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Diary of a Dead Man on Leave

As war looms, a Soviet undercover agent faces a crisis of belief when he becomes involved with the German family he lodges with.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

The Fatherland Files

When a drowned man is found in a freight elevator in a Berlin pleasure palace, Inspector Gereon Rath faces a case which leads him into confrontation with the rising Nazi party.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

Savages 2: The Spectre

France’s first Arab president is shot on election night. As he lies between life and death, riots explode, terrorist attack threatens and political factions battle for power. Caught in the middle is a third-generation French family whose roots are in the Kabyle region of Algeria.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

Whiskey When We're Dry

Seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney, orphaned and alone, is desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbours, so cuts her hair, binds her chest flat and rides to find outlaw older brother Noah and bring him home

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal


Detectives Kirsten Nigaard from Norway and Martin Servaz from France join forces in search of a notorious cunning serial killer on the run. All clues point to Martin’s earlier personal painful history with the murderer, but this time the life of a five-year-old boy is also at stake.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Lady in the Lake

Maddie Swartz, a respectable housewife, decides she needs a change, so she goes to live on her own and tries to get a job in a newsroom. A young girl is murdered and Maddie finds the body. This is just the start of Maddie’s troubles. 

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Version of the Truth

Joanne’s life will go into freefall the moment her son opens the file on his iPad.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Death at the Plague Museum

Mona and Bernard are called in after a secret meeting in Edinburgh, where two of the four attendees are dead and a third is missing.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Closer I Get

Tom never realised a moment’s politeness at one of his book signings would take him to the edge of hell.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Turn of the Key

Rowan lands what seems to be her ideal job, a role as live-in nanny with a family in a remote village in Scotland, paying a generous salary, bonus and with all living expenses covered. But what should have been a dream turns into a nightmare.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

Where the Truth Lies

An empty grave. An old murder. DI Tom Ridpath must find his way through new tasks and old loyalties to find the truth about a serial killer stalking the streets of Manchester.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Call the Next Case

Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court Charlie Walden introduces another selection of cases coming under his purview, together with more of the administrative complexities which complicate his life.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

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