Robert Hale Ltd

Books published by Robert Hale Ltd

Night's Black Agents

When a nun is found strangled, followed by other deaths, DI Gil Markham must uncover the secrets which threaten to wreck a Catholic order.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by John Cleal

Not Playing Fair

When seven professional footballers are killed in seven days, DCI Charlie Miskin and his team face a seemingly unsolvable problem.

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by John Cleal

Blood Will Have Blood

A brutal murder occurs at the school where DI Markham's girlfriend works. In spite of criticism from his Chief Inspector, Markham insists on carrying out an investigation into the school staff.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Death Silences Everyone

Ex-cop turned unofficial private eye Brad Foley is teamed with new girl Gretchen Bongiorno to investigate the murder of the daughter of a prominent San Franciscan family, but officials on all sides are warning them off.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Kate Balfour

Truth Stone

DCI Rachel Stone puts her job on the line when she allows a child killer to lead her to a second body.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by John Cleal

The Searcher

A child is found dead on wasteland in the London Liberty of Norton Folgate. ‘Searcher’ Adah Flint must examine the little girl’s body to discover her identity and how she died.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Cleal

A Fine Ambition

A chambermaid’s body is discovered on Instow beach. It appears she drowned, but Abigail March who, with detective Theo Newton is among guests at the hotel where she worked, is suspicious.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Cleal


After being made redundant from her commercial research job, Emma Lilton is desperately seeking new employment. She capitalises on her secret research into subliminal imprinting and gets employment with an advertising agency, leading to dire implications for Britain.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by John Barnbrook

The Lavender Lady Casefile

Recently-widowed Effie James does a favour for a friend and joins a local ghost-hunting group. To her surprise, it’s all a lot more interesting than she expected.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

One Damn Thing After Another

Being a Good Samaritan is not without its dangers, as private investigator Frank Doy discovers to his cost.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Sherlock Holmes: The Four-Handed Game

The robbery of a gold mandolin, an assault on a young actress and a violent murder bearing the hallmarks of Jack the Ripper would seem entirely disconnected to all but Sherlock Holmes.

Reviewed on 03 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Stroke of Death

Tamara Hoyland is left to deal with the aftermath of her father-in-law’s death, and the return of the black sheep of the family, her grasping brother-in-law.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Blogger

When a popular blogger falls to his death, DCI Jeff Temple and his team have to weather the inevitable media storm.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Linda Wilson


DS Kate Lewis is called in to investigate the death of a journalist on the flooded Somerset levels.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Linda Wilson

Sherlock Homes and A Scandal in Batavia

Holmes and Watson are begged by Prince Alexander, heir to the Dutch throne, to investigate his fears of a plot to steal his inheritance and an attempted poisoning.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by John Cleal

Dying Wish

When an author has a heart attack at his own book signing, he makes a bizarre last request of an old friend. He wants his house burned to the ground.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Crime Writer's Guide To Police Practice and Procedure

A guide to police practice and procedure for crime writers.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

Death of a Diplomat

The death of a retired diplomat by drowning poses a problem for a Nassau police detective and for the British foreign office official working with him. Is it simply accidental or could it be suicide, or even murder?

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Arnold Taylor