One Good Turn: A Jolly Murder Mystery
by Kate Atkinson
Published by Black Swan
ISBN 13 9780552155335
It is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a suspect.
As with the previous Jackson Brodie story, this is all about the links between a series of seemingly random events, and again is set in a city I know well. The Edinburgh in-jokes hit home, and the diverse plot threads worked better in the book than in the TV adaptation. I've now started listening to the next in the series.
Empire of Sand
by (author) Robert Ryan
Published by Headline Review
ISBN 13 9780755329267
1915: While the war in Europe escalates, a young intelligence officer named Thomas Edward Lawrence is in Cairo, awaiting his chance for action. His superiors, however, have consigned him to the Map Room at GCHQ. But there's more to Lieutenant Lawrence than meets the eye. A man of immense energy, he runs a network of agents across the Levant. Lawrence is convinced that an Arab revolt is the only way to remove the Ottoman presence, and leave a free, self-governed Arabia. Soon alarming reports reach him of trouble in Persia, orchestrated by infamous German agent Wilhelm Wassmuss. Intent on taking down Wassmuss, Lawrence assembles a small group and travels to Persia. Little does he know that his actions will bring about a resolution that might just save the lives of millions of men in the trenches of Europe.
This book had been on my Wishlist for a while, when I spotted the audio book in the library. As with Ryan's Early One Morning the story dragged me in and left me desperate to know how much of it had a basis in truth.