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Topic - Muriel Dobbin
The mood of London in 1920 reflected not only relief at the end of a devastating war but a psychological hangover that afflicted many who fought in it. In "The Return of Captain John Emmett," Elizabeth Speller has captured the darkness of the era in a poignant prologue describing villagers gathered in darkness to see the passing of a train bearing a flag-draped coffin.
If you seek to capture the essence of a law enforcement legend, look no further than Elmore Leonard, the master of the merry and macabre crime scenario with dialogue to die for.
Beyond the miasma of texting and blogging and tweeting, there is the real world of journalism as Mort Rosenblum lived it and now recalls it.
The ancient and sinister Tower of London that lures more than 2 million visitors a year would be an inspiration for any writer, especially one with the kind of whimsical imagination from which sprouts a world of ravenous ravens and a 181-year old tortoise called Mrs. Cross whose tail has been replaced by a parsnip.
The exploration of the darker reaches of the human mind has long been a speciality of author Val McDermid and she has outdone herself in this strange maze of a psychological thriller.
Investigations in the blissful Botswana world of Mma Precious Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency range from a woman complaining that her husband is cheating on her to a mysterious legacy left to an unnamed guide by a visiting American.
The darkest humor is often to be found in the deadly game of war, and a unique example is that of "Operation Mincemeat," a hoax spun from ingenuity and imagination that became a stunning military coup in World War II.
The arrival of the late Uncle Eldritch comes as a surprise to his nephew Stephen Swan. Especially when it turns out that the relative with the Dickensian name not only didn't die in the Blitz three decades earlier, but was in prison in Ireland and won't explain why.
The house survives even when it is abandoned. It endures the steel hurricane of Nazi invasion and even a German bomb in its garden.
More than half a century has passed, and memories have faded, so it is the triumph of this book that the author has so poignantly re-created a time of grim grandeur when the world was shaken by a struggle that encompassed not only the powerful, but, to an extraordinary degree, the ordinary people who lived through it.
It begins with a starving wolf chewing on the leg of a man slain in a village massacre in Sweden. And it ends with the wolf.
In 1942, in the dark early years of World War II, the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta was battered by German bombers and living in dread of a Nazi invasion. The last thing it needed was a serial killer on the prowl.
A GAMBLING MAN: CHARLES II'S
As one of the reigning queens of mystery fiction, P.D. James is well qualified to characterize a certain era as the "golden age" of murder.
Christmas without Rumpole would be like Christmas without Scrooge.