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Settled Blood

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Settled Blood, Mari Hannah, book reviewReading crime fiction that’s set in your own home town or region can be a frustrating activity; instead of concentrating on the plot and characters, you can find yourself criticising the dialogue (‘No one round here would talk like that!’) or wondering how someone on foot could get from one local landmark to another in such a short time. This is one of the reasons I like to read foreign crime fiction, or novels that are set in fictional locations: I simply don’t want the distractions that come with reading fiction set on your own manor. Against my better judgment I gave Mari Hannah’s Settled Blood a chance: I didn’t expect much having recently suffered the literary shambles of another piece of crime fiction set in the north east, Danielle Ramsay’s “Broken Silence”.

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