Books published by Penguin

The Girl Who Died

A young woman from Reykjavik answers an advert to work as a teacher for two girls in a remote village. Amidst hostility, recurring nightmares and visions of a ghost she tries to find out what’s been happening in the area, but the locals will do anything to protect their secrets.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Ewa Sherman

Better Off Dead

A crashed jeep against the only tree in sight in the desert landscape of Arizona feels suspicious to Jack Reacher and, as ever, he gets involved.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Boyband Murder Mystery

When the frontman of boyband phenomenon Half Light is arrested on suspicion of murdering his best friend, his army of fans are determined to prove his innocence.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Linda Wilson

The Inner Darkness

Notorious serial killer, Tom Kerr, is safely behind bars. But during an excursion to lead Norwegian police to the grave of one of his victims he manages a miraculous escape. And then, once again, no woman is safe.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Mist

Erla and Einar live in an isolated farmhouse in the eastern part of Iceland. Their daily toil remains unchanged for years until a strange visitor arrives during a snowstorm just before Christmas. As the telephone stops working and electricity dies, the unsettling atmosphere intensifies.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Ewa Sherman

The Whole Truth

DI Fawley and his wife Alex are expecting a much longed-for child and everything in the garden looks lovely – until the release from prison of a vicious and vengeful rapist and murderer threatens to blight their happiness.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Recovery of Rose Gold

Until she was eighteen Rose Gold was subjected to intensive unnecessary medical interventions by her abusive mother. After five years’ imprisonment for aggravated abuse her mother is being released but can the apparent reconciliation be real?

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by John Barnbrook

Watching From the Dark

When Aidan Poole logs onto Skype to talk to his girlfriend, he gets a nasty shock. Someone is in the flat with her, but she doesn’t seem to know it. And she’s in danger.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

Are You Watching?

Jess is out to catch a killer. The only problem is that the killer might catch her first.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

The Cabin

Chief Inspector William Wisting is assigned to lead a top-secret investigation into the life of a recently deceased controversial politician. When he finds boxes full of foreign currency in his cabin, he also manages to unearth possible links to two 15-year-old cold cases, one of them of a missing young man.

Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by Ewa Sherman

One of Us is Next

An ever-escalating game of Truth or Dare brings heartache and danger to the students of Bayview High.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by Linda Wilson

Out of the Dark

Why is the corrupt, dictatorial President of America trying to kill every member of a team of ‘deniable intelligence assets’ – assassins – he helped create? Orphan X, Evan Smoak, must find out – and stop him.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by John Cleal

The Driftwood Girls

Oceanographer Dr Cal McGill is down on his luck. The press have turned on him, an old friend has left him an unusual legacy and a woman wants him to find her sister. But no one wants to give him paid work and Cal is fast running out of money …

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Linda Wilson

Little Friends

Three couples and their children spend one long hot summer in each others' pockets – but even as they make merry an evil presence is infiltrating the party.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Viv Beeby

Come a Little Closer

Is Anton a callous murderer or was he wrongly convicted? And is his friendship with his young neighbour Leah genuine or something altogether more sinister?

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Copy Cat

Inspector Jaap Rykel returns, on leave with PTSD but unable to resist involvement when a murder is reported with features corresponding precisely to a previous homicide for which a man has already been imprisoned.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Chris Roberts

Two Can Keep a Secret

When Ellery and Ezra Corcoran arrive in the small town of Echo Ridge, Ellery is determined to uncover its secrets, including the disappearance of her aunt 23 years ago,

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Dead Ex

Vicki’s life was already damaged. Now, with her ex husband missing and the police sure she is involved, everything is in freefall.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Katharina Code

On the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance 24 years ago, Chief Inspector William Wisting looks through the case files as he does every year. He also visits her husband Martin. This time it seems that the grieving husband has gone missing – and he might have been involved in another cold case involving a kidnapped teenager.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Trust No One

Sara has a handful of useless belongings and a polaroid photo of a man. She has nothing else, not even her memory.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Darkness

As 64-year-old Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early yet unwelcome retirement, she can work on one cold case of her choice. Hulda takes on the apparent suicide of a Russian asylum seeker Elena. But ignored by her colleagues and plagued by painful memories she seems to be heading into real danger.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman

All These Beautiful Strangers

Charlie Calloway’s mother disappeared ten years ago. Rumour has it that her rich, powerful father was responsible. Charlie never believed the rumours, but she still wants to know the truth.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Linda Wilson

