Execution – S. J. Parris

Execution - S. J. Parris
Execution – S. J. Parris

Bruno becomes embroiled in the Babington Plot: a small rag-tag group of Catholic priests and young noblemen seek to “execute The Tudor” and to put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne.

With spies, double agents, murders and secret codes, and a fair few BREXIT allusions on the way.

Publisher page: Execution – S. J. Parris

The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

The Canary Keeper - Clare Carson
The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

A good read combining historical fiction and crime, with the central investigation taking place against the backdrop of the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trade in the “Nor West” (Canada) and Franklin’s Fated Expedition to find the North West Passage.

Plus a female-focused cast of main characters and settings ranging from the City of London and the Port of London to Stromness in still-semi-Norse Orkney.

Publisher page: The Canary Keeper – Clare Carson

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

This series invents some early adventures for a young Sherlock Holmes, and also his elder brother Mycroft, each ably assisted by a male companion.

In The Empty Birdcage the brothers explore two different mysteries, Sherlock intrigued by the news reports of the Four Eleven Murders, Mycroft persuaded to help a friend in need….

Publisher page: Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel

Incorruptible - Barbara Nadel
Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel

Completely unexpected twist towards the end of this novel. A complete side-swipe. And a cliffhanger ending.

Neither of which have anything to do with the central plot, where Istanbulli Inspectors Ikmen and Suleyman investigate the murder of the young woman from a mixed Catholic-Muslim family, whose apparent cure from leukaemia at an Armenian Church famed for its annual healing ceremony had stirred up strong reactions across Istanbul’s complex religious spectrum.

Publisher page: Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel

The House of Four – Barbara Nadel

The House of Four - Barbara Nadel
The House of Four – Barbara Nadel

Back to Istanbul for more investigations in the company of Inspectors Ikmen and Süleyman and their police colleagues.

Always a great read – this one kept me turning the pages until almost midnight – and Barbara Nadel also shows you the social, religious and political tensions at play in modern Turkey. In The House of Four we get some late Ottoman history too.

Publisher page: The House of Four – Barbara Nadel