Book Review: A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood

My thanks to Allison & Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. A Taste for Killing is Book 10 in the Bradecote and Catchpoll series of medieval mysteries by Sarah Hawkswood, and the second book that I read in this series, having come across it and enjoyed book 9 very much last…

Book Review: Murder at Claridge’s by Jim Eldridge

My thanks to Allison & Busby and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Murder at Claridge’s is the third of the historical Hotel Mysteries series by Jim Eldridge and the second that I’m reading and reviewing (I also read and enjoyed book 2, Murder at the Savoy, last year). The series is a…

Book Review: In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson

My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an invitation to read this book via NetGalley. In Place of Fear is a piece of historical fiction, and a mystery set in post-World-War-II Edinburgh against the backdrop of the introduction of the NHS. Our protagonist Helen Crowther is a young woman, about to begin a new job…

Book Review: Traitor in the Ice by K.J. Maitland

My thanks to Rachel Quin at Headline for a widget of this book via NetGalley. While a second in series, Traitor in the Ice was my introduction to the Daniel Pursglove series of historical mysteries by K.J. Maitland, a book I found to be an intense and engrossing read with excellent historical detail and atmosphere.…

Book Review: Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang

My thanks to Inkshares and Edelweiss for a review copy of the book. Unnatural Ends is a murder mystery set in a small village in the Yorkshire moors in the 1920s involving family dynamics and secrets and centred around a rather unsettling theme. As the book opens, we meet three siblings, Alan, Roger and Caroline…

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…