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Sea of Bones

The coroner’s report states suicide, but Juliet MacGillivray cannot believe her niece would have taken her own life.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Trolls

When a huge wolf escapes his captors and a dangerous cult leader escapes the psychiatric facility it can only mean that a young woman, Susso, might be in danger again. Years ago she killed a troll and since then her life has been traumatic.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Ewa Sherman

The Bitterroots

Private investigator Cassie Dewell is asked to check the evidence against a man accused of rape. She’s initially unsympathetic, but is surprised at what she uncovers.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Not Saying Goodbye

Detective Erast Fandorin wakes after three years in a coma in a world he barely recognises – Russia in the throes of revolution.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Our Little Secrets

The ambitious and hard-bitten DI Janet Hadden seeks help from a gang boss to boost her own career. But in a fast-changing underworld there’s always a price to pay.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

The Other People

Gabe cannot believe his daughter is dead. But his search for her is driving him ever closer to a death-trap of revenge.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Westwind

Satellite surveillance monitor Martin Hepton is baffled when its pictures from space fail for a crucial period. Days later an American shuttle crashes, killing its crew bar the lone British astronaut. Martin’s attempts to discover what went wrong plunge him into a deadly international conspiracy.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

An Unwanted Guest

Gwen Delaney may live to regret booking herself and her friend into the hotel – if she stays alive.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead

Edgar Allan Poe travels to Paris to help his friend, the detective Chevalier C Auguste Dupin, hunt down the criminal who brought his family to death and ruin. Their search takes them into the Empire of the Dead, the tunnels of the necropolis which run beneath the city.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

Ungentlemanly Warfare

Lone wolf Captain Harry Walsh is parachuted into occupied France by the SOE to kill a German scientist and delay development of a rocket plane that could change the face of aerial warfare.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

The Haven: Revolution

Pupils are going missing from an elite boarding school. Ollie Turner knows it’s a job for the kids of the underground community, the Haven, and that’s even before he knows quite how personal the connection is.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

One Good Deed

Aloysius Archer is discharged from prison in 1949 to the southern US town of Poca. He is offered work by a local businessman, collecting on a debt, but the job turns out to have complications.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Absolution

Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freya are working together again. Their own relationship goes through various stages as they investigate vicious murders in Reykjavik, being announced by a killer via a mobile phone Snapchat app.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Ewa Sherman

Death in the East

Captain Sam Wyndham is in the hills of Assam taking a cure for his opium addiction, when events bring to mind his experiences as a young constable in London in 1905, 17 years before.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Die Alone

Disgraced copper Ray Mason didn’t ask to be broken out of prison. The people responsible want someone dead and they’ve decided that Mason is best placed to make that happen. The only problem is that the target is a candidate for the top job in British politics.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Too Close

The staff in the psychiatric hospital where Connie is incarcerated say she committed a terrible crime. She says she can’t remember a thing.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

I Could Be You

When Dee Doran comes across the victim of an apparent hit-and-run driver, she is horrified to find an empty child’s buggy nearby, with the woman’s child missing.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret in Vichy

Maigret is ordered to take the waters in the spa town of Vichy, but his rest cure is disturbed when a woman is murdered.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Now You See Them

Brighton 1963 and a schoolgirl has gone missing from exclusive private school Roedean. It looks like she's a runaway but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearances of a young local nurse and a teenage Modette.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Runner

Sally Page runs for a hobby, and as her job for MI5 is only at the very bottom of the tree, nowhere near the front line, she never expected to have to run for her life. But when she comes back from a coffee run to find several of her colleagues dead, that’s exactly when she has to do.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Linda Wilson