WHO THE HELL IS HARRY BLACK? by Jake Needham

A new Sam Tay novel is always an occasion to be celebrated, but regrettably I still haven’t learned the art of slowly reading and savouring these smashing books, racing through them excitedly instead. (Note to Mr. Needham – er, can you please, pretty please get cracking on Sam’s next adventure?) …

TRANSIENT DESIRES by DONNA LEON

Having just finished a novel about Venice, I moved straight onto another novel about Venice. Such joy! “Transient Desires”, the 30th in the stunning Commissario Guido Brunetti series, is every bit as gripping as the previous books, but it is but definitely a little darker. Although Guido’s delightful family is …

THE VENETIAN MASQUERADE by PHILIP GWYNNE JONES

What a pleasure to plunge back into the Venetian world of Nathan Sutherland, the Honorary British Consul in Venice, and otherwise a translator of documents – often boring, and increasingly Brexit related. “The Venetian Masquerade” is the 3rd in this charming series, and we are re-united with Nathan, his long-suffering …

MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE by VASEEM KHAN

As though the fabulously creative and loveable Baby Ganesh series were not enough, the talented Vaseem Khan has now given us yet another wonderful Indian detective, and I am already a huge fan. Introducing Inspector Persis Wadia, India’s first woman detective. We are in Bombay, in the tumultuous, heady days …

BAD DAY AT THE VULTURE CLUB by VASEEM KHAN

The latest addition to the smashing Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series “Bad Day at the Vulture Club” is yet another wonderful read from the talented Vaseem Khan. As in the earlier books, the sleuthing of Inspector Chopra (retd) and his unusual sidekick, his baby elephant Ganesh, bring to life the …