In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins — legal questions and moral doubts

Fictional investigators in contemporary crime novels make their task seem so easy. But then they do have a vast array

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The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai — love and courage in beseiged country

The Mountains Sing is a sweeping tale of one woman’s determination to hold her family together no matter what life

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The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst —bored by decadence

What a disappointment The Line of Beauty turned out to be. This winner of the 2004 Booker Prize was so

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Family Album by Penelope Lively — chinks in the idyll

To outsiders, the sprawling Edwardian villa called Allersmead seems the perfect family home. A bit ramshackle. A tad chaotic. But

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The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler: beware the stranger on your doorstep

I’m not a huge consumer of psychological crime novels or thrillers but I do turn to them whenever I need

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