REVIEW: Mystery Tour (CWA Anthology) edited by Martin Edwards

Series: CWA Anthologies
Book Number: N/A
Read this book for: short stories, multiple locations, mysteries and murder
Quick Review: A wonderful world tour of intriguing puzzles and entertaining mysteries — a great holiday read that’s light, easy and enjoyable.
Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

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Q&A: Paul Gitsham on the CWA Anthology – Mystery Tour

The Crime Review got the chance to chat with one of the authors who had their work included in the Crime Writers Association’s (CWA) latest anthology of short stories, MYSTERY TOUR. Paul Gitsham is the author of the DCI Warren Jones series of novels, and was generous enough to answer our questions! Continue reading →

REVIEW: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Getty & Khattak #1)

Series: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: war crimes, brutality, fantastic writing, compelling story, Bosnian conflict, Canadian setting

Quick Review: Stunning, both for its beautiful writing and for the visceral brutality and terror of its subject matter, THE UNQUIET DEAD reads more like fine literature than standard crime novel. This book is an experience, not just a novel, and deserves a close reading.


Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she’s still uneasy at Khattak’s tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton’s death. Drayton’s apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattak’s team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But when she learns that Drayton may have been living under an assumed name, Rachel begins to understand why Khattak is tip-toeing around this case. It soon comes to light that Drayton may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

If that’s true, any number of people might have had reason to help Drayton to his death, and a murder investigation could have far-reaching ripples throughout the community. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. Had the specters of Srebrenica returned to haunt Drayton at the end, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man just fall to his death from the Bluffs? Continue reading →

REVIEW: The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple #2)

Series: Miss Marple

Book Number: 2

Read this book for: lighthearted mystery, classic whodunnit, cozy mystery

Quick Review: This ticks all the boxes of the mystery novel but is so incredibly vivid and intensely real that it is well worth a look. It’s a refreshingly unique read!


It’s 7am, and the Bantry household wakes to find the body of a young girl they don’t know in their library. Shocked by this turn of events that seems so like a detective story, Mrs. Bantry calls in her close friend Miss Marple to help the police investigate and solve the mystery before gossip starts to harm her family’s standing in the village.

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