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The Prophet Murders by Mehnet Murat Somer

Is someone murdering transvestites in Istanbul? And does anyone care? Darkly funny, exciting and different, the book was so good I could even cope with the computer speak - yes the heroine is a techie as well as a transvestite and businessman.

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Beyond the Great Indoors by Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Two middle-aged guys living together and you realise they both have big problems - anxietes about venturing out of the house, even answering the phone. An optimistic tale of how awkward and damaged human beings can help each other - with some great comic moments.

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9987 by Nik Jones

This first novel by Nik Jones is violent, vicious, nasty and utterly bleak. However, despite all this, the absolute brilliance of the writing makes it an enjoyable, exciting and even amusing read! The picture of the unnamed, unloved hero going quietly mad among his DVDs will linger long in the mind. Will you ever risk entering a DVD rental shop again?

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Black Orchids by Gillian Slovo

This is a family saga that travels from Ceylon in the 1940s to England in the 1950s and beyond. That racism was rife goes without saying, but this doesn't swamp the story, in fact it's the inner family wrangling that takes up much of the book. There are no huge surprises, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's quite simply a rattling good read, best enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon with a nice cup of tea.

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