Book Review: The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch #GermanLitMonth

The Hangman’s Daughter is the first in a series of historical mysteries set in seventeenth-century Bavaria, and combines a historical background and characters with a fictional plotline to give us an interesting but intense read. The book takes us to the town of Schongau, where Jakob Kuisl is the hangman/executioner, having taken over the job…

Book Review: Murder at the Savoy by Jim Eldridge

My thanks to Allison and Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Murder at the Savoy is the second in the Hotel Mysteries series by Jim Eldridge, set in 1940s London in the midst of the blitz. In this historical mystery, we follow Chief Inspector Coburg who is from an aristocratic background,…

Book Review: Princes Gate by Mark Ellis

My thanks to the author, Mark Ellis for a review copy of the book via Booktasters. Prince’s Gate is the first in a series of mysteries/police procedurals set in Second-World-War London, the DCI Frank Merlin series, and is set against a background of war time politics, diplomacy but also the shadier underbelly of the city.…

Book Review: Wolf at the Door by Sarah Hawkswood

My thanks to Allison and Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Wolf at the Door is book 9 in Hawkswood’s Bradecote and Catchpoll series of mediaeval mysteries, something that I didn’t realise when requesting the book, but I am very glad I didn’t for I may have hesitated and missed out…

Shelf Control #145: The Case of the Curious Client by T.G. Campbell

Wednesday, the 28th of July, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Bookshop Murder is the first in the Flora Steele series of cosy mysteries set in 1950s England. In the book, we meet Flora Steele, a twenty-five-year old, who has inherited a bookshop, the All’s Well, and a cottage from her aunt,…

Book Review: The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan

My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Second in the Malabar Hall series by the author, The Dying Day is a historical mystery featuring the (fictional) first female police inspector in India Persis Wadia. Set in 1950s Bombay, we find ourselves at a time when the country…

Book Review: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

This review contains spoilers for the previous book. This is book 6 of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries. In Speaking from Amongst the Bones, the previous book, Flavia solves the murder of the church organist Mr Collicut—killed and hidden in the crypt of St Tancred, the patron saint of their village Bishop’s Lacey. At…