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Ministry of Propaganda - 26/Dec/2004: "Christmas Crime Reading"

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Christmas Crime Reading

We were enjoying the Kohl und Pinkel so much today that we completely forgot to take the pictures I had promised yesterday. There are a few pictures of Kohl und Pinkel available on a page I wrote a few years ago, you'll have to make do with that for now. What can I offer instead then? How about a quick mention of the crime novel I finished reading this morning?

I read Never Somewhere Else about a year ago, during my last visit to Glasgow I bought A Small Weeping by Alex Gray. It was among the books I took with me when I left for Germany to spend Christmas with my parents and different to previous visits I did actually finish the book.

The books center around DCI Lorimer of Glasgow Police and psychologist and criminal profiler Solomon Brightman. Not exactly a new formula, more of a tried and trusted. Alex Gray also tries to put some local touch into the books, Glasgow in both and also the outer Hebrides (Lewis and Harris) in the second one. Not as good as Ian Rankin does with Edinburgh in his Inspector Rebus series, but at least if you know the area you get the first glimpses. The storylines are sometimes predictable, but it's still an enjoyable read. I assume there will be further books and it will turn into a series. It took a while for the Inspector Rebus series to become really good and successful, I hope this one will move into the same space.

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