A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee – review

Published by Vintage Publication date  – 4 May 2017 Source – own copy WINNER OF THE CWA ENDEAVOUR HISTORICAL DAGGER 2017 India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta’s police force. He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim…

Foreign Bodies – edited by Martin Edwards – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 5 October 2017 Source – review copy The first ever collection of classic crime in translation. Today, translated crime fiction is in vogue – but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality….

Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 October 2017 Source – review copy In the winter of 1942, England lies cold and dark in the wartime blackout. One bleak evening, Councillor Grayling steps off the 6.12 from Euston, carrying £120 in cash, and oblivious to the fate that awaits him in the snow-covered suburbs….

Norma by Sofi Oksanen – review

Published by Atlantic Books Publication date – 2 November 2017 Source – review copy Translated by Owen F. Witesman From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, comes a deliciously dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women’s bodies and the extremes to which people…

The Doctor’s Wife is Dead by Andrew Tierney – review

Published by Penguin Ireland Publication date – 23 February 2017 Source – review copy A mysterious death in respectable society: a brilliant historical true crime story In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper’s…

Rocco and the Nightingale by Adrian Magson – review and guest post

Published by Dome Press Publication date – 19 October 2017 Source – review copy When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out…

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – review

Published by Piatkus Publication date – 9 August 2016 Source – review copy ‘I made a mistake when I first met Joshua: I smiled at him. My best sunny smile with all my teeth, my eyes sparkling with stupid optimism. His eyes scanned me from the top of my head to the soles of my shoes….

Me Life Story: Sofa so Good! by Scarlett Moffatt – review

Published by Blink Publishing Publication date – 18 October 2017 Source – review copy Hiya, my name’s Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I’m A Celebrity throne. You…

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields – review

Published by Avon Publication date – 26 January 2017 Source – review copy On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real…

Portrait of a Murderer by Ann Meredith – review

Published by British Library Publishing Publication date – 25 September 2017 Source – review copy Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931.Thus begins a classic crime novel published in 1933, a riveting portrait of the psychology of…

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler – review

Published by Riverrun Publication date – 5 October 2017 Source – review copy Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead. So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female,…

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date Source – own copy Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged, governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. over a period of 24 hours her life is changed – forever. Miss Pettigrew has little hope of work but…