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Former police inspector Simon Brenner investigates the deaths of two Americans on a ski lift, but after six months is still at a dead end.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Convictions of John Delahunt

Amoral student John Delahunt is waiting to hang for the killing of a young boy which shocked Victorian Dublin. He looks back over a life of betrayal in which he sacrificed friends, family, love and ultimately himself in pursuit of easy money and self-interest.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by John Cleal

The Hangman's Song

Edinburgh is suffering a spate of suicides, all by hanging, all seemingly unconnected. Acting Superintendent Duguid wants them all wrapped up nice and tidily and, more importantly, quickly, but DI McLean doesn’t agree. He thinks there’s more to the deaths than meets the eye.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Never List

Sarah and her friend had compiled a list of rules which, in order to guarantee their safety, had to be observed. One night they broke the rules and had to face the consequences.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Siege

The Spanish port is under siege from a French army, but within the city a brutal serial killer of young girls is threatening to overturn the delicate balance of public order in a hotbed of change.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by John Cleal

The Twelfth Department

In 1937 Moscow policeman Captain Korolev is assigned to the murders of two important scientists, but secret police interest complicates his task.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts


Renegade monk, philosopher, spy, poet and detective Giordano Bruno, is in Plymouth with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, on a diplomatic mission. Bruno’s investigations into a murder on Drake’s flagship uncover some of the city’s darkest secrets, but expose him – and the country itself – to mortal danger.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by John Cleal

True Colours

Spider Shepherd is undercover again, this time as a close personal protection advisor to a Russian oligarch whose friends who are being targeted by a sniper. It’s Spider’s job to advice on security, but he’s also considering some extra-curricular activity of a type his employers would very much frown on.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

All the Things You Are

Clare Taylor returns home after a week in Chicago with her ex to find the family house stripped bare, her husband and daughters missing, and a body in the back garden.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Merrily's Border

A travelogue with a difference as the author of the Merrily Watkins series teams up with a photographer to explore the settings for the books in Herefordshire and the Marches.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

A Little Murder

Rosy’s Aunt Marcia is found murdered. Rosy was not close to her and despite her best efforts to keep out of the fuss she inevitably gets drawn in.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sylvia Maughan


An isolated Vermont community is disrupted by the past when a serial killer strikes.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Liza Kahlua

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