Nightfall Berlin: the Cold War continues…

This is entirely a great read, and like all great reads, it works on several levels. You can read it simply as the continuing adventures of Major Tom Fox, Brit spook person,  carrying out a certainly secret and possibly dubious mission in East Germany. That dates it of course. East Berlin, to be more precise.…

Time Lies: extreme sibling rivalry

There are more mysteries, dysfunctional relationships, plot twists and quirky characters in this single book than some authors manage in an entire career. Author Magnus Stanke sets the scene with a cold-blooded killing then draws out a skein of enigmatic plot threads, several of which stay intriguingly unresolved until the final pages. There are moments…

Snow Flurries: cold war consequences

Historical fiction doesn’t pay much attention to the German Democratic Republic. East Germany, we called it, the subjugated ruin of half a country which didn’t benefit from a Marshall Plan but which instead spent 41 years in the chilling isolation of the cold war, on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. In four short…