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Rex v. Edith Thompson

An exploration of the famous 1922 Ilford murder for which Edith Thompson and her lover Freddy Bywaters were hanged, along with the attitudes to women revealed in that judgement.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Chris Roberts

Fall of Angels

Cambridge Detective Inspector John Redfyre investigates what appears to be the attempted murder of a female musician and is dragged into a nightmare of misogyny and murder as other killings quickly follow.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

How To Stop Time

Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he has lived for centuries. After frequently changing his identity to stay alive, he now craves an ordinary existence.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

The Confession

A man beats a disgraced banker to a pulp in front of his wife. He hands himself in, confesses the attack, but claims it was not premeditated and he didn’t know his victim. DS Alice Moody must discover whether this a random act or linked to the banker’s shady past.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

The Runagates Club

The final collection of John Buchan’s short magazine stories retold in the atmosphere of a gentleman’s club.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

A Step So Grave

When Lady Lavinia Dunnoch is found murdered in the garden of her remote Highand home, detective Dandy Gilver, a guest at the house to discuss the marriage of her son to the victim’s daughter, is faced with a tangled web of lies, deceit and superstition.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

Big Sister

Bergen’s PI Varg Veum is approached by a woman who introduces herself as his older half-sister and who wants him to find her missing goddaughter. The search for 19-year-old Emma takes Veum on a personal journey into the past.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Lydia Smith’s quiet life in a bookshop is shattered when a young man commits suicide in the shop – and he’s been leaving messages for her inside books.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Bad Apple

Hanna may only be seven years old, but she is a genius at showing her love for daddy. And her hatred for mummy.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Dead Lock

The hunt for a missing ten-year-old girl intensifies when a second girl of the same age disappears. The police believe the two are connected, and DI Nick Dixon is called back from holiday to help the investigation,

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Linda Wilson

Brothers in Blood

Zaq Khan’s criminal record consigns him to a driving job and things get worse when his employer directs him to recover an absconding daughter, or else.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

Did You See Melody?

Cara Burrows needs time away from her family to think. At her holiday resort, she thinks that she sees a young girl who had, according to common belief, been murdered some years previously. 

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

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