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…

Spies Of The Balkans by Alan Furst

 Spies Of The Balkans is what my father would have called a potboiler. Costa Zanni is not quite a policeman and not really a spy, but he gets all the awkward cases to handle in the northern Greek port of Salonika, the ones that require a bit of diplomatic nous and a light touch. But things…