Review Archive

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Sleep No More

Six inventive, occasionally witty and convincing scenarios involving murder, its motives and the course of natural justice from one of crime fiction’s greatest writers.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal

The Hit

Reporter Rosie Gilmour, investigating the disappearance of an accountant and the killing of his wife’s lover, becomes involved in an international crime ring which steals and sells babies as well as trafficking people.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal

Dark Pines

Tuva Moodyson, a deaf local paper reporter, dreams of a story that could make her career. Two bodies, their eyes cut out, copies of three unsolved murders 20 years before, give her the chance – and plunge her into secrets and fear in the dark forests.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal

The Thirst

A woman is found dead after a Tinder date, and marks left on her body indicate that the killer used iron teeth to kill her, and then drink her blood. Oslo’s ex-detective Harry Hole reluctantly gets involved in a search for a vampirist.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Beyond the Wall

Cassia is the slave of a wealthy Roman living in Roman Britain. She escapes the attention of her master and runs to Roman London and then on up beyond Hadrian’s Wall, saving her brother and meeting Marcus, who she is not sure she can trust.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Barnbrook

The Black Sheep

Francesca believes her husband’s death was a senseless attack, but then a stranger’s words shakes her belief to the core.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

After the Fire

Fredrik Welin was lucky to escape the fire in his home alive, but now he must rebuild his life, and find out who wanted him dead.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor


Two American couples go on holiday together. Their friendship begins to disintegrate almost immediately and death is the result.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

A Legacy of Spies

Peter Guillam, formerly of MI6, now retired and living in Brittany, receives a letter from the Circus. It states that an urgent situation has arisen and suggests (meaning ‘insists’) that he come to London immediately.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Trinidad Noir

A portrait of Trinidad conveyed through 19 short stories written over the past century.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

A Promise To Kill

Clyde Barr is drifting in the wilds of Utah when he gets drawn in to a struggle between a small town and a gang of bikers who brook no opposition.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

East of Hounslow

Javid Qasim is 20-something, lives with his mum and deals a little cannabis. He wears his Muslim faith lightly, until events compel him to become more committed.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

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