Martin Walker: “Bruno, Chief of Police”

The “Bruno, Chief of Police” series is set in deepest rural France, and Martin Walker’s love and knowledge of the area shine through. He describes a France populated by real people, trying to maintain their way of life despite a constant battle with the bureaucrats from Brussels attempting to enforce their rules of homogeneity. It’s beautifully written with insights into the changing way of life, the politics, the history, the people. Makes you want to go there. I’ve just finished the 2nd in the series, and it’s just as good. “Bruno, Chief of Police” is only £1.80 as an ebook; why not try it today? Check the ebook prices at...

Countdown to CrimeFest #1: Quentin Bates, “Frozen Out”

I’m going to CrimeFest at the end of May, really looking forward to it. I love reading good international crime fiction and this has a great lineup. I’m going to feature a few of the attending authors, and say just why I like them. So here goes with the first… Quentin Bates is a new discovery for me. I’ve just finished “Frozen Out”, a series set in Iceland. I visited Iceland once and found it a fascinating country. The geology, the people, the language, the food; everything was very foreign to me. This book described very well what I remember about the country, but as well as that, it was a very good police detective story. Good plot, good characters, good background info – excellent! And I love the backdrop of the economic meltdown we’ve just lived through. It’s only £2.56 at Amazon (5 Mar 2013) so why not try it? It’s worth it…...