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Mike Ripley


UK (1952 - )

Mike Ripley is the author of the award-winning 'Angel' series of comedy thrillers which have twice won the CWA Last Laugh Award. It has been said that he 'paints a picture of London Dickens would recognise' and that 'he writes like the young Len Deighton, wierd and wonderful information and very, very funny'. Described as 'England's funniest crime writer' (The Times), he is also a respected critic of crime fiction, writing for the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and the Birmingham Post among others.He currently writes the "Getting Away With Murder" gossip column on shotsmag.co.uk.
 
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Mike Ripley recommends
Lumen
Lumen (1999)
(Martin Bora, book 1)
Ben Pastor
"Superb combination of detective story, historical thriller and Catholic novel set in Nazi-occupied Cracow in 1939. Chilling and unforgettable."
The Serpent's Tale
The Serpent's Tale (2008)
(Mistress of the Art of Death, book 2)
Ariana Franklin
"An outstanding historical mystery. Well-researched, well-plotted, well-paced and above all well written."
The Maze of Cadiz
The Maze of Cadiz (2008)
(Peter Cotton, book 1)
Aly Monroe
"So convincing and so well-written...I have trouble believing it is a first novel."
Typhoon
Typhoon (2008)
Charles Cumming
"Superior spy story, bang up to date and based on characterisation rather than convoluted plot twists or thick-eared action."
Inspector Ghote's First Case
Inspector Ghote's First Case (2009)
(Inspector Ghote, book 25)
H R F Keating
"Ghote's great strength as a detective, and as a character, is that he is always underestimated by his opponents."

Wake Up Dead (2010)
(Cape Town, book 2)
Roger Smith
"South Africa's answer to Elmore Leonard. A raw, brutal, tour-de-force."

Star Island (2010)
(Skink, book 6)
Carl Hiaasen
"Hiaasen back on top acidic form as he deflates the dirigible of celebrity in pop music with a blast of well-aimed buckshot whilst keeping some of his powder dry for his favourite target: Florida property developers."

Three Stations (2010)
(Arkady Renko, book 7)
Martin Cruz Smith
"The return of everyone's favourite Russian detective Arkady Renko desperately trying to stay honest in a corrupt world. The bleak, dark side of post-Communist Moscow has never been better done."



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