‘The Lost Symbol’ is the 3rd novel by Dan Brown featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.
This novel is set in Washington DC where Langdon has been called as a last minute replacement for a conference speaker. The person who has requested his presence is his long time friend, Peter Solomon who is a highly respected businessman and a 33rd degree (the highest) mason.
But when Langdon arrives in the capitol, things are not what they seem. There is no conference and a macabre invitation has been left for Langdon. He must solve a masonic puzzle that has been around for hundreds of years in order to save his friend Peter from the clutches of a madman. Continue reading
‘Down Among the Dead Men’ is the 15th novel in the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey.
Before we even meet Diamond in this novel we are treated to two events.
The GCSE Art students at a private girls school in Sussex are not unhappy when their boring art teacher leaves the school. They are ecstatic when they see her replacement – young, male, good-looking, drives an MG, not a stickler for the rules. But one student becomes concerned when she finds her old teacher on a police missing persons list. The conversations between the students are a delight. Continue reading
‘This is How it Ends’ is a standalone psychological thriller by Eva Dolan. It takes us into the world of social activism in London
Molly is a long term social activist who was involved in the protests at Greenham Common. She lives in an apartment building where developers have been gradually buying up apartments with the view to building luxury apartments. They are not offering much and the tenants won’t be able to afford to purchase in the area. Molly is one of a handful of tenants still holding out.
Ella is a PHD student new to activism. She comes from a wealthy background. It has taken a lot of work for her to be accepted by the other activists, but after being battered by a policeman during a protest, she was taken more seriously. She has developed a mother daughter relationship with Molly. Continue reading
‘The Death Messenger’ is the 2nd novel by Mari Hannah featuring DI Eloise O’Neil and DS Matthew Ryan and follows on from ‘The Silent Room’.
O’Neil has been tasked with setting up an elite squad to investigate serious crimes. She has a huge budget and discretion in choosing her team. Her first choice is Ryan. Pretty soon the team of 2 have their first case.
They receive a DVD showing a crime scene drenched in blood. There is no indication of the location or the victim and no body has been found. But the DVD is narrated by a female voice that they will get to know and the filming is of professional quality. They name their killer Spielberg. Then they receive a phone call from their killer and are able to locate the crime scene. Continue reading
‘Stagestruck’ is Peter Lovesey’s 11th novel featuring Bath detective Peter Diamond and as the name suggests, this novel revolves around the theatre.
The latest production by the Bath Royal Theatre is I am a Camera and the leading actress in the production is the ageing pop star Clarion Calhoun. The problem is that she is a terrible actress.
On opening night, before speaking her first lines, Clarion starts to scream and claw at her face. It seems that her makeup has caused a violent reaction. Clarion is left with severe burns and her makeup artist Denise is left to take the blame, even though she claims to have no idea what happened. Continue reading
‘The Gates of Rome’ is the first novel in Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series and introduces us to the young Gaius Julius Caesar. This was also Conn Iggulden’s debut novel.
The childhood of Julius Caesar is not actually documented, so Iggulden has created the type of childhood that might lead him to become the famous ruler of Rome. At the time that Julius Caesar, known as Gaius before his marriage, was growing up, Rome was still a republic. It held land in far off places and was mostly controlled by the senate. But the senate was split into factions and rife with corruption. It was inevitable that a dictator would emerge to sort out the mess. Continue reading
‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ is a standalone novel by Peter May mostly set on the Islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
Niamh and Ruairidh grew up in the same small village in Lewis. They were in love with each other for most of their lives and despite conflicts between their two families, they married. They purchased the small Ranish Tweed company and with hard work, skill and luck made the company a huge success.
While Niamh and Ruairidh are on a business trip in Paris, firstly Niamh is informed that her husband is having an affair, then Ruairidh and his suspected mistress are killed by a car bomb which the French police deem to be murder rather than terrorism. Continue reading
‘The Sleeping Doll’ is the first novel in Jeffery Deaver’s Katherine Dance series. Katherine Dance is a Special Agent with the California Bureau of Investigation and an expert in kinesics, the science of interpreting behaviour.
Daniel Pell has been in prison for murder for many years. He was dubbed ‘Son of Manson’ because he set up a ‘family’ of young women who he controlled and sent out to steal to support the family. He was caught after murdering a family, all except a young girl who was in bed at the time – known as the Sleeping Doll. New evidence has recently come to light implicating Pell in another murder and Dance is excited at the opportunity to interview him.
But things go terribly wrong. The interview is set to take place at the couthouse rather than the prison and Pell is able to escape, killing several law enforcement officers in the process. This places Katherine Dance in charge of her first manhunt. Continue reading