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The Governor's Wife

Bode Bonner, Governor of Texas, has become a self-satisfied and cynical politician. His wife has retained her caring side and takes an opportunity to get involved in a medical enterprise on the Mexican border. The two lifestyles inevitably collide with devastating consequences.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sylvia Maughan

Rage Against the Dying

Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is trying to build a life apart from the human trafficking and sex predators she acted as bait for in her undercover career, but she is dragged back into this sordid and brutal world when a man confesses a notorious string of sex killings – including the murder of a young agent she had trained.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal

The Cold Nowhere

When teenage streetwalker Cat arrives at Lieutenant Jonathan Stride’s home drenched, covered in blood and begging protection from an unknown killer, the detective is plunged back in time to the killing of her mother and his discovery of a terrified six-year-old child.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal


Psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate the skeletons of two babies and the murder of a woman in a quiet suburb. The investigation takes him to the highest echelons of celebrity and uncovers unthinkable depravity.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

Odd Apocalypse

Odd Thomas has found refuge in a crumbling mansion in Santa Barbara, along with his closest friends both living and dead. But the house is a place of terrible secrets, and there is a strange and frightening presence waiting.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Madeleine Marsh

The Funeral Owl

Philip Dryden is now editor of The Crow newspaper – and finds himself hurtling around the Fens covering murders, lethal alcohol, the disappearance of a teenager and the theft of metal which has dangerous consequences.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Touching Distance

DS Jimmy Suttle's wife has left him and gone back to Portsmouth. So he throws himself into a high-profile murder enquiry which bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Eleven Days

DI Carrigan and DS Miller are assigned to investigate a fire that has gutted a small West London convent. The bodies of all ten nuns are found inside, apparently willing victims as they have made no attempt to escape. Then an eleventh body is discovered and what began as a fatal mystery becomes a full-scale murder.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal

The Backs

Unorthodox Cambridge DC Gary Goodhew stops at a roadblock for a burning car and finds a dead man tied to a tree with wire. A shoplifter is arrested in Leeds, a paramedic attacked at a murder scene. These incidents tie into a complicated web of sex, student prostitution and killing.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by John Cleal

Lost Worlds

Calum Challenger is in search of the Almasti, a creature unrecognised by science which is believed to live in the wilds of the Caucasus mountains. With the help of a motley bunch of allies, he goes up against a shadowy corporation in a race to find them first.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Linda Wilson

The Keeper

When a missing person enquiry turns into a murder hunt, DI Sean Corrigan is certain that there’s a serial abductor is at work and it's only a matter of time before another woman turns up dead.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Linda Wilson

Morning Frost

Denton is its usual hotbed of crime and this time it comes with added body parts, as a farmer ploughing his fields soon discovers. On top of that, DS Jack Frost has to cope with shootings and the death of his wife.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Linda Wilson

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