Metropolis: a goodbye to Bernie

Long before it was fashionable to write detective fiction set in Nazi Germany, Philip Kerr created his Berlin Noir trilogy. That series established an entire genre and inspired a generation of crime writers to set their stories not in Agatha Christie’s golden age of the English upper class but instead in Berlin’s sleazy backstreets. Unlike…

March Violets: a philosophical investigation

The very first of Philip Kerr’s WW2 Bernie Gunther investigations arrives as a republished stand-alone ebook (previously it was packaged up with The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem to form the ‘Berlin Noir’ trilogy) with perfect timing, just as the 12th book in the series is launched. It’s a clever move. March Violets is…

Ripping Reading: new titles and offbeat books

A rapid round-up of crime-thriller, murder-mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from new writers, indie authors and small publishers. Plenty here to top up your ‘to-read’ shelf after the summer holidays… A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Tyler Dilts: investigating the human condition. Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime…

Ha’penny: intrigue and espionage on an alternate earth

The Small Change series is definitely my discovery of the year. Ha’penny, the second in the trilogy, offers us the ultimate moral dilemma: if you had the opportunity to kill Hitler then would you do it? At great personal cost? And would it make any difference?   Author Jo Walton then wraps that concept in…