Haunted by the past: Winterberg’s Last Journey, by Jaroslav Rudis, reviewed

8 June 2024 9:00 am

A garrulous nonagenarian and his patient carer make a long train trip to Sarajevo, hoping to solve a decades-old murder mystery

Murder in the dark: The Eighth House, by Linda Segtnan, reviewed

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Motherhood prompts Segtnan to research the cold case of Birgitta Sivander, a nine-year-old found murdered in a Swedish forest in 1948

What became of Thomas Becket’s bones?

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Alice Roberts’s examinations of violent deaths in the past take her to the site of Becket’s murder in Canterbury cathedral and the later destruction of his shrine by Henry VIII

An Oxford spy ring is finally uncovered

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Charles Beaumont’s warped group, recruited by an eccentric fellow of Jesus College, seems all too plausible. Other thrillers from Celia Walden and Matthew Blake

Satirical pulp: The Possessed, by Witold Gombrowicz, reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The 1939 Gothic pastiche which the author was at pains to distance himself from is now considered a delightfully devious work of Polish modernism

An untrue true crime story: Penance, by Eliza Clark, reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

A teasing piece of crime fiction weaves together real and invented murders in a satire on the true crime genre and its devotees

Ireland’s most notorious murderer still casts a disturbing spell

8 July 2023 9:00 am

After months of conversations with Ireland’s most notorious murderer, Mark O’Connell got both more and less than he bargained for, says Frances Wilson

Lies about the Katyn massacre added insult to the horror

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Alan Philps reveals how many western journalists, duped by Stalinist propaganda, rushed to blame the Nazis for the Soviet atrocity

A gruesome discovery: Death Under a Little Sky, by Stig Abell, reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

A police detective inherits a country estate and looks forward to early retirement, but is forced back into action when human bones surface at a village treasure hunt

Evil geniuses

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Does knowledge of the wrongs committed by Caravaggio, Picasso, Roman Polanski and other ‘monsters’ condition our response to their art, wonders Claire Dederer

Was it murder?

20 May 2023 9:00 am

In a beautifully told novel, O’Callaghan focuses on the mysterious death of the footballer Matthias Sindelar in 1939 – possibly as a result of defying Hitler

Murder most foul: The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell, reviewed

27 August 2022 9:00 am

There’s a moment near the end of Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue ‘My Last Duchess’ when it becomes clear that the…

Whodunits shouldn’t be dismissed as a guilty pleasure

28 May 2022 9:00 am

What a weird lot crime writers are. I don’t come to this conclusion lightly, since I’m a crime writer myself,…

Murder, suicide and apocalypse: Here Goes Nothing, by Steve Toltz, reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Angus Mooney is dead. Freshly murdered, he’s appalled to find himself in an Afterworld, having always rejected the possibility of…

Will Macron surrender to the mob?

23 March 2022 11:00 pm

It has been a torrid few days in France. In the early hours of Saturday morning, a former Argentine rugby…

A long-forgotten tale of sorcery and a severed head

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Our local chief Panta wore a government-issue khaki uniform with epaulettes, beret and swagger stick. On a…

A glimpse of the real Patricia Highsmith through her diaries and notebooks

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Through her diaries and notebooks we finally catch a glimpse of the real Patricia Highsmith, says Christopher Priest

More penny dreadful than Dickensian: Lily, by Rose Tremain, reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Rose Tremain’s 15th novel begins with a favoured schmaltzy image of high Victoriana: it is a night (if not dark…

The Met must face the truth about Sarah Everard's murder

30 September 2021 9:36 pm

‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray everything we stand for,’ said the Metropolitan Police…

The man who made Manhattan: The Great Mistake, by Jonathan Lee, reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What makes a city? The collective labour of millions packed into its history; the constant forgetting of incomers who arrive…

Sweden's gun crime epidemic is spiralling out of control

26 June 2021 4:00 pm

The shots were fired at 1pm on a Sunday, in spite of a heavy police presence at the scene. A…

Bugsy Siegel — the gangster straight out of a Hollywood movie

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel was about as meta-gangsterish as a real life gangster could get. Born in the slums of Manhattan’s…

When the King of the Delta Blues came home — the family life of Robert Johnson

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Whatever would Robert Johnson, self-styled King of the Delta Blues, have made of the Black Lives Matter movement? His was…

Northern noir: The Mating Habits of Stags, by Ray Robinson, reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

It is winter in north Yorkshire. On the brink of New Year, Jake, a laconic, isolated former farmhand in his…

The dark past of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge

18 January 2020 9:00 am

A distinctive pattern of horizontal and vertical lines appears in the background of many of Eadweard Muybridge’s best-known photographs, giving…