Books published by Hodder Paperbacks
FBI agent Rob Barrett is brought in to help interview a woman who has confessed to being involved with the disappearance and murder of a woman and her boyfriend. Everyone else thinks she’s an attention-seeking liar, but Barrett believes her – and stakes his career on his judgment.
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Linda Wilson
David desperately misses his dead mother, despises his new stepmother and detests his new half brother. These emotions attract the attention the Crooked Man who draws David into a dark and disturbing land where he must grow in strength and determination in order to survive.
Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Barnbrook
Peter and Michael, two 18th century gentlemen, are duped at a Manchester public house. Michael catches the criminal, a young woman called Mary Jebb, who is subsequently deported to Botany Bay. How sweet is her revenge for this cruel punishment.
Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Sylvia Maughan
Four people are stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock surrounded by raging sea. An ordinary couple return from home-swap in America to find their guests apparently missing. A journalist on the track of an old case hangs himself in his own garage. Someone is determined to punish them.
Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Ewa Sherman
British forces are mired in the bloody stalemate of Passchendaele. Prime Minister Lloyd George is unhappy with progress and soldier-spy Sandy Innes, sent to report on the divided headquarters of commander-in-chief Sir Douglas Haig, soon suspects treachery.
Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by John Cleal
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
Investigator Flavia Albia is hired to discover who killed a newly-wed couple. The main suspects are their slaves, but they have sought sanctuary in a temple. Together with aedile Manlius Faustus, Falco’s adopted daughter sets out to uncover the truth.
Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by John Cleal
Disgraced spymaster William Cecil recalls Brendan Prescott to his service to uncover a plot to destroy Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan finds himself a double agent, working for the Catholic Queen Mary in a court filled with intrigue, treachery and death.
Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal
A personal ad appears on a website, describing a murder in detail. Meanwhile Nicki, a suburban mum, panics on seeing a familiar policeman when she is on her way to pick up her child from school. She seems to have a guilty secret. Is she involved in the murder?
Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sylvia Maughan
Reykjavik lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by a deeply unpleasant and manipulative child sex offender with a view to overturning the conviction of a fellow inmate in his secure unit. Her investigations are hampered by lies, half-truths and cover-ups.
Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal
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
Amid the plotting, revolts and wild hedonism of the remains of the Roman empire at the beginning of the seventh century, English adventurer Aelric faces his hardest challenge as he tries to stop a Persian invasion – and deal with a determined and dangerous woman.
Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by John Cleal
Spider Shepherd is undercover again, this time as a close personal protection advisor to a Russian oligarch whose friends who are being targeted by a sniper. It’s Spider’s job to advice on security, but he’s also considering some extra-curricular activity of a type his employers would very much frown on.
Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson
Ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is on his way to Europe with his teenage son when he agrees to escort a young fugitive wanted in England. He is plunged into the heart of a growing international incident – and forced to attempt to solve a shocking Tudor mystery.
Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by John Cleal
Lawyer Malcolm Bannister is serving a ten year sentence after being railroaded by the FBI for a crime he did not commit. When a Federal judge and his lover are murdered and the investigation stalls, Bannister tells the agency he knows the killer – and launches a brilliantly conceived plot to gain revenge.
Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by John Cleal
Detective Inspector Malin Fors is called to the devastating scene of a bombing that has killed two little girls. Although still plagued with questions about her past, secrets her mother never revealed and doubts about her own future, Fors must bury her the pain if she is to find the killer before he strikes again.
Reviewed on 17 October 2013 by John Cleal
When his best friend’s father is brutally murdered, Joe will be there for him, although he doesn’t want Rink to lower himself to the same level as his father’s murderers, but it soon becomes clear that there is no simple morality they can cling to.
Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Linda Wilson