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Call the Next Case

Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court Charlie Walden introduces another selection of cases coming under his purview, together with more of the administrative complexities which complicate his life.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Closer I Get

Tom never realised a moment’s politeness at one of his book signings would take him to the edge of hell.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Keep Her Close

DS Josie Masters is on her way to see her mother in an Oxford care home when her phone rings and she is told to go immediately to Oriel College where a girl student appears to have gone missing. It soon becomes clear that she is not the only one.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Wren Hunt

Wren Silke is sent undercover to the sinister Harness Foundation in an attempt to uncover its dangerous secrets.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Fatherland Files

When a drowned man is found in a freight elevator in a Berlin pleasure palace, Inspector Gereon Rath faces a case which leads him into confrontation with the rising Nazi party.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

The Turn of the Key

Rowan lands what seems to be her ideal job, a role as live-in nanny with a family in a remote village in Scotland, paying a generous salary, bonus and with all living expenses covered. But what should have been a dream turns into a nightmare.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

The Puppet Show

A serial killer is torturing men and then burning them alive, leaving their bodies in stone circles in and around the Lake District. Disgraced copper Washington Poe teams up with the brilliant but socially inept civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw in the hunt for the killer.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Linda Wilson

Night

Detectives Kirsten Nigaard from Norway and Martin Servaz from France join forces in search of a notorious cunning serial killer on the run. All clues point to Martin’s earlier personal painful history with the murderer, but this time the life of a five-year-old boy is also at stake.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Savages 2: The Spectre

France’s first Arab president is shot on election night. As he lies between life and death, riots explode, terrorist attack threatens and political factions battle for power. Caught in the middle is a third-generation French family whose roots are in the Kabyle region of Algeria.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

A Version of the Truth

Joanne’s life will go into freefall the moment her son opens the file on his iPad.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Lady in the Lake

Maddie Swartz, a respectable housewife, decides she needs a change, so she goes to live on her own and tries to get a job in a newsroom. A young girl is murdered and Maddie finds the body. This is just the start of Maddie’s troubles. 

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Where the Truth Lies

An empty grave. An old murder. DI Tom Ridpath must find his way through new tasks and old loyalties to find the truth about a serial killer stalking the streets of Manchester.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Whiskey When We're Dry

Seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney, orphaned and alone, is desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbours, so cuts her hair, binds her chest flat and rides to find outlaw older brother Noah and bring him home

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

The Corporation

The non-fiction story of exiled Cubans who contested Castro’s leadership from the USA, and of one who built a lottery-based organisation which moved into money-laundering, drug trafficking and murder.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

Diary of a Dead Man on Leave

As war looms, a Soviet undercover agent faces a crisis of belief when he becomes involved with the German family he lodges with.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

Call Him Mine

When journalist Andrew and his photographer boyfriend Carlos come across a body in the street, Carlos pushes for answers and pays a terrible price. Andrew is determined to identify those responsible and exact some sort of retribution.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

His Dark Sun

The year is 2022 and the world is sweltering in the grip of a permanent heatwave. Nineteen-year-old Luke Spargo knows that he’s the only one who understands and can halt the inevitable. But Luke’s methods won’t meet with universal approval.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Linda Wilson

The Ringmaster

Detective Sam Shephard fights unfair criticism from her boss as the Dunedin police tackle the murder of a student in the Botanic Garden.
 

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

Death at the Plague Museum

Mona and Bernard are called in after a secret meeting in Edinburgh, where two of the four attendees are dead and a third is missing.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Take It Back

Former barrister Zara Khaleel is branded a traitor to her religion when she starts working with a white teenage girl who accuses four seemingly well brought up Muslim boys of rape.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Linda Wilson