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Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler

Saturday, August 22, 2020 MysteryFiction

Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler front cover

Nursery rhymes, as we all know, often have disturbing and violent messages. The old London rhyme Oranges and Lemons is no exception. When the speaker of the House of Commons Michael Claremont is badly injured under a delivery of citrus fruit near St Clement’s Church, it’s clear (to some) this is no freakish accident. A stave as sharp as a dagger has punctured his stomach. There’s also a strong smell of oranges in the air when a bookshop burns down. The owner later commits suicide.

In this latest Bryant & May novel, the obvious team to tackle the Claremont case is the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU)… but it has been closed down and its two senior detectives are out of action...

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Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Thursday, June 25, 2020 MysteryFiction

Welcome to San Francisco in the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression it’s seen as a place of opportunity, and Jane Hopper is determined to grasp whatever chance comes her way and hold onto it, tight. Prepare to be drawn into the decidedly different Copy Boy, written by an author who has been described as ‘Raymond Chandler for feminists’.

There’s more than a touch of The Grapes of Wrath about Jane’s roots, and the opening chapters of this slice of noir are set firmly in the Dust Bowls of the Okie trail, where the Hopper family scratches a living picking cotton, living in a hovel built out of canvas and cardboard. At 17, Jane has had enough of living hand to mouth and she dreams of getting away...

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