Book Review: Dead in the Water by Mark Ellis

My thanks to the author Mark Ellis for a review copy of the book via Booktasters. Dead in the Water is the fifth in the Frank Merlin series of police procedurals/mysteries set in World-War-II London. I have previously read and reviewed the first in this series but haven’t yet had chance to catch up with…

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Book Review: The Lost Man of Bombay by Vaseem Khan

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Lost Man of Bombay is book 3 in the Malabar House historical mystery series by Vaseem Khan set in 1950s Bombay around Persis Wadia, India’s first (fictional) female inspector. Persis who as the only female inspector in the police…

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.…