‘London Rules’ is the 5th novel in Mick Herron’s Slow Horses series which follows the misfit group of disgraced spies who have been exiled to work at Slough House (in the hope that they will leave the service).
A village is attacked. The description of the circumstances sounds like somewhere in the Middle East, but it is actually a village in England. 12 people are killed and ISIS quickly claims responsibility, but this doesn’t seem right.
Meanwhile the Slough House computer genius, Roddy (the Rodster) Ho, is being targeted. Firstly he is rescued from being hit by a car by one of his colleagues, and then there is an attack in his home. Continue reading
‘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