Murder

Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Asked how he achieves the distinctive realism for which his novels and screenplays are famous, Richard Price, that sharp chronicler…

It’s time to get real about gang violence in London

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Hey, Londoners — been stabbed or shot yet this week? Just thought I’d check as the place seems to resemble,…

The murderer who got away – and the woman who died in pursuit

24 March 2018 9:00 am

This true-crime narrative ought, by rights, to be broken backed, in two tragic ways. One is that the serial attacker…

The Maigret novels are perfect for the train. Just don’t let their cynicism blight your view of your fellow passengers

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Donald E. Westlake wrote crime books that were funny, light and intricate. Help I Am Being Held Prisoner (Hard Case…

Lady Lucan, a week after the murder

How Lucky Lucan begged me for money shortly before mistakenly murdering the nanny

17 February 2018 9:00 am

A Moment in Time reminded me of the sort of British expatriate women I used to meet in the south…

Death comes too close for comfort in the latest crime novels

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Alex Jackson is buried alive inside his own body, a body which lies in a long-term coma following a climbing…

Crime and puzzlement in Tony White’s Oulipo-inspired novel

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tony White’s latest novel begins for all the world like a police procedural, following the delightfully named sleuth Rex King…

The neglected house on Downshire Hill had been Allan Chappelow’s home from childhood

The murder of a harmless Hampstead eccentric remains shrouded in mystery

27 January 2018 9:00 am

For weeks the battered body of an elderly eccentric lay undiscovered in the heart of Hampstead. Philip Hensher believes the wrong man was charged with murder

How true are true-crime documentaries?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Channel 4’s Catching a Killer offered the rare TV spectacle these days of a middle-aged white male copper leading a…

A murderous business: sexual trauma and child abuse

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Just over halfway through this grim and gripping book, the author describes herself and her girlfriend ‘lying on my bed…

King of Chicago crime: Al Capone in the late 1920s

Bootleggers, blackmailers and the rest of the merry Mob

1 July 2017 9:00 am

In 1981, an FBI team visited Donald Trump to discuss his plans for a casino in Atlantic City. Trump admitted…

More grimy tragedy from Joyce Carol Oates

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Early one summer’s morning in 1994, Paul Jennings Hill, a defrocked Presbyterian minister, gunned down a doctor, John Britton, as…

Teasing the French academy to death

13 May 2017 9:00 am

On 25 February 1980, Roland Barthes, the great French intellectual, was run over by a laundry van in Paris. He…

I fiddled around in my trauma kit but Duncan was gasping his last

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya On my way home to the ranch, I stopped for a beer with my neighbour Martin. It was…

A Kalash girl in traditional dress

Search for the Yeti at your peril

29 April 2017 9:00 am

This book, according to its author Gabi Martínez, is ‘a non-fiction novel’. It tells the story of Jordi Magraner, a…

How the Osage Indians were murdered for their oil

22 April 2017 9:00 am

In the early 1920s, while the United States was entering its crazed phase of prohibition and prosperity, a group of…

The latest first novels are full of violence, loss and grief

22 April 2017 9:00 am

If you go down to the woods today… That is the starting point for Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, who grew…

Murder and mayhem in 18th-century Bristol

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Helen Dunmore’s new novel concerns lives, consequential in their day, that pass away into utter oblivion. Appropriately, the ‘solitary and…

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope 'wearing the kind of hat not seen since the glory days of All Creatures Great and Small'

DCI Vera Stanhope may well be the most implausible cop on TV

25 March 2017 9:00 am

As we know from all those newspaper articles and actress interviews, there’s a scandalous lack of high-profile British TV dramas…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, one of the last stylishly mad people in Kenya

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia On Tristan Voorspuy’s hell-for-leather riding safaris across Kenya’s savannah, he cracked a bullwhip at predators that tried to eat…

Real-life killers can have even sillier ideas than Bond villains

21 January 2017 9:00 am

If you think Bond villains’ ideas are implausibly silly, you should meet some more real-life criminals

The horrifying life of the African guerrilla

31 December 2016 9:00 am

When George Omona first saw soldiers in the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army, he was amazed. The scary fighters who had…

The secret of the Bolshoi style will always be safe

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In 2013, Pavel Dmitrichenko, disgruntled principal dancer of the Bolshoi, exacted a now infamous revenge on the company’s artistic director,…

A new country-house mystery for Hercule Poirot

10 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Clonakilty, God help us,’ my Irish mother would say automatically when we drove into the town, in pious remembrance of…

I have no interest in hearing Melvyn bragging about the North

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The last thing we need right now, in these divisive times, is a series that spends all its time crowing…