one of his best novels of all time. A patient dies in the ward and Alice feels that her investigative juices are coming; However, the police is not interested in that. They are dealing with a classic locked-room mystery and all the patients on the ward are potential suspects, as well as the staff. But Alice perseveres, conducting her own investigations. Then her prime suspect is killed and Alice finds herself falling down the rabbit hole of her mind once again.

when you are mine, Michael Robotham (Area, 404 page)


Robotham is quickly becoming a well-known writer for psychological thrillers, and his 16th book is a classic example.

Philomena McCarthy is the daughter of a London drug lord and a member of the Metropolitan Police Force. Tempe Brown is the significant other of a member of the police elite. When Phil is summoned to a domestic dispute, she finds Tempe in need of protection from a fellow copper. In no time, Phil learns that he has found a good friend and, as a result, has made a serious enemy.

This is the situation when two women move in together and then bad things start to happen. How far will Phil’s commitment to a friendship that could be toxic goes, Robotham asks as he wields the knife with skill and precision.

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