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December 2009

December 24 - The welcome discovery this month was Nairobi Heat, by Mukoma wa Ngugi, that I picked up at the airport in Johannesburg. It's not his first book, but it's his first mystery novel, set in Madison, Wisconsin and Nairobi, Kenya.

Reggie Nadelson's Disturbed Earth and Brian McGilloway's Gallows Lane both have a very strong sense of places. But the places are very different: the Russian community in Brooklyn, on the one hand, and Ireland's border with northern Ireland. Kitty Sewell's Ice Trap is a more exotic setting - Canada's Northwest Territories - but both the plot and the characters seems a bit strained.

Lynda La Plante's Clean Cut (set in London) and J. A. Jance's Cruel Intent (set in Sedona, Arizona) both continue series with strong women characters and readable prose that effectively weaves place, character, and plot.

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J. A. Jance on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Lynda La Plante on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Brian McGilloway on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Reggie Nadelson on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Kitty Sewell on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Mukoma wa Ngugi on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia