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Killing With Confetti

When the son of the county’s Deputy Chief Constable marries the daughter of a gang boss, Superintendent Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, is assigned to make sure no criminal rivals can threaten the life of the bride’s father

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

Guilty Not Guilty

Bill Russell is devastated when told that his wife has been murdered, and things get worse when the police make him their main suspect. Bill is sure his brother-in-law is the culprit, but is there enough evidence to get a conviction in court?

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Preservation

When in 1797 a vessel is shipwrecked on an island in what became known as Bass Strait, a small group make their way to Sydney, but the few who arrive have different tales about the journey.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

In Her Eyes

It isn’t the first time June’s life has hung in the balance. But this time it’s not cancer killing her. It’s a bullet.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

My Secret Lies With You

Cait is determined not to enjoy the holiday her mother has arranged. But a meeting with boy-next-door Marko changes things, and Cait starts to think North Wales might not be quite as dull as she expected. There’s also the mysterious disappearance of a local girl to add spice to the holiday.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Murder in the Mill-Race

When the warden of a children’s home is killed, local police can make no headway in an isolated and self-contained village. Scotland Yard is called in and Chief Inspector Macdonald sent to take over the case.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

More Rivals of Sherlock Homes

Fifteen of the rivals of the great Sherlock Holmes – police officers, PIs and eccentric criminologists – who all had their day in the sun in the popular magazines around the turn of the century.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

Cage

In Iceland Agla’s prison sentence for financial crimes is coming to an end while her former nemesis Maria gets drawn into helping her to pull another international money fraud.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Barnbrook

The Room of the Dead

Inspector Betty Church finds wartime life in her sleepy hometown of Sackwater hard to bear until a bombing raid and the discovery of a body on the beach put her on the trail of a killer.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

Deadly Dance

A killer has preyed on a 14-year-old girl in Bristol. At first it seems an easy case for DI David Vogel and his team, but then doubts creep in.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

A Shadow on the Lens

Forensic photographer and investigator Thomas Bexley probes the horrifying murder of a teenage girl in an isolated South Wales village and plunges into a world of claustrophobic suspicion, mass murder and the supernatural.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

The Benefit of Hindsight

The Lafferton Police Force is just about coping with a series of ruthless and meticulously planned robberies. But a possible error of judgement puts Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailller's reputation on the line.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Night Fire

When a cold case lands in Harry Bosch’s lap, he needs the help of night shift detective Renée Ballard again as the two look into an unsolved murder from 20 years ago.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Liberation Square

Imagine that D-Day had gone the other way, with the Germans victorious, instead of the Allies. In the highly charged political climate that follows, a woman sets out to clear the name of her husband, who’s been arrested on a murder charge.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Arnold Taylor

Once a Liar

New York lawyer Peter Caine has built a successful career defending some very nasty people but finds himself as a suspect when his ex-mistress is murdered.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

When the Dead Come Calling

The murder of a psychotherapist sends a northern village into shock and piles the pressure on resident DI Georgie Strachan.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

Maigret and the Killer

A young man with a particular interest in recording the voices of strangers is stabbed and killed in the street during an early spring downpour. The hobby initially proves to be a distraction for Maigret.
 

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Promise

The Promise is one that they have kept for more than 30 years, but Beth and her friends know it is about to be unburied. And they all have too much to lose.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Holiday

The villa in the south of France is idyllic, but the messages that Kate finds on her husband’s phone portend a lurking danger.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Salt Lane

DS Alexandra Cupidi is about to learn that the Kentish Fens offer more than quiet and seclusion after the tumultuous Met. They are the almost perfect hiding place for bodies. 

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor