Crime

Daily Life In Kiev Ahead Of The Ukrainian Presidential Election

Viktor Yanukovych’s palace is full of tasteless treasures – and London auction-house tags

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Quite a few of the former president Yanukovych’s ‘treasures’ seem to carry tags from London auctioneers

Police from Romania and Poland work in London alongside Metropolitan police officers in the fight against offenders from abroad Photo: Getty

I’d rather have a German next door too — and I have the figures to show why

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Should we be worried about the vast numbers of German-born people living covertly in the United Kingdom? The Office for…

Spectator letters: On wind turbines, Churchill's only exam success, and the red-trousered mayor of Bristol

19 April 2014 9:00 am

When the wind blows Sir: Clare Oxford’s piece (‘Gone with the wind turbines’, 12 April) is both timely and sad.…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

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Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in…

Babar creator Laurent de Brunhoff Photo: Nathan Denette/AP/PA

Alexander McCall Smith’s diary: Meeting Babar’s creator

8 February 2014 9:00 am

As any author will tell you, literary festivals differ widely. If you are invited to Willy Dalrymple’s Jaipur Festival, with…

A marijuana store in Colorado

The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week…

Barometer: Spain’s own version of Gibraltar

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Other people’s rocks Spain threatened to introduce a €40 border-crossing charge and find other ways of making life difficult for…

Crime fiction - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

‘We no longer believe in God but hope nevertheless for miracles,’ remarks Frederic Mordaunt, one of the characters of John…

Gin Lane

Less alcohol, fewer drugs: how the British seem to be shedding their harmful habits

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Britons’ harmful habits seem to be on the wane

Crime fiction reviewed by Andrew Taylor

18 May 2013 9:00 am

An epigraph taken from Goebbels’s only published novel certainly makes a book stand out from the crowd. A Man Without…

Burglar's Entrance

The thrill of the chase

18 May 2013 9:00 am

I was in my garden office on Monday afternoon when I heard a loud noise behind me, as if someone…

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A date with death

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

On 8 January 1937, an old man was taking his prize songbird for an early morning walk in the eastern…

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The American way of justice

21 April 2012 12:00 pm

Conrad Black sympathises with the NatWest Three — victims of British cowardice and a corrupt US legal system

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Bookends

3 September 2011 12:00 am

How to bury a body

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Art for ransom

27 August 2011 10:00 am

These two books make mutually illuminating and surprisingly contrasting companions, given the similarity of their subjects.

Recent crime fiction

23 July 2011 12:00 am

John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series constantly surprises.

Recent crime fiction

4 June 2011 12:00 am

Mo Hayder has a considerable and well-deserved reputation as a writer of horrific crime novels that often revolve around the physical violence men do to women.

Recent crime fiction

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Henning Mankell bestrides the landscape of Scandavian crime fiction like a despondent colossus.

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Massacre of the innocents

12 March 2011 12:00 am

‘La justice flétrit, la prison corrompt et la société a les criminels qu’elle mérite’ — Justice withers, prison corrupts, and society gets the criminals it deserves.

When the best defence is no defence

12 March 2011 12:00 am

This remarkable book is the account by their lawyer of the trial, imprisonment and sentencing to death in the late Eighties of a group of young men who came to be known as the Delmas Four.

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Theatre of the macabre

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Sam Leith marvels at Victorian Britain’s appetite for crime, where a public hanging was considered a family day out and murder became a lurid industry in itself

Mean streets

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The best recent crime thrillers have an urban setting, according to Andrew Taylor

Troubled waters

29 September 2010 12:00 am

This is the fifth in C. J. Sansom’s engrossing series of Tudor crime novels.