Mystery

Nicola Lagioia puts the boot into modern Italy

14 October 2017 9:00 am

A young woman, naked and covered in blood, totters numbly down a night road. A driver spots her in his…

A tale for all times: Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Fantastic fiction loves contrasts made explicit: Eloi and Morlocks, orcs and elves, and above all humans battling vampires, Martians or…

Adam Thorpe’s gone girl novel looks like a prizewinner

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Adam Thorpe’s latest novel, Missing Fay, examines the lives of a disparate group of people in Lincolnshire, all touched in…

Lands of legend: from the Auroras to Atlantis

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Un-Discovered Islands could not be more different in substance — though it is similar in style — to Malachy…

A Field Guide to Reality plays superbly with mystery, trickery and scholarship

16 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Transparency,’ remarks Eliade Jenks, narrator of Joanna Kavenna’s fourth novel, A Field Guide to Reality, ‘is an aspiration. But wouldn’t…

A remote island community is disrupted by the arrival of a troubled teenager

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Benjamin Wood’s first novel, The Bellwether Revivals, was published in 2012, picked up good reviews, was shortlisted for the Costa…

Smart ass

15 January 2011 12:00 am

It’s the way Caroline pisses onto the concrete during the lunch break that delights her work colleagues: in a steaming, splattery arc.

The witch in the machine

18 September 2010 12:00 am

If one asks Albanians who is their greatest living writer, the immediate answer is Ismail Kadare, winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005.

Dark Satanic thrills

4 September 2010 12:00 am

If you have not yet gone on holiday, do pack The Anatomy of Ghosts. It is excellent airport reading; and this is no trivial recommendation.

Fearful symmetry

21 August 2010 12:00 am

Kate Atkinson’s latest novel is the fourth in her series about Jackson Brodie, the ex-soldier, ex-police officer and ex-husband who now works in a desultory way as a private investigator.

A choice of first novels

7 August 2010 12:00 am

Write what you know. Isn’t that what aspiring novelists are told?

Good at bad guys

7 August 2010 12:00 am

Thriller writers, like wolves and old Etonians, hunt in packs.

Dark and creepy

10 December 2008 12:00 am

The Folio Book of Historical Mysteries, edited by Ian Pindar