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The Dead Beat

Journalism student Martha Fluke’s first day as a newspaper intern begins with a bang when a man shoots himself in the head while he’s on the phone to her.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Devil's Ribbon

Underfunded Victorian forensic scientist Professor Adolphus Hatton and his assistant Albert Roumande are battling to identify the cause of a cholera outbreak. At the same time they must deal with a series of apparently politically motivated brutal murders all connected to an isolated Irish village.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by John Cleal

The New Watch

A new type of Other is stalking the world, threatening not only the Light and the Dark, but also the Twilight itself. It’s up to Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky to see what can be done to neutralise this threat.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Sudden Arrival of Violence

As the bosses of rival Glasgow gangs manoeuvre for control, killer Calum MacLean has had enough. He seizes his chance to quit, but cannot anticipate the effect this decision will have.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by John Cleal

The Verdict

When legal clerk Terry Flynt is assigned to a murder where the accused messed up his life, he needs to decide what outcome he is seeking.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

Hollow Mountain

When his legal partner is injured in a hit-and-run, Spike Sanguinetti takes over a marine salvage case where the principals are playing for very high stakes.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

No Regrets, Coyote

Wylie ‘Coyote’ Melville is called in as a consultant to the scene of an apparent double death, but his doubts lead him into trouble with the local police.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Chris Roberts


When ex-marine Samuel Carver finds himself in the middle of a riot in South London he has to fall back on his instincts and years of training as the riot turns into a battleground

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by John Cleal

The Abomination

A murdered woman in priest’s robes is washed up on the steps of a Venetian church. As Capitano Katerina Tapo investigates, she is drawn into a world of international conspiracy with shocking consequences.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Counterfeit Agent

The CIA deputy head of the Istanbul Station receives information from a mysterious man who claims to belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that two Israeli embassies are to be attacked. When the attack is followed by a prediction that a station chief is to be assassinated it has to be taken very seriously.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Curse of Babylon

Amid the plotting, revolts and wild hedonism of the remains of the Roman empire at the beginning of the seventh century, English adventurer Aelric faces his hardest challenge as he tries to stop a Persian invasion – and deal with a determined and dangerous woman.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by John Cleal

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair

Best-selling young author Marcus Goldman turns to his former professor to overcome a bad case of writer’s block only to discover that his mentor has been hiding an affair with a 15-year-old girl for more than 30 years. When the girl’s remains are found, Goldman, with the help of a determined detective, sets out to investigate.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by John Cleal

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