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Kelley Armstrong is married with three kids and lives in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, she's a full-time writer and parent. She is the author of the Women of the Otherworld series, the Nadia Stafford crime novels and a quintet of novels set in the fictional town of Cainsville, Illinois. The first novel in her new thriller series, City of the Lost, was a number one national bestseller.

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Armstrong: Leads many lives through her fiction, but happiest with the one she has right now.

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Armstrong: I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen

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Armstrong: Veterinarian

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March 11, 2017

You would think that a small town in the Yukon might be a suitable venue for a cosy, but if the town in question is Rockton in Karen Armstrong's A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE, you couldn't be more wrong. Sharon Mensing has only praise for this second in the Casey Duncan series, set in a place populated by those who have paid for the privilege of escaping their often dubious pasts.

QUICKSAND, by Malin Persson Giolito, has an unusual narrator - a teenaged girl implicated in a school shooting that resulted in a number killed and wounded. This one won the prize for Best Swedish Crime Novel last year and I thought it was well-deserved. Unsurprisingly, this young woman is not immediately a sympathetic figure and the same can be said for the protagonist of Australian writer Anna Snoekstra's ONLY DAUGHTER. All the same, Karen Chisholm reports, some readers, at least, will sympathize with her situation and wish her well. Both books seem headed for some heated discussion in book groups.

No ambivalence for Susan Hoover when it comes to LUCIDITY. David Conroy, she says, "has hit this one out of the park."

Jim Napier remarks that his review of THE PIGEON TUNNEL, John Le Carré's memoir, is longer than usual, but then, the subject demands it. It is, he says, an extraordinary life and an extraordinary book.

Adrian McKinty proposed a trilogy about The Troubles, the Irish euphemism for the decades-long conflict over the status of Northern Ireland. POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON'T LOOK FRIENDLY is the sixth entry in the group and may or may not be the last. I for one hope he never ends this endlessly rewarding series.

Two books that Sharon Mensing reviews this week provide almost poetic celebrations of rivers. Erica Ferencik's THE RIVER AT NIGHT so impressed Sharon that she went back to read the whole thing again in order to savour the natural description. She also approved of Chris Bohjalian's THE SLEEPWALKER, which she compares favourably to his earlier THE DOUBLE BIND.

Cathy Downs, on the other hand, was less enthusiastic about Sam Shepard's THE ONE INSIDE. As a great admirer of Shepard's plays, Cathy was looking forward to seeing how he would approach a novel, and came away profoundly disappointed.

A CAST OF VULTURES, by Judith Flanders, is the third in this series set in London and starring a senior book editor. Caryn St Clair reports this is a wonderful addition to the series. London is also the scene for Nancy Boyarsky's THE SWAP in which a Los Angeles couple swap houses with their British counterparts. It is, as you expected, a nightmare, but one which Caryn quite enjoyed (and perhaps a cautionary tale for Airbnb enthusiasts). Caryn also read Trudy Nan Boyce's OLD BONES, which takes place in Atlanta against the background of demonstrations by Spelman College students. Caryn concludes that it is on the whole an excellent novel.

We have several cosies on offer this week. Nancy Eady reviewed two of the them and liked what she saw. As she remarks about Leslie Karst's A MEASURE OF MURDER, "What's not to love in a mystery that includes Italian food, music, and murder?" And there are recipes into the bargain. As for Nancy G. West's RIVER CITY DEAD, she warns that you might be prompted to begin saving up for a trip to San Antonio during Fiesta Week. Finally, Tonya Kappes proves once again that the mere fact of being deceased is no barrier to aiding private investigation in A GHOSTLY REUNION. Meredith Frazier reports that the book has some difficulties but still is fun to read, especially for fans who have been following the series.

Our visitor in the Sixty Seconds over to your left is Kelley Armstrong. Remember to check out what she has to say.

And if you want to know more about British crime, CRIMEREVIEW would be an excellent place to visit.

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