Showing posts from September, 2019

A Capital Death by Lindsey Davis, Book Review

Nobody brings ancient Romans to life like Lindsey Davis. I love her forgetful witnesses, dodgy tavern keepers, incompetent house slaves, shady temple augurs, corrupt Imperial transport managers, nosy housewives, hapless or brutal Praetorians, and finally, hard put-upon informers like Flavia Alba. 
Just when I thought I knew all there was to life in ancient Rome, Lindsey Davis introduces new topics such as the Imperial Triumph Procession and the people who produce the exorbitantly expensive purple dye for colouring the emperor’s special robes. I knew a bit about the Murex sea sails of which you needed hundreds of thousands to make a useful quantity of dye, but I didn’t know that the process would be so stinky and smelly. Crime fiction in 3 D, that’s what you get when you walk down a Roman street with Flavia Alba, or just Alba to her friends. 
And not every mystery, not even one set in ancient Rome can feature a murder which involves being pushed over the Tarpeian Rock! That’s a rocky …

Welcome to a sleeker, revamped Crime Warp

After a bit of time re-assessing the blog, with lots of coffee, a ton of biscuits, a few glasses (em, possibly bottles) of Prosecco, Toria and I have come up with a revamp for The Crime Warp. 
I hope you like it - we do. 

We thought it was perhaps time for us to re-introduce ourselves to you all, hence the rogues gallery at the beginning. 

We think it's sleeker, sexier and seductive.

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Two Suggestions for September

The Other Mrs Miller by Allison Dickson
A well-received domestic thriller which is full of suspense and twists by the American author Allison Dickson. Do we judge children by the reputation of their parents? Are you ever free from the legacy of your parents? Is there an evil nasty gene that is passed on from one generation to the next? I certainly hope not, but some books make you think. A number of readers have described this as a darkly humorous book, especially the second part. If you are able to suspend your disbelief and find domestic treachery intriguing, you will find this novel hugely entertaining.
Published in trade paperback by Sphere in July 2019, £13.99

A Secret Life by Christobel Kent
I’ve always envied people who are not afraid to make mistakes. I’ve known people to take terrible risks and get away with it, yet, in a similar situation, I’m convinced I’d get into huge trouble. Responsibility weighs heavily on my shoulders and I feel like a stick in the mud until I read a …

Strange Tombs by Syd Moore, Book Review

My sister and I get on really well, in fact terrifically well. We never fight over anything, with one exception: The latest Essex Witch Museum Mystery. As I’m writing this review (and not her), you can tell that I got to read the book first, ha.
As always, Syd Moore is highly entertaining. Her charming and witty protagonist Rosie Strange is my favourite Essex girl and I adore her, even though we are worlds apart. Unlike Rosie, I don’t queue for manis and pedis, or fashionable clothes and I don’t travel with lots of make-up and hair kit. But like Rosie, I have a decent dose of common sense mixed with an innate curiosity.
Now that she and her colleague (and dare I say future lover?) Sam Stone are on the radar of MI5, they have been tasked to investigate strange happenings at a country house writer’s course. I won’t spoil the story, but I can say that Strange Tombs makes a nod to Agatha Christie and the country house classics where people are drinking cocktails in the drawing room one …