Wendy Cartmell

Author of the Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers

Holding by Graham Norton My rating: 5 of 5 stars The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was …

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Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder… Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and …

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Progeny by Lea O’Harra My rating: 5 of 5 stars One winter’s evening three-year-old Makiko Kohara goes missing from a mall in western Japan while shopping with her family. When Chief Inspector Kenji Inoue of the Fujikawa police gets the call, he is playing with his own small son, Yuichi. Disturbed by the news, he …

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