Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Reviews: Bilal, Brandreth, Carter, de Giovanni, McGowan, Smith

Win Carnage by Maxim Chattam (UK only).

Here are this week's reviews, with two set in Italy, two with missing children themes, plus non Euro settings including Cairo, Russia and the USA:
Lynn Harvey strongly recommends Parker Bilal's The Golden Scales, which introduces Makana, a Sudanese exile who's fetched up in Cairo, now working as a PI;

There are more literary capers from Gyles Brandreth in his Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, out in paperback this week, and reviewed here by Terry Halligan;

Michelle Peckham suspends disbelief and rather enjoys Philip Carter's globe-trotting Altar of Bones now out in paperback;

Maxine Clarke reviews one of an increasing number of titles from Italian authors being translated into English, with Maurizio de Giovanni's I Will Have Vengeance, tr. Anne Milano Appel the first in the Commissario Ricciardi series;

Lizzie Hayes reviews Claire McGowan's debut novel, The Fall set in London and calls it "an amazing first book"

and Susan White reviews Anna Smith's second Rosie Gilmour book, To Tell the Truth which she found slightly uncomfortable reading due to its similarity to the 'Maddy' case.
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive.

Forthcoming titles can be found by author or date or by category, here and new titles by Janet Laurence, James Runcie, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Anne Zouroudi have been added to these pages this week.

1 comment:

kathy d. said...

I must say that I am perplexed about how a police detective can work under a fascist regime and not act for it and carry out its policies.

So Maxine's review here as well as Norm's and Mrs. Peabody's have intrigued me further and I realize the only resolution to my question is to read the book.