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The Crack

In 1976 South Africa, suspicion and fear opens up a white middle-class family like the crack in their back-garden swimming pool.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Death Collector

Joe Parker’s job is at risk, so it’s not the best time to get embroiled in a possible miscarriage of justice from several years ago. His brother Sam is under pressure to spend more time with his wife and family, but then another case comes along and promises are set aside.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Linda Wilson

All Is Silence

Fins, Brinco and Leda are childhood friends in a fishing village on the Galician coast, but events bring them into conflict when they become adult.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts


Reporter Rosie Gilmore investigates the disappearance of a young Glaswegian barmaid – and uncovers deep-lying sectarianism, violence and drugs deals.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Carnival of Shadows

A travelling carnival with acts of inexplicable paranormal magic and illusion appears in a small town. But when an unidentified man’s body is discovered beneath the carousel FBI agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Demons of Ghent

People are falling from the tops of buildings in Ghent. Did they fall or were they pushed? Veerle suspects the latter might be true, but she’s already in enough trouble at home and really shouldn’t get involved.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

Getting Warmer

Senior detective Cato Kwong is back in the city after his ‘exile’. He finds himself in danger when he tries to deal with a missing girl, a manipulative killer, growing gang violence – and faces doubts over the motives and honesty of some of his colleagues.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by John Cleal

Midnight in Europe

Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish émigré living in Paris and employed by a law firm on the Champs Elysées, is persuaded to become involved in running arms to the Spanish Republican forces in their fight against Franco.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Night Heron

A British journalist is offered Chinese secret material by a source long thought to be moribund and is drawn into an intelligence operation, with dramatic consequences.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Axeman's Jazz

1919 and a mad axeman is terrifying New Orleans, America’s most racially mixed and vibrant city. Three very different individuals – a police Lieutenant with his own secrets, a disgraced ex-detective and the mixed-race secretary of a detective agency – set out to track him down.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Ballad of Mila

Two gangs are fighting for control of Venetia in north-east Italy. Mila Zago is a woman out for revenge, skilfully playing both sides off against each other as the body count mounts up around her.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Bloody City

Edwin Weaver, son of the former bailiff of Conisbrough Castle, has already bailed his devious lord out of trouble once. When William de Warenne, earl of Surrey, decides to change sides – again – in the civil war ripping England apart, he volunteers Edwin for a dangerous mission.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by John Cleal

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