Fourth Estate

Books published by Fourth Estate

A Little London Scandal

London in the 1960s was a time of great social change but also a time where social mores resulted in a clandestine word of sexuality and corruption.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by John Barnbrook

Critical Incidents

Former Met detective Robin Osborne is back on her own turf, working as a benefit fraud investigator, but when her best friend’s husband goes missing, Robin refuses to believe that he could have harmed his wife and son, and is determined to take a hand in matters.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Plotters

A Korean assassin ignores his instructions and permits a target to die in her preferred manner – the first step away from unquestioning obedience to his fate.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Chris Roberts

A Cold Death

Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, still bemoaning the posting from his beloved Rome to the cold northern town of Aosta, investigates an apparent suicide.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Chris Roberts


Young teacher Colin Bygate sees his student just about to throw himself into the sea – but the search for the boy only aggravates Colin’s wife and the community in Jersey.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Black Run

When a body is uncovered by a snowcat grooming the piste in Champoluc, cop Rocco Schiavone just knows the job is going to be a pain in the neck.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Norfolk Mystery

Wounded Spanish Civil war veteran Stephen Sefton accepts a job as assistant to the eccentric ‘Professor’ Swanton Morley who is writing a county-by-county guide to traditional England. Starting in Norfolk, they discover a vicar hanging by his church’s bell rope.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by John Cleal

Head of State

With Britain on the edge of a political precipice, two bodies discovered in London, one a young investigative reporter, the other – minus head and hands – arouse little interest. There appears no connection, but both are part of a shocking secret at the heart of government.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by John Cleal