His previous book Priest was nominated for an Edgar, and the sequel Cross is just as gripping.
Mike Ripley's April Crime File reviews a varied batch of books including A Killing Frost which he states 'is a fitting tribute because sadly, it will be the last, following the death of author Rodney Wingfield last year.'
And of special interest to Devon residents is a 'Crowner John' story by Bernard Knight.
'The undisputed Lord of the Manor when it comes to medieval murder is former Home Office pathologist Professor Bernard Knight and he shows why in his new novel The Manor of Death (Simon & Schuster, £18.99). Not only does he demonstrate a detailed knowledge of 12th century Devon, but he is also quite an expert on dead bodies, as you might expect from someone who has conducted several thousand autopsies for real.'
Maxine writes that 'The writing and the translation (by Charlotte Barslund) are excellent. Karin Fossum's last book, CALLING OUT FOR YOU, was shortlisted for the CWA dagger in 2006. If possible, BLACK SECONDS is even better.' This recommendation is good enough for me and as Karin Fossum is appearing at Crime Fest in Bristol I had better catch up with the better read reviewers.
Maxine writes that 'UNSPOKEN is a great read, particularly strong in conveying the frailties of human emotion and in the juxtapositions of the police investigation with the media's reporting as well as the domestic lives of the characters.' Although she thinks the solution was a 'bit of a cheat' she will 'look forward to reading more about Gotland in Mari Jungstedt's next book.'