Recreation: an intriguing and unconventional female sleuth

There’s now an entire series of full-length crime novels in the Lena’s Friends series, and this prequel short story makes an ideal introduction to the imaginative characters who solve crimes, right wrongs and occasionally mete out righteous revenge in most unusual circumstances. This is not your average police procedural! ‘Recreation’ is a diverting short story…

Master of Knots: rarely risqué and barely part-boiled

Yes, yes: judging a book by its cover is famously futile. But I fell for it nonetheless. The 2014 Europa Edition of Massimo Carlotto’s ‘Master of Knots’ is a superficially thing of salacious sensation. The cover-art is overtly sexual: the dust-jacket itself is unusually high quality and pleasingly tactile, and the back-cover blurb is nothing…