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The Man Who Came Uptown

Michael Hudson is a young man in a Washington DC jail, granted the opportunity to start again, to come uptown, but facing a significant challenge on his way there.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Piranhas

A group of teenagers from central Naples form their own paranza or mob crew, taking advantage of the vacuum left by the breakdown in the traditional Camorra.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Mitford Murders

A war heroine nurse is murdered on a south coast train. Aristocratic Nancy Mitford investigates, aided by her one-time nurserymaid and companion Louisa Cannon.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal

One Deadly Summer

Beautiful and sensual Eliane, know as Elle, is the object of the lust of every man in a small Provencal village. When she targets car mechanic and part-time fireman Fiorimond she is planning revenge for his family’s involvement a crime committed decades earlier.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal

Destroying Angel

1655. Captain Damian Seeker of Oliver Cromwell’s handpicked guard has been sent north to prepare the way for stringent new anti-Royalist laws. What should be a to a routine visit to a village on the North York moors uncovers a stew of hatred, ambition and treachery.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal


Hunchback lawyer/sleuth Matthew Shardlake is sent by Princess Elizabeth to investigate a murder of which a distant Boleyn relative is accused and finds himself unwillingly caught up in the East Anglian rising which became known as Kett’s Rebellion.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal

A House of Ghosts

Kate Cartwright, a woman with special gifts, is invited by armaments millionaire Lord Francis Highmount and his wife to join a party on their isolated island to take part in a seance to contact their sons killed in World War I. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear each has something to hide – and soon one will be savagely murdered.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal

The Darkness

As 64-year-old Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early yet unwelcome retirement, she can work on one cold case of her choice. Hulda takes on the apparent suicide of a Russian asylum seeker Elena. But ignored by her colleagues and plagued by painful memories she seems to be heading into real danger.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman


Britain in 1938 holds its breath as Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minster, negotiates with Adolf Hitler to resolve the crisis of Hitler’s intention to invade Czechoslovakia. Two friends from Oxford, one German and one British, are involved in the discussion that take place in Munich.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Barnbrook

Don't Make a Sound

Malcolm and Harriet are about to have another daughter, a little sister for Daisy. All Malcolm need do is remove the flimsy lock and steal this latest child her from her parents.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Temptation of Forgiveness

An elderly man is discovered seriously injured at the foot of some steps down to a canal. By chance his wife has just spoken with Inspector Brunetti about the possibility of her son taking drugs. Are the two incidents connected?

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

A boyfriend finding his soon-to-be fiancée dead in her bathtub would be the start of a complicated tale in any country. But this is Cuba where layers of ambiguity and lies cover every aspect of life.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

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