Ian Rankin, In a house of lies. Orion € 10,80

The latest of the seemingly, and thankfully, endless Rebus series offers a very detailed look inside the intrinsic working of police investigations, including feuds, corruption and mistrust. By chance a 12 year old corps is discovered, and as the investigation is slowly making progress, it is revealed that Rebus was himself part of the than blotched investigation. As usual, very well written, with perfect, sharp dialogues, and, though no page turner, one can only admire how perfectly the progress of the investigation is slowly revealed. No mean feat by a master of his trade!

Andrew Cartmel, Murder Swing. The Vinyl detective Vol. 1. Orion € 10,80

If you like witty dialog, fast paced story telling, memorable characters and a nice plot with twists and perfectly placed cliffhangers, look no further than to this first volume of the Vinyl detective series featuring an unsuccesseful ex DJ turned record hunter engaged to find an extremly rare and potentially dangerous LP. Maybe a bit too much of (Jazz) name dropping, but that won´t definetely not spoil the fun of reading.

Claire Lombardo, Der größte Spaß, den wir je hatten. DTV 25,70

Erzählt wird die Geschichte des Mittelstandsehepaares Sorenson und ihrer 4 Töchter. In vielen kleinen Rückblenden entsteht ein intensives Porträt einer Familie im Wechselspiel von (liebevoller) Ehe und dem Heranwachsen der vier unterschiedlichen Töchter. Die zahlreichen Verwicklungen werden in gut gesetzten Rückblenden geschickt zu einem spannenden Handlungsbogen zusammengesetzt, die Sprache ist unkompliziert und reich an Dialogen, so dass man gleich in das Buch reinkippt und die knapp 700 Seiten kurzweilig und anregend zu lesen sind. Also available in english „Claire Lombardo; The most fun we ever had.“

Deborah Levy, The man who saw everything. Hamish Hamilton € 19,80

After „Swimming home“ and „Hot Milk“, both superb, convincing, slighty strange and beguiling, Deborah Levys new book offers an even more twisted and bewildering charakter in Saul Adler. It is not easy to retell the plot in only a few sentences. As a young historian, he is spending some (amorous) weeks in the still totalitarien, Stasi infestet GDR of 1988, shortly after being dumped by his girlfriend, aspiring Photographer Jennifer Moreau. Almost 3o years later, lying in Hospital after being hit by a car trying to cross the famous Abbey Road, remembrance comes back in bits and pieces, and the tragic life, and the lifes of those he met, slowly unfolds, past and present wittingly and confusingly mixed, seemingly endowing Saul with the gift of foresight. Although, as is becoming ever more clearer that he drifts in and out of consciousness, one is baffled as to what is fiction and what imagination. Often left slighty puzzled by the weirdness of the going-ons and the strangeness of the conversations, the ambitious reader can´t but find joy in the pages of this highly accomplished writer.

Marisha Pessl, Night Film. Windmill € 12,50

Already published a couple of years ago, one of my favourite books! A sometimes scary, gripping, well plotted and immensly enjoyable book to read, this is the story of a journalist trying to hunt down the enigmatic Cordova, Director of Horror Movies and long withdrawn from the public. Ideal reading for rainy autumn days, and especially nights!