Review Archive

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Fatal Inheritance

Eve Forrester feels herself ensnared in a loveless marriage. She sees no way out of it and is resigned to living in a gloomy house, with no friends to brighten her existence. A letter from a firm of solicitors brings unexpected changes.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse

René Josselin is a retired businessman living a comfortable life and generally regarded as a good man. It comes as a great shock when he is found one evening shot dead in his armchair.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Baby's First Felony

Criminal defence investigator Cecil Younger’s favour for a client gets him into bad trouble. And when his daughter is kidnapped, he has to take extraordinary measures.
 

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Janus Run

Coleman Lang awakes to find his girlfriend dead on the bed next to him. When autopsy results show she has been murdered, the police like him for the crime.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

Fifteen true stories from a Los Angeles Times staff writer sympathetically exploring the lives of people whose experience has been touched by crime or stress.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

How It Happened

FBI agent Rob Barrett is brought in to help interview a woman who has confessed to being involved with the disappearance and murder of a woman and her boyfriend. Everyone else thinks she’s an attention-seeking liar, but Barrett believes her – and stakes his career on his judgment.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Linda Wilson

Bait, Grist & Security

Three novellas combined in a single volume give a very penetrating examination of the worlds of book writers, the cinema, and personal improvement courses.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

Gunmetal Gray

Court Gentry is back with the CIA and his first mission is to find a defecting Chinese cyber-expert and bring him or his knowledge back to the US.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by John Cleal

Russian Roulette

Upper-class debt collector and amateur detective Mirabelle Bevan becomes involved with a brutal murder and must cut through an iron curtain of call girls and high stakes gambling to find the truth.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by John Cleal

Black Lily

Two strong women, one black, one white, fight to survive amid the depravity, prejudice and constraints of Jacobean London.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by John Cleal

Under the Ice

A girl’s body is found in a frozen lake. As the police investigation struggles, neighbours in a close-knit community turn against each other – and a young mother’s strange visions may hold the key.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by John Cleal

Smoking Kills

Fabrice Valentine’s new relationship with cigarettes is about to make him a killer.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

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