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You Let Me In

Elle is a successful author who lives in a beautiful house on a Cornish cliff. She is convinced that someone has access to her house and to her secrets.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by John Barnbrook

The Rhythm Section

Stephanie Patrick loses almost all her family – father, mother, brother and sister – to a terrorist bomb on an aircraft. Her entire life disintegrates and she becomes a prostitute.  When she is presented with an opportunity to get her revenge on the bomber, she is quick to grasp it.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Cruel Acts

When convicted murderer Leo Stone is allowed out of prison on licence while awaiting a fresh trial, another young woman disappears, leaving the finger of suspicion to point at him.

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Border

While a battle for control of the drugs trade rages in Mexico, a man comes to head the DEA in Washington determined to combat the drug cash that’s buying influence at US government level.

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Chris Roberts

After the Monsoon

Security policeman Ernst Grip investigates the death of a Swedish soldier in Djibouti and enters a world of greed, intrigue and double dealing.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by John Cleal

A Killing Mind

A serial killer is at work, taking grisly trophies from his victims. DI Sean Corrigan’s bosses want results, and they want them fast.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Other Woman

A long time ago an event occurred that had profound consequences for the future, involving a young child who was brought up with certain beliefs that practically determined the course of a life. The consequences of that upbringing eventually become clear.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Man Between

Successful espionage novelist Kit Carradine finds himself dissatisfied with the life he leads and jumps at an opportunity to undertake what appears to be a spying mission on behalf of the UK government.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Good Daughter

When a teacher and a pupil are killed in a school shooting, a local legal family take up the defence of the teenager accused but are dogged by memories of past events.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Reckoning

Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood’s investigation of a prostitute’s death leads him into a world of espionage – and danger.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by John Cleal

While You Sleep

McBride House should be Zoe’s restful sanctuary, but there is so much evil within its walls that she may regret closing her eyes.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Girl in the Woods

Thirty years after they confessed to killing Stella, Marie and Helen are yet again under suspicion when Nea disappears.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Silenced

A viciously savaged body is found in the water. Detective Inspector Julia Gabrielsson investigates the macabre case, and gets pulled into a web of political scheming.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

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

Fools and Mortals

Richard Shakespeare, brother of William, longs to play male parts in the theatre. He turns down the offer of advancement in a new company who want him to steal his brother’s new play, and as a result becomes the object of suspect, arrest and betrayal.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by John Barnbrook

Scared to Death

A baby is found abandoned in an A&E unit. The police believe there is a possible link to a young man’s suicide a year before.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Woman in the Window

Dr Anna Fox is severely agoraphobic and watches her New York neighbours all day. She witnesses a serious crime in the house opposite and fights to prove it.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Nicola Hodges

The Force

Detective Sergeant Danny Malone leads an elite unit fighting drugs, guns and gangs in Manhattan at the heart of a criminal justice system riddled with corruption, cronyism and lies.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by John Cleal

The Legacy of the Bones

Inspector Amaia Salazar returns to the valley of her birth in Spain to tackle a chain of murders linked by the severed arms of the victims and the one-eyed mythical tarttalo.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Chris Roberts

Copycat

Sarah Havenant has a good job and a family – but this starts to crumble when a friend points out that there are two Facebook pages out there with her name on.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

The Boy Who Saw

An old Jewish tailor, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, is tortured and killed. He leaves a cryptic message for his granddaughter who is forced to flee with her young son in the company of the mysterious Solomon Creed who believes he must save the boy in order to save himself.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by John Cleal

Chaos

Kay Scarpetta is called to investigate the death of a young woman during an intolerable heatwave. The data appears to be inexplicable and yet she feels that it may have consequences beyond what is apparent.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

Fireside Gothic

A trio of supernatural, eerie and haunting Gothic novellas.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Mississippi Blood

Dr Tom Cage is on trial for the murder of his former black nurse and lover, but refuses help from his lawyer son Penn. Meanwhile the whole Cage family is under threat from the Double Eagles, a savage KKK splinter group.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Cleal

Behind Her Eyes

David and Adele seem like the perfect couple. Louise befriends both of them and soon finds that things are not what they seem. 