Loch of the Dead

Paranormal investigators Inspectors Frey and McGray, lured to a lonely Highland manor by a promise of a cure for the mad sister of ‘Nine-Nails’ and a threat to the estate’s young heir, enter a Gothic world of blood, bats, folklore, superstition and murder.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Cleal

Turtles All the Way Down

American billionaire. Russell Pickett has disappeared and there’s a reward for any information that leads to him being found – alive or dead. Sixteen-year-old Aza and her friend Daisy need the money, so some sleuthing is in order.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

Ella Black’s life is turned upside down when her parents whisk her away from school with no warning and take a flight to Rio de Janeiro. She’s always had a secret to keep, but that has now got an awful lot harder.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Linda Wilson

My Name Is Nobody

Solomon Vine, a highly rated MI6 officer, is suspended when a prisoner whom he is interrogating is shot. However, his suspension proves useful when the Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted and an unofficial investigation is required.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Butterfly on the Storm

A young Afghan boy is found in the woods outside Amsterdam, apparently a victim of a hit-and-run. Journalist Farah Hafez realises that he speaks her native language and decides to investigate the events that led to the accident.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Ewa Sherman

One Of Us Is Lying

Five students go into detention at Bayview High School, but only four come out of the classroom alive.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Linda Wilson

Before the Dawn

Detective Inspector Jaap Rykel heads an investigation into a series of murders of young women, a task which draws in his girlfriend Tanya and colleague Kees.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Keeper

DCI Antonia Hawkins believes that the victims of a serial killer have all been kidnapped and then hunted down in a twisted game.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Jim Beaman

Mask of Shadows

London’s top luvvies bring the Scottish Play – and its curse – north of the border and create a scene of chaos and corpses for paranomal investigators Inspectors Frey and ‘Nine Nails’ McGray.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by John Cleal

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Flora Banks has been unable to make new memories since she had an operation at the age of ten. Her life is lived through the pages of a notebook that remind her who she is and where she lives. But all that changes when Flora kisses a boy.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

My Sister's Bones

Kate Rafter is a successful war correspondent who returns to her childhood home in Herne Bay. Something had gone wrong in her past and her helpful brother-in-law seems to be the most likely person to help.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by John Barnbrook


In December 1985, with the USSR crumbling, ex-paratrooper Tom Fox has been in Moscow less than a week when the ambassador’s daughter Alex goes missing. Tom makes it his job to get her home safe.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Malice of Waves

Oceanographer Dr Cal McGill is called in to try to solve the mystery of a 14-year-old boy’s disappearance from a remote Scottish island five years ago.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Linda Wilson

Between the Crosses

DC Joseph Stark, war-hero-turned-copper, is unconvinced a double murder is a botched up burglary.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Broken Heart

A woman drives to a secluded beauty spot and disappears. Her sister calls in missing persons’ investigator David Raker. For him the mystery of where she went is only the start.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Jim Beaman

Strangers on a Bridge: The Case of Colonel Abel

The true story of the arrest and trial of Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel by the man who defended him – and his eventual exchange for shot down U2 pilot Gary Powers.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal

Palace of Treason

A member of the Russian Intelligence Service, Dominika Egorova, has been turned by a CIA man on a mission to the United States. She is given the task of returning to Moscow to act as a CIA mole.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Damage Done

A vice raid goes spectacularly wrong. But Inspector Tony McLean has never been one to stop digging, no matter how deep the hole gets.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea

Violet Wells was abandoned as a baby. When she finds out that her mother committed suicide just after giving birth, Violet is determined to learn as much as she can about the woman who gave her up.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Case of Lisandra P

When a beautiful young woman is found dead at the foot of an apartment block in Buenos Aires, the police are convinced that they are dealing with a case of murder.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne

A friend asks Antoine Verlaque to visit a man called Rene Rouquet, who lives in an apartment once occupied by Paul Cézanne, and who may have discovered a lost Cezanne painting. When he arrives at the apartment he receives a severe shock.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Printer's Coffin

Blake and Avery are back in England and charged by philanthropist and social reformer Lord Allington with investigating the strange murders of two printers – which London’s new police force seems determined to ignore.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by John Cleal

Only To Die Again

Sam Dryden doesn’t hesitate when he’s asked for help by an old friend, but soon finds himself up to his neck in trouble.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Sea Detective

