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Death Makes a Prophet

The cult of Coo, a quasi-Egyptian religion, is riven by jealousies, greed and ambition which lead to murder.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

The Deaths of December

When an advent calendar arrives at the police station, it’s the beginning of a murderous lead-up to Christmas.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Last Best Friend

Literary dealer Ned Balfour gets a telegram from his friend Sammy Weiss imploring for help with a terrible decision. The next thing Ned hears is that Sammy is dead.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

An English Murder

In the cut-off ancestral home of Warbeck Hall, the dying Lord assembles his closest relatives for what will be their last Christmas together. One is murdered and it falls to another guest to find out why.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

The co-creator of the landmark TV series Twin Peaks brings more information and mystery from the iconic fictional town.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Portrait of a Murderer

Adrian Gray was an unpleasant man, greedy, capricious, bullying. Each of his six children had reason to want him dead. During their annual Christmas visit to his lonely manor house, one of them acts.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

Trent's Last Case

A wealthy, unpopular American magnate is found dead in the grounds of his English country house. Amateur detective Philip Trent suspects murder, not suicide

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Kate Balfour

Black Dahlia, Red Rose

America’s infamous murder of a young woman in 1947 comes under the spotlight

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Kim Fleet

A Maigret Christmas

Three Simenon short stories, set at Christmas.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Fox Hunter

Charlie Fox is on the trail of her former lover and ex-boss Sean Meyer who appears to have gone on a murderous rampage, targeting the men who brought Charlie’s army career to a brutal end.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Butchers of Berlin

An old man shoots and kills an apartment block warden and then himself. When it turns out that he was Jewish and when other, apparently linked, murders begin to occur, the Berlin police force comes under pressure.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow has been on the Cursed Children’s register from birth and is fated to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But she is given a second chance by the enigmatic Jupiter North.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Freefall

The death of a journalist triggers an investigation, but a police detective, an FBI agent and a photographer are soon caught up in a wider conspiracy.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Jim Beaman

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The companion volume to the British Library exhibition which marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first of the Harry Potter books.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Persons Unknown

A man dies with one name in his mind – Saskia. But was she his lover or his murderer?

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Dark Water

Exiled policeman Mekana is induced to visit Istanbul to help British Intelligence prevent a chemical warfare specialist falling into the hands of a dangerous terrorist.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Butterfly Tattoo

Chris Marshall has a part-time job working for the Oxford Entertainment Company, in the town where he lives. As a result, while working at a college ball, he encounters and helps a beautiful girl and their lives become interlinked

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Rooster Bar

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola are struggling under a mountain of debt. Realising they have been scammed, they start looking for payback.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

Wild Chamber

A small boy dies following an incident in a road tunnel. A gardener sees a murder in a London park. Inspectors Bryant & May work against the clock to find out what connects the events.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Rocco and the Nightingale

Inspector Lucas Rocco has to investigate a murder on his patch, as well as provide protection for someone the Interior Ministry wants kept alive.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson