Books published by Macmillan

State of Terror

A series of terrorist attacks spark off a hunt for the forces behind a global conspiracy, pitting newly appointed US Secretary of State Ellen Adams against powerful opposition, both at home and abroad.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Linda Wilson

The Heron's Cry

Dr Nigel Yeo wants to talk to DS Jen Rafferty at a convivial party. Hours later he is found dead, a shard of glass sticking from his neck. DI Matthew Venn and his West Country team investigate.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by Viv Beeby

Left You Dead

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team encounter a deeply bizarre case where all the evidence points to a murder, but there’s no body to be found.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Sharon Wheeler

City of Vengeance

Court officer Cesare Aldo must find the killer of a prominent Jewish moneylender in a Florence riven by internal plotting, rivalries and strife.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by John Cleal

The Darkest Evening

The body of a young woman is discovered in the grounds of the Stanhope estate. The combination of the remote and snow-covered landscape, a close-knit village community and ancient family secrets leads to a classic case of love, revenge and murder.

Reviewed on 31 October 2020 by Viv Beeby

Find Them Dead

A seemingly pillar of the community solicitor is up in court on a drug-dealing charge, but he will stop at nothing to ensure he’s found not guilty

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Sharon Wheeler

Blood in the Water

Gang war erupts on the Boston waterfront and Diamond, daughter of union boss Cormack McConnell, is caught in the middle.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by John Cleal

One Good Deed

Aloysius Archer is discharged from prison in 1949 to the southern US town of Poca. He is offered work by a local businessman, collecting on a debt, but the job turns out to have complications.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Secret of Cold Hill

Artist Jason Danes and his wife Emily think they’ve found their forever home. But then they start to feel they’re not alone – and discover that no one has ever lived beyond 40 in Cold Hill House.

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Sharon Wheeler

The Long Call

A man is found stabbed to death on the bleak North Devon coast. Detective Inspector Matthew Venn leads the hunt for the killer.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Linda Wilson

Dead at First Sight

A woman’s apparent suicide leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace into the world of internet romance scams – and a gang willing to kill anyone who threatens to expose them.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by John Cleal

The Collector

The Bone Collector is a disturbed and sinister figure who abducted people with bone deformities to strip and display their skeletons. He had been caught by the police but escaped and now his earlier victims, together with new specimens, are at serious risk.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by John Barnbrook

Wild Fire

In the final Shetland novel, Jimmy Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Fiona Spence

Dead If You Don't

A missing teenager sets Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team of Brighton cops in a race against the clock.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

The Death of Her

A woman is attacked and left for dead in a field in Cornwall. She has no idea who she is, but she knows her young daughter is missing.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

A Skinful of Shadows

Twelve-year-old Makepeace is caught up in both a civil war and a war for possession of her own mind, and finds friends and allies in the most unlikely places.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

The co-creator of the landmark TV series Twin Peaks brings more information and mystery from the iconic fictional town.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Seagull

DI Vera Stanhope has been persuaded to give a talk to inmates at Warkworth Prison. At the end she is approached by a prisoner in a wheelchair whom she recognises. He says he has information that she would be interested in hearing. Reluctantly she agrees to listen to what he has to say.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Fact of a Body

The true story of a law student whose work on the defence of a murderer and child molester causes her to confront her own family’s past.

Reviewed on 08 August 2017 by Kim Fleet

Wrong Place

DC Maggie Neville has to juggle two roles and two cases - an attempted murder/suicide, and a serious assault on an elderly lady - until the investigations begin to intertwine, and lead to echoes of a missing person from 16 years before.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Kate Balfour

The Ice Lands

Four friends embark on a road trip to escape reality and to heal their professional and personal lives. But their adventure takes a macabre turn when they crash in the fog into a strange farmhouse, fortified and barricaded, and surrounded by butchered animals.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Under a Watchful Eye

Horror story writer Seb Logan is being watched. He doesn’t know by whom and nobody else can see the dark figure stalking him.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Jim Beaman

A Good Month for Murder

A factual depiction of a particularly active month for the police homicide unit in Prince George’s County, a suburban sprawl east of Washington, DC.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Chris Roberts


There is a sinister, thin man who collects abnormal skeletons by harvesting people, particularly children. There is a family with a child with a serious bone disease. The sinister man is hunting.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by John Barnbrook

Dark Matter

Jason Dessen could have been a famous scientist but instead he chose to marry his pregnant girlfriend and live a life of domestic bliss. This life is shattered when Jason is assaulted and finds himself in a parallel world.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by John Barnbrook

The One Man

A 92-year-old man in a Chicago care home is visited by his daughter. Although known to have been a Holocaust survivor, he has never revealed any details of his past. She persuades him to tell his story, one that begins with two men running for their lives.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Love You Dead

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has to contend with two old adversaries, as well as a beautiful gold-digger with a very scary hobby.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Lie Tree

Faith’s scientist father is found dead under strange circumstances. In his belongings she discovers references to a tree which feeds off lies and bears fruit revealing secrets.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

The House on Cold Hill

Ollie and Caro Harcourt buy a dilapidated mansion in the Sussex countryside. But it soon becomes apparent that the house has a sinister history and somebody or something doesn’t want them there.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Moth Catcher

A retired farm labourer comes upon the body of a young man in a quiet Northumberland valley. When the police visit his flat to find out more about him they find the body of another man.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Arnold Taylor

You Are Dead

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team are battling against the clock to find out who is abducting young, blonde women.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Twist of the Knife

A collection of short stories bringing together vengeful spouses, ghosts and police procedurals, including the first-ever case for Roy Grace.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

Killing For Keeps

When two hideously brutal killings take place within a few hours of each other, it’s not hard to find the link between the two, but bringing the killers to justice proves a lot harder for DCI Kate Daniels and her team.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Edge Of Normal

Recovering kidnap survivor Reeve LeClaire is asked to help a young girl rescued from a similar situation and unintentionally becomes involved in the hunt for a vicious sexual predator who may be holding other girls captive.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal

Want You Dead

Superintendent Roy Grace is about to get married – but there's a maniac with a score to settle and a love of lighting fires on the loose in Brighton.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Harbour Street

An elderly, elegant, woman is found dead on a Metro train in the north east of England. It turns out that she lived in Mardle, the next stop on the line, and that, although reserved, she is well liked in her hometown.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Monument to Murder

Two sets of skeletal remains are found beneath a sand dune near Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast. It’s a case that couldn’t get much colder, but DCI Kate Daniels is determined to catch the killer.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Linda Wilson