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Your Still Beating Heart

After the death of her husband, Eira Vaughn is adrift. But her life is given new meaning as a result of a chance encounter in Prague.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Chris Roberts

The Stitcher and the Mute

In the United Realms there are no elections, instead each year the leading group is chosen by picking which of them tells the most compelling story. As the election proceeds, Detective Cora Gorderheim becomes more embroiled in solving the crime and also resolving personal issues.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Barnbrook

The Kingdom

In an enclosed and remote Norwegian mountain community the rules of good and evil are played out in a manner more reminiscent of the Wild West. It's a place where family means everything and guilty secrets are buried deep …

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Girl From Widow Hills

Arden left the story that defined Widow Hills, even though she was the story. She even left her name. But two decades later, her past is shadowing her, and her life is in danger once again.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Bitter Wash Road

Constable Paul Hirschhausen has committed the heinous crime of whistleblowing on corrupt colleagues, and as a reward is posted to a rural backwater where life is a challenge.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Chris Roberts

The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns

A 140-year-old cold case investigation into a true crime of passion – the murder of bon viveur and conman Harry Larkyns by one of the fathers on modern cinema.  

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

A Matter of Murder

Drop-out Miff Ferguson disturbs a killer disposing of his victim and is forced to flee to escape the man who now wants to dispose of the only witness to the crime. When a second member of the dead girl’s family is found in a blazing van Detective Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter must try to solve the mystery.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

Watching From the Dark

When Aidan Poole logs onto Skype to talk to his girlfriend, he gets a nasty shock. Someone is in the flat with her, but she doesn’t seem to know it. And she’s in danger.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

Peaky Blinders: The Legacy

The TV series Peaky Blinders turned the fashionably dressed, charismatic, but deeply flawed Shelby family into cult anti-heroes. Now read the sordid facts behind their criminal legacy.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

The Pottery Cottage Murders

A police manhunt across the snowbound moors. Just one survivor. This is the first definitive account of the horrifying 1977 Pottery Cottage murders that shocked the nation.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

The Familiar Dark

Junie and her best friend are dead. And Eve will make sure their killer pays.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Kill a Stranger

Matt comes home from a night out with friends to find his girlfriend missing and a dead woman’s body in their bed. The nightmare gets worse when he’s told that Kate will die if he involves the police. To get Kate back, Matt has to do the unthinkable. He has to kill a stranger.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

Are You Watching?

Jess is out to catch a killer. The only problem is that the killer might catch her first.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

The System

The discovery of a gun used in a shooting leads to the prosecution of two young men, one guilty and the other innocent. The case will change the lives of several people.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Chris Roberts

Fear for Miss Betony

Former governess Emma Betony is asked to sort out a series of strange happenings at a friend’s struggling girls’ school.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

For the Dead

Thirty years ago, teenager Paul was found drowned in a lake, and his best friend Francesca vanished from home. His death was considered a suicide. Francesca was never found. When journalist Johan Ro writes about the cold case, DI Charlie Lager gets pulled into the story.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Ewa Sherman

Sister

Frank Frølich works as a private detective after being suspended from duty with Oslo Police. He takes on an assignment to find the missing sister of a young immigrant woman who is just about to be deported to her home country. He also gets involved in searching for an eyewitness from a ferry disaster 30 years ago.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Ewa Sherman

Backlash

Bev Saunders wants to be private investigator and has started to take on cases. She sets out to go undercover as a cleaner for a colourful local man of doubtful reputation

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

Gillard's Sting

Ex-military and spook Patrick Gillard and his wife Ingrid Langley are pulled back into the action as they try to track down a missing top cop.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Sharon Wheeler

A Long Way Off

Marc dreams of freedom and abandons his quiet life for a trip with his daughter Anne, but things move in a rather unexpected direction.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Chris Roberts