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A must-read for all crime fans who enjoy compulsively readable crime & those with an appreciation of beautifully lyrical prose ... A MASTERPIECE. - Lou [Goodreads Librarian / NetGalley / Amazon Top 100 Reviewer]

...there is nothing better than transcendent writing put to the service of a mystery. Shamus Dust is one of the best examples I've come across ... the noir vibe was so pervasive that my mental picture throughout was the black-and-white of a mid-century gumshoe film. The sooty, snowy, London winter setting didn't hurt, and the only color seemed to be the vibrant red lipstick worn by the women. - Kaye [Goodreads / NetGalley /Amazon]  

I am deeply, deeply disappointed...that this book ever had to end.  - Will Byrnes [Goodreads]

So you thought Raymond Chandler was dead, did you? Think again. Do you believe in reincarnation? Easier if you do. Cause I think he’s been reincarnated. He’s back with us, only now we call her Janet Roger. Think Sam Spade. Think Philip Marlowe. Think film noir. B Movie. American voiceover from old black and white crime cinema. Read this book in black and white. Don’t think colour unless it’s blood. - Gee [Amazon]

I loved this book. Janet Roger is one of the few writers of "boiler plate detective books" that actually keeps you wondering, "what next?" ... Good writing and good reading.  - Sandra [Goodreads /Amazon]

Shamus Dust surprised me. Not because I didn't expect to like it. I start every new book with at least the hope of liking it. But this one hooked me from the beginning and held on tight, page after page. I thought I had seen that this was a debut, but the more I read, the more convinced I became that this had to be the work of an author who had grown in her talent leading up to this wonderfully written story. But no, when I checked, Shamus Dust is a debut, and let me tell you, Janet Roger has set the bar quite high with this one ... This is one killer debut.  - Becky [Goodreads /NetGalley /Amazon]

Raymond Chandler has been reincarnated in the expressive prose of Shamus Dust. ... it is the lush writing style that makes Shamus Dust stand out. - Diane Hernandez [Goodreads / NetGalley /Amazon]

If you enjoyed Raymond Chandler’s style of writing, and are looking for a new PI from this era, and city. London with its dark, murky, bomb ruined streets, then Newman is your man. This book has everything murder, mystery, blackmail, tension, great characters and plot. I highly recommend it. - Jacqueline Sharp [Goodreads /Amazon]

Shamus Dust is one of those unexpected surprises. When you open up this box, don't assume it's just another wannabe-Hardboiled tale ... Written in rich, thick prose that you could get lost in, this is a spectacular journey. Don't make the mistake of skimming anything, there's a lot on every page and all of it is important. Don't blink or you might miss something important. A very impressive debut indeed. - David Wilde [Goodreads Librarian /NetGalley /Amazon]

This is how you write a detective/murder mystery to impress me. A proper noir set in post-war London. Very atmospheric, vivid descriptions, I've enjoyed the occasional sarcasm, in other words: I loved almost every single page of it. Brilliant writing style, feeling like a classic of the genre. An array of interesting characters, portraying a large palette of human behaviors and morality. I truly rooted for the doc and the detective to get together ...  Highly recommended!  - Catalina [Goodreads Librarian]

Set in London in the aftermath of the second world war, Shamus Dust is a masterly historical thriller/police procedural. Janet Roger is utterly convincing in her depiction of a bombed-out London, still on rations, with shortages the norm, but with the opportunities of re-building and re-growth exciting the attention of some very unsavoury characters. An excellent book, and an author worth following.  - Sarah W [NetGalley /Amazon]

A writer new to me but this was a highly impressive debut. Well written with lush descriptive prose, an original plot and an atmospheric description of post war London.  Hard to ask for much more - highly recommended." - Greville Waterman  [Goodreads /NetGalley]

As I got further into the story I gained familiarity with them (the characters) and would find myself thinking of the story, wanting to get back into their world. That is the greatest gift an author can give to a reader and Roger delivers!  - Valerie  [Goodreads /NetGalley /Amazon]

I liked this very much, the evocation of 40s 'noir' detective films had me listening to Humphrey Bogart as I read... overall extremely readable. Recommended. - Lynne Clark [NetGalley]

I thoroughly enjoyed this very well written murder mystery set in 1947 London. The atmosphere and sense of place was spot on ...  highly recommended and gets one of my rare five stars.  - Sharyn  [Goodreads /NetGalley]

Every so often a book comes along that is so beautifully written and so haunting that a reviewer has to dig deep to even begin to do it justice. ... Janet Roger creates a divine metaphor in the final three pages. - David Prestidge [Goodreads / Fully Booked]

A most complex and interesting story ... it’s a real page turner exciting and full of surprises giving a most satisfying read. - William W. [NetGalley]

.. entertaining and gripping and I think you may well love it. I did and the ending is a stroke of genius ... - Dave W. [NetGalley]