Book giveaway: one to win

There’s a chance to win Ian Coates’ international espionage thriller, Eavesdrop, over at Goodreads this month. Follow this link to enter the draw to win a paperback copy, settle down to a ripping read with assorted assassins, modern smugglers and high-tech spies… Customs Investigator James Winter must overcome all manner of extreme adversaries if he…

Wallander: Branagh’s farewell

This final set of three 90 minutes films are the hardest of the English-language interpretation to appreciate. Kurt Wallander has been brought to the screen by three different actors. If you prefer either of the Scandinavian versions to Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of the Swedish detective then you definitely won’t enjoy this one. If, however, you’re a fan…

The Man Upstairs: an existential detective

Frank Miller is a golden age gumshoe, the archetypal hardboiled private investigator. He’ll never turn away from a warm woman or a cold case. Armed with a cynical wit, a world-weary attitude and a smart-ass delivery, he’s just the right man to investigate shady goings-on involving sexed-up care-workers, suspicious deaths and a nefarious elected official.…