Orion


Books published by Orion

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Flavia de Luce’s family holiday is enlivened when she finds a dead body in the river. Naturally, she’s determined to investigate.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Linda Wilson

Dark Sacred Night

Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to reopen a cold case in the hope of finally bringing the killer of a teenage runaway to justice.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Insider

When the body of a fourth woman is found on a railway line, DCI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver have a strong suspicion that a serial killer is at work. On top of that, someone on their team is leaking information to the press.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Man Who Came Uptown

Michael Hudson is a young man in a Washington DC jail, granted the opportunity to start again, to come uptown, but facing a significant challenge on his way there.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

Where the Missing Go

When Kate takes a call on a helpline, it turns her fragile world upside down.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

I, Witness

Six years ago Kate Reynolds pleaded guilty to the murder of her best friend. Now she wants to clear her name.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Robicheaux

Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux hits the bottle after his wife Molly is killed in a road crash and wakes from a ‘lost’ night to find his hands cut and bruised and the man who killed her beaten to death.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by John Cleal

Shadow Man

When TV presenter Morven Murray is found brutally murdered on the eve of her wedding, it’s up to DI Lukas Mahler to find her killer.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Linda Wilson

Two Kinds of Truth

Harry Bosch must go undercover to expose a ruthless drugs gang as well as fighting to protect his own reputation.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Wrong Child

Twenty-one of 22 children in an isolated village die in a disaster. Dog Evans is the only survivor. Abandoned by his parents and shunned by those left behind for whom he is a daily reminder of loss, the situation inevitably builds toward violence.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by John Cleal

Fear

The shocking allegations of a creepy neighbour are profoundly unsettling to Randolf and his wife Rebecca, and when the state cannot help the options are limited.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Lost

A ten-year-old boy goes missing and there are discrepancies in his stepfather’s version of events. DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver know that the first 24 hours in any investigation of this type are vital and the pressure soon mounts.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Linda Wilson

You Don't Know Me

Forensic pathologist Dr Harriet Hitchin has a new challenge when the mummified body of a former call girl ends up on her mortuary slab.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

You Can Run

A stolen car crashes into a house, revealing an unexpected depth of horror.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Late Show

Detective Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, starting cases then handing them on as each new day rolls around. But now there are two investigations that she wants to stay part of. Unfortunately, her bosses don’t see things the same way.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Linda Wilson

Lovemurder

A brutal murder, a note on the body, and the last six years melt away as homicide detective Valerie Hart remembers one name – Katherine Glass.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Framed

Snooker hall owner Frankie James sets out to prove his wild younger brother’s innocence of a gangland murder and must face the police, gang bosses and warped killers.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by John Cleal

War Hawk

Ex-Ranger Tucker Wayne helps a former army colleague on the run from assassins hunting her and her son and enters a hi-tech world of conspiracy, obsession and murder.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by John Cleal

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

A reclusive billionaire hires Harry Bosch to find a missing woman. But there are plenty of people who don’t want her to be found.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Four Legendary Kingdoms

Jack West Jnr must fight for his life, and the lives of his friends, in a series of hellish gladiatorial combats.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Linda Wilson

Rather Be the Devil

John Rebus can't keep away from detective work - and investigates a 40-year-old murder and the rivalry between two Edinburgh gangsters.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

The Damned

Danny Orchard is famous because he was still born and then had another near-death experience and published a successful memoir. Danny also used to have a twin sister, Ash, but she was not someone you would have wanted to meet. Now Ash is trying to ruin Danny’s life again.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Dead House

The discovery of a woman’s body, dressed in white and laid out in a candle-lit ‘death house’ in a Welsh valley church sets Detective Sergeant Fiona Lewis on her most baffling case.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal

The Time To Kill

Carter Blake worked for a top secret US government agency – but now they want him dead.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Jim Beaman

Fear the Darkness

Retired FBI undercover agent Brigid Quinn is settling into marriage and a slower life as a private investigator. When her niece comes to live with her and she reluctantly takes on a case of what looks like accidental drowning, her world turn upside down.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Crossing

Lawyer Mickey Haller wants former cop Harry Bosch to get a client off a murder charge. But Harry isn’t keen. Investigating his former colleagues seems like a step too far, even for him.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Plea

Lawyer Eddie Flynn is given a proposition by the CIA: he has 48 hours to get hired by a man accused of murder and persuade him to plead guilty, or see his wife go to prison for the rest of her life.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

Trigger Mortis

James Bond is tasked with keeping a British racing driver safe on the notoriously difficult Nurburgring circuit.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Linda Wilson