Oceanographer Cal McGill uses his specialist knowledge to investigate the mystery of two severed feet washed up in two completely different locations off the coast of Scotland.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Last Lullaby

Inspector Conny Sjöberg unearths a tale of revenge and guilt and how nearly forgotten events from the past can still shape people’s lives when he investigates the murder of a woman in an expensive Stockholm apartment.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Ewa Sherman

Into the Night

A string of headless corpses puts pressure on Inspector Jaap Rykel, especially when the first victim has Rykel’s picture on his phone.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

Prayer for the Dead

DI Tony McLean struggles to find a link between a series of bizarre killings in Edinburgh.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

North of Boston

Pirio Kasparov is rescued from the shipwreck of her friend Ned’s lobster boat. It is written off as a hit-and-run accident, but Pirio is not convinced and decides to investigate for herself. 

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

The Boy That Never Was

Three-year-old Dillon was lost when an apartment block in Tangier was swallowed up by an earthquake, so when Harry thinks he sees his son on the streets of Dublin five years later, he’s elated. But will anyone believe him?

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Strings of Murder

Victorian Inspectors Ian Frey and ‘Nine Nails’ McGray must solve the gruesome killing of an Edinburgh violin virtuoso. Their inquiries take them into a world of music, madness and devil worship.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by John Cleal

Dead Men's Bones

DI Tony McLean’s superiors are keen to tidy away the case of a prominent Scottish MP who murdered his wife and two daughters before killing himself, but McLean wants to get the bottom of what drove the man to murder and suicide.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Linda Wilson

Gone For Good

When Elizabeth’s mother is murdered and her Down’s Syndrome brother accused, her bid to clear his name uncovers dark family secrets.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by John Cleal


When Sam Dryden encounters a terrified young girl, his natural instinct is to help her, but he never expected the terrifyingly organised and relentless pursuit that immediately follows.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

If I Should Die

Afghan veteran Joe Stark is recovering from physical and psychological wounds while trying to qualify as a Met detective. The TA soldier and policeman is assigned to investigate a series of apparently random attacks on down-and-outs, but as Stark struggles to deal with his own problems, the case explodes into murder.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by John Cleal

The Boy That Never Was

Harry cannot come to terms with the death of his son, Dillon, in an earthquake in Tangier. So when he sees a boy he believes to be Dillon on a crowded Dublin street, he is determined to find him.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Cemetery Girl

The disappearance of Tom and Abbey Stuart’s 12-year-old daughter shatters their marriage and their lives. Four years later she is found. She refuses to say anything about the time she has been missing and when the police arrest a suspect, she will not give evidence. The Stuarts face a choice: let the man who has destroyed their lives go free – or take matters into their own hands.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by John Cleal

The Burning Mind

Harper Flynn nearly died in an attack on a club. A year later, she’s convinced that one of the gunmen is after her, but no one else believes in his existence.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Linda Wilson


GP Jenny Meredith appears to have the perfect life. But everything unravels around her when her teenage daughter goes missing.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

After The Silence

When his partner is killed, Inspector Rykel is barred from the investigation, but is assigned another murder which turns out to be linked.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

Eeny Meeny

Two people are trapped with no food or water. There’s only one way out – kill or be killed.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Hangman's Song

Edinburgh is suffering a spate of suicides, all by hanging, all seemingly unconnected. Acting Superintendent Duguid wants them all wrapped up nice and tidily and, more importantly, quickly, but DI McLean doesn’t agree. He thinks there’s more to the deaths than meets the eye.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

Never Coming Back

A family go missing under unusual circumstances, disappearing from their family home as though they’ve simply vanished in mid air. Private investigator David Raker is determined to find out what’s happened to them and why.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Gingerbread House

When a series of brutal murders occur in central Stockholm within a short time, Detective Inspector Conny Sjöberg and the Hammarby police begin to suspect that there is a link between the deaths.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Chris Smart

Natural Causes

A series of high-profile murders in Edinburgh need to be investigated, but DI Tony McLean is obsessed with an older death, the brutal killing of a young woman entombed in the cellar of an old house, unearthed during building works.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Shadow Tracer

On the day her daughter’s school bus is involved in an accident, Sarah Keller’s world comes apart at the scenes, but not for the obvious reasons. Sarah flees the hospital, accused of abducting her own daughter. Pursued by both the FBI and some very nasty criminals, it’s Sarah’s job to keep them both safe.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Linda Wilson