Books published by Piatkus

A Snapshot of Murder

Kate Shackleton organises a photographic society outing to Haworth, the heart of Brontë country. But when the most obnoxious member of the party is murdered, her planned break from detection comes to an abrupt end.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by John Cleal

Secrets in Death

Lieutenant Eve Dallas witnesses the murder of the glamorous, but poisonous, journalist Larinda Mars. In order to find the killer, Dallas leads the investigation into the web of unpleasant interactions that is Larinda’s life.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Barnbrook

Echoes In Death

A chance encounter with a naked woman staggering through snowy streets leads Lieutenant Eve Dallas into an investigation of a series of cases where wealthy couples are targeted for brutal ritualistic assaults.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by John Barnbrook

Death in the Stars

As eclipse fever grips Britain, music hall star Selina Fellini hires investigator Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party. But Kate finds herself trying to solve three possible murders among the cast.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by John Cleal

The Mermaid's Scream

A middle-aged couple is found murdered in a South Devon caravan park, and the biographer of a local, reclusive literary legend is murdered. DI Wesley Peterson believes that the deaths are linked.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Kate Balfour

The Stranger

Ellie hasn’t been completely honest with her beloved husband Ed and now it’s too late. Suddenly her past choices threaten to destroy her chances of happiness.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Sue Kelso Ryan

A High Mortality of Doves

Scotland Yard Inspector Albert Lincoln, a scarred survivor of the war on the Western Front, is sent to a remote Derbyshire village to solve a series of bizarre killings.

Reviewed on 01 September 2017 by John Cleal

Apprentice In Death

A sniper targets skaters at the ice ring in Central Park. And it is likely that more deaths will follow.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by John Barnbrook

Brotherhood in Death

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a dear friend, Dennis, who is injured when he walks in on the abduction of his cousin, Senator Edward Mira. Investigation uncovers darks sordid secrets that involve not only the senator but also a circle of his friends, a group bonded by ritual and cruelty.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by John Barnbrook

Death at the Seaside

War widow turned private investigator Kate Shackleton takes an overdue holiday to visit an old school friend and her goddaughter and discovers a body – and a wall of silence.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Cleal

The House of Eyes

Reports of a missing model and the subsequent murder of her father lead DI Wesley Peterson into an investigation which throws suspicion onto many of the residents of the rural Devonshire town. The causes of the crime appear to have historical origins.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by John Barnbrook

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution

Inspector Singh is posted from Singapore to London to attend a task force on inter-racial policing. Mrs Singh insists on coming along to keep her husband out of trouble.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

A Death in the Dales

Investigator Kate Shackleton is loaned a cottage in a Dales village by her suitor – and plunged into a decade old mystery by documents suggesting a man hanged for murder was innocent.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

Burnt Paper Sky

Allowing her eight-year-old son a few moments of freedom in the woods leads to every mother’s nightmare when Rachel Finch’s son disappears, presumed abducted.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Linda Wilson

Festive in Death

When personal trainer Trey Ziegler is found dead, there is no shortage of suspects, but when Eve Dallas uncovers his darkest secrets, the story takes a murderous twist.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Death of an Avid Reader

Detective Kate Shackleton is hired by a titled lady to find her illegitimate daughter and her inquiries take her into the quiet of a Yorkshire library, the poverty-stricken back streets of Leeds, a series of murders – and a meeting with a very clever monkey!

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by John Cleal

Concealed In Death

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

The Shroud Maker

The body of a woman is found floating out to sea in a small boat. The cause of death is pretty obvious – she’s been strangled. DI Wesley Peterson has to work out whether there’s a link between this death and the disappearance of another woman the previous year.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Shadow Collector

Lilith Benley has served 18 years in prison for the murder of two teenagers although she still protests her innocence. When a woman is found murdered nearby, it seems like the past isn’t going to stay buried.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Witness

As a teenager, Abigail was witness to a brutal mafia double murder and the killing of two US marshals. She has been on the run from the killers for twelve years. Now she believes she is finally safe and has settled in a small town in the Ozarks. Then she meets the local chief of police – and her whole life changes.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by John Cleal

Murder on a Summer's Day

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

Inspector SIngh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing

Inspector Singh from Singapore is sent to Beijing to investigate the death of the son of the First Secretary at the Singapore embassy.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

Thankless in Death

Jerald Reinhold is planning to kill everyone who has ever slighted him. It is the job of Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD to stop him, but how does she identify the next victim and get one step ahead of the killer?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Sylvia Wilson