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Portrait of a Murderer

Adrian Gray was an unpleasant man, greedy, capricious, bullying. Each of his six children had reason to want him dead. During their annual Christmas visit to his lonely manor house, one of them acts.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

Death Makes a Prophet

The cult of Coo, a quasi-Egyptian religion, is riven by jealousies, greed and ambition which lead to murder.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

The Rooster Bar

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola are struggling under a mountain of debt. Realising they have been scammed, they start looking for payback.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Last Best Friend

Literary dealer Ned Balfour gets a telegram from his friend Sammy Weiss imploring for help with a terrible decision. The next thing Ned hears is that Sammy is dead.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

Dark Water

Exiled policeman Makana is induced to visit Istanbul to help British Intelligence prevent a chemical warfare specialist falling into the hands of a dangerous terrorist.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Chris Roberts

A Maigret Christmas

Three Simenon short stories, set at Christmas.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Butchers of Berlin

An old man shoots and kills an apartment block warden and then himself. When it turns out that he was Jewish and when other, apparently linked, murders begin to occur, the Berlin police force comes under pressure.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Rocco and the Nightingale

Inspector Lucas Rocco has to investigate a murder on his patch, as well as provide protection for someone the Interior Ministry wants kept alive.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow has been on the Cursed Children’s register from birth and is fated to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But she is given a second chance by the enigmatic Jupiter North.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Fox Hunter

Charlie Fox is on the trail of her former lover and ex-boss Sean Meyer who appears to have gone on a murderous rampage, targeting the men who brought Charlie’s army career to a brutal end.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The companion volume to the British Library exhibition which marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first of the Harry Potter books.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Linda Wilson

Wild Chamber

A small boy dies following an incident in a road tunnel. A gardener sees a murder in a London park. Inspectors Bryant & May work against the clock to find out what connects the events.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

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