Flight from Berlin : a novel

From Eileen Effrat

Author: David John

Title:   Flight from Berlin : a novel

Set during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, this suspense thriller pits the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service against one another in the quest for a secret dossier that could destroy the Nazi leadership. A British journalist, outspoken in his criticism of Hitler, and a former Olympian join forces in this atmospheric and fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of Alan Furst, Daniel Silva, Philip Kerr, or David Downing, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Games of Lies

From Eileen Effrat

Author: Rebecca Cantrell

Title: Games of Lies

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Cantrell’s two previous Hannah Vogel spy/mystery novels. The series features the Nazi rise to power prior to the Second World War. After narrowly escaping Germany with her life four years before, Vogel now returns to Berlin in 1936 to cover the Berlin Olympics for a Swiss newspaper under an assumed name. Once again acting as a British courier transporting documents out of Germany, she also finds herself investigating the murder of a long time friend and colleague. Can she successfully get out of Germany a second time? I would recommend reading the books in order to get a greater feel for the characters and the time period.

Reykjavik Nights

From Eileen Effrat

Author: Arnaldur Indridason

Title: Reykjavik Nights

This is a prequel to Indridason’s Detective Erlendur mystery series, focusing on his early years as a rookie cop in Reykjavik. Always curious and determined to find answers, he spends his off hours digging into unsolved crimes. One of these involves the drowning of a homeless man he had befriended. As he digs deeper into the presumed drowning, he realizes it may be linked to the mysterious disappearance of a woman that very weekend. This is a police procedural evoking a 1970’s Iceland. If you like Nordic Noir and haven’t tried the Erlendur series, this is a good place to start.

Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

Name: Eileen Effrat

Author: Martin Cruz Smith

Title: Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

What he/she said about the book: Arakady Renko, Senior Investigator for Very Important Cases in Moscow, is still on the job after 30 years. Politically and socially,things have not changed much. Putin’s “New Russia” is just as corrupt as Renko’s first police investigation at Gorky Park in 1981. This is the 8th novel in the series and Renko is just as cynical and persistent as always. A Russian investigative reporter reputedly jumps from a window,a crime boss is gunned down,and a Swiss translator on business in Kaliningrad is murdered; all three within days. The key to these seemingly unrelated events is a notebook left behind by the translator. As the action shifts between Moscow and Kaliningrad,Smith vividly portrays daily life in Russia. This latest book in the series does not disappoint.

Leaving time : a novel

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Title:  Leaving time : a novel  

Once again, Jodi Picoult presents us with a well-written, engrossing tale. Jenna Metcalf is a teen whose mother disappeared when she was a baby. She becomes obsessed with finding her mother – or discovering what became of her, or why she abandoned Jenna. Both of her parents were scientists, studying elephants, and these large, gentle and frequently misunderstood and mistreated animals figure largely (pardon the pun) in the story.  This is another fine work from Picoult.

The Farm

From Eileen Effrat

Author:  Tom Rob Smith

Title:  The Farm

The Farm is a psychological thriller that centers around a 29 year old torn between his two parents.  Which one do you believe?  His father claims his mother has had a mental breakdown,  while his mother insists she has unearthed a conspiracy of murder involving his father. The reader witnesses this drama unfold through Daniel’s eyes as family secrets and deceptions are laid to bare.  Ultimately, the plot boils down to how well do we really know are parents. This is a quick read  with a very unexpected twist.

The frozen dead

From Eileen Effrat

Author: Bernard Minier

Title: The frozen dead

This fast paced French thriller has it all—-a decapitated horse hanging from a cable car, three men brutally murdered with similar modus operandi, and patients on the loose from  a  maximum security psychiatric hospital. Commandant Martin Servaz, a city cop from Toulouse, leads the investigation as past nefarious deeds in a small village in the French Pyrenees finally come to roost.  This is a police procedural with some rather grisly details.  Only recently translated into English from the French, this is Minier’s  first novel and I can’t wait for more.