I Know Who Did It

When a woman turns up claiming to be someone who died in a car accident, detective Mark Nelson has to untangle the present from the past.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Linda Wilson

House of the Rising Sun

Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland struggles to be reunited with his estranged son, but his efforts are imperilled by the possession of a precious artefact he stole during the Mexican revolution.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by John Cleal

The Darkest Heart

Zico is a man for whom killing has become a way of life, so the demand that he kill a nun should pose no problems. But something is telling him that the job is not as straightforward as it looks.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Turning Tide

Erykah Macdonald is getting ready to leave her husband and her nice, safe suburban life behind, but her plans are thrown into disarray by an unexpected windfall.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Linda Wilson

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts

Maria King receives a chilling proposal of marriage from a stalker. DI Jonathan Dark failed to save the killer’s first victim, but he’s determined to keep Maria alive.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Devil's Daughters

Scientist Dr James Murray returns from his father’s funeral to find a letter from the woman he loved begging him to return to Turin to find her missing cousin and plunging him and his sister Lucy into a world of danger and evil.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by John Cleal

The Order of Things

A doctor has been found disembowelled in a cottage in a pretty Devon village – and the enquiry sets DS Jimmy Suttle on a collision course with his estranged journalist wife Lizzie.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Nightmare Place

DI Zoe Dolan is hunting the attacker branded The Creeper, whose violence is escalating, but she has no clue how he has been getting into the victims’ homes, no pattern to his attacks or no idea who could be next.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by John Cleal

Even Dogs In The Wild

John Rebus has finally been retired off – but he talks his way back as a police consultant after old adversary Ger Cafferty narrowly dodges a bullet.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Killing Lessons

The hunt for a serial killer brings a San Francisco homicide detective to the edge of physical and emotional collapse, but it’s a long and bloody journey and Valerie Hart has no choice but to follow.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Madeleine Marsh

Blood Salt Water

The body of a woman surfaces in Loch Lomond. DI Alex Morrow must tie the crime to a drugs and money-laundering ring, the disappearance of a second woman and deadly tensions in what seems a chocolate-box town.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by John Cleal

Mockingbird Songs

Henry Quinn is released from prison and embarks on a mission to deliver a letter penned by his cellmate to a daughter he has never met.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Defence

Eddie Flynn is pressed into court to represent a Russian mafia boss, and his young daughter is threatened with death if he does not cooperate.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Cold Dish

Cody Prichard’s murder looks like revenge for the rape of a local Cheyenne girl. Sheriff Walt Longmire needs to find the shooter to prevent further deaths.


Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Ice House

An assassin defaults on his contract and instead of killing her, goes on the run with his intended target, a ten-year-old girl.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

Missing You

NYPD detective Kat Donovan decides to brave online dating, only to stumble across the profile of her ex-fiancé who broke her heart 18 years ago. He doesn’t seem to remember her, then becomes a suspect in a potential abduction.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Craig Sisterson

Stealing People

A series of kidnaps strikes deep at the heart of the lives of the rich and powerful, with a £25 million price tag on each life.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust

When a mummified body falls out of a chimney on Flavia de Luce’s first night at her new school, life at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy suddenly takes an interesting turn.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Linda Wilson

This Thing of Darkness

DC Fiona Griffiths uses her unique talents to link three apparently unconnected events involving two deaths and a massive international conspiracy.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by John Cleal

Putting the Boot In

Someone is trying to put third division team Athletic out of business. Private investigator Duffy is hired to find out why.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Stranger

Adam Price and his family are living the American dream – until a stranger walks up to him and shares a secret from wife Corinne’s past. And then she disappears.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Distance

A top security prison is not usually somewhere people want to break into. But for hit-man Simon Johanssen, it’s different. He’s got a job to do, and it’s up to old friend Charlotte Alton to help him.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Kill Switch

Undercover operative Tucker Wayne and his dog Kane must get a Russian pharmaceutical magnate, who may hold the key to a bio-weapon which threatens a global apocalypse, out of the country.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by John Cleal

The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches

After being missing for over a decade, Flavia de Luce’s mother is finally coming home to Buckshaw, but the fact that she’s returning in a lead-lined coffin is enough to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Great Zoo of China

A party of American VIPs is invited to view a spectacular new zoo in China. But the unveiling doesn’t quite go as planned.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Fiddle City

Ex-copper Duffy is hired to get to the bottom of a series of thefts in Heathrow Airport, otherwise known as Fiddle City.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Linda Wilson

Sins of the Father

DS Jimmy Suttle’s marriage has broken up, his daughter is dead and a stomach-churning murder on his Devon patch leads him to Africa

