Books published by Picador

The Sicilian Method

Mimi Augello stumbles across a dead body whilst making a hasty escape from his married lover’s apartment. And then another identical dead body turns up elsewhere.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The System

The discovery of a gun used in a shooting leads to the prosecution of two young men, one guilty and the other innocent. The case will change the lives of several people.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Chris Roberts

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Maud West ran a detective agency for more than 30 years. Her exploits grabbed headlines, but did she tell the truth?

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

The Piranhas

A group of teenagers from central Naples form their own paranza or mob crew, taking advantage of the vacuum left by the breakdown in the traditional Camorra.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

A Voice in the Night

Inspector Montalbano’s birthday starts badly and then gets a whole lot worse when a number of deaths occur on his patch. 

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Girl in Snow

Golden girl Lucinda Hayes is found murdered. Three small town misfits record their reactions as the hunt for the killer continues.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by John Cleal


Ricky ‘Ghost’ Mendoza cracks safes for the DEA, and when he opens a safe full of cash decides to take it. Not for himself, but for others, in a last chance for redemption.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Passenger

It is 1941 and the Battle of the Atlantic is at its height. U-Boat U330 receives a heavily encoded message to pick up two prisoners from a ship just off the coast of Iceland. They carry out the order and, in doing so, put the submarine in grave danger.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Little Deaths

Ruth Malone wakes one morning to find a window wide open and her two young children missing. It’s every mother’s nightmare – but Malone is not like other mothers.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by John Cleal

Blade of Light

Inspector Montalbano is called to investigate the mystery of a house which appears to have had a door removed. It is eerily similar to a dream he had had the previous night. Later he receives a report of an attack on a woman. Will his dream turn out to be a prophesy of these events?

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Allegations

A celebrity historian is arrested following allegations of sexual assault. His friend and colleague is accused of bullying in the workplace. They must try to defend themselves against the allegations as both face personal and professional ruin.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Jim Beaman

Game of Mirrors

Inspector Montalbano notices his neighbour, Mrs Lombardo, looking under the bonnet of her car.  It turns out that the car has been deliberately damaged.  Meanwhile a bomb has exploded in town, all giving Montalbano a lot to think about.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Sea on Fire

It should have been a simple trip to the Red Sea for dive guides Kim and Garland, but add drugs and booze to the equation and things start to go badly wrong.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Linda Wilson