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The Body in the Dumb River

The body of Jim Lane is found in a Cambridgeshire river with a knife wound in his back. Scotland Yard Superintendent Tom Littlejohn, in the area on another case, is asked to assist by local police and quickly discovers popular showman Lane is not who he seems to be.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

Find Them Dead

A seemingly pillar of the community solicitor is up in court on a drug-dealing charge, but he will stop at nothing to ensure he’s found not guilty

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Sharon Wheeler

Killing Floor

Jack Reacher gets off a long-distance bus near to the small town of Margrave. His subsequent arrest is the beginning of a mystery that he needs to solve. Exactly who can he believe?

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Sylvia Maughan


DC Jack Warr discovers the truth of his own birth through links between a charred body in a burnt Victorian cottage and a series of major historical crimes.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

This is Gomorrah

Azi Bello spends his life in a shed with his computers, so a real-life plea for help is unexpected and calls for skills in unfamiliar areas.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

Shed No Tears

When an old murder case is reopened, Cat Kinsella soon develops doubts about the key witness, but when she delves into the past, she’s unprepared for the hornets’ nest she’s just stirred up.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Cut to the Bone

Unlikely social media personality Violet Armstrong, famed for barbecuing in a bikini to extol the virtues of eating meat, has disappeared, and feelings are running high amongst a group of animal activists. DI Meg Dalton has the unenviable job of investigating the local abattoir where the missing woman worked.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Power Game

Ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Llewelyn Monsarrat and his fiery Irish housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney are sent to the penal colony of Maria Island to investigate the killing of the local boatman and blackmailer – and are offered a politically convenient suspect.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

Just Watch Me

Master thief Riley Wolfe has his sights set on a prize beyond price, the centrepiece of the Iranian crown jewels, but FBI agent Frank Delgado is determined to stop him.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Dark Blue Rising

When an unexpected accident brings Tabby to the attention of the authorities for the first time in her life, she loses everything she’s ever known and has to face the unwanted truth that her whole life has been built on a lie.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Time For the Dead

Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod takes a much-needed break on Skye, but soon finds herself caught up in an unexpected investigation.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Man at the Window

Detective Sergeant Cardilini is assigned the case when a schoolteacher is killed by a bullet. Everyone but Cardilini is sure that the shooting was an accident.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Perfect Wife

When Abbie Cullen disappears from her Californian beach house and is never seen again, her husband Tim is cleared of any involvement. But when, five years later, he brings her back to life in robotic form the old doubts soon resurface.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Viv Beeby

Forget My Name

She has no name, no memory, just a train ticket to a Wiltshire village and a need to go home.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Scorched Earth

A body, possibly connected to a killing for which a man is already in prison for his brother’s murder, is found in a churchyard. DCI Maarten Jansen, head of St Albans CID, sets out to solve the mystery – and so does the imprisoned man’s girlfriend.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

Cemetery Road

Journalist Marshall McEwan returns to Bienville, Mississippi, where he fights local corruption while revisiting the scenes of his youth which impelled him to move away.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

Deep As Death

Detective Hella Mauzer, fired from the police and trying to survive as a private investigator, searches for a serial killer who might have been responsible for several deaths, including those of local prostitutes.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Ewa Sherman

Grave's End

When an unidentified naked body is found in a freezer, the case is handed to DS Alexandra Cupidi. Then a second body turns up and the case gets even more complicated.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

Trouble Is What I Do

New-York-based PI Leonid McGill accepts a job delivering a document to a woman establishing her black ancestry, something her corrupt father is unwilling to accept.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

Machines Like Me

Charlie spends his large inheritance on Adam, a newly developed synthetic human, one of only 25 made. Adam integrates himself into the life of Charlie and his new girlfriend Miranda. But Miranda has secrets and Adam is limitlessly curious and well-equipped to solve problems.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Barnbrook