The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

The Shadow District - Arnaldur Indriðason
The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason introduces us to two new pairs of investigators: Icelandic detective Flóvent and first generation Canadian Thorson who’s serving in the American military police come with a historical setting – we’re in Iceland in World War II when it is under occupation by British and then American forces; in the present, we meet retired Reykjavik detective Kónrad and, occasionally, his former colleague Marta.

The murder of an old man in the present triggers an investigation with connections back to Kónrad’s childhood in Reykjavik’s Shadow District and the discovery of the body of a young woman in the same area in 1944, whose murder was investigated by Flóvent and Thorson.

If you’re missing Erlender, try this! It’s the first in a new series. So far, so good.

Publisher page: The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

A Body in the Bath House - Lindsey Davis
A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

With toddler Julia and new baby Sosia Favonia in tow, Falco and Helena travel to Britannia where Falco has been tasked with sorting out a building project over spend and over run – we know the site as Fishbourne Palace. So it’s worth it in the end.

Sister Maia finds herself with them too, as a result of some subterfuge by Helena in cahoots with Petro, both concerned by what spurned admirer Anacrites might be plotting.

And given the Bath House theme, don’t be surprised at who Falco finds loitering in Britannia …

Author page: A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

Ode to a Banker – Lindsey Davis

Ode to a Banker - Lindsey Davis
Ode to a Banker – Lindsey Davis

Falco indulges his inner thesp and winds up investigating the murder of a Greek publisher-banker as a favour to Petro and the Vigiles, short staffed over the sweltering summer months.

For a Roman PI, Falco’s bizarrely oblivious to Petro and Maia’s simmering, long standing mutual attraction. I suspect Helena is not!

Author page: Ode to a Banker – Lindsey Davis

One Virgin Too Many – Lindsey Davis

One Virgin Too Many - Lindsey Davis
One Virgin Too Many – Lindsey Davis

Newly appointed Procurator of the Sacred Poultry (with a responsibility for goslings), Falco becomes entangled with the world of Roman religions and cults, and the Vestal Virgins in particular!

We see a better side of Helena’s brother Aelianus too. After he literally stumbles across the body of one of the Arval Brethren, with his throat slit, Aelianus offers to help out with Falco’s investigations. Not that Falco sees it that way…

Author page: One Virgin Too Many – Lindsey Davis