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Murder Mile

Newly promoted DS Jane Tennison has been posted to the tough South London borough of Peckham. Her arrival is greeted by the discovery of two women’s bodies in as many days, then a third, dismembered, corpse just three days later.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

Trust No One

Sara has a handful of useless belongings and a polaroid photo of a man. She has nothing else, not even her memory.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Perfect Silence

A serial killer is taking girls, skinning them alive and making dolls from their skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach race against time to prevent the numbers of dead girls growing

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Barnbrook

11 Missed Calls

Anna’s mother Debbie disappeared 30 years ago, but Anna has never stopped looking for her in her mind, as she clings to whatever scraps of information she can glean. Then a strange note casts doubt on everything Anna has been brought up to believe.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

Slow Motion Ghosts

DI Henry Hobbes, ostracised by his colleagues for reporting a racial assault, is plunged into the obsessive world of fan worship by the ritual killing of a rock singer. 

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

Maigret and the Ghost

Inspector Lognon of the 18th arrondissement is shot in the street and is in intensive care.  Apparently, he had been in the habit of visiting a young woman’s apartment – something Maigret finds difficult to believe of Inspector Hard-Done-By. But he cannot interview her because she has disappeared.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Arnold Taylor

A Single Source

Rogue radio reporter William Carver senses a story buried behind the events of Cairo’s Arab Spring.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

Murder on the Left Bank

When a young man is murdered for a notebook, his uncle Eric Besson pleads with PI Aimée Leduc to investigate.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Necessary Murder

MJ Tjia, whose father is Chinese-Indonesian and whose mother has English-Irish heritage, continues her series featuring the beautiful Eurasian courtesan/detective Heloise Chancey who this time is unwittingly dragged into a series of brutal murders which appear to have their origin in events many years ago in  the Far East.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

Flowers Over the Inferno

A disfigured body is found in the mountains near a remote village in Northern Italy, close to the Austrian border.  Police superintendent Teresa Battaglia must break through the closed and secretive nature of the local villagers.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Metropolis

In Weimar Republic Berlin, Sergeant Bernie Gunther transfers to the murder squad and is designated to investigate a string of murders of prostitutes.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

Fade to Grey

Gethin Grey and his Cardiff-based legal team are instructed by a film star to review the case of a black man convicted of the murder of a white girl in Bristol.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Mongolian Conspiracy

Filiberto Garcia, a Mexico City police hitman, is assigned to investigate when rumours are heard of an assassination planned for the US president on a forthcoming visit.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Woman in the Woods

A tree falls in the woods, exposing the body of woman who had given birth just before her death. Private investigator Charlie Parker is engaged to look into the circumstances of her death and the whereabouts of her child.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

Unearthly Things

Newly-orphaned Janie Mason is transplanted from Hawaii to San Francisco following her parents’ death, but there are strange undercurrents to life in her new family’s opulent mansion.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing

Ambitious social climber Zofia Turboty?ska plans to arrange a charity raffle under the patronage of elderly rich women. Instead she conducts her own investigation into a suspicious death at Helcel House where they reside – but finds that nobody wants to listen to an inquisitive woman.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Three Bullets

A conflicted freelance photojournalist investigates his ex-girlfriend’s supposed suicide, but while he battles his own demons he also uncovers the rotten core at the heart of JFK’s Camelot.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

The Anarchists' Club

When a woman’s body is found in a shallow grave with Leo Stanhope’s address in her purse, the resulting investigation threatens Leo’s carefully guarded secret.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

A Long Night in Paris

The disappearance of an Israeli man shortly after arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle is only the first challenge for Commissaire Leger in what proves to be a very long night.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Katharina Code

On the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance 24 years ago, Chief Inspector William Wisting looks through the case files as he does every year. He also visits her husband Martin. This time it seems that the grieving husband has gone missing – and he might have been involved in another cold case involving a kidnapped teenager.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman