A Single Source by Peter Hanington
Books / April 27, 2019

A new author and new genre for me. I’m not sure how to “categorise “ this, I’m going to say it’s a political thriller, which almost reads as a classic spy novel. A gently paced opening introduces the 3 story strings in this book. Set in 2011, at the time of the “ Arab spring” Veteran BBC reporter William Carver and his trusted producer Patrick are in Egypt covering events as the insurrection and riots begin to break out. Whilst in London.  Ex journalist and colleague of Carver’s, Rob Mariscal now head of Comms at the MOD, is working on a project to both protect the MOD’s interest , in a weapons and arms company from the treasury budget cuts while ensuring the Involvement is not of pubic knowledge In Eritrea , Africa, the tale of 2 young brothers, looking to escape the county is also being told. Soloman and Gebre, with the help of their scheming smuggler grandfather ,set off with people traffickers , in hope of reaching Europe. In Egypt. Carver comes across what appears to be tear gas canisters made by a British company Rob is working Hard trying to cover up any involvment Eritrea. The journey…

Stasi 77 by David Young (Major Karin Müller 4)
Books / April 13, 2019

This is the 4th book in the Karin Müller series. I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books so as soon as this popped up on netgalley I had to request it! Set in East Berlin, 1977, Karin of the serious crimes department of the Kriminalpolizei is called and rushed back from her family holiday to investigate what appears to be the murder of a local political party official, Found in an old Mill, tied up and locked in a room then left to sufficate on smoke fumes. Similar murders follow, Müller attempts to investigate but the Stasi block her at every turn whilst her deputy and sometime love interest Weiner Tilsner seems to be acting very strangely about the investigation. Is he somehow involved? Kicked off the case,  Müller goes to her boss, to try and get back on the case, he pointedly refuses and she backs off until she receives a mysterious letter offering information on the murders. There are flash backs throughout to a 1943 prison camp and the tale of 3 French brothers. These are harrowing, disturbing and the darkest I’ve read from David Young in the 4 Muller books, nothing is sensationalised, it feels very grim and very…