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Books published by Simon & Schuster UK


Miles Pussett is a former steeplechase jockey but he now gets his adrenaline rush from hurling himself, head first, down the Cresta Run. Finding himself in St Moritz during the same week as White Turf, when horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, Miles gets talked into helping with the horses but something suspicious is going on …

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Fiona Spence

The Unheard

When three-year-old Poppy brings home an ugly and menacing drawing from her nursery it sets in train a series of events causing her mum, lonely and vulnerable Tess, to fear for their lives and her own sanity.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Viv Beeby

Another Kind of Eden

A Korean War veteran is looking for freedom and enlightenment in the American West in 1962. Peace beckons through his love for an art student but then a meeting with a psychopath makes things start to spin out of control.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Timothy Field

Savage Road

The President of the United States is a Russian mole and it is for his handler and covert agent, Hayley Chill, to keep him in line and ensure that a current series of cyber-attacks does not escalate into war.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by John Verpeleti

I Saw Him Die

Best-selling author and detective Agatha Christie is asked by the British intelligence service to investigate a series of threats to a former agent.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by John Cleal


The discovery of a young woman’s body in a shallow grave leads DS Adam Tyler into the murky world of the nighthawks – metal detectorists who aren’t too fussy about whether they have permission for their investigations.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Linda Wilson

The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury

An immaculately researched re-examination of one of the most sensational Old Bailey murder trials of the 20th century.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by John Cleal

Save Me From Dangerous Men

Private investigator Nikki Griffin takes an apparently run-of-the mill case involving tech secrets, which snowballs into murder, involvement with the FBI, and a team of hitmen.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by John Cleal

House of Correction

Tabitha Hardy is arrested for the murder of Stuart Rees. She has little recollection of the day he was killed, but is convinced she is innocent, although it seems everyone else believes she is guilty.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Chris Roberts

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email describing the abuse of a woman by a well-known figure at a television news network that’s on the verge of a multi-billion dollar stock market flotation.

Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by John Cleal

A Conspiracy of Bones

Forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is drawn deep into the murky world of conspiracy theorists and child abusers as she tries to unravel the mystery of a faceless corpse.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Flood

A man who’s wearing his daughter’s wedding ring is found dead in front of his fireplace. A funeral director frantically searches for his brother who doesn’t seem to be missing. A woman struggles to protect her family as her husband becomes more dangerous. The three cases baffle investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman and DCI Alex Recht.

Reviewed on 13 June 2020 by Ewa Sherman

Little Disasters

Liz and Jess’s friendship is about to crumble as the truth about Liz’s daughter’s head injury unfolds.

Reviewed on 13 June 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Burnt Island

When a man is horrifically murdered on a remote island in the Scillies, DI Ben Kitto’s boss wants results fast, but even with a relatively small pool of suspects to draw on, the case isn’t an easy one to crack.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by Linda Wilson

Deep State

Former small-town girl, ex-army boxer and now White House intern Haley Chill stumbles across a plot to assassinate the American president.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by John Cleal

Mister Wolf

In 1944, as the allies close in on Germany and Hitler miraculously survives an assassination attempt, Gestapo officer August Schlegel becomes caught up in a scandal thought to be long buried.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Siberian Dilemma

Investigator Arkady Renko travels to the frozen tundra to seek his on-off lover, investigative journalist Tatiana Petrovna, who has disappeared.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by John Cleal

Lethal Agent

Anti-terrorist contractor and former CIA agent Mitch Rapp must face a bioterrorist threat to an America weakened by internal divisions.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by John Cleal


When a body is found bricked up in the basement of a dilapidated old house, DS Adam Tyler gets involved in a cold case that suddenly starts to get very hot to handle.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Accomplice

Aaron Wiley visits Argentina to track down a Nazi in hiding who bears responsibility for the death of many in his family.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Chris Roberts

Mr Nobody

A man is washed up on a Norfolk beach with only vestiges of memory. Neuropsychiatrist Emma Lewis is asked to help, but returning to Norfolk will bring her face-to-face with a past she is keen to forget.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Chris Roberts

Guilty Not Guilty

Bill Russell is devastated when told that his wife has been murdered, and things get worse when the police make him their main suspect. Bill is sure his brother-in-law is the culprit, but is there enough evidence to get a conviction in court?

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Death in a Desert Land

Agatha Christie is asked by British intelligence to investigate doubts surrounding the death of explorer Gertrude Bell, and plunges into a snake pit of passions, deception and poisonous plots in the blistering heat of the Iraqi desert.

