Jessica Norrie has reviewed two new detective novels that sound interesting
There are two new gumshoes on the block. It would be a crime not to investigate them.
A good detective always looks for connections. Both these books are the first in a new crime series highlighting cities and the parts of cities you may not otherwise visit (especially now). Both are launching during this pandemic. Both authors have journalism backgrounds. The first reported from Sarajevo and the camera in his story is positioned much as a sniper would be. The second author once reported for Scotland Yard and there is a certain world weary delivery to his narration: I wasn’t feeling half as cool as I was making out, but I knew enough to keep a clear head and leave the worrying to later. Both new investigators are operating on foreign soil: Juan Camarón, who was brought up in Spain by a Cuban father, finds himself in Glasgow and Daniel Leicester is an Englishman in Bologna. Both authors make good use of the possibilities this sets up for misreading a situation but also understanding it more objectively, for mistrust and also misplaced confidence, and for light relief too. One of the murder victims Camarón investigates is called William McGonagall, but he doesn’t recognise the name. (Dismemberment, albeit fictional, seems an unduly harsh punishment for terrible poetry.) And Leicester, as he helps some tourists with a menu, reflects: There are few things more suspicious to an Englishman abroad than another Englishman abroad.
Let’s cut to the chase.
Head over to read the two reviews in full: Turning to Crime
Jessica Norrie’s novel The Magic Carpet is currently on offer for 99p/99c until May 30th
About the book
Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?
One of the recent reviews for The Magic Carpet
Thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story of a group of 7 and 8 year olds preparing school performances based on traditional fairy tales and weaving in the stories of their own families.
As a teacher in a London school, the characters in this primary school class and their experiences felt very real to me and I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them. Completely addictive, I knew I would be sorry when it was finished but couldn’t help myself from immersing myself in it over the course of a weekend. Just loved it!
Read the reviews and buy the book 99p until May 30th: Amazon UK
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