‘Nothing to Lose’ is the 12th Reacher novel by Lee Child and certainly didn’t reach the heights of some of the other novels in the series.
In the middle of nowhere in Colorado are two neighbouring towns called Hope and Despair. Intrigued by the names, Jack Reacher decides to visit and hitches a ride into the nice little town of Hope. But, there is no traffic heading to Despair so he ends up walking. When he tries to order a coffee in the only diner in Despair, he is refused service. The Sheriff and deputies ask him to leave town and when he refuses he ends up spending a night in jail. He is then labelled a vagrant and is driven back to Hope. Continue reading
‘The One From the Other’ is Philip Kerr’s 4th Bernie Gunther novel and was written many years after the 3rd in the series.
The story is set in 1949 and gives us a glimpse of postwar Germany. The country is occupied by the allies and the Russians and most German people just want to forget about the war. It is only the high level Nazis who are wanted for war crimes and they are doing whatever they can to escape justice – sometimes with the help of the Americans or Russians.
Gunther is working as a Private Detective in Munich. There is a lot of work in postwar Germany in tracing missing people. Gunther’s latest client is a woman who wants to find out about her husband. He was a brutal commander of a Polish concentration camp. She is hoping that her husband is dead so that she can remarry. Continue reading
‘Playing With Fire’ is Peter Robinson’s 14th Inspector Banks novel.
The story begins when two narrow boats, occupied by squatters are destroyed by fire. There is one dead body on each boat. Thomas was a middle aged, discontented, not very successful artist and Tina Aspern was a young drug addict whose boyfriend Mark Siddons left her alone after her last heroin injection.
DCI Banks and his team soon realise that the fire was arson but aren’t sure who the intended victim was.
There are no shortages of suspects including Tina’s boyfriend Mark, Andrew Hurst who watched the fire for a while before reporting it, Leslie Whitaker who provided Tom with old paper that was probably used in forgeries, and Tina’s stepfather Dr Patrick Aspern who Mark claims had sexually abused Tina. Continue reading
I didn’t enjoy John Grisham’s previous novel ‘Rogue Lawyer’ very much, so ‘The Whistler’ was a pleasant change.
Lacy Stoltz and Hugo Hatch work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. The organisation is tasked with investigating misconduct by Florida judges. The sorts of problems that they investigate are normally fairly minor, but the latest complaint is a little out of the ordinary.
The person who has raised the complaint is an ex-lawyer on the run, in hiding and using an alias. He is an intermediary for a whistle blower and claims that the judge in question is the most corrupt judge in the history of the USA. Continue reading
As you can probably guess, ‘Conclave’ is about the election of a new Pope. Initially I was wondering how a novel about 60 and 70 year old men, following ancient rituals to elect a leader, could possibly be interesting. Robert Harris has not only created an interesting novel, but a totally riveting one. This is the easiest Robert Harris novel that I’ve read and also the most sensationalist.
The Dean of the Cardinals is a man named Lomeli. His job is to ensure that the conclave runs smoothly and the story is told mostly from his perspective. His job is not an easy one. There are factions among the cardinals based on whether they are reformists of traditionalists and also based on geographical regions – Europe, America, Africa, Asia Pacific etc. At times the different factions look like coming to blows. Continue reading
‘Now You See Me’ is the first novel in a series by S.J. (Sharon) Bolton featuring the detective Lacey Flint. She is a very different detective with the sort of past that would keep most people away from the police.
DC Lacey Flint has been interviewing a witness. When she returns to her car, a woman who has been viciously stabbed collapses in her arms and dies. Lacey must have just missed witnessing the attack. DI Mark Joesbury is suspicious of Lacey, but the leader of the major incident team – Dana Tulloch sees the value of Lacey as part of the investigation.
Lacey is the first to spot the similarity between the murder of Geraldine Jones and Jack the Ripper’s first murder – including the date. Continue reading
‘Out of Bounds’ is Val McDermid’s 4th Novel featuring DCI Karen Pirie.
Karen is still coming to terms with the death of the man she loved, Phil Parhatka. During the day, she has thrown herself back into her job as head of the Historic Crime Unit. But, at night, Karen struggles to sleep and walks the streets of Edinburgh to try to exhaust herself.
Her most recent case has come about through a tragic accident. 18 year old Ross Garvie was drunk and joyriding in a stolen car when he crashed the car, killing his 3 friends and leaving him in a coma. A routine DNA test has revealed that Garvie is related to the rapist and murderer of Tina MacDonald 20 years ago. But finding Garvie’s relatives proves to be more difficult than expected. Karen and her co-worker DC Jason Murray (the Mint) fill their time with other cases while waiting for the wheels to turn. Continue reading
‘The Summer That Never Was/ Close To Home’ is Peter Robinson’s 13th Inspector Banks novel.
Banks is holidaying in Greece when he reads that a body has been found near where he grew up. When Banks was 14 years old, one of his friends, Graham Marshall, went missing. His remains have finally been unearthed. The disappearance in 1965 has haunted Banks for most of his life and he feels that he must return to England see if he can help the investigating officer DI Michelle Hart.
Meanwhile in Banks’s home patch of Eastvale, a teenage boy has gone missing. Luke Armitage comes from a high profile family. His mother was a famous model, his stepfather a footballer and his father (dead for many years) was a famous rock musician. In Alan’s absence, Annie Cabot is dealing with the case but because of its profile, Alan is called back home. Continue reading
‘The Flame Bearer’ is the 10th novel in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxons Stories series (the name of the series has changed several times). I didn’t enjoy the previous few novels in the series very much, but this novel was back to Cornwell’s best.
Northumbria is currently held by Uhtred’s son-in-law Sigtryggr and there is a truce in place between Northumbria and Mercia (held by Aethelflaed). So, Uhtred finally feels that he is in a position to reclaim Bebbanburg in Northern Northumbria from his cousin whose father stole it.
But, as Uhtred is making his plans, the Scots, led by King Constantin, invade Northern Northumbria. At the same time, the West Saxons invade Southern Northumbria. Mercia is no barrier for the West Saxons since Aethelflaed is very ill and King Edward’s father-in-law Aethelhelm has great ambitions for his grandson to be king of a united England. Continue reading