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Pascal Passion

The headmistress of a village Church of England school is horribly murdered. DI Harry Falconer and Sergeant Davey Carmichael investigate, but their inquiries are interrupted by a second killing.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal

Malice

When a writer is found bludgeoned and strangled, police suspicion falls on a supposed friend, who may have had a powerful motive.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Burning Mind

Harper Flynn nearly died in an attack on a club. A year later, she’s convinced that one of the gunmen is after her, but no one else believes in his existence.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Dead Can Wait

Dr John Watson is back from the trenches, trying to help soldiers affected by shellshock. With Holmes unavailable, he is tasked with solving the mysterious deaths of seven men at a secret establishment where a new weapon which could shorten the war is being developed, but must battle Army indifference as much as German agents.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal

The Facts of Life and Death

When a series of lone women are terrorised and forced to call home so that their mothers can witness their ordeals, the police have no useful leads. Then the sinister game starts to escalate.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Lonesome Heart Is Angry

The Kane twins Pat and Joe need female help to run their farm, but the place is too small to afford two wives, so they approach the local matchmaker with a novel proposal.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Neruda Case

Cayetano Brule is enlisted by poet Pablo Neruda to track down a woman who may have given birth to his daughter, and hones his rudimentary detective skills with a diet of Maigret.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

Vagabond

A former runner of informers against the Provisional IRA is called out of retirement and asked to help trap a well-known and dangerous Irish Republican.  He agrees to do so even though the work had left him emotionally scarred.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Girl on the Train

Rachel Watson is the archetypal unreliable witness – but she knows something’s not right with the seemingly perfect young couple she spies from the train window every day

Reviewed on 07 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Christmas Hope

Claudine Burroughs attends a party at which a young woman is badly injured. An eccentric poet is accused of the attack but Claudine suspects him to be innocent. She sets out to establish the truth.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Acts of Omission

When a computer disc containing the names of British informants to the former East German Stasi is lost, it sets in train a series of events that has grave political consequences.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Angel of Death

An abused woman seeks revenge on the ring of middle-class professionals who turned her into a drug-addled whore, while a disillusioned veteran detective tries to exploit her quest to bring down a vicious criminal gang.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by John Cleal

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