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The City in Flames

If you like slow-burning, intelligent and involving thrillers, then Michael Russell’s series, set in Dublin at the outbreak of World War II and featuring Stefan Gillespie, is for you.

In this fifth outing for Stefan, the war takes him away from Dublin, over the water to London at the time of the Blitz, where he becomes involved with an IRA cell looking to blow up the Irish prime minister with Nazi funding.

Elegant, involving and beautifully executed, this is a crime novel that gives so much more: an explanation of historical fact skilfully interwoven with absorbing storytelling. This book will transport you to another time and have you utterly enthralled. You’ll finish it with a far greater knowledge of Irish history and its place in the second world war than when you first started, that is guaranteed.

Krystyna Green