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A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Having read No Time for Goodbye and A tap on the window, i would also like to read “A noise Downstairs” the latest haunting psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay. This novel blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben. It features a College professor named Paul Davis who is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

However soon acquiring the typewriter after Paul starts hearing a suspicious noise downstairs and discovers to his alarm that the typewriter is typing by itself at night. Paul begins to suspect the typewriter may be possessed. However only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going mad. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine?

Paul becomes Increasingly tormented, but he is determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, so Paul begins investigating the deaths himself. However he soon discovers that this may not be the best thing to do and begins to wish that he had just taken the typewriter back to where his wife found it, stopped asking questions and simply walked away. . .

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Broken Ground by Val McDermid

I would lile to read Broken Ground, the 32nd novel by Val McDermid. It begins when a character named Alice Somerville inherits, a pair of valuable vintage motorbikes. These were buried six feet under in a Highland peat bog by her grandfather at the end of World War II. So Alice organises their recovery.

However she also finds an unwelcome surprise -a body with a pair of bullet holes . . . and Nike trainers. So DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit is called in to unravel a case. Karen is still in mourning for Phil, her former boyfriend who was killed on the job . She and her colleague, Jason, aka “The Mint” are working on a lead from a rape case from the 1980s. The investigation traces back to WWII and as Karen uncovers, has a link to a prominent member of Scottish society who would rather the past remained buried.

Meanwhile an overheard conversation in a cafe draws Karen to the heart of another murder she thought she’d already prevented. As Karen gets closer to the several truths, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.
Broken Ground is the Fifth novel in the exciting DCI Karen Pirie Crime thriller series.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Best known for writing the novel “Crime and Punishment” the Russian Novelist Fyodor Dovstoyevsky sadly passed a way on 9th February. He was born 11 November 1821 in the Mariinsky hospital in Moscow, Russia. Dostoyevsky was introduced to literature at an early age – fairy tales and legends, as well as books by English, French, German and Russian authors. His mother’s sudden death in 1837 devastated him. At around the same time, he left school to enter the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. Once he graduated, he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a liberal lifestyle.

He soon began to translate books to earn extra money. Around the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, allowing him to join St Petersburg’s literary circles. He also wrote short stories and essays which explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. Although Dostoyevsky began writing books in the mid-1840s, his most remembered are from his last years, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He wrote eleven novels, three novellas, seventeen short novels and three essays, and has been acknowledged by many literary critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in universal literature.

In 1849 he was arrested for his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle, a secret, however society of liberal utopians as well as a literary discussion group. He and other members were condemned to death, but the penalty proved to be a mock execution and the sentence was commuted to four years’ hard labour in Siberia. After his release, Dostoyevsky was forced to serve as a soldier, but was discharged from the military due to his ill health. In the following years Dostoyevsky worked as a journalist, publishing and editing several magazines of his own and later a serial, A Writer’s Diary. When he began to travel around western Europe, his finances suffered because of his gambling addiction and he had to face the humiliation of begging for money. He suffered from epilepsy throughout his adult life. But through sheer energy and the volume of his work, he eventually became one of the most widely read and renowned Russian writers, His books remain popular and have been translated into more than 170 languages and sold around 15 million copies. He has also influenced a vast range of writers, from Anton Chekhov and James Joyce to Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ayn Rand, to name but a few.