Category Archives: Historical

The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser by David McGill – 2016

I really liked Dan Delaney in his first outing in McGill’s The Death Ray Debacle, and was thrilled to hear he was back.  And I wasn’t disappointed with The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser.  Not only is Dan back, but … Continue reading

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Overcast Sunday by Christodoulos Moisa – 2016

Well I was hoping there was going to be a good murder mystery in here somewhere – buried beneath at least two history books, one books of Greek philosophy and a small collection of extremely offensive Greek proverbs.  Moisa tells … Continue reading

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My Mother and the Hungarians by Frankie McMillan – 2016

For some reason I have never enjoyed the short story form (excepting Conan Doyle) but I read Ninety-nine stories of God by Joy Williams last year and now I am a big fan of the short short story form.  The … Continue reading

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The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter by Deborah Challinor – 2016

The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter is the third in Challinor’s Kitty / Smuggler’s Wife series, and as well as pushing the story along she packs it full of backstory for those new to the characters, or maybe to remind her readers who … Continue reading

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London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy – 2016

A tale of London – not the London of commerce, science and suffragettes but that of the slums of Walworth with its overcrowding, costermongers and kids scrounging through the mud of the Thames for the odd useful find; the “Real … Continue reading

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The Death Ray Debacle by David McGill – 2015

“There was no puzzle to solve, like those lady crime writers devised. This was simply a matter of stopping another effort by other German agents … “ so Dan Delaney muses while holding the fort on Somes Island in Wellington … Continue reading

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Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane – 2016

  What a cracker!  A noir novel set in tea-drenched 1950s New Zealand.  With the 1951 waterfront strike as the backdrop, Red Herring sets PI Johnny Molloy on the track of a murky character who has supposedly drowned in the … Continue reading

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