The Unquiet Grave is not quite a mystery nor a spy novel, but it incorporates elements of both. Captain Harry Tennant's job is to investigate war crimes, not the big cases, but the smaller ones. Most are a matter of form, putting together information from the records of both sides. Oldman is a bit overzealous enumerating the complex movements of troops and the various officers. It is confusing and detracts from an otherwise good story.
Rose Kearney's inquiry into her brother's disappearance is not something Tennant's group would ordinarily handle. There are aspects of the situation that put it in their purview. Two of Kearney's comrades burned to death, but the third was clearly executed. Kearney's remains were not found. Tennant's superiors hope for a quick resolution, attributing the death to some of the German troops in the area. Tennant, however, w...
Smoke and Mirrors is an impressive mystery set in post WWII Britain. Elly Griffiths has done a wonderful job bringing the era to life complete with the uneasiness that accompanies major social and technological changes. Where Smoke and Mirrors departs from the standard police procedural is with the inclusion of Max Mephisto with his knowledge of theater and illusion. Max and Edgar worked together during the war in a unit devoted to using illusion and theatrical techniques to discourage the Germans. Their differing backgrounds make them an ideal pair of detectives. In Smoke and Mirrors the duo are reunited, working together to discover who kidnapped and murdered a pair of children, displaying their bodies ala Hansel and Gretel.
After the war, everything changed in Britain. Televisions began to take the place of live entertainment, and even skilled perf...
A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson
Pub Date: October 27, 2015
Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.
The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.
The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.
What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them?
Death in Florence: An Inspector Bordelli Mystery
By Marco Vichi
Pub Date: October 15, 2015
Florence, 1966. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation.
Then the flood hits. During the night of November 4th the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake.
In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child's disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli is not prepared to give up.
Vichi's Florence is gritty and real, an accurate depiction of life at a turning point in Florence's history. Inspector Bordelli is a man out of time. WWII greatly influenced the men and women of his generation. The...