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Burning Room

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is still working cold cases. When a man dies almost a decade after being shot, the case lands on Harry’s desk and his bosses are expecting results, as are the politicians.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

Missing You

When a friend of Kat’s buys her a subscription to an online dating service, it’s meant to be a bit of fun, but events take an unexpected turn when Kat comes across someone from her past.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Linda Wilson

Moriarty

After the tragic happenings at Reichenbach Falls, two detectives join forces to ensure the void left by Sherlock Holmes in London is filled, and the one left by Moriarty is not.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

Art of Deception

A mummified body is found in the remains of a deserted summerhouse in a country park. Kate Hanson and Birmingham’s Unsolved Crimes Unit have to delve into the past to make sense of the present.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Gods of Guilt

Mickey Haller is surprised to discover that a cyber-pimp accused of murder was recommended to him by his alleged victim – an escort girl Haller represented years before. His decision to defend the man pits Haller against corrupt lawmen who will stop at nothing to cover up their crimes.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by John Cleal

Carnival of Shadows

A travelling carnival with acts of inexplicable paranormal magic and illusion appears in a small town. But when an unidentified man’s body is discovered beneath the carousel FBI agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by John Cleal

You Will Never Find Me

The headstrong teenage daughter of freelance kidnap expert Charlie Boxer and his DI former wife disappears only hours after running away to Madrid. At the same time the young son of a Russian businessman is kidnapped in London. Is there a link between the two events?

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal

Taking the Fall

Up and coming young jockey Duncan Claymore wants revenge on the men who ruined his father’s life and now he’s in a position to get it.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Linda Wilson

Appetite

Nino Latini has a unique gift, a massively heightened sense of taste and a desire to create the perfect feast that will make his name as a chef in some of the most magnificent houses of Renaissance Italy. But his gift leads him into trouble and physical danger.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by John Cleal

Let It Burn

Alex McKnight, invalided out of the Detroit police and retired to Michigan’s Lakeland, is tipped off that a killer he helped convict is due for release – but McKnight is now having some doubts about the man’s guilt.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by John Cleal

The Devil and The River

When John Gaines is called to the discovery of a girl’s body on the riverside of the small Mississippi town of which he is sheriff, he stumbles into a nightmare of murder, violence, corruption and superstition.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by John Cleal

Six Years

Six years ago, Natalie, the love of Jake Fisher’s life, dumped him and married another man. At her wedding, Jake promised to stay away from her, but six years later when he discovers that her husband has died, he finds that promise becomes harder and harder to keep.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Linda Wilson

Red Winter

A former soldier decides to desert and return to his wife and children. When he reaches his home village, however, he finds it empty of people.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Love Story, With Murders

Welsh police officer Fiona Griffiths is called to a house clearance where a woman’s leg and foot has been found in a chest freezer.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

The Double

PI Spero Lucas sets out to find a missing painting – and runs into a conman and his two violent sidekicks.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Rage Against the Dying

Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is trying to build a life apart from the human trafficking and sex predators she acted as bait for in her undercover career, but she is dragged back into this sordid and brutal world when a man confesses a notorious string of sex killings – including the murder of a young agent she had trained.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal

Touching Distance

DS Jimmy Suttle's wife has left him and gone back to Portsmouth. So he throws himself into a high-profile murder enquiry which bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Rebus is back - but a lowly DS and still at odds with his superiors as a murder from 30 years ago returns to haunt him

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Hit Me

John Keller’s new business restoring houses in post-Katrina New Orleans bombs in the US sub prime crisis and economic downturn. He now has a new name, a home, wife and baby to support plus his expensive hobby of collecting rare stamps. Then a phone call draws him back into his old business – killing for money.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by John Cleal

Speaking From Among the Bones

When the tomb of St Tancred in the village of Bishop’s Lacey is opened after 500 years, naturally young sleuth Flavia de Luce wants to be there, and succeeds in taking the first look into the tomb. But the body she finds isn’t the one everyone expected her to see.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Linda Wilson

The Red Road

A compelling, uncompromising and morally complex look at child abuse, police and institutional corruption

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by John Cleal

The Chalice

Former novice nun Joanna Stafford again risks everything she loves when she is caught up in a conspiracy against Henry VIII.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by John Cleal

The Black Box

Twenty years after a female journalist was shot dead during the Los Angeles riots in 1992, her case is reopened and Detective Harry Bosch uncovers a conspiracy that runs deeper and further than he could ever have imagined.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Madeleine Marsh

City of Devils


Young Edinburgh doctor James Murray travels to Italy to study with Cesare Lombroso, the controversial late 19th century criminologist and is plunged into a series of sadistic and ritualistic killings which threaten his mentor.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by John Cleal