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The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

‘The Merchant’s House’ is Kate Ellis’s first novel in her Wesley Peterson series which now numbers over 20 novels. DS Wesley Peterson has just moved from London to Tradmouth on the Devon Coast with his teacher wife Pam. He is … Continue reading

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Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom

‘Dark Fire’ is the 2nd novel in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, set in Tudor England. Shardlake has been approached by a friend to save his niece from a murder charge. The orphaned Elizabeth Wentworth is accused of murdering her … Continue reading

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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

‘A Quiet Flame’ is the 5th Bernie Gunther novel by Philip Kerr. At the end of the previous novel ‘The One From the Other’ Gunther was incorrectly accused of being a war criminal, so needed to escape Europe. It is … Continue reading

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Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

‘Under a Pole Star’ is a beautiful romance surrounded by Arctic exploration in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When Flora Mackie’s mother died, she was only 12 years old and her father wasn’t sure what to do with her. … Continue reading

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The Black Friar by S.G. MacLean

‘The Black Friar’ is Shona Maclean’s 2nd novel featuring Captain Damien Seeker, a loyal follower of Oliver Cromwell. Dissent against Cromwell is growing and so is the number of spies keeping an eye on the dissenters. Seeker along with the … Continue reading

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The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths

It is 1953. The young Elizabeth is about to be crowned queen, rationing is still in place in Britain and DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto take on their 3rd case together in ‘The Blood Card’. When Edgar and … Continue reading

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Stasi Child by David Young

‘Stasi Child’ is David Young’s brilliant debut novel, set in East Berlin in the mid 1970’s when the Stasi (the secret police) overshadowed the lives of the citizens. Oberleutnant Karin Müller and her partner Unterleutnant Werner Tilsner of the criminal … Continue reading

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The One From The Other by Philip Kerr

‘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 … Continue reading

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The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell

‘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 … Continue reading

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Blood of the Innocents by Michael Jecks

‘Blood of the Innocents’ is the 3rd novel in Michael Jecks’ Vintener trilogy. The first in the series ‘Fields of Glory’ focuses on the battle of Crecy, the 2nd ‘Blood on Sand’ focuses on the siege of Calais while this … Continue reading

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