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The Strangers of Braamfontein

Immigrants from various African countries gravitate to the Johannesburg suburb of Braamfontein, including many from Nigeria, such as the young painter Osas, who find criminality a route to survival.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Chris Roberts

The Cut

Millie Spark emerges from a long prison sentence for a murder she did not commit. A chance meeting with Jerry, a student, motivates her to investigate what really happened.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Chris Roberts

The Unheard

When three-year-old Poppy brings home an ugly and menacing drawing from her nursery it sets in train a series of events causing her mum, lonely and vulnerable Tess, to fear for their lives and her own sanity.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Viv Beeby


When three cases a lapsed Catholic FBI agent is working on collide – the explosive intentions of a domestic terrorist cell, and two cases of unexplained serial murder – religion seems to be behind them all.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Kerry Hood

Strange Tricks

Lost boys and family mysteries. The Essex girl is off her patch for this mystery when a psychic in Godalming put Rosie Strange and her assistant, Sam, on the trail of potential serial killer.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Anthea Hawdon


A woman flees to her therapist covered in blood in the belief that she has murdered her partner. Her lawyer carries his own demons and has a similar childhood past.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Verpeleti


Inspector Montalbano embarks on his final case after receiving a phone call early one morning asking him to meet someone called Riccardino, but on arrival at the appointed place he finds that the caller has been shot dead and his three terrified friends are huddled nearby.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Friend

With his daughter in a coma, Danny wants someone to blame. But he should be careful what he wishes for.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Black River

Tuva Moodyson is back in Gavrik as the fever of preparations for the traditional Midsummer celebrations takes over. But she is not interested in having fun; instead, she must find her missing friend Tammy who has vanished without a trace.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Ewa Sherman

The Rabbit Factor

Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen unexpectedly loses his secure job and then inherits an adventure park from his brother. He has to deal with his brother’s huge debts, some nasty criminals, strange park employees and something that might be love.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Ewa Sherman

Black 13

Exiled ex-MI6 agent Scott Pearce and his friends fight a secret war to stop a right wing takeover.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Cleal

The Good Death

The story of how novice monk Oswald de Lacy became lord of Somershill.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Cleal

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