The perils of Prague: Parasol Against the Axe, by Helen Oyeyemi, reviewed

10 February 2024 9:00 am

Three women with a criminal past meet for a weekend hen party – but any hopes of enjoying themselves are soon dashed

Tea and treachery: Sheep’s Clothing, by Celia Dale, reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Posing as social services employees, two female ex-cons talk their way into the homes of elderly widows in order to drug them and steal their valuables

High life

9 September 2023 9:00 am

It shouldn’t be a crime to sniff a goshawk

2 September 2023 9:00 am

I notice that the naturalist Chris Packham has been reported to the police for the ‘crime’ of sniffing a goshawk.…

Why weren’t police forces investigating every theft?

29 August 2023 6:55 am

Police must investigate every theft. This is the message from the Home Secretary as the government heralds an agreement from…

Daniel Penny and the problem with have-a-go heroes

13 May 2023 9:00 am

I have always liked the phrase ‘have-a-go hero’. It sums up a certain type of person who can emerge from…

The lessons of New York’s carnage

8 October 2022 9:00 am

New York I am seriously thinking of visiting a shrink (just kidding) as I now have definite proof that I…

Will guns from Ukraine end up on the streets of Britain?

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Will guns from Ukraine end up on the streets of Britain?

A character assassination of Rudy Giuliani

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Lord help me I love a hatchet job, and you’ll have to too if you want to make it through…

We need to talk about tasers

9 August 2022 11:01 pm

Donald Burgess is the latest Briton to die after being hit by a police taser. He won’t be the last,…

The price of courage: On Java Road, by Lawrence Osborne, reviewed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Lawrence Osborne’s novels are easy to admire. They tend to deal with characters trapped in morally questionable situations and their…

Naples will never escape the shadow of Vesuvius

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Naples, the tatterdemalion capital of the Italian south, is said to be awash with heroin. Chinese-run morphine refineries on its…

Welcome to post-truth America

28 May 2022 9:00 am

A couple more weeks in the Bagel and then on to dear old London. I’ve had a very good time…

The dishonesty of how we respond to tragedies

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It isn’t hard to notice that some crimes are more important than others. Or at least more politically advantageous. It…

The glory days of Central Park

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I celebrate two Easters every year, the Catholic one and the Orthodox one, which means I get very drunk on…

The sad demise of Brooks Brothers

23 April 2022 9:00 am

New York Our own Douglas Murray is the canary in the Bagel coal mine as of late. The left controls…

Criminalising ‘cyberflashing’ is a waste of time

19 April 2022 11:30 pm

It’s a fact of life that at any given time, a woman’s social media messages will be filled with three…

The descent of New York

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Aggression is everywhere in New York

Anti-police spin is tearing the force apart

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Constant castigation is harming the police force

For Glasgow – with love and squalor: The Second Cut, by Louise Welsh, reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Never, never kill the dog. It’s rule one in the crime writer’s manual. Cats are bad enough, as I can…

Women don't 'consent' to their own deaths

16 November 2021 5:30 am

A ruling by the Court of Appeal last week has further enshrined the notion that women can consent to their…

I’ve been back one week and the good old US of A has never seemed more depressing

13 November 2021 9:00 am

New York Don’t let anyone tell you the Bagel is worse off than Kabul, where three people were recently shot…

It’s time female fraudsters received their due

6 November 2021 9:00 am

If you’re after jewel thieves, bank robbers and gold smugglers, look no further than Caitlin Davies’s Queens of the Underworld.…

Yours disgusted, H.G. Wells: the young writer finds marriage insufferable

6 November 2021 9:00 am

After a wretched childhood, H.G. Wells was ruthless in making up for lost time, says Frances Wilson

Letters: In defence of Land Rovers

9 October 2021 9:00 am

How to stay safe Sir: Mary Wakefield is correct to highlight the opprobrium heaped on anyone who suggests sensible safety…