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Let the Dead Speak

A young woman returns home to find her mother missing and the house covered in her blood. Newly-promoted DS Maeve Kerrigan has to deal with both a murder inquiry without a body and abrasive DI Josh Derwent.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

A Divided Spy

Thomas Kell had decided his days with MI6 were over. Then an encounter with an MI5 employee offers him the chance of getting even with the Russian who he believes had murdered his girlfriend.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Dear Charlie

Sixteen-year-old Sam has to come to terms with the fact that his older brother Charlie committed a horrific school shooting, and this isn’t easy in a town determined to treat him and his family as pariahs.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Ashes of London

The body of a murdered man is found in the ruins of St Pauls after the Great Fire. Minor civil servant James Marwood, son of a Protestant extremist, is dragged into treacherous waters where he crosses the path of a determined, but vengeful young woman.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by John Cleal

The Blooding

Matthew Hawkwood, former soldier, Bow Street Runner and spy, attempts to escape America, with which Britain is at war, but uncovers a plot to invade Canada.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by John Cleal

Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond

The story of artist Tom Adams is told through his Agatha Christie paperback covers from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a variety of other art and illustrations.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Linda Wilson

Solomon Creed

A plane crashes in the Arizona desert and a lone figure emerges from the blazing wreck. He has no memory of his past, no idea of his future. He only knows he must save a man – a man who is already dead.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by John Cleal

A Line of Blood

When Alex Mercer finds his neighbour dead in the bath, he’s caught up in a train of events that threaten everything he holds dear.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Jackdaw

A masked man abducts a wealthy banker and he gives ordinary people watching on the internet the choice of whether the victim lives or dies. Naturally, there’s not much sympathy and the verdict is death, sparking an instant internet sensation.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Anatomy of Murder

A re-examination of some the world’s most notorious murder mysteries by seven of the greatest classic crime writers of their age.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by John Cleal

The Ice Twins

A year after one of Sarah Moorcroft’s twins died in a tragic accident, the horrible realisation dawns that she might have made a terrible mistake about the identity of the dead twin.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Silent Boy

The son of Edward Savill’s estranged wife has been brought to England by French émigrés fleeing the bloody excesses of the Revolution. But the horrors he has witnessed – and a terrible secret he holds – keep the boy from speaking.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by John Cleal

The Monogram Murders

Hercule Poirot is sitting in a coffee house in London when in flies a young woman in a state of panic. Later three bodies are discovered in a local hotel, each carefully laid out in a particular way. Are the two incidents linked? Poirot and sidekick Catchpole from Scotland Yard investigate.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The City

In 1967, Jonah Kirk was eight years old, living in the city in a rented apartment with his mom. He dreams of being a musician but his mom can’t afford lessons. Then one day he is approached by a beautiful women who promises him a piano and gives him dreams.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

The Death Trade

Sean Dillon, former IRA enforcer-turned-member of the security service, has to find a way of getting to a Iranian nuclear scientist before al-Qaeda do.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

Treachery

Renegade monk, philosopher, spy, poet and detective Giordano Bruno, is in Plymouth with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, on a diplomatic mission. Bruno’s investigations into a murder on Drake’s flagship uncover some of the city’s darkest secrets, but expose him – and the country itself – to mortal danger.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by John Cleal

A Song for the Dying

Former Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is still in prison for the murder of his brother, a crime he didn’t commit, but a killer from his past has stuck again, and Ash’s particular brand of skills are needed on the outside. But can he stay out of the clutches of the vengeful Mrs Kerrigan?

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Linda Wilson

A Burnable Book

John Gower, poet and dealer in information is asked by his confidant Geoffrey Chaucer, to recover a missing book. The apparently mundane task leads him into a conspiracy to kill the king of England and destroy the Plantagenet dynasty.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by John Cleal

The Toy Taker

Someone is taking children from the safety of their houses in the middle of the night, getting in through locked doors while their parents are sleeping. It’s DI Sean Corrigan’s job to find them.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 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

Deeply Odd

Odd Thomas chases a pantechnicon to a Satanist cult to try to save a group of children.  On the way he meets a formidable old woman whose contacts help Odd in his quest.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson