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by Keigo Hi­gashino, Lit­tle, Brown, £13.99 (ebook £7.99)

NOT for noth­ing is the best­selling Keigo Hi­gashino a for­mer Pres­i­dent of Mys­tery Writ­ers of Ja­pan.

The book’s pro­ta­gan­ist, an un­usual cop named Kaga, is de­moted and trans­ferred to Tokyo’s Ni­hon­bashi precinct, where he is tasked with work­ing on a mur­der case. A box of tra­di­tional sweets that leave an odd taste at the crime scene is enough to pique his in­ter­est, and ours.

There’s plenty of in­ven­tion to match the likes of Jo Nesbo, but lit­tle of the cru­elty, that drips off the pages of some crime fic­tion.

A charm­ing, evoca­tive and re­ward­ing read.

FIRE AND BLOOD

by Ge­orge R.R. Martin, Harper Voy­ager, £25 (ebook £11.99)

FIRE And Blood tells the epic tale of how the Tar­garyen kings united Wes­teros un­der the Iron Throne.

The his­tory is a de­par­ture in style from the Game Of Thrones books, as the tale is nar­rated by Citadel cleric Arch­maester Gyl­dayn.

But the step back in time to the found­ing of the Tar­garyen dy­nasty is more than just an in­ter­est­ing di­ver­sion, it’s a ter­rific ex­pan­sion of a rich fan­tasy world.

AN­OTHER FINE MESS: ACROSS TRUM­P­LAND IN A FORD MODEL T

by Tim Moore, Vin­tage, £14.99 (ebook 99p)

TRAVEL writer Tim

Moore’s niche is ar­du­ous jour­neys – cy­cling the route of the Iron Cur­tain on a two-geared bike, for ex­am­ple. This time, he drives 6,000 miles across the US tak­ing in as many red states as pos­si­ble – in a 1924 Ford Model T.

His aim? To un­der­stand why ru­ral vot­ers backed Don­ald Trump. In the vein of Bill Bryson, this funny trav­el­ogue is as much a his­tory of Henry Ford as a com­men­tary on mod­ern Amer­ica.

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