Sphere


Books published by Sphere

Deadfall

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is standing on the steps of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art when her boss is shot dead and collapses on top of her.

Reviewed on 08 December 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

Lethal White

Private investigator Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott have another mystery to solve, digging into a blackmail attempt on a Tory MP, as well as looking into the disturbing possibility that a distressed client really did witness the murder of a child many years ago.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Sons

After six years in prison, Sweden’s most notorious bank criminal Leo Duvnjac is free, acquitted of most of the bank robberies he and his two younger brothers pulled off. While behind bars he planned the biggest heist ever. But a bitter cop is on his case.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Truly Evil

A 50-year-old establishment conspiracy casts a long shadow over a present day murder investigation.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Cleal

Friend Request

Louise has been haunted by the fear and shame of her school days, hiding a secret that only four people in the world share. One day she receives a friend request on Facebook from Maria Weston, a girl she was once friends with. But Maria died 25 years ago.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Madeleine Marsh

The Asset

Kennedy’s younger sister, Belle, had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport Security Administration as an aviation security specialist.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Other Wife

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is called to St Mary’s hospital in London where his eminent surgeon father William is in a coma after a vicious attack. But the crying woman by the bedside, who introduces herself as William’s wife, isn’t Joe’s mother and he’s never seen her before.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Acts of Vanishing

William Sandberg is about to lose his daughter. And the world is about to lose its last grip on safety, once and for all.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Great Reckoning

A professor in the academy for the training of police recruits is found murdered. The killer could be another disgruntled professor or even one of the recruits.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Only the Dead Can Tell

Superintendent William Lorimer and his Major Incident Team uncover links between an apparent domestic murder and a vicious team of people traffickers.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by John Cleal

The Habit of Murder

Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee travel to the Suffolk town of