26.6.16

DISSOLUTION, by C. J. Sansom

1/series, with Tudor-era lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Absolutely marvelous! Mesmerizing! Authentic! If you love historical mysteries with details galore and a winning protagonist (in this case a brilliant but troubled hunchback lawyer), this is the book - and the series - for you. Henry VIII has become Head of the Church, Catholicism has been outlawed, and the powerful religious houses are being - literally - dissolved. Under the supervision of the ruthless Thomas Cromwell, Henry's right-hand man, agents are sent to monasteries to coerce them into agreeing to their own dissolution. But one agent is murdered, at a remote Benedictine house in the Sussex marshes. Click below for more...

23.6.16

CITY OF SECRETS, by Stewart O'Nan

1945, Jerusalem, in British-occupied Palestine. European Jews, those surviving, struggle to reach the Promised Land. Britain is determined to control the Mandate. Jossi, once called Brand, once a Latvian, once in a death camp, now a survivor without a living family, drives an underground-owned taxi for tourists. His more-or-less girlfriend Eva is a call girl. Both of them are also freedom fighters intent on driving the British out of their country. The myth of the Jew who does not fight no longer applies to them. To continue, click below...

22.6.16

WATCHMAN, by Ian Rankin

Miles Flint is a spy, one of those faceless men who slip around in shadows. Watching. Modest and unassuming, he's not in good odor at the London office at the moment: his last assignment brought about the death of a foreign official. Tailing another subject to a cocktail lounge in London, Flint belatedly discovers a switch: the real subject has swapped identities and is on the loose. The grisly murder of another player results. Had the suspect been warned? Casting an analytical eye back on recent debacles, Flint becomes convinced there's a mole, possibly high up,  in place. Despite assurances from the Director, he begins to investigate. Nobody's pleased with this. Click below for more...

16.6.16

SAVING JASON, by Michael Sears

3/mystery-thriller series starring Wall Street black sheep Jason Stafford, and his autistic son AKA The Kid. As always, Sears has cooked up a complicated financial plot as well as edgy, many-layered personal complications. This series is best read in order, so start with Black Friday, the debut book that put Sears firmly in the pantheon of award-winning authors. This time, the brokerage firm that Stafford is under contract with is threatened by a takeover, skillfully hidden behind layers of cutout companies. Click below for more...

15.6.16

EXTREMELY PALE ROSE, by Jamie Ivey

The perfect book for a Francophile or someone planning on visiting France independently. Ivey recounts the six months he and his wife Tanya and a friend traveled throughout France's wine regions after being challenged to find its palest rose. Both charming and entertaining, it's a great way to plan your own trip. What started as a minor encounter at a French bistro in Provence became a pilgrimage searching all the rosé areas: Ivey and his friend were challenged by a Provencal vintner to find a rosé paler than hers. Click below for more...

12.6.16

BLOOD STAINED, by C. J. Lyons


2/series starring obsessed FBI Agent Lucy Guardino. Contemporary FBI thrillers don't get a whole lot more intense than this. Chained to her desk (where she's supposed to be anyway) and watched by her supervisors, Lucy misses the field, and tracking down criminals. Then a taunting letter arrives on her desk: she made a mistake on a case four years earlier and the letter hints there's more deaths to come. Lucy's told the closed case, with the psychopathic murderer being swept into an underground river, will not be re-opened.Click below for more...

SNAKE SKIN, by C. J. Lyons

1/FBI thriller starring Lucy Guardino. The old adage that a woman has to work harder, smarter and faster than a man to get even partway to where he is applies in spades to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino. Known as a go-it-alone agent who doesn't like to wait for approval or assistance, kick-ass Lucy is the epitome of a driven, tightly-focused agent. Her job comes first, before spouse and daughter. Even when there's a pool of snakes in the mix. Click below for more...

9.6.16

THE YARD, by Alex Grecian

1/series set in Victorian London. The Metropolitan Police's failure to catch Jack the Ripper has led to a high in public contempt and a low in morale. The newly-established Murder Squad at Scotland Yard – a mere 12 detectives – is led by a new brook who intends to professionalize the squad. Detective Walter Day is summoned to Kings Cross Rail Station where an abandoned trunk was opened to reveal a partly-dismembered body...of a Murder Squad detective. Day is assigned the case, and he works closely with Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the new, self-styled forensic doctor. Click below for more...

8.6.16

HARD GOING, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

16/in the Bill Slider series of British police procedurals. When a retiring former barrister is found dead in his flat of blows to the head, finding out who and why becomes even more than the usual puzzle for Slider and his team. Who was Lionel Bygod? Why was he so reclusive, so secretive? Why did the killer leave before the victim had finished the check he was writing? Did the maid, with a neer-do-well husband, do it? How about the hard-eyed ex-wife? Click below for more...