Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

Our latest list of cracking crime fiction includes Nordic noir, international espionage and adventure, English investigators, wartime military mysteries, Scandi crime, literary fiction and historical intrigue: the weird, the witty and the gritty; thrillers, killers and all-action assassins from world-class writers and indie authors. Get ready to load your Kindle… ROAD TO ITHACA by Ben…

The Pale Criminal: back to Berlin Noir

Philip Kerr wrote his original Berlin Noir trilogy nearly three decades ago, and it’s been about that long since I last read them. The Pale Criminal is the second in the series and only its brevity suggests that it’s a much older book than the current, long-running series centred around Bernie Gunther. The popularity of…

Tin Sky: meticulous history; convoluted mystery

Set in a period of peculiar stillness between cataclysmic WW2 battles, Tin Sky is a meticulous historical novel constructed around not one but two locked-room murder mysteries. Deeply scarred after barely surviving the horrors of Stalingrad, career Wehrmacht cavalry officer Martin Bora is assembling a new force in preparation for the coming conflict at Kursk.…

Stasi Child: too many plots

Just one or two of the multiple plot threads in this Cold War thriller, set in East Germany in the 1970s, could have created a gripping Iron Curtain conspiracy. The author obviously racked up heavy time with the history books and the text almost creaks at the seams with the strain of containing all the…