The only list that matters – Best in Show 2015!

If you buy all these, you'll be as poor as me. But happy. Though that generally doesn't wash with the bank man. Trust me, I've tried it.

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Review: The Cairo Affair

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer My rating: 3 of 5 stars I must admit to having been more than a little non-plussed by this one. I did, against my usual better judgement, quickly see a few very good reviews before I read it. So my disappointment was multiplied accordingly. Problem is, the politics down Cairo-way, is so …

Review: Spies of The Balkans

Spies of The Balkans by Alan Furst My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars "So, don't trust the telephone. Or the newspapers. Or the radio. Or tomorrow." Spies of the Balkans is a subtle and thoroughly satisfying story of war-time, Second World War-time, set in Greece, in Salonika, in 1940 - the early, confused, months of …

Review: Victory Square

Victory Square by Olen Steinhauer My rating: 4 of 5 stars What had confused me more than once while reading this and others in the series, is whether the three of them are set in a fictional East European country, or I’ve just missed - or been too stupid to put two and two together, …

Say what you like about Amazon…

...but. I ordered Bernhard Cornwell's latest in the (let's see what they're calling the series this week) 'Warrior Chronicles', The Pagan Lord a good while back. When it was announced I think. I got an email from Amazon last Friday, that they had dispatched the book. It arrived, here in Denmark, Monday morning around 10.00. …

Top Five Books of the year – so far

My fabulous five of the year so far

Review: The Istanbul Variations

Not enough. Even in Istanbul.

Review: Gospel Truths

Gospel Truths by J.G. Sandom My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is not your run-of-the-mill religious, historical, chase, search, code-breaking, discovery of some ancient artefact that proves Christianity is based on a myth or a lie, type of thriller. It's quite a step up from that. Passages reminded me of books I've read by Alan Furst or Olen Steinhauer. …

Review: Vienna Assignment

Vienna Assignment by Olen Steinhauer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've previously read 'The Tourist', which was also excellent, though probably more of a mainstream spy novel. 'The Vienna Assignment' is particularly good because it doesn't do, as in the main character doesn't do, what you probably expect it/him to. …