Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder On The Orient Express. As evocative titles go, it’s right up there. This modern reproduction of the 1930s Crime Club edition of the book even has what seem to be the original creases embossed on the dustjacket. Hercule Poirot would have admired the detail. The story begins in Syria – Aleppo, to be exact; the governess…

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

‘And none shall stop the Dark from rising!’ Think of this as an alternative Christmas classic. It starts conventionally enough: boy has birthday. Boy told of his unique power as part of a secret, magical brotherhood stretching back into pre-history. Boy understandably surprised. Boy meets destiny. Thus, the plot of The Dark Is Rising. The second…

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

In 2002, a wealthy 85-year old industrialist called Jean-Baptiste Meyer is murdered in his Berlin hotel. A sixtysomething Italian, Fabrizio Collini, is responsible. After 34 years’ blameless service as a toolmaker at the Daimler factory, he has snapped. Meyer is shot four times in the back of his head. It is an appalling crime which…