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Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison 16 years after a queer-bashing incident led to the death of a young man. Consumed by guilt and despair, he seeks street justice – a revenge killing from one of the dead boy’s relatives.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

Date With Malice

When elderly Alice Shepherd tries to convince detective Samson O’Brien someone is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused old lady. Then a series of incidents at her retirement home launches him into a complex investigation.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

Red Right Hand

When a family video captures an Islamic terror attack, it also reveals a key organised crime witness the FBI long thought dead. Special Agent Charlie Thompson turns to former CIA assassin Michael Hendricks for help to trace the man they called the Red Right Hand.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

Bloody Scotland

A collection of short stories by 12 of Scotland’s best crime writers using the country’s iconic sites and structures.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Secrets in Death

Lieutenant Eve Dallas witnesses the murder of the glamorous, but poisonous, journalist Larinda Mars. In order to find the killer, Dallas leads the investigation into the web of unpleasant interactions that is Larinda’s life.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Barnbrook

The Missing Girl

The 30 years since Gabriella disappeared has not erased the memories, or numbed the pain. Now her sister Anna is determined to find out what happened.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Protected by the Shadows

The burnt-out body is just the beginning in this latest wave of organised crime and Goteburg detective Irene Huss discovers her own family is caught up in the gang chaos.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Eighteen Below

It looked like suicide when the car drove into the water. But now the troubled Helsingborg crime squad know it is murder.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Great Reckoning

A professor in the academy for the training of police recruits is found murdered. The killer could be another disgruntled professor or even one of the recruits.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Bad Girls From History

An anthology of prostitutes, mistresses, murderers and troublemakers.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kim Fleet

Midnight Blue

A young widow leaves her home in the Dutch polders for a life in Amsterdam. But she must move on when the past threatens to catch up with her.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal


In 1666 England is at war with Spain and France. A massive blaze destroys much of London. Lawyer John Grey is tasked with discovering whether a Frenchman is to blame and is plunged into danger that threatens both himself and the nation.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

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