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The Lost Abbot

Physician/sleuth Matt Bartholomew travels to Peterborough to investigate the disappearance of the Abbot and his friend, the town’s only doctor. They ride into a web of ambition, avarice, lies, rivalries and deception.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

The Severed Streets

Amidst rioting on the streets of London, DI James Quill and his team have to find a supernatural killer with a distinct resemblance to Jack the Ripper.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Anthea Hawdon

The Shroud Maker

The body of a woman is found floating out to sea in a small boat. The cause of death is pretty obvious – she’s been strangled. DI Wesley Peterson has to work out whether there’s a link between this death and the disappearance of another woman the previous year.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Tudor Conspiracy

Disgraced spymaster William Cecil recalls Brendan Prescott to his service to uncover a plot to destroy Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan finds himself a double agent, working for the Catholic Queen Mary in a court filled with intrigue, treachery and death.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

White Lies

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is in big trouble. A rescue mission goes horribly wrong and he ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda. But fortunately for Spider, his M15 controller Charlotte Button is a woman who doesn’t always feel bound to follow the rules.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

The False Virgin

A young Saxon aristocrat is found murdered in the chapel where she kept a nightly vigil. The killing is attributed to Norse raiders and the butterflies found on her body to divine recognition of her martyrdom.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

Broken Dolls

When young women are abducted, tortured and lobotomised before being released, the detective inspector in charge of the case calls on Jefferson Winter for help. Once an FBI agent, Winter is now a private consultant helping law enforcement with particularly difficult and harrowing cases.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

Complex 90

When a PI is shot dead at a society party where he and Mike Hammer are providing security, Hammer takes on his job accompanying a conservative Senator to Russia. Kidnapped, he shoots his way out, leaving a trail of bodies and returns to America to find he is wanted by both sides in a Cold War threatening to heat up.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by John Cleal


Jeff Hinkley, an investigator with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Integrity Service, puts his career and life on the line to single-handedly prevent the collapse of British horseracing.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Fiona Spence

Fear and Loathing

Detective Sam Becket is a happy family man – but someone is killing off equally happy mixed race couples, and leaving cryptic notes for him at the scene.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Killer Ambition

Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight has the difficult job of prosecuting a Hollywood mogul when a kidnapping ends in murder.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Knife Music

When a bright, attractive teenager hangs herself after her mother discovers her diary in which she confesses to sex with the surgeon who saved her life, Detective Hank Madden must decide whether her death was suicide – and prove whether the doctor was involved or not.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by John Cleal

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