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by John Cleal

Hunting Evil

Lucien Folter, possibly the most prolific known serial killer in the USA, has escaped from prison, driven by the tantalising prospect of revenge against the man who put him there – Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Ultra-Violent Crimes Unit.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Linda Wilson

Those People

All the neighbours are happy on their safe, secure suburban street in an up-and-coming area of London, until new neighbours move in who definitely don’t fit the mould.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Barnbrook

The Homecoming

After the death of their absent father, the Quinlan family are bequeathed a lodge in acres of private land worth millions. All they have to do to inherit is stay there for 30 days. And survive.

Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

Accidental Agent

Brexit negotiations are taking place and are proving troublesome. When Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, learns from his Director of Operations that somebody working for the EU Commission has offered to provide information to the British Government, he has decide what to do in order to test its trustworthiness.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Arnold Taylor


Heath and Gabriel are telling the same story about their abduction. But one of them is lying.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Life Ruins

Becca is certain she knows the girl who was attacked so brutally that no-one can identify her. But at best, the police think she is an unreliable witness.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Twisted Prey

When US Congressman Porter Smalls’ car is forced off the road, local law enforcement are not persuaded it was intentional. But Smalls knows Lucas Davenport, who he trusts to find the truth.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

Secret Prey

Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport is called in when a banker is shot during a hunting trip, an event which proves to be just the beginning of a series of attacks.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Chris Roberts

Shakespeare's Sword

Antiques dealer Simon Gold discovers an ancient sword which may have belonged to William Shakespeare and becomes obsessed with owning it. But how far is he prepared to go to get it?

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by John Cleal

The Wanted

A worried mother calls in PI Elvis Cole when she finds a $40,000 watch in her son’s bedroom. Cole makes a connection to a series of burglaries in the city’s poshest areas. The boy flees – and killings follow.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by John Cleal

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

Fifteen true stories from a Los Angeles Times staff writer sympathetically exploring the lives of people whose experience has been touched by crime or stress.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

Rules of Prey

In his first appearance, Lieutenant Lucas Davenport faces an intelligent serial killer working by rules of behaviour which make it unlikely he will ever be caught.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

Ruin Beach

When the body of a diver is found in a sea cave on the island of Tresco in the Scillies, DI Ben Kitto is called in to investigate.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death

Jess Castle PhD, historian and failed lecturer, returns to her home town of Castle Kidbury and becomes involved in a series of gory murders.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by John Cleal

The Lies We Tell

Successful Swedish-American lawyer Martin Benner must the prove innocence of dead woman Sara Texas, accused of a string of murders in the US, while looking for her missing son Mio. At the same time he finds himself framed for crimes he didn’t commit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Red Sparrow

First of a spy trilogy by a 34-year CIA veteran, which revolves around the tangled relationship between a male rising star of US intelligence and his female Russian counterpart.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by David Rose

Kill the Angel

A train from Milan pulls into Rome’s Termini station. No one emerges from the Top-Class coach – they are all dead. Deputy Chief Colomba Caselli is the person who discovers them and then sets out to find the culprit

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Our House

Finding strangers moving into her house who claim to have bought it is only the start of Fi Barton’s nightmare …

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Linda Wilson

Liar's Candle

Penny Kessler becomes an international symbol when she survives a terrorist bombing, then is forced to go on the run to stay alive

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by John Cleal

Gallery of the Dead

The man caught by accident in her selfie is last thing Linda Parker sees. The first thing Detective Hunter sees is the man’s horrific mutilation of her body.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Hell Bay

A London detective returns to his childhood home overlooking Hell Bay on the Scilly island of Bryher, and when a girl is found murdered on the beach agrees to spearhead the investigation.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Golden Prey

Lucas Davenport is now working as a US Marshal, and sets out to find a ruthless killer who recently robbed a drug cartel. Unsurprisingly he is not the only one in the chase.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

A Talent for Murder

Successful murder mystery author Agatha Christie is blackmailed into committing a murder on behalf of a controlling madman.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by John Cleal


Carey’s best friend is receiving nasty messages from someone calling themselves SweetFreak. When Carey is accused of being the perpetrator, she’s determined to prove her innocence, but the evidence is against her.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Linda Wilson

A Lesson in Violence

An 11-year-old girl is unexpectedly reunited with her father, but this is only the beginning for them.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by John Cleal


Dr Chris Rankin is used to having patients die on her but none have been as shrouded in mystery as the man brought in unconscious after a day at Cheltenham races. Despite warnings, she isn’t prepared to leave well alone.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Linda Wilson

