I Was Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia, originally published in 1933 entitled Ich war Jack Mortimer, is »a fascinating snapshot of Vienna between the wars« says Laura Wilson. Her review of this and four other new published crime books you will find at The Guardian.
»I suppose it is a matter of honesty: the books are not trying to be anything other than themselves. Nevertheless, there hangs about them a suggestion of something dark and disturbing, profound almost, as if Simenon had, through a technique not very far from automatic writing, discovered something fundamental about the soul. Perhaps this is where the greatness of his books lies.«
The reissued edition of the first Inspector Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian, captures perfectly the moral squalor of a seedy prewar Paris, says Nicholas Lezard. His review of the novel by Georges Simenon you will find at The Guardian.
»Convoluted, imperfect, this is nonetheless a grand, funny, troubling and rewarding read, and personally, I can’t wait for the third of the trilogy. Damaged? Delighted? Devilled? Doubted? Simply Dead? Maddie is my new post-alive heroine.«
Satire on American life: Euan Ferguson about the novel Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk. His review at The Guardian.
»Something extraordinary happened to me last week. I was outed to the whole wide world, having won the Polari first book prize 2013 for my debut novel, The Murder Wall. It was an honour and a privilege to pick up such a prestigious award – and all the more pleasing because the prize was open to works of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction with LGBT content.«
News: Mari Hannah, creator of lesbian detective Kate Daniels, was downcast when publishers rejected her work. Now, she’s won the Polari first book prize for The Murder Wall. Her view at The Guardian.
»Saints of the Shadow Bible is a clever, subtle read, but most of all, it’s a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID.«
Ian Rankin‘s decision to bring John Rebus out of retirement to rake over the past was the right one, says Alison Flood. Her review of the novel Saints of the Shadow Bible by Mr. Rankin you can read at The Guardian.
»The follow-up has so obviously been formed by a film studio’s agenda that it feels like a case of putting the cart before the ghost.«
The Woman in Black is back. Angel of Death by Martyn Waites is a sequel to the horror novel by Susan Hill. Alfred Hickling reviews the book at The Guardian.
»And I admit that by this point, close to the end of a monotonous 800-page novel, I was truly perplexed. Nothing wrong, I suppose, with a Harry Potter homage, but it’s hard for an adult reader to be gripped by a tale with no real subtext and peopled entirely by Goodies and Baddies.«
Overlong and tediously Potteresque: Julie Myerson with a harsh critique on Donna Tartt‘s latest novel The Goldfinch. Her review at The Guardian.
»Plot and character and fine prose can take you far – but a novel this good makes you want to go even further.«
The story of a boy who loses a mother and gains a painting, Donna Tartt‘s long‑awaited third novel The Goldfinch is an astonishing achievement, Kamila Shamsie says. Her review at The Guardian.