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This week’s reviews are:
TOMBLAND by CJ Sansom, reviewed by John Cleal
Hunchback lawyer/sleuth Matthew Shardlake is sent by Princess Elizabeth to
investigate a murder of which a distant Boleyn relative is accused and
finds himself unwillingly caught up in the East Anglian rising which became
known as Kett’s Rebellion.
THE MAN WHO CAME UPTOWN by George Pelecanos, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Michael Hudson is a young man in a Washington DC jail, granted the
opportunity to start again, to come uptown, but facing a significant
challenge on his way there.
THE INSIDER by Mari Hannah, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When the body of a fourth woman is found on a railway line, DCI David Stone
and DS Frankie Oliver have a strong suspicion that a serial killer is at
work. On top of that, someone on their team is leaking information to the
INHUMAN RESOURCES by Pierre Lemaitre, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Alain Delambre, formerly a highly paid executive in human resources, has
been out of regular work for four years. When a major company shows some
interest in his application for a senior position he adopts desperate
measures to obtain it.
THE DARKESS by Ragnar Jónasson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
As 64-year-old Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik
police is forced into early yet unwelcome retirement, she can work on one
cold case of her choice. Hulda takes on the apparent suicide of a Russian
asylum seeker Elena. But she’s ignored by her colleagues and plagued by
painful memories and seems to be heading into real danger.
DESTROYING ANGEL by SG MacLean, reviewed by John Cleal
1655. Captain Damian Seeker of Oliver Cromwell’s handpicked guard has been
sent north to prepare the way for stringent new anti-Royalist laws. What
should be a routine visit to a village on the North York moors uncovers a
stew of hatred, ambition and treachery.
MEMO FROM TURNER by Tim Willocks, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When a young girl is crushed in a hit-and-run the culprit’s rich family
conspire to protect him. Warrant Officer Turner is determined that someone
THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS by Donna Leon, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
An elderly man is discovered seriously injured at the foot of some steps
down to a canal. By chance his wife has just spoken with Inspector Brunetti
about the possibility of her son taking drugs.
MUNICH by Robert Harris, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Britain in 1938 holds its breath as Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minster,
negotiates with Adolf Hitler to resolve the crisis of Hitler’s intention to
invade Czechoslovakia. Two friends from Oxford, one German and one British,
are involved in the discussion that takes place in Munich.
ENOUGH ROPE by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When London PI Lee Arnold is asked for help by a former police colleague he
isn’t keen on getting involved, but allows himself to be persuaded to
investigate a kidnapping.
ONE DEADLY SUMMER by Sebastien Japrisot, reviewed by John Cleal
Beautiful and sensual Eliane, know as Elle, is the object of the lust of
every man in a small Provencal village. When she targets car mechanic and
part-time fireman Fiorimond she is planning revenge for his family’s
involvement in a crime committed decades earlier.
DEATH COMES IN THROUGH THE KITCHEN by Teresa Dovalpage, reviewed by Anthea
A boyfriend finding his soon-to-be fiancée dead in her bathtub would be the
start of a complicated tale in any country. But this is Cuba where layers
of ambiguity and lies cover every aspect of life.
DON’T MAKE A SOUND by David Jackson, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Malcolm and Harriet are about to have another daughter, a little sister for
Daisy. All Malcolm need do is remove the flimsy lock and steal this latest
child from her parents.
MAIGRET’S SECRET by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A well-known wealthy woman is found stabbed to death in a frenzied attack.
Maigret interviews her husband and cannot make up his mind about his guilt
A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by WC Ryan, reviewed by John Cleal
Kate Cartwright, a woman with special gifts, is invited by armaments
millionaire Lord Francis Highmount and his wife to join a party on their
isolated island to take part in a seance to contact their sons killed in
World War I. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear each has something to
hide – and soon one will be savagely murdered.
THE PIRANHAS by Roberto Saviano, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A group of teenagers from central Naples form their own paranza or mob
crew, taking advantage of the vacuum left by the breakdown in the
THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes, reviewed by John Cleal
A war heroine nurse is murdered on a south coast train. Aristocratic Nancy
Mitford investigates, aided by her one-time nurserymaid and companion
BLACKSTONE UNDERGROUND By Richard Falkirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The Bank of England is being threatened with an audacious break-in. It’s
Blackstone’s job to stop this happening
THE BETEL NUT TREE MYSTERY by Ovidia Yu, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Chen Su Lin, assistant to Singapore’s Chief Inspector Le Froy, ends up at
risk when a rich young Englishman is found dead, his body soaked in betel
THE ASTONISHING COLOUR OF AFTER by Emily XR Pan, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Leigh is struggling to cope with the aftermath of her mother’s suicide, but
when a big red bird appears and speaks with her mother’s voice, Leigh knows
she has one last chance to connect with her mother.
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