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.