‘Journey Under the Midnight Sun’ is a complex mystery by Japanese author Keigo Higashino.
In 1973 in a partly constructed building in Osaka, a child finds a dead man who has been stabbed. The man is a pawnbroker named Kirihara. The lead detective on the case is Sasagaki. Even though Kirihara’s wife, assistant and son provided alibies for each other, Sasagaki thinks that the son Ryo, a young teenager, is hiding something.
Another suspect in the case is Fumiyo Nishimoto, but she also has an alibi. A year later she is also dead, by accident or suicide. Once again Sasagaki is uncomfortable about her teenage daughter Yukiho. Continue reading
‘Tell No Tales’ is the 2nd novel by Eva Dolan featuring DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira of the Peterborough hate crimes unit.
Zigic and Ferreira have been investigating the brutal murder of two Asian men. They have been kicked to death. In both cases, the murderer was caught on CCTV and even raised a Nazi salute, but they have not been able to identify him. The unit has even been assigned extra staff to help with the investigation.
Then they are called to another death. A group of workers, including sisters Sofia and Jelena are waiting at a bus stop when a car ploughs into them. Jelena and another man at the bus stop are killed. The driver manages to get away on foot. Continue reading
‘Eleven Days’ is the 2nd novel by Stav Sherez featuring DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller. The first in the series was ‘A Dark Redemption’.
The story begins when a convent in an upmarket area of London burns down. It is 11 days before Christmas and ACC Quinn, a catholic and financial supporter of the convent’s outreach work, wants the case resolved before Christmas. So Carrigan and his team are under pressure right from the start.
The team immediately encounters problems. The ten nuns in residence appear to have made no attempt to escape the fire and then an 11th unexplained body is found. The church is reluctant to provide any information and the priest who regularly visited the convent is ‘unavailable’ for questioning. Continue reading
‘Belladonna at Belstone’ is the 8th novel in the Templar Knights series by Michael Jecks. This novel is based in a convent of nuns at Belstone.
While Bishop Stapleton is working as the King’s treasurer, Bishop Bertrand is looking after his religious institutions. Unfortunately Bertrand doesn’t have Stapleton’s intelligence, patience or tact. He is only interested in self promotion. When a novice named Moll dies at the convent of Belstone and the treasurer Margherita accuses the prioress Elizabeth of murder, Bertrand sees an opportunity to replace Elizabeth with Margherita and take the credit for improving the convent. He invites Sir Baldwin Furnshill (the keeper of the King’s peace) and Bailiff Simon Puttock to help investigate the murder. Continue reading
‘The Crow Trap’ is the 1st novel in the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves. I’ve been avoiding the Vera TV series until I could get round to reading the novels.
A new quarry is planned near a small village in the north of England. But, before the quarry can go ahead, an environmental impact study needs to be undertaken. Rachael Lambert, Anne Preece and Grace Fulwell, each experts in their field, are to stay in a small isolated cottage for several weeks while carrying out their research.
Rachael is the first to arrive and immediately discovers the body of her good friend Bella Furness hanging from a rope. There is a suicide note, but Rachael can’t accept that she would kill herself. Continue reading
‘The Chessmen’ is the 3rd novel in Peter May’s Lewis trilogy following on from ‘The Blackhouse’ and ‘The Lewis Men’.
Fin Macleod has just taken the job of head of security for a Lewis estate. The job involves catching poachers who are working on an ever larger scale. But the owner of the estate has one small time poacher in his sites, Fin’s childhood friend Whistler who lives rent free and takes occasional game for the pot.
It is after sheltering overnight from a storm with Whistler that the real mystery for Fin begins. After the storm, a mountain lock has drained due to a bog burst and on the floor of the ex loch is a small plane that has been missing for 17 years. Continue reading
‘Squire Throwleigh’s Heir’ is the 7th novel in the Templar Knights series by Michael Jecks featuring the medieval sleuths Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock.
Baldwin’s marriage to Jeane is rapidly approaching and he is beginning to feel nervous. As a Templar Knight he took a vow of chastity. He wonders if the Church’s betrayal of his order releases him from his vow.
In the days before the wedding, one of his guests, Squire Roger of Throwleigh suddenly dies of a heart attack. When Baldwin and Simon attend the funeral they are disturbed by the hostility shown toward the 5 year old heir Herbert. So, when Herbert dies, apparently run down by a horse and cart, Baldwin immediately suspects that he has been murdered. Continue reading
‘The Path of the Wicked’ is the 6th novel in Caro Peacock’s Liberty Lane series, featuring the young, female, Victorian private investigator Liberty Lane.
When Liberty receives a summons from her friend and often employer Disraeli, she is looking forward to taking on a new case. But the case that Disraeli offers is one that Liberty can’t take. He wants her to spy on a group of chartists, men who are demonstrating and campaigning for working class men to be given the right to vote. Liberty believes in their cause and will not work against them. Continue reading