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Title: Raven Black
Author: Ann Cleeves
Number of Pages: 320 pages
My Rating: 3.75/5

Review: -First in the Shetland Quartet series
- slow-paced thriller which captures the sense of community and isolation of the island
- Jimmy Perez, the detective trying to solve the case, is an interesting somewhat flawed character
- recommended if you like Scandinavian thrillers

Title: Die Baerenkralle (The Bear Claw)
Author: Torhil Damhaug
Number of Pages: 432 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:- Set in Oslo/Norway
- the plot is interesting but not entirely convincing
- not a typical Scandinavian thriller
- recommended if you're looking for an easy beach read

Title: Twisted Wing
Author: Ruth Newman
Number of Pages: 320 pages
My Rating: 3/5

Review:- a serial killer targets the students at Ariel College in Cambridge
- interesting plot
- the writing is okay as long as it's not dialog
- recommended if you're looking for an easy beach read

Title: Sworn to Silence
Author: Linda Castillo
Number of Pages: 368 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:- Set in Amish country (Painters Mill, Ohio)
- Chief of police Kate Burkholder is a former member of said Amish community
- a serial killer is killing young women and the murders bear a striking to murders committed 15 years earlier
- it's Linda Castillo's first book and it shows in some parts but it's an easy, entertaining read nonetheless

Title: The Darkest Room
Author: Johan Theorin
Number of Pages: 480 pages
My Rating: 3.75/5

Review:- Book two in the Oland series
- part ghost story and part murder mystery
- two parallel stories: the history of two lighthouses and that of a family trying to begin a new life after a tragic event in their lives
- recommended if you like atmospheric Scandinavian thrillers

Title: The Tudors
Author: Richard Rex
Number of Pages: 320 pages
My Rating: 3.75/5

Review:- Non-fiction overview of the Tudor era
- One chapter for each Tudor monarch
- Book focuses more on the political aspect of the Tudor reign than on a biography for the kings and queens
- good writing style; book recommended if you're looking for an introduction to Tudor history
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