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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Paris police Commissaire Adamsberg and his team visit rural Ordebec where a girl’s visions of a medieval hoard presage four deaths.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Mangle Street Murders

Noted ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice begrudgingly accepts help from his ward March Middleton to solve a series of brutal knife murders which are terrifying the East End of Victorian London.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Queen's Man

John Shakespeare is ordered to investigate a plot to free Mary, Queen of Scots, but discovers its roots go deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own family. How far will he go to protect them?

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Silkworm

PI Cormoran Strike gets caught up in London’s literary community when he investigates the disappearance of an unpopular writer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

A Nasty Piece of Work

Lemuel Gunn has been forcibly retired by the CIA and is seeking to make a living as a private detective. Enter the alluring Ornella Neppi who asks him to locate a man called Emilio Gava, a drug dealer who she suspects is about to jump the $125,000 bail posted by her uncle. Needing the money and sexually attracted to her, he agrees.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Atonement of Blood

An assassination attempt is made on Colgu, King of Cashel. Fidelma, his sister, decides to try to find out who did it. A long journey ensues in which she makes good use of her skills as a lawyer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

A Letter of Mary

Mary Russell Holmes and her husband Sherlock’s retirement is interrupted when a figure from Mary’s past arrives with a gift – an inlaid box containing a stained papyrus which could prove a biblical bombshell. When the visitor is run down a day later, the Holmes investigate her murder and its motives.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal


The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room in Bangkok. Detective Harry Hole is despatched to investigate but few people are willing to talk and he once again faces danger from hidden adversaries.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Tracy Johnson

Forty Days Without Shadow

When the theft of a valued native drum and the killing of a reindeer breeder occur within a few days of each other, the Reindeer Police face more than arctic winter conditions in their efforts to secure justice.

Reviewed on 04 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

Kill and Tell

DI Will Wagstaffe is desperate to find evidence to exonerate a subordinate of the murder for which he is on remand, but the disappearance of a man with Sicilian ancestry is a distraction.

Reviewed on 04 September 2014 by Chris Roberts


When a girl at Mickey Bolitar’s school goes missing, he teams up with an unlikely group of friends to track her down.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Linda Wilson

Artefacts of the Dead

Critically injured DI Bob Valentine is recalled from convalescence to investigate two horrifying murders. His investigations are hampered by an anxious by-the-book divisional commander and a series of ‘visions’ that leave him doubting his own sanity.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal

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