Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 April 2020 Source – review copy In London’s Bloomsbury, Inspector Julian Rivers of Scotland Yard looks down at a dismal scene. Here is the victim, burnt to a crisp. Here are the clues – clues which point to a good climber and expert skier, and which lead…

The Reader’s Room by Antoine Laurain – review

Published by Gallic Books Publication date – 22 September 2020 Source – review copy Translated by Jane Aitken, Emily Boyce & Polly Mackintosh When the manuscript of a debut crime novel arrives at a Parisian publishing house, everyone in the readers’ room is convinced it’s something special. And the committee for France’s highest literary honour,…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – review

Published by Orbit Publication date – 10 September 2019 Source – review copy EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored…

The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke by Caroline Smailes – review

Published by Red Door Press Publication date – 15 October 2020 Source – review copy Theodora Quirke has no reason to be merry. It’s bad enough that she has to work on Christmas Eve but now there’s a drunk bloke dressed as Santa and claiming to be St Nick hanging around outside her flat. Given…

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett – review

Published by Zaffre Publication date – 29 October 2020 Source – review copy The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck. When the police begin to suspect her loyal…

The Sleeping Car Murders by Sebastien Japrisot – review

Published by Gallic Press Publication date – 6 August 2020 Source – review copy When the night train pulled into Paris, she was dead. And the riddle began . . . A beautiful young woman lies sprawled on her berth in the sleeping car of the night train from Marseille to Paris. She is not…

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 3 September 2020 Source – review copy In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case….

Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 August 2020 Source – review copy On a dismally foggy night in Hampstead, London, a curious party has gathered in an artist’s studio to weather the wartime blackout. A civil servant and a government scientist are matching wits in a game of chess, while an artist paints…

The Search Party by Simon Lelic – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 20 August 2020 Source – review copy 16-year-old Sadie Saunders is missing. Five friends set out into the woods to find her. But they’re not just friends… THEY’RE SUSPECTS. You see, this was never a search party. It’s a witch hunt. And not everyone will make it home alive……

A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington – review

Published by Quercus Publication date – 3 September 2020 Source – review copy This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived… Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into…