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In Strangers' Houses

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Bouncer

Joe Brody is a strip club bouncer with a Harvard education and a military career about which no records exist. Against her best instincts, FBI agent Donna Zamora finds him very attractive.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Chris Roberts

Dark Sacred Night

Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to reopen a cold case in the hope of finally bringing the killer of a teenage runaway to justice.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

Head Hunters

Danny Black has been sent to Afghanistan on a mission to hunt and kill the Taliban, but soon finds that he’s the one being hunted – for a war crime he didn’t commit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

Beau Death

The demolition of a terraced cottage lands Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond with the coldest of cold cases when a skeleton in 18th century clothes is exposed.

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

Cold Breath

Officer Gunnhildur Gísladóttir’s new task is to protect an enigmatic guest of the Iceland’s controversial Minister of Justice. Ali Osman is either a saviour of war zones’ refugees, or a manipulative arms dealer.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Home Grown Hero

Javid Qasim helped to foil a terrorist attack but neither MI5, who compelled his assistance, nor the terrorists, are prepared to leave him alone.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Chris Roberts

Battle Sight Zero

Muslim extremists plan to smuggle assault rifles into Britain for a series of deadly attacks.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by John Cleal

The Ash Doll

Lawyer Charlie Priest has a high-profile case which he looks like losing when his star witness fails to show in court, and subsequently turns up dead.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Chris Roberts

Bright Young Dead

A treasure hunt at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford ends in tragedy when a guest falls to his death from a church tower. The police identify a maid as the killer, but Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls, sets out to clear her.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by John Cleal

Three Little Lies

Her best friend has gone missing, but Ellen is the only person taking her disappearance seriously.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

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 City of Lies

Garda Special Branch Inspector Stefan Gillespie, investigating the IRA murder of a Garda, a pitched battle between racecourse gangs and the partly burnt bodies of a family of five, is called off for a sensitive mission to Berlin, but soon discovers all the incidents are connected and that his own life is in danger.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by John Cleal

The Lizard Strategy

An old man with dementia goes missing, a telephone ringtone can be heard from a lonely river valley and the council is in chaos. Commissario Soneri has to make sense of all these events.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

The Gravediggers' Bread

A man finds a wallet belonging to an attractive blonde woman who had made a telephone call from a kiosk shortly before he did. It contains her photograph and 8,000 francs, and he decides to look for her in order to return the wallet.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Fall Down Dead

When a woman falls to her death in the fog on the bleak moorland of Kinder Scout, DI Ben Cooper is faced with the age-old question – did she fall or was she pushed?

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

Rosie Loves Jack

Rosie loves Jack, but her father wants to keep them apart, especially when Jack is sent away to a special home in Brighton. But Rosie isn’t prepared to give up on her boyfriend, even when he stops contacting her.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Linda Wilson

Paris in the Dark

An American journalist is in Paris when a bomb goes off and sets out to find the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Aladdin Trial

A woman hospitalised for a minor operation is found dead after a fall from the 11th floor. An immigrant cleaner is accused, and defended by Burton and Lamb.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Chris Roberts