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Unsafe Haven

Sixteen-year-old Addy is a runaway, a new mother who has just given her baby to a complete stranger and is now trying to get to the man she thinks she can trust. In flight and fearing for her life, she needs to know who she can call a friend.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Kerry Hood

Accra Noir

Thirteen stories set in contemporary Accra explore the various ways that human antagonism can quickly bring fatal consequences.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Chris Roberts

Cold as Hell

Two sisters live in different countries. Arora in England and Isafold in Iceland – and that's the way they like it. But when Isador goes missing without trace, Arora is takes the first flight to Reykjavik to investigate her troubling disappearance.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Dictator's Wife

In 1993, a young London lawyer of Yanussian descent joins a team to defend the wife of the dictator of Yanussia, a fictitious Eastern European country.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by John Verpeleti

Red Traitor

At the height of the cold war a dispute about Russian missiles in Cuba threatens nuclear Armageddon, while spies for both sides desperately try to defuse the situation.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Chris Roberts

Amongst Our Weapons

Mysterious deaths and even more mysterious secret societies are all in a day’s work for London copper and magical practitioner, Peter Grant. But this is the first time he’s had to go up against an angel.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Linda Wilson

The Butcher of Berner Street

Leo Stanhope receives an anonymous letter luring him to a disreputable penny gaff with the promise of a murder only to find it is a calculating publicity stunt. Then the perpetrator of the stunt is found dead but things are not a simple as Leo first believes.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Linda Wilson

Wild Shores

DI Karen Eiken Hornby interrupts her Christmas celebrations to take the ferry to the wilder shores of Doggerland, home of the more lawless branch of her family, to investigate a suspicious death at a remote quarry.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Survivors

Keiran Elliot returns to his beachside hometown where a killing brings past events to the surface past and force him to re-examine the guilt he has been carrying for a decade.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Chris Roberts

Desperate Undertaking

Rome, AD 89. Private informer Flavia Albia has picked up a case meant for her adoptive father, Falco. Someone with a nasty grudge against the theatre community is leaving bodies and messages in Rome’s Field of Mars. Nasty grudges, it seems, lead to even nastier murders …

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Kerry Hood

Seat 7a

Psychiatrist Mats Krüger suffers from aviophobia but overcomes his fear to visit his pregnant daughter. Then he receives a call telling him to manipulate an old patient, now a senior stewardess, into crashing the plane, otherwise his daughter and her baby will die.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Ewa Sherman


Dana Russo has just 12 hours to find the truth by questioning the taciturn man found standing over the dead body of a store owner.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Chris Roberts

Death of a Green-Eyed Monster

No one in Lochdubh expects the new constable to stay for long. Dorothy is a distraction for work-shy Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Then a brutal murder comes along and the pair are plunged into a tangled web of conspiracy.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Fiona Spence

The Diamond Eye

June 1941. A young woman joins the Red Army and becomes its most successful female sniper, with 309 confirmed kills. This is her story.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Linda Wilson

The Man in the Bunker

World War II is over, but many believe that Hitler is still alive. Professor Tom Wilde is sent to a ruined Germany to find the truth.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Chris Roberts

Edge of the Grave

The brutal murder of a young boy takes cop DI Jimmy Dreghorn into the depths of the Glasgow slums in the hunt for his killer.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by John Cleal

Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra travel to Cheltenham in an attempt to improve Jane’s ailing health, but their holiday turns out not to be as relaxing as they had expected.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Ghost in the Garden

When one of Justice Jones’ dorm mates disappears, she’s determined to do some sleuthing and enlists the help of her friends to track down the missing girl.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Linda Wilson

All That Lives

With a new drug stalking the streets, his girlfriend in a coma, and a series of dead bodies being dug up in inconvenient places, the last thing DI Tony McLean wants to do is pander to his boss’ whims especially when those whims involve his old foe, the sinister Mrs Saifre.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Linda Wilson

The Dare

Lizzie should feel light and bright, after all, she’s marrying Ross. But a wall of fog and fear is closing in, just like the day her best friend died.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Kati Barr-Taylor