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Broken Faith

Jimmy Costello, a corrupt ex-Met detective, and now a ‘fixer’ for the Vatican, is sent to Spain to check a story that a senior cleric is involved with the Basque terrorist movement. The man he must talk to is killed and Jimmy has to solve the mystery – and also deal with some unwelcome reminders of his violent past.

Reviewed on 26 June 2014 by John Cleal

Casting the First Stone

Diana Porteous, young widow, art collector and semi-reformed thief gets involved in the shadier side of the fine art world. 

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

Dead Line

Daniel Trent is a specialist in hostage negotiation, but this time it’s personal. It’s his own girlfriend who has gone missing, and to find out the truth of her disappearance, Trent first has to negotiate the freedom of the man he thinks is responsible.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

Gold, Frankincense and Dust

Parma is enveloped in a thick mist for several days. The badly burned body of a young woman is discovered dumped at the bottom of a motorway embankment. A complex investigation is needed before her identity can be discovered.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Harbour Street

An elderly, elegant, woman is found dead on a Metro train in the north east of England. It turns out that she lived in Mardle, the next stop on the line, and that, although reserved, she is well liked in her hometown.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Let It Burn

Alex McKnight, invalided out of the Detroit police and retired to Michigan’s Lakeland, is tipped off that a killer he helped convict is due for release – but McKnight is now having some doubts about the man’s guilt.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by John Cleal


Her mother has run off to Spain with a bloke, leaving 15-year-old Chantelle to look after her younger brother and keep the debt collectors at bay. But her brother is in with a gang and Chantelle is on over her head and sinking fast

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson


Student of anatomy Patrick Fort is a young man with a mission – to find out what happens when people die. His Asperger’s Syndrome means he will pursue that to extremes – and those extremes will lead him to a possible murder.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by John Cleal


Nick Stone’s past has come back to haunt him, and he has to find out who wants him dead and also protect his family

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Fiona Spence

The Dark Heart of Florence

The murders of Senator Enrico Costanza and his butler seem to be the perfect crime.  But Chief Superintendent Michele Ferarra sees links to previous murders in the city and the shady Black Rose international crime organisation.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The First Rule of Survival

Three boys are abducted and seven years later the bodies of two are found showing signs of serial abuse. Colonel DeVries is determined to find those responsible.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Student Dani Lancing was brutally raped and murdered. Twenty years on, her death is still affecting the lives of her parents and the man who had loved her since childhood.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by John Cleal

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