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Young Bond: Red Nemesis

James Bond receives a mysterious package from beyond the grave and has to work out the meaning of the cryptic notes left by his father.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Linda Wilson

Ashes To Ashes

A killer has a caravan kitted out as a torture chamber, and he has moved to Bradburn, home of DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenberg. In the same town, there is another monstrous killer who, armed with a flame thrower, is burning his victims to death

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Barnbrook

Falling Creatures

Country girl Shilly finds love with the strangely gifted Charlotte Dymond on an isolated Cornish farm. When Charlotte is murdered she sets out to find the truth.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

The Silk Stocking Murders

A vicar’s daughter goes missing and Roger Sheringham, a crime writer and amateur sleuth, is asked to investigate. This simple case leads to a chase to stop a serial killer from striking again.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Anthea Hawdon

Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine

The early modern era saw a grisly trade in the body parts of convicted criminals and their means of execution and its uses in popular medicine.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Linda Wilson

Red Earth

A South African woman is carjacked. Police are dealing with the assassination of the American ambassador by a suicide bomber and cannot respond, so helicopter pilot Nia Carras and wildlife researcher Mike Dunn are called in to pursue the vehicle.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

Cold Blood

When his former CO calls in a favour, Nick Stone ends up on a walking trip to the North Pole.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Linda Wilson

Digging in the Dark

A history of the Yorkshire resurrectionists: body snatchers who robbed graves and sold the cadavers to medical schools for research.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Kim Fleet

Ghost Month

When Jing-nan hears that his high school sweetheart has been murdered, he is determined to get an explanation, especially when he gets warned off.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Spy's Daughter

Pearl is an American teenager with a genius-level grasp of developments in artificial intelligence, only recently awakened to her Chinese parents’ plans for her future.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

Six Stories

In 1996 teenager Tom Jeffries vanished from an Outward Bound centre. His body was found a year later. In 2017 in a series of podcasts investigative journalist Scott King attempts to discover what really happened.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Fever

In a world where the majority of the population has been destroyed by a pandemic, an altruistic academic sets out to build a society free from the pressures of South Africa’s past.


Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

Ghost Month

When Jing-nan hears that his high school sweetheart has been murdered, he is determined to get an explanation, especially when he gets warned off.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

Unforgivable

Terrorists hit a multicultural event in Cardiff and follow up with more bombings. With police resources stretched, DC Will MacReady is unhappy to be assigned to investigate the murder of a girl, but soon realises there is a link between the events.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

The Escape

‘Keep an eye on your daughter.’ These are six words of advice to Jo Blackmore – or a threat. She must save her daughter and plan their escape.

Reviewed on 09 October 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Forever and a Death

Millionaire businessman Richard Curtis, who was forced to leave Hong Kong when the Chinese took over, plans a terrible revenge.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

City of Light, City of Poison

Nicholas de la Reynie, the first police chief of Paris, is given the job of cleaning up the streets of Paris and ridding it and its courts of poisoners and black magic.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Linda Wilson

Two Lost Boys

Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy is on death row for the rape and murder of two women. Janet Moodie is preparing a case to convince the courts that he doesn’t deserve to die.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

A True and Faithful Brother

A wealthy philanthropist disappears from a locked Masonic hall. Lady Detective Frances Doughty is drawn into a case that involves her own family and puts her life at risk.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

Woman of State

It is 1991 and the Troubles are still ongoing in Northern Ireland. Maire Anne McCartney, an 18-year-old girl, is asked by her IRA boyfriend to help with the honey trap of a British Special Branch man.  She agrees to do so when he promises that there will be no violence – a promise that is not kept.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Give Me The Child

An unexpected night-time visitor and a bag of lies is about to destroy Cat Lupo’s family.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor