Books reviewed by Sylvia Wilson
Fresher Ursula Flowerbutton arrives for her first term at Oxford hoping for ballgowns and determined to write for student newspaper Cherwell. When another student is murdered, Ursula and her best friend, American Nancy Feingold, investigate.
Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Sylvia Wilson
Six years ago, a group of tourists disappeared on safari in Botswana. Only one escaped barely alive. Now in Boston a well-known hunter and taxidermist is found hung up and gutted like a deer. As Detective Jane Rizzoli investigates, connections emerge between the two incidents.
Reviewed on 08 June 2015 by Sylvia Wilson
A marine biologist comes to the remote Whitbey Island to investigate a black seal known as Nera, which returns to the island at the same time each year. A mysterious mute girl is found wandering on the island and none of the locals want anyone to go near the seal.
Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sylvia Wilson
In the small town of Prosperous, Maine, a young girl is killed as she tries to escape from her captors. As Charlie Parker investigates this and an apparent suicide, he upsets some powerful people and uncovers the terrifying secret of Prosperous’s success.
Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sylvia Wilson
In bed with ‘flu, Dr Kay Scarpetta is called to the body of a young girl posed in the middle of an MIT sports field, her body covered in a dust that fluoresces in rainbow colours. Scarpetta is reminded of similar cases in Washington, but the FBI is determined to prove that they are unrelated.
Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sylvia Wilson
Despite being injured at the crime scene, Sergeant Detective DD Warren is investigating a murder. The evidence points to the sister of Warren’s pain specialist, serving life for murder, but a much more complicated story emerges that casts doubt on her original conviction.
Reviewed on 30 November 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
Alex is anxious to escape past events, and takes a job as a drama therapist at a pupil referral unit in Edinburgh. Using her love of Greek tragedy, she slowly gets through to a group of troubled 15-year-olds, but perhaps the children are taking the stories too much to heart.
Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
When Roarke starts the refurbishment of a dilapidated building, he is horrified to find the bodies of twelve young girls concealed in then walls. As Eve investigates the murders, her childhood is brought flooding back as she is determined to identify the girls.
Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
When Dr Alex Delaware is called in to write a court report in a straightforward custody battle between two sisters, he thinks that it is an easy job. Then one of the sisters threatens to kill him but is herself murdered and the other disappears with her child.
Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
When the father of a top Pakistani cricketer is poisoned at a post-match dinner in Delhi, the clues appear to point Most Private Investigator Vish Puri towards an international illegal betting syndicate, but is there a more personal motive behind the killing?
Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
In the small town of Grizzly Falls, Montana, Sheriff Dan Grayson is attacked on Christmas morning. While he lies in a coma, Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez must track down the perpetrator. When the body of a prominent local judge is found nearby, it is apparent that a serial killer is at work.
Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
Primavera Blackstone is employed to investigate attacks on aircraft owned by abrasive millionaire Jack Weighley. Are they vandalism or terrorism? When people close to the investigation begin to die, Primavera has to find the solution quickly before her own family becomes a target.
Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
It's 1924 and amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton investigates the disappearance of an Indian Prince who was riding on the Yorkshire moors. But diplomatic considerations get in the way of the truth until more murders and attempted murders force the authorities to act.
Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sylvia Wilson
Vish Puri helps the Love Commandos to find a missing untouchable boy who is in love with a high caste girl. In the process, he investigates the murder of the boy’s mother and uncovers the exploitation of illiterate villagers by an international DNA company and a tale of political corruption at the highest level.
Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sylvia Wilson