Posts Tagged ‘historical mystery’

Suzanne Arruda is the author of six novels in the Jade del Cameron series of mysteries set in 1920s Africa. Library Journal describes Arruda’s protagonist, Jade del Cameron as “one of the most appealing heroines to appear in the pages on a mystery.” Of the fifth book in the series, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah, the Richmond Times-Dispatch declared, “Cinematic in its descriptions of Africa, compelling in plot — this is a true whodunit,” while of an earlier series addition the same reviewer noted that Arrudamelds Dinesen’s evocation of a bygone Africa with (Agatha) Christie’s ability to fashion a sharp whodunit.” Jade returns in the sixth installment, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, due out in paperback original this fall. (more…)

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Today’s guest needs little introduction to the legion of fans he has around the world. The author of the popular Berlin-based Bernhard Gunther series, Philip Kerr has also written stand-alone bestsellers, including A Philosophical Investigation, Dead Meat, The Grid, Esau, A Five-Year Plan, The Second Angel, The Shot, Dark Matter, and Hitler’s Peace. Critics often refer to Kerr as a thinking-person’s thriller writer; writing as P.B. Kerr he also publishes an immensely popular fantasy series for young readers, “The Children of the Lamp.”

Today, however, we will focus on Kerr’s Gunther novels, most of which are set in Berlin shortly before, during, and after World War II. Bernie Gunther is an ex-police officer turned private investigator. The first three in the series, March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem, were published between 1989 and 1991, and later gathered in the omnibus volume, Berlin Noir. Kerr busied himself with other novels for fifteen years before returning to the Bernie Gunther books in 2006 with The One from the Other, followed by A Quiet Flame, and If the Dead Rise Not (scheduled for U.S. publication in March). Typical of the critical praise the series has garnered is a Publishers Weekly notice commenting that Kerr smoothly integrates a noir crime plot with an authentic historical background.”

Philip, it is a great pleasure to have you with us on Scene of the Crime to discuss your Berlin novels. (more…)

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