Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

Another triumph for the irrepressible Cecilia Bartoli. Her investigation of the neglected and forgotten early baroque composers of the 17th and ear(...)