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Stasi 77

Major Karin Muller of the Volkspolizei is called back from leave to investigate a murder in a state cotton mill, but soon finds that the Stasi have an interest and are determined to block her progress in the case.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Black Wolf

It is only chance that a body left by the roadside outside St Petersburg in early January is discovered before the snow buries it for the rest of the winter. Captain Natalya Ivanova is assigned the case.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Teahouse Detective

A collection of short stories, each with a puzzle to solve.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

Shadow

Marc Dane and his partner, ex-Delta Force sniper Lucy Keyes, must thwart a plot by an international group to use extremist right wingers to unleash a lethal virus in a major European city.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

The Haven

When 13-year-old Ollie Turner’s guardian is murdered, he’s taken in by a group of kids living a separate life under the streets of London and has to fight to prevent chaos and destruction being brought to the city’s streets.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Linda Wilson

Strange Tombs

There's a mystery and suspense residential creative writing week at Ratchette Hall. It's at Halloween, so what could possibly go wrong? Well, murder for a start.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Blood Will Have Blood

A brutal murder occurs at the school where DI Markham's girlfriend works. In spite of criticism from his Chief Inspector, Markham insists on carrying out an investigation into the school staff.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Robert B Parker's Old Black Magic

Boston PI Spenser is called in to investigate a theft, 20 years ago, from an art museum in the city and is soon plunged into the at times murky world of high-end art.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Linda Wilson

A Gift For Dying

A serial killer is prowling Chicago city, and teenager Kassie knows where he will strike next.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

She Lies In Wait

The discovery of a body brings together the victim’s schoolfriends 30 years after her death and old secrets start to be uncovered.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

Lost Creed

A child trafficking bust sets K9 handler Ryder Creed on a search for his missing sister.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

The Broken Token

When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former housemaid murdered in a particularly sickening manner, his professional and personal lives move perilously close to each other.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Fiona Spence

The Divinities

Detective Sergeant Cal Drake gets an opportunity to restore his tarnished reputation with the help of forensic psychologist Dr Ray Crane.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Once a Pilgrim

Former SAS hard man John Carr is now working in private security, his army days behind him, or so he thinks, but some wars never entirely end, as events early in Carr’s military career come back to haunt him and his former comrades.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Middle Temple Murder

An unidentified elderly man is found bludgeoned to death in London’s Middle Temple. The police believe it was simple robbery, but journalist Frank Spargo, who stumbles on the death scene, joins forces with a Scotland Yard detective and a young barrister.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

Malice in Malmo

Inspector Anita Sundström of the Skåne County Police is under pressure. She has to deal with evidence-less cases of kidnapped businessmen and a murder of an infamous journalist. Her boss is in hospital, replaced by Anita’s nemesis, and her long-distance boyfriend is suddenly too close.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Stone Cold Heart

When a young woman is found dead not long after a party, there’s not exactly a shortage of possible suspects for DS Cat Kinsella to wade through.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Linda Wilson

Deadland

Two youngsters steal a phone – whose owner is willing to kill to recover it. DS Alex Cupidi, tasked with solving the mystery of a decomposing arm in an art gallery exhibition, uncovers a link between the crimes.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

Perfect Crime

It seems that there is a serial killer at work in Edinburgh who is specifically targeting people who have attempted suicide and murdering them with sophisticated cruelty. 

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Barnbrook

Smallbone Deceased

The London legal firm of Horniman, Birley and Craine suffers a blow to its reputation when a client is found dead in an office deed box.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Stasi 77

Major Karin Muller of the Volkspolizei is called back from leave to investigate a murder in a state cotton mill, but soon finds that the Stasi have an interest and are determined to block her progress in the case.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Chris Roberts