Latest Reviews in this Edition

Leave No Trace

The reappearance of Lucas Blackthorn, who has been missing for ten years, could be the death of speech therapist Maya Stark.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Slay

By day, 17-year-old Keira Johnson is one of only three black students at Jefferson Academy. By night, Keira is Emerald, queen of the universe she has created in the online multi-play game SLAY. When a boy is killed in a dispute originating in the game, Keira must fight to preserve the world she has created from those who want to see it taken down.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Lantern Men

Dr Ruth Galloway has a new job and a new life in Cambridge. But a murderer’s confession drags her back to north Norfolk to work again with DCI Harry Nelson, the father of her young daughter.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Sharon Wheeler

A Grave for Two

High-flying lawyer Selma Falck has lost everything because of her former client Jan Morell, and her own recklessness. Now Morell wants her to clear the name of his daughter Hege, an elite cross-country skier accused of doping. Selma has no choice but to search for the truth.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Ewa Sherman

The Measure of Malice

A collection of 14 short stories illustrating how crime fiction reflected – and in some cases predicted – the use of science in crime detection.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

The Boy in the Headlights

Detectives Holger Munch and Mia Krüger are in search of a serial killer who targets random ordinary people. The pair struggle to predicts his next move but must deal with their own demons to stop the murders.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Ewa Sherman

Firewatching

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 Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Maud West ran a detective agency for more than 30 years. Her exploits grabbed headlines, but did she tell the truth?

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

Under Occupation

Spying and subterfuge in occupied Paris inspired by the true story of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled intelligence to Britain through the French resistance.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

Wild Harbour

Pacifist couple Terry and Hugh flee to the Grampian wilderness to avoid Hugh being called up for a war with which they do not agree. 

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

A Death in the Medina

During a hot Ramadan in Marrakech, the body of a Moroccan girl is found dead, dumped in a handcart. Despite distractions, local detective Belkacem persists with an investigation.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Nowhere Child

The stranger is just about to rewrite history – Kim’s history. And her entire life.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Silent War

Bente Jensen, head of Swedish Intelligence in Brussels, is passed information by a whistle-blower from the local MI6 office. The threat of serious embarrassment generates a determined effort at retrieval.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Chris Roberts

Say You're Sorry

Daisy, a young woman, is attacked in the street, but fights the attacker off. Others are not so lucky.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Galway Girl

Former cop-turned-PI Jack Taylor is pitted against a trio of young assassins who all have reasons to hate him and who are targeting Gardai as a means to destroy him.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

Come a Little Closer

Is Anton a callous murderer or was he wrongly convicted? And is his friendship with his young neighbour Leah genuine or something altogether more sinister?

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Viv Beeby

Heaven My Home

Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is sent to Caddo Lake where a nine-year-old boy is missing, the son of an imprisoned white supremacist.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Chris Roberts

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

Bury Them Deep

DCI Tony McLean must cope with a missing member of staff, a multi-agency operation with a silly name and bodies galore.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Linda Wilson

Black Summer

When a supposedly dead woman turns up at a police station, an old case comes back to haunt Washington Poe.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Linda Wilson