Michael Ridpath

Books by Michael Ridpath

The Diplomat's Wife

Eighteen-year-old Hugh agrees to drive his grandmother on a last tour of places she had lived as a young diplomatic wife and is plunged into a dark world of spying and danger.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by John Cleal

Launch Code

An order for a nuclear first strike in the paranoia of the 1980s Cold War threatens world apocalypse. Thirty-five years later, as a writer threatens to reveal what really happened, the family of a key player in the drama is threatened by unknown forces trying to keep the incident secret.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by John Cleal

The Wanderer

Magnus Jonson is an American Icelander newly returned to the Reykjavik police force. He’s called to investigate the murder of a young Italian tourist found at a sacred church in northern Iceland.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Ewa Sherman


Clémence is asked by her aged great aunt to look after an old friend, an octogenarian, who has lost his memory in a fall and is living in an isolated cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Helping him find his lost memories opens many unwelcome doors.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

Shadows of War

As World War II opens, Britain’s response to German aggression is in debate, and a young Second Lieutenant is caught up in the struggle between those contending for resistance or accommodation.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts