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City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin

‘City of Shadows’ is the first novel that Diana Norman published under the penname Ariana Franklin. The novel is set in the 1920s and 1930s in Berlin. Esther Solomonova is a young Russian Jewish woman who escaped to Germany (as … Continue reading

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The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis

‘The Third Nero’ is the 5th novel in the Flavia Albia series by Lindsey Davis. Albia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and like her father is a detective (informer). In the previous novel in the series – … Continue reading

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If The Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr

‘If The Dead Rise Not’ is the 6th novel in Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series. This one is set in Berlin in 1934 and in Havana, Cuba in 1954. Gunther left the police force before being forced out – for … Continue reading

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The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis

‘The Armada Boy’ is the 2nd novel in Kate Ellis’s Wesley Peterson series. The series is set in the fictional town of Tradmouth in Devon and features DS Wesley Peterson, a police detective with a degree in archaeology. The town … Continue reading

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The Unmourned by Meg and Tom Keneally

‘The Unmourned’ is the 2nd novel in Meg and Tom Keneally’s Monsarrat series which features ex-convict, clerk and sleuth Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat. Monsarrat was granted his ticket of leave in Port Macquarie and has now moved to Parramatta, West of … Continue reading

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Lennox by Craig Russell

‘Lennox’ is the 1st novel in Craig Russell’s Lennox series, set in the 1950s in Glasgow. Lennox fought in the war and feels too damaged to return to his family in Canada, so he is working as a Private Investigator … Continue reading

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Friends In High Places by Caro Peacock

‘Friends in High Places’ is the 7th novel in Caro Peacock’s Liberty Lane series featuring the young female private detective. It is 1840 and Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the Emperor, has just failed in an attempt to seize … Continue reading

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The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona (S.G.) MacLean

‘The Redemption of Alexander Seaton’ is the first novel in Shona Maclean’s Alexander Seaton series of 4 novels. The story is set in 1626 in Banff in North-East Scotland. England and Scotland are now united under a single king and … Continue reading

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Stasi Wolf by David Young

‘Stasi Wolf’ is the 2nd novel in David Young’s Karin Müller series. Müller is an Oberleutnant with Kripo and this story is set in East Germany in 1975. Müller has been relegated to a boring desk job, so jumps at … Continue reading

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The Traitor of St Giles by Michael Jecks

‘The Traitor of St Giles’ is the 8th novel in the Templar Knights series by Michael Jecks featuring Keeper of the Kings Peace Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock as they solve mysteries in 1300s England. It is 1321 … Continue reading

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