Category Archives: Mystery and Thriller

February 19

Friends and Traitors by John Lawton

  Friends and Traitors by John Lawton While holidaying in Vienna in 1958, Scotland Yard’s Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy is approached by an old friend, Guy Burgess. Burgess is infamous as the notorious British spy turned traitor who fled to Moscow in 1951, when he was outed as a Soviet double agent. Now, seven years after […]

February 18

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Posted by Neen The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths This atmospheric murder mystery is set in the slightly tawdry theatrical world of post-war Brighton, and will appeal to fans of historically accurate British mysteries.  DI Edgar Stephens enlists the help of his friend, Max Mephisto to investigate the death of a beautiful woman, who was previously Max’s stage assistant. Her […]

January 17

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett

The Last Six Million Seconds  by John Burdett Hong Kong, 1997. Six million seconds is the time remaining before the transfer of sovereignty from British rule to the Chinese government, and it’s also the time remaining for Chief of Police ‘Charlie’ Chan Siu-kai to solve a horrific triple murder. Three disembodied heads have been found in […]

January 16

An isolated incident by Emily Maguire

The small town of Strathdee is thrown into shock following the brutal murder of a local girl. As the town rallies to support her grief stricken sister and deal with the frenzied media interest, tensions build and suspicions surface in the most surprising places. This novel explores a community’s grief, a sister’s despair and need […]

January 15

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate

Before we were yours – Lisa Wingate This beautifully written novel by Lisa Wingate is based on a notorious true life scandal of a black market adoption operation operating out of the Tennessee Children’s Home in the 1930’s. It is a thought provoking and complex tale of two families two generations apart. The story begins […]

January 15

A casualty of war by Charles Todd

It’s 1918 and rumours are rife that the war in France is coming to an end.  Yet there is no stop to the incessant bombing and endless dead and wounded. Nurse Bess Crawford is on secondment to a forward triage unit when she meets a vivacious and charming captain from the Caribbean. The next time […]

January 03

The Force

The Force by Don Winslow is an epic novel. Imagine The Godfather about cops instead of wise guys. Although the latter, along with other unsavoury types, do make an appearance. Denny Malone has been an NYPD cop for 18 years and has the scars to prove it. As the novel opens it becomes apparent that his high […]

December 20

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Posted by Neen The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess  When a strange man bursts into her elegant Cairo hotel suite and dies on the floor from injuries sustained while attempting to assassinate her, intrepid archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her irascible husband Emerson become reluctantly involved in the discovery of the tomb of Nefertiti […]

December 19

The Driver : A Novel by Hart Hanson

Posted by Neen The Driver : a novel by Hart Hanson Michael Skellig is a former Special Forces officer who now runs a limousine service staffed by returned veterans, but he is still deeply affected by the horrors he endured during active service. Regularly hearing the voices of those he killed is one side effect […]

December 18

The Forgers by Bradford Morrow

Posted by Neen The Forgers by Bradford Morrow The Forgers illuminates the irresistible allure of rare books, the overwhelming compulsion to own them at any cost – and the rewards of forging them convincingly. This literary thriller begins with the gruesome murder of rare book collector, Adam Diehl, narrated dispassionately by Will, a not-quite-reformed literary forger […]