It’s firmly winter in the UK now – the gloomy rain, the claustrophobic early sunsets, the ominous appearance of Christmas décor in supermarket aisles. Very very grey. Well, what better antidote to British seasonal blues, than an escape into a more exciting winter? How about a snow-clad Russian village, the Trans-Siberian express and mystery galore? That is what is up for offer in C J Farrington’s fantastic Olga Pushkin books, book one being Death on the Trans-Siberian Express and the second Blood on the Siberian Snow. Both have just come out this month, the first in paperback and the latter in hardback. Steered by Farrington’s steady hand, and led by the dynamite personality of their heroine Olga, these books are just what the doctor ordered: some cosy crime in a snowy setting.