Out of the Ice

Environmental scientist Laura Alvarado investigates an old abandoned Norwegian whaling station in the remote Antarctic and finds signs of recent activity.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Chris Roberts

Buried Lies

Stockholm lawyer Martin Benner is visited by the brother of a woman accused of five murders, now dead, insisting that the case against her was flawed.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

Anatomy of a Scandal

A politician close to the centre of government stands accused of rape. The barrister for the prosecution is certain he is guilty and is determined to make him pay.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Black Sheep

Francesca believes her husband’s death was a senseless attack, but then a stranger’s words shakes her belief to the core.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Promise To Kill

Clyde Barr is drifting in the wilds of Utah when he gets drawn in to a struggle between a small town and a gang of bikers who brook no opposition.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Butchers of Berlin

An old man shoots and kills an apartment block warden and then himself. When it turns out that he was Jewish and when other, apparently linked, murders begin to occur, the Berlin police force comes under pressure.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Triple Crown

Something is rotten at the heart of American horse-racing, and British Horse Racing Authority investigator Jeff Hinkley goes undercover to help his US colleagues.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Last Night at Tremore Beach

A successful musician, wounded by a recent divorce, seeks inspiration and renewal on the wild north west coast of Ireland.  He is, literally, struck by lightning and starts to have nightmare visions which foretell horror for him, his friends and his family.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Kate Balfour


Rich teenager Maja Norberg is accused of killing four students and a teacher at school. As the trial starts, the prosecutor and the defender battle to prove their points. But is she is a cold-blooded murderer, or a girl who lost her way?

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Cold Killers

An East End feud has the potential to lead to murder.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Smart


It is 1961 and Simon Weeks, head of booksellers Keating & Sons, leaves for Moscow to meet his defector brother Frank, who has asked him to publish his memoirs.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Caller

The first question is a breeze and Tanya thinks the sick game is nearly over. But the second one she will never get right, and her punishment is to watch her best friend die.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Extreme Prey

Lucas Davenport is called in when a presidential candidate is threatened with assassination.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Last Days of Night

Brilliant novice lawyer Paul Cravath must help his first client withstand a $1 billion dollar patent suit – with the very future of electric light itself at stake.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Nothing Short of Dying

Clyde Barr is back in the USA after 16 years fighting abroad, the last two in a Mexican jail. When he finds his sister is in trouble he sets out to find her.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Hidden Killers

Jane Tennison, newly promoted to DC, is about to earn a reputation as either a young, tenacious detective or a thorn in the Met’s side when she digs her claws in to two seemingly open-and-shut cases.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor


The son of a prominent MSP is murdered and hung from a bridge in full view of a train load of commuters. Despite being officially off the case and at home on sick leave, DI Rachel Narey is determined to uncover the identity of the killer.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Girl From Venice

One night, whilst fishing in the Venice lagoon, a young man, Cenzo, comes across a girl’s body. It turns out that she is still alive but in great trouble and he finds himself compelled to help her.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Kill the Father

A kidnapper appears to be back in action in Rome after being dormant for decades. Two of Italy’s top analytical minds investigate.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Jim Beaman

The Fifth Gospel

When Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Orthodox priest, finds the body of Ugolina Nogara in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the retreat of the Pope, he becomes party to machinations within the Vatican that will rock the whole establishment of the Catholic Church.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

Foreign Agent

The CIA is looking to find an agent with the necessary skills to deal with increasing numbers of terrorist outrages in Europe. It finds him in the person of Scott Horvath, but Moscow already has its own operative working under very deep cover.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Deep Blue

Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, agrees to an informal request from MI5 to look into a case involving a group of political activists calling themselves Action Against Authority. Legal reasons prevent MI5 itself from pursuing the case because the group is linked to a political party – the SNP.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Sign of Fear

As London cowers under German aerial bombardment, Doctor John Watson must solve the kidnap of leading government officials and the mystery of a lost ambulance ship.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by John Cleal

Gathering Prey

Lucas Davenport gets a call for help via his daughter Letty from a traveller whose friend has gone missing. What he uncovers takes him on a wild ride across northern central USA.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

Mercy Killing

The murder of a sex offender could be seen as a mercy killing, but the East Rise police must put their sentiments behind them and treat this like any other crime.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Then She Was Gone

When DI Murphy and DS Rossi arrive at the scene of a brutal murder, they have no idea the slaying is connected to the disappearance of a baby girl a year before.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Amber Shadows

Honey Deschamps works at Britain’s wartime top secret intercept and decoding centre. Somebody starts to send her parcels of amber, apparently from a looted Russian palace. Who is responsible, and in a place where everyone keeps secrets, who can she trust?

