Category Archives: Historical

A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex

Chessex, Jacques – ‘A Jew Must Die’ (translated by W Donald Wilson) Paperback: 92 pages (Feb. 2010) Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press ISBN: 1904738516 In a small rural town in Switzerland, people are usually more concerned about the quality of the … Continue reading

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The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Ruth Galloway is as attractive as ever in her welcome third appearance. She is a forensic archaeologist at the University of North Norfolk, part of her duties being to liaise with the police when they require archaeological expertise. Ruth has … Continue reading

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A Capital Crime by Laura Wilson

A Capital Crime is a great piece of storytelling. I am glad of my policy of knowing nothing about the content of books before I read them, as had I known that this novel is based on a famous real-life … Continue reading

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An Empty Death, by Laura Wilson

Having been sent a copy of Laura Wilson’s third Stratton book by her new publisher, Quercus, I thought I had better read the second, An Empty Death. This was not too onerous a proposition as I’d very much enjoyed the … Continue reading

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The Woman From Bratislava, by Leif Davidsen

  The Woman from Bratislava (Eurocrime)   Translated by Barbara J Haviland. THE WOMAN FROM BRATISLAVA is a long but rewarding book, both exciting and serious. Written and set in 2000, but only published in English ten years later, it … Continue reading

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The Man From Beijing, by Henning Mankell

  The Man from Beijing Translated by Laurie Thompson. The usual pattern in a crime novel is for a murder to take place and for the investigator(s) to gradually narrow down the various explanations until one is left and the … Continue reading

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Ice Cold, by Andrea Maria Schenkel

  Ice Cold ICE COLD (translator: Anthea Bell) is the second novel by the acclaimed author of THE MURDER FARM; both novels have won the German Crime Prize in consecutive years. ICE COLD tells the story of a serial killer … Continue reading

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Stratton’s War by Laura Wilson

Stratton's War STRATTON'S WAR is an excellent book: a fully rounded novel of London in the Blitz in the summer of 1940. There are two main protagonists, both outsiders as far as the Establishment is concerned – one is a … Continue reading

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The Murder Farm, by Andrea Maria Schenkel

The Murder Farm I was going to begin my review by remarking that this creepy little book is the IN COLD BLOOD of this century, but a glance at the blurb shows me that the publisher thought of it first. … Continue reading

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An expert in murder, by Nicola Upson

An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey Crime Series) Josephine Tey was a (pseudonymous) novelist and playwright most active between the 1930s and 1950s, perhaps most famous these days for her rehabilitation of Richard III in her novel THE DAUGHTER OF … Continue reading

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