Review Archive

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A Killing State

Michael North is employed by an establishment figure as a spy and assassin. He is given the task of killing Honor Jones, an MP who has been asking questions about certain powerful people.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Sound of Her Voice

Detective Matt Buchanan of the Auckland police is traumatised by unsolved crimes involving the murder of young children but discovery of some remains revitalise his determination to find those responsible.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Chris Roberts

Here Is What You Do

A collection of haunting short stories set around the USA and featuring a wide variety of people, but all involving pain or loss.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Chris Roberts

Miracle Creek

A fire and explosion in a therapeutic hyperbaric oxygen chamber kills two and injures others. As a trial begins, the preoccupations of those close to the tragedy fear that personal secrets will be exposed.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Chris Roberts

Black Sun

Major Alexander Vasin of the KGB is sent to a secret Soviet site, which is producing a powerful new bomb, when one of the key scientists dies from radioactive poisoning.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Chris Roberts

Death in Captivity

A suspected ‘stool pigeon’ is found dead in an escape tunnel at an officers’ prisoner of war camp in northern Italy. With the invasion imminent, the prisoners plan a mass break-out, but first amateur detective Captain ‘Cuckoo’ Goyles must solve the mystery and find out how much their captors know about the escape plot.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal


Barrister’s wife Anna McDonald tries to console herself over the loss of her husband and children to the woman she thought her best friend by investigating the death of a former friend, but in doing so must face a threat from her own past.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

The Colours of Murder

Artist Susie Mahl exploits remote aristocratic relations to get an invitation to a Norfolk country house party. When a guest dies in mysterious circumstances and police accept the obvious explanation, she sets out to uncover a killer.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

The Washington Decree

American president Bruce Jansen orders radical measures after his pregnant second wife is assassinated and the country lurches into chaos. Has he suffered a mental collapse or is he being manipulated?

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

The Grid

President Robert S Thompson begins to behave increasingly illogically when he becomes convinced a series of nightmares are a warning of his approaching assassination. His doctor, Josh Cain, a military psychiatrist, must try to find a cure.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

The Courier

In 1942 Jewish courier Ester is betrayed in Oslo but manages to escape the Norwegian Gestapo. In Sweden she meets resistance hero Gerhard Falkum, but their tentative relationship is cut short when he dies in a fire. Yet 25 years later he suddenly reappears.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Ewa Sherman


Marlene decides to leave her criminal husband, taking with her his very valuable collection of sapphires. Unfortunately, she crashes her car in a blizzard and is rescued by a strange mountain man.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

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