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal

The Lost Swimmer

Rebecca Wilding, an Aussie archaeology professor, is accused of fraud. And then her husband goes missing …

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Detective and the Devil

Constable Charles Horton of the River Police investigates the brutal killing of a clerk and his family in London’s East End and is drawn into the secretive world of the East India Company and a confrontation on a lonely South Atlantic island with a killer who seems to be the very Devil.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Chosen

The terrifying Paper Boy arrives at night, carefully chooses his victims, mostly children, and disappears. Later the mutilated bodies are found with paper bags on their heads. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht have to stop him from claiming more lives.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Ewa Sherman

In Place of Death

When an urban explorer finds a murdered man deep beneath the streets of Glasgow, crime scene photographer Tony Winter’s past seem determined to come back to haunt him.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Spy Out The Land

Double agent Paul Dark hides his own past, but when his family is kidnapped, he discovers his wife has also been living a double life – and one which may hold the key to the future of war-torn Rhodesia.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

The Dynamite Room

In 1940, an 11-year old girl returns to her home on the Suffolk coast to find the area deserted, and is alarmed when a German soldier arrives, who seems to know all about her.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Deadliest Sin

In the Murderers’ tribute to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a group of pilgrims on their way to Walsingham tell their stories of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by John Cleal

A Study in Murder

Major John Watson is a prisoner of the Germans. A former adversary of Sherlockj Holmes, seeking revenge, vows to make him suffer and Watson is sent to a vicious PoW camp in the Hartz mountains. There he uncovers a murderous racket among the prisoners and puts his own life, as well as that of Holmes at risk.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by John Cleal

Devastation Road

A man awakens bereft of memory, and wanders across a Germany devastated by conflict in the company of two others, both also struggling with the upheavals of wartime.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

I Am Death

Seven days after Nicole Wilson goes missing, her body is found in a field outside LA International Airport. She has been tortured and her body posed. A posed corpse means a ritual, which gives Detective Robert Hunter limited time until the killer does it again.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Madeleine Marsh

The Farm

Daniel hears from his father that his mother has become prey to fantasies, has escaped from an asylum and is on her way to see him.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

One Kick

Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan was abducted at the age of five and for six years starred in child pornography movies. Now, ten years after her rescue, she is presented with the opportunity to fight back against the abusers.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sylvia Wilson


A plane bound for New York from Stockholm is hijacked on its way across the Atlantic. Unless Sweden and the USA accede to the terrorist’s demands, the plane will be blown up.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

Savage Magic

Constable Charles Horton and magistrate Aaron Graham must solve a string of horrific murders of depraved aristocrats in 19th century London.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by John Cleal

A Trick of the Mind

Ellie is convinced she’s been responsible for a hit and run accident and is determined to make amends, but her decision to become involved with the victim has far-reaching consequences.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

Inside Enemy

Charles Thoroughgood, the newly-appointed head of a revamped MI6, is presented almost immediately with the problem of cyber attacks on the UK.  At the same time one of his field agents is murdered and a former colleague who turned traitor escapes from prison.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Dead Can Wait

Dr John Watson is back from the trenches, trying to help soldiers affected by shellshock. With Holmes unavailable, he is tasked with solving the mysterious deaths of seven men at a secret establishment where a new weapon which could shorten the war is being developed, but must battle Army indifference as much as German agents.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal

A Bright Moon For Fools

Harry Christmas has flown to Venezuela to shake off his crazed stepson whose mother he has relieved of £26,000, but finds escape elusive.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

The False Virgin

A young Saxon aristocrat is found murdered in the chapel where she kept a nightly vigil. The killing is attributed to Norse raiders and the butterflies found on her body to divine recognition of her martyrdom.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal


A fearless reporter, Tatiana Petrovna, is found dead, apparently having committed suicide by throwing herself from the sixth floor of an apartment block. At about the same time a billionaire Mafia chief is shot dead. As Senior Investigator, Arkady Renko, looks into the first case, he comes to believe that it is in some way connected with the second.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Arnold Taylor


Senior investigator Arkady Renko, investigating the execution of a Moscow mob boss, finds a connection to the apparent suicide of a female investigative reporter.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by John Cleal

Pale Horse Riding

Police financial detective August Schlegel and his partner, the enigmatic SS officer Morgen, are assigned to investigate corruption at a Nazi death camp and are plunged into a hell of treachery, debauchery and murder.

Reviewed on 00 invalid 0000 by John Cleal