31.10.16

THE FORGOTTEN MAN, by Robert Crais

12/series starring World's Greatest Detective Elvis Col. A man is murdered in an LA alley. His last words: Elvis Cole is my son. But Elvis, who has never met his father, doesn't think so. Unravelling the mystery of who the man is and why he sought Elvis takes both the World's Greatest Detective and his impenetrable sidekick Joe Pike into unknown territory, and a terrible crime that dated back two decades. Click below for more...

26.10.16

THE FATAL TOUCH, by Conor Fitzgerald

2/series, set in Rome, starring Commissario Alec Blume. The art world and art forgeries figure in this mesmerizing novel. An artist is found dead on the pavement of a Trastevere piazza where scores of muggings have taken place. Known widely as a barely-functioning drunk, it may be misadventure. But a local, notoriously corrupt (even by Italian standards), Colonel of the Carabinieri inserts himself in Blume's investigation, and it appears that the artist may have written information many don't want to be known. Click below for more...

SUNSET EXPRESS, by Robert Crais

6/series starring Elvis Cole. This is an early Cole (there's over a dozen now) but it's a good one. A wealthy and obnoxious restauranteur is accused of murdering his wife, found in plastic trash bags on the side of a hill. The arresting cop will be tried first: she once was accused of fabricating evidence, and now the high-profile defense attorney will accuse her of the same. Elvis, hired by the defense attorney himself, finds no evidence of the cop's guilt. He's put on TV to proclaim this, the beaming attorney at his side. Click below for more...

ENEMIES AT HOME, by Lindsey Davis

The Flavia Albia series, #2, set in ancient Rome. A delightful, cheeky spin-off from Davis's long-running Marcus Didius Falco series, we follow the cases of the young but widowed adopted daughter of Falco and his noble wife Helena Justina.
Albia and aedele Manlius Faustus must clear a group of slaves from certain death. Their master and mistress were brutally strangled while the slaves were in house. By Roman law, they will go to the Colosseum as bait for gladiators and animals: slaves as supposed to defend their owners even to their own lives.
In this era, slaves outnumbered free Romans many times. The "enemies at home" could often be the most dangerous. The nine slaves protest their innocence, but Albia is sure they're not telling the whole truth. Saddled with the aedele's whining, unwashed slave as straggling "protector", she criss-crosses the city's seven hills in search of evidence, along the way bumping up against organized crime bosses, snooty matrons, corrupt vigiles, and a bunch of slaves soon to be sent to the auctions.
It's another 5 for this talented author. If you're in the mood for a binge, this series - along with the Falco series - make entertaining, satisfying reading that you could beach binge for weeks.
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16.10.16

SMOKE, by Dan Vyela

The old nickname for London - The Smoke - no doubt had to do with the smog from thousands of coal fires that once made the city's air nearly unbreathable and created impenetrable fogs. In this novel, set in (probably) the early 20th century, Smoke alludes to a visible evidence of sin, in thought or deed. Hundreds of years before, this strange manifestation changed British history, and over time isolated the island from the world's progress. We open at an elite boy's school where the children of the "smokeless" class send their sons.Click below for more...

14.10.16

THE DOGS OF ROME, by Conor Fitzgerald

1/series starring American-born Italian cop Alec Blume. An animal rights activist is bizarely murdered in his home. The victim's wife, a prominent politician, calls in favors before calling the police. The crime scene is totally compromised. Blume's corrupt supervisor wants a quick solution, hand-picks a victim, and wants it rolled up over night. The perp, a low-end criminal with a long record of running illegal dog fights, could easily be fitted up, but Blume knows he's not guilty. Click below for more...

7.10.16

VOODOO RIVER, by Robert Crais

5/series starring Elvis Cole .and unstoppable Joe Pike, world's greatest sidekick. Louisiana calls in this tale, sending Elvis to the bayous outside Baton Rouge where he nvestigates the past of a newly-discovered movie star. It quickly becomes apparent to the World's Greatest Detective that the information he received from the actress's delightfully crass agent is off-kilter. Then a new plot appears. But what's really important is the lawyer in Baton Rouge. Click below for more...