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Subliminal

After being made redundant from her commercial research job, Emma Lilton is desperately seeking new employment. She capitalises on her secret research into subliminal imprinting and gets employment with an advertising agency, leading to dire implications for Britain.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Barnbrook

The Silenced

A viciously savaged body is found in the water. Detective Inspector Julia Gabrielsson investigates the macabre case, and gets pulled into a web of political scheming.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Extremist

A hostage situation is in progress in Rome and one of the terrorists asks to see Detective Leone Scamarcio in person. Scamarcio then has to find something and take it back before the deadline for the hostages to be killed expires. 

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Pandora's Boy

Flavia Albia investigates the suspicious death of a young girl on the Quirinale Hill, home of Rome’s wealthiest and most aristocratic and ancient citizens

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Cleal

Blackstone's Fancy

Bow Street Runner Edmund Blackstone is charged with stopping a prize fight. The only trouble is that one of the fighters is Blackstone’s own protégé, the up and coming Ebony Joe.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Drifter

Ex-marine Peter Ash returns home to the US with problems from service in the Middle East, but none sufficient to prevent him helping out the family of a once close comrade.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Beside the Syrian Sea

When his father is kidnapped by ISIS, Jonas employs his skills as an intelligence agent. But until now he has been working from behind a desk.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Deception

With the country in the grip of a deadly epidemic, Shay has turned herself in, believing she’s the person who started it all. Her friend Kai disagrees and is determined to find her.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Linda Wilson

A Fine Ambition

A chambermaid’s body is discovered on Instow beach. It appears she drowned, but Abigail March who, with detective Theo Newton is among guests at the hotel where she worked, is suspicious.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Cleal

Bats in the Belfry

A group of successful professionals jokingly share ideas on how to commit the perfect murder. When one of them disappears under mysterious circumstances Chief Inspector Macdonald is called in.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Cleal

A Secret Beat

Alexia Falls chucks in a chance of college in the US to follow her heart to London and take an internship at a production company. But money worries lead her down a dangerous path.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Linda Wilson

Maigret and the Headless Corpse

A dismembered body, found in the Canal St-Martin, presents Maigret with a thoroughly baffling case involving a taciturn woman. And the examining magistrate wants quick results.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Shock

A woman goes missing in a storm, but there is only one person who believes her life is at risk.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Fighter

Jack Boucher, who was abandoned as a child, took up cage fighting as a way to find himself, and after 25 years has reached the end of a very long road.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Crime, Clemency and Consequence in Britain 1821-1839

A short review of the letters appealing for clemency that were sent to the Home Secretary during the 1820s and 1830s.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Kim Fleet

American by Day

Police chief inspector Sigrid Odegard leaves her native Norway for New York State to find her brother Marcus, who has gone missing.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Sweet William

A father is desperate to be reunited with his son, and isn’t prepared to let anyone or anything stand in his way.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Man Who Died

Jaakko Kaunismaa, a successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, is told that he’s been poisoned and hence on the verge of death. He decides to find his own murderer.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Lock 13

Artist and PI Chris Honeysett is asked to track down a dead angler who miraculously seems to have come back to life six years after his boat capsized. But he’s sidetracked by the disappearance of his life drawing model.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Acts of Vanishing

William Sandberg is about to lose his daughter. And the world is about to lose its last grip on safety, once and for all.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor