REVIEW: DEATH AND THE CONJUROR, by Tom Mead

Published by head of Zeus for £20 hardback from February 2nd. Available for pre-order now. Available on Kindle now. ISBN: 978 1804 5089 3 Over the years, there have been many writers who have specialised and really enjoyed writing locked room mysteries – Francis Iles and Agatha Christie spring to mind immediately. What does “locked … Continue reading

REVIEW: MALICE AFORETHOUGHT by Francis Iles

Published by Macmillan Collectors Library  ISBN: 978 1509 889 365 price £9.99 Of all the writers of the golden age one of those who appeals to me most of all is the fellow I like to think of his ABC, his real name was Anthony Berkeley Cox. He wrote under the name Anthony Berkeley and … Continue reading

REVIEW: OFFENSIVE CYBER OPERATIONS by Daniel Moore

Published by Hurst Publications, ISBN 978-1-78738-561-0, £35 hardback It is not often that I get really fascinating books like this to review, and I am very grateful to Hurst Publications for this copy.  I have a vested interest in all forms of warfare, from the use of rifles and cannon, all the way up to … Continue reading

REVIEW: THE SNIPER by Simon Conway

Published by Hodder and Stoughton for £20 ISBN hardback: 978 1 529 33434 0 Okay, I have waxed lyrical about Simon’s books before. The first of his I read, RAGE, had me entirely engrossed. The next I read was A LOYAL SPY, which cemented his position as a top-flight thriller writer in my view. But … Continue reading

Review: BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER by Roger Bax

Published by Arcturus Crime Classics; ISBN: 978 1 84858 080 0 I have recently discovered more of the golden age crime writers, and although this is a little late to be a true golden age novel (it was first published in 1948), it was written by one of the founders of the Crime Writers’ Association, … Continue reading

Review: THE LIQUIDATOR by John Gardner

Review: THE LIQUIDATOR by John Gardner Published by Corgi – before ISBNs! Okay, I have a confession to make. I adore these books.  It was a long, long time ago that I was introduced to the Boysie Oakes series by the fortunate accident of birth that meant I was youngest of three brothers and therefore … Continue reading

Review: MIRACULOUS MYSTERIES edited by Martin Edwards

Published by British Library; ISBN 978 0 7123 5673 2 Rather too many years to think of, when I first created Medieval Murderers, and later, when we decided to collaborate on a novel, one of the very first decisions we made was, that no matter how things went, we would avoid a collection of short … Continue reading

Review: THE LAST EMPEROR OF MEXICO by Edward Shawcross

Published by Faber & Faber – ISBN: 978-0-571-36057-4 @faberbooks Apologies for such a long period of silence – work has been keeping me from blogging for a while. Today I have to review a book which has held me completely spellbound for the last week. This book, subtitled “A Disaster in the New World” tells … Continue reading

Review: THE FIELDS by Erin Young, published by Hodder & Stoughton April 28th 2022

Review: THE FIELDS by Erin Young, published by Hodder & Stoughton April 28th 2022 ISBN: 978 1529 39755 0 My last review was about a couple of modern day thrillers written by a master of historical Roman warfare. Yet he managed to make the transition seamlessly, and now two superb modern titles by him confirm … Continue reading

Review: TARGET ZERO by Tony Riches, published by Head of Zeus

I have just finished TARGET ZERO, which is the second in the superb The Protector series by Tony Riches.  Please check my last post for a review of NEMESIS, the first in this series. In this second book, Michael Bale, now no longer a policeman, has returned from a year-long escape to Thailand. He lost … Continue reading