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: 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 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: SHADOW SLEEPER by Madalyn Morgan

Just recently I have had a few historical books to read – but not books which are necessarily set a long way in the past. Tim Glister’s A LOYAL TRAITOR, for example, set in the 60s –  and I’m shortly to review a quartet of some of my favourite spy stories, the LIQUIDATOR books by … Continue reading

Review: EMPIRES OF CRIME by Tim Newark, published by Pen And Sword History

ISBN:  1526713047 I have to admit, I picked this up with a degree of trepidation. There are so many books published which blame the British Empire for everything from famine, slavery, warfare and xenophobia, that I am forced to select my reading with care, just to avoid damage to my blood pressure. I need not have … Continue reading

Review: ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Martin Edwards, published by New English Library

I have written already about a Martin Edwards book, THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE. This was the second book of his, which was irritatingly a book earlier in his Harry Devlin series, but which was superbly well written. Martin’s books had a bit of a choppy beginning, I think. This was originally published by Judy Piatkus … Continue reading

Review: THE DROWNED CITY, by K.J. Maitland

Published by Headline Review in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio. Hardback published 1st April 2021, £16.99 A book by KJ Maitland is always something to savour. She has an enviable reputation both as a crime writer and expert in the beliefs and daily lives of our ancestors. In previous books she has delved into the … Continue reading

Review: A COTSWOLD ORDEAL by Rebecca Tope

Published by Allison and Busby; ISBN: 9780749082680 paperback, price £7.99 No, I didn’t get this free – I bought it! I have to start with a personal disclosure – I have know Rebecca for many years, and she’s a good friend. But then again, any author who reviews books will very likely know the author … Continue reading