Books published by Doubleday

The Sleepwalker

Aidan hears the mass murderer’s final words. But they are not the long-awaited location of his final victim. Far from it.

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Slow Motion Ghosts

DI Henry Hobbes, ostracised by his colleagues for reporting a racial assault, is plunged into the obsessive world of fan worship by the ritual killing of a rock singer. 

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Cleal

The Secretary

Christine Butcher is the perfect secretary until the CEO’s daughter Mina forces her to become the perfect enemy.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Fatal Inheritance

Eve Forrester feels herself ensnared in a loveless marriage. She sees no way out of it and is resigned to living in a gloomy house, with no friends to brighten her existence. A letter from a firm of solicitors brings unexpected changes.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor


Liv lives on an isolated farm with her hoarder-carpenter father Jens, bed-ridden obese mother Maria, dead twin brother Carl and mummified baby sister. She’s happy but a bit worried, especially when she witnesses her dad killing her granny. Life goes on but a newcomer to the area wants to find out more about the strange family.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman

American by Day

Police chief inspector Sigrid Odegard leaves her native Norway for New York State to find her brother Marcus, who has gone missing.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Smiling Man

DC Aidan Waits is still in disgrace and on permanent night duty when his discovery of a body in a moribund hotel gives him a real case to investigate.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Chris Roberts

Into the Water

Nel Abbot has gone where all the troublesome women have, for hundreds of years – into the water. But what drove her and a teenage girl to take their lives in a place where witches were drowned?

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Last Stop Tokyo

Alex Malloy has fled disgrace in the UK to Japan, but his life gets even more complicated when he meets Naoko, who like him has a past she is trying to leave behind.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

Wild Chamber

A small boy dies following an incident in a road tunnel. A gardener sees a murder in a London park. Inspectors Bryant & May work against the clock to find out what connects the events.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Fierce Kingdom

A family trip to the zoo turns into a fight for survival – but it is not the animals Joan must fear.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor


DC Aidan Waites is working undercover to expose a corrupt colleague in Manchester police headquarters when the job is complicated by runaway teenager Isabelle, whose powerful father expects Waites to protect her.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Dying Detective

Following a stroke the retired Chief of the National Crime Police and the Swedish Security Service meets a neurologist who wants him to look into an old case. Twenty-five years ago a young Iranian girl was raped and killed, and the perpetrator never found.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Bryant & May: London's Glory

A collection of short stories recounting some of the cases of the two detectives, Bryant and May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, based in London, spanning the period from the start to the finish of their work together.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Different Class

Roy Straitley has been a Latin master at St Oswald’s for 30 years. When a new head is appointed, Straitley is shocked to discover that he is an old boy whom he had always distrusted.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Arnold Taylor

I'm Travelling Alone

A six-year-old is discovered hanging from a tree in Oslo, with an airline tag ‘I’m travelling alone’ around her neck. Other clues suggest more deaths will follow.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Voices Beyond

Jonas is excited about summer on the island where his family run a holiday resort. But when he encounters a terrifying ghost ship one night, only an elderly islander wants to solve the mystery that threatens the calm and peace of all visitors.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Bryant and May: The Burning Man

A burned body is discovered on the steps of a London bank whilst a mob runs amok in the city, protesting at the actions of the bankers. Soon more individuals are killed, always through the medium of fire.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Second Life

Julia has looked after her sister Kate’s son most of his life although Kate wanted him back. When Kate is murdered, Julia takes over Kate’s online life to try to find her killer. Can she cope with the consequences?

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The Girl on the Train

Rachel Watson is the archetypal unreliable witness – but she knows something’s not right with the seemingly perfect young couple she spies from the train window every day

Reviewed on 07 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

This Dark Road To Mercy

Easter Quillby and her sister are in a state foster home after the overdose death of their mother. Their feckless father, who has stumbled on a cache of stolen money, reappears to claim them and they go on the run pursued by a disgraced former detective and a psychopathic with his own score to settle.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by John Cleal

A Pleasure and a Calling

William Heming is a thoroughly respectable pillar of the community who runs an estate agent's. But he finds it so difficult to let go of those houses he has sold ...

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sharon Wheeler