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Close to the Edge

When Laurie Bateman sees a man fall to his death in front of a tube train, she has a need to make sense of what happens. The police seem convinced it was suicide, but Laurie is certain that’s not the case, and she becomes determined to carry out her own investigations.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Linda Wilson

A Private Business

Lee Arnold and his assistant Mumtaz Hakim are hired by former stand-up comedian Maria Peters who wants to know why she’s being targeted by someone determined to make her question her own sanity.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Linda Wilson

Kick the Moon

Ilyas Mian wants to draw comic book heroes rather than work in his dad’s shop but until he meets Kelly Mathews, Ilyas keeps his ambition to himself. Kelly understands him like no one else, but unfortunately, she’s attracted to Ilyas’ friend Imran, and doesn’t listen to the warnings she’s given about him.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Linda Wilson

Bertie: The Complete Prince of Wales Mysteries

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, is a pleasure seeker, searching out the best meals, the most beautiful women, and the most lavish parties. He also fancies himself as an amateur detective and relates his ventures into crime.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

The Stranger Diaries

Clare, a teacher at Tolgarth High, is discussing a short story called The Stranger with members of a creative writing group. The story is a Gothic horror but Clare has no reason to believe that the school is about to undergo its own horror story.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Murder in the Crooked House

In a strange house built at the isolated northern tip of Japan, guests who’ve gathered for New Year start dying. Renowned detective Kiyosi Mitarai is called in to find out why.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

An Elderley Lady is Up to No Good

Maud is nearly 90 years old and lives rent-free in a spacious apartment in Gothenburg. She might be old and seemingly confused but will not allow anyone to upset her peace and quiet.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Lives Laid Away

Detroit ex-cop August Snow is unimpressed by government action to combat the sexual exploitation and traffic of girls and so takes matters into his own hands.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit

Intrepid Deputy Sheriff Constance Kopp’s help for a woman inmate in a mental home sees her targeted as a political football in a key election.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

99 Ways to Die

Chan Jing-nan becomes involved when his friend Peggy’s father is kidnapped and threatened with death if he doesn’t hand over a new computer chip.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Ghosts of the Past

A well-respected Florence citizen is found murdered in his study.  Apart from a fencing foil stuck between his ribs, there are no clues, no fingerprints, nothing except for a beautiful ring found close to the body.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Sylvia Maughan


In a quintessential English village primal forces are stirring, incited by a charming, naive and unusual boy.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Barnbrook


The Crenshaw Six are a minnow amongst the gangs of South Central LA, and war between rival drug cartels provides both an opportunity and a threat. Luckily, they have a smart leader.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Dead Man's Daughter

When DI Meg Dalton finds a child in a bloodstained nightdress in woods and the child’s father dead in the house with a cut throat, she doesn’t want to believe the young girl is guilty of murder, but all the evidence seems to point to her.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Linda Wilson

To the Lions

Reporter Casey Benedict eavesdrops a conversation in a London club and investigates the apparent suicide of a wealthy young man. Her hunt leads her from St Tropez to the Middle Eastern deserts – and the darkest corners of the human mind.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

The American Agent

Investigator Maisie Dobbs is approached by the British and US governments to help solve the murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

The Magick of Master Lilly

Master 17th century astrologer and magician William Lilly narrates the story of an England broken by religious and political intolerance as it plunges towards civil war.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

The Secretary

Christine Butcher is the perfect secretary until the CEO’s daughter Mina forces her to become the perfect enemy.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Gentleman Jack

DC Ricky Macfadyen rescues an agricultural businessman who is being beaten up in the street but who refuses to press charges.  When DI Tim Yates and Macfadyen visit his site they see a quad that might have been stolen, but the investigation soon takes second place when the headless body of a woman is found in a canal.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones & Other Victorian Scandals

A collection of shocking, murderous and bizarre true Victorian tales from the UK and the US.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Kim Fleet