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Heretics

Retired Cuban detective Mario Conde helps to trace the chain of possession of a Rembrandt portrait that was stolen and disappeared for 70 years.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Long Drop

William Watt, a Glasgow businessman widely suspected of murdering his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, has arranged a meeting with a known criminal, Peter Manuel, who claims to have information that will establish Watt’s innocence.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Urban Outlaws: Shockwave

The Urban Outlaws have been infected with a deadly virus and now their arch-enemy Hector Del Sarto is threatening to infect the whole of London – and the rest of the country – as well. He also has the antidote, and the Outlaws need it, fast.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

A Necessary Evil

India 1920: Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta police force visit the native state of Sambalpore to investigate the assassination of a Maharajah’s son.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Pledge

A detective becomes fixated with a serial killer of young girls, and sacrifices his career and mental health in an attempt to bring the man to justice.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Little Bones

Zoë Grant is an aspiring artist on the verge of a breakthrough with a local gallery. Garda Detective Cathy Connolly is called to investigate a break in at Zoë’s home and discovers an old wedding dress, ripped open, with baby’s bones hidden in the hem.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Binding Song

Newly-appointed lead psychologist Janet Palmer is faced with a spate of suicides amongst the prisoners and a worrying climate of secrecy amongst the staff at Halvergate Prison.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Burial Hour

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs travel to Italy on the trail of a serial kidnapper who likes to torture his victims in pursuit of some unusual goals.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Restless Dead

Forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter is called to give advice on a body washed up on the Essex marshes. The police seem to want an easy resolution to the case of a missing man, but Hunter isn’t convinced by the evidence and wants to delve deeper.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

Puritan

Mercia Blakewood hopes her search for Charles II’s missing paintings, which has taken her to America, has gained enough leverage to reclaim her family home. But when a new friend is murdered, she will not leave until the killer is found.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Sweetpea

Rhiannon is an editorial assistant on a provincial newspaper, and despises her invisibility – except when her lofty morals drive her to kill.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Fireside Gothic

A trio of supernatural, eerie and haunting Gothic novellas.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Bright Shiny Things

Former soldier-turned-PI Lee Arnold enlists his Muslim assistant, Bangladeshi psychiatry graduate Mumtaz Hakim, in a daring deception to bring a self-confessed ISIS terrorist to the West.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Rooted in Dishonour

When an 18-year old girl disappears days after she meets her husband-to-be, DI Tim Yates is convinced this is his first encounter with an honour killing.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Night Visitor

Professor Olivia Sweetman, a noted historian, has used a Victorian diary to write the biography of one of the earliest women to become a doctor. But in the background is the ominous presence of the woman who gave her the diary, who could destroy her hard-earned reputation.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

Good Girls Don't Tell

A tortured body of a man is found in an allotment shed. Inspector Magnus Kalo and his team are mystified, especially due to the lack of information about the victim. Eventually they find a connection to a past event in Argentina.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Beautiful Dead

Eve Singer, crime correspondent for iWitness News, needs murder: it pays the bills. For the killer who stabbed Layla Martin to death behind a glass door, murder is his art. Eve would say they are worlds apart. The killer wouldn’t.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Last Days of Night

Brilliant novice lawyer Paul Cravath must help his first client withstand a $1 billion dollar patent suit – with the very future of electric light itself at stake.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Bryant and May: Strange Tide

Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate when the body of a woman is found chained to a post in the River Thames.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Jim Beaman

The Road to Ithaca

Wehrmacht officer Martin Von Bora lands in Crete immediately after the 1941 German invasion and is handed the investigation into a possible war crime.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts