In today's instalment of the Euro Crime reviewers' favourite reads of 2015, it's Terry Halligan's two sets of favourites:
Terry Halligan's favourite reads of 2015
It is so difficult to narrow down to just five - so I thought I'd do my top five historical and separately top five modern ones. My top fives are in no particular order and are as follows:-
HistoricalI read so many really excellent books in this last year it is truly very hard to compile this list.
1. The Protector by S J Deas
Oliver Cromwell once again, asks our protagonist to investigate a crime perpetuated this time against the poet John Milton
2. One Man's Flag by David Downing
First World War SIS agent investigates plots in India and Ireland
3. The Book Of Scars by William Shaw
Superb police procedural set in 1969 and influenced by the Mau-Mau emergency in Kenya
4. The Last Confession Of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson
How can an innocent man on the way to gallows redeem himself?
5. The Infidel Stain by M.J.Carter.
Investigation in London of the 1840s, by Jeremiah Blake and Captain William Avery, into several brutal murders.
1. Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge
Compulsive debut novel of apparent random murders.
2. Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
Mother killed and child kidnapped but six years later the child mysteriously re-appears. What happened?
3. Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver
Retired police superintendent suddenly disappears from isolated cottage on Dartmoor.
4. Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
Son of retired SIS agent dies in mysterious circumstances and agent comes back to avenge his death.
5. Icarus By Deon Meyer tr K L Seegers
Lapsed alcoholic cop Benny Griessel investigates murder of head of on-line agency that provides alibis for adulterers!