Blood In The Snow: alpine excellence

Life is tough for readers of high-class international crime fiction. These books aren’t like the typical potboiler thriller. Their authors don’t just churn out a by-the-numbers page-turner every six months. A literary crime novel demands dedication and extensive effort to hone to something close to perfection. And then we English speaking types have to endure…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

  The autumn reading season delivers Nordic noir, cosy crime, sci-fi thrillers, feisty female detectives, murder in the Outback and sleaze in Sicily: detectives, vendettas, hardboiled heroes and even some gore-splattered horror. Oh, and the George Smiley spy story which everyone’s been patiently waiting for… A LEGACY OF SPIES by John Le Carre A throwback…

August Heat: mature Montalbano

This Montalbano investigation is a treasure of modern crime literature. It’s delightful to read; a frothy confection of familiar, entertaining themes wrapped around a darker, poignant and potent core. The only reason August Heat doesn’t score a full 10/10 is because it isn’t very accessible to new readers to the series. It’s the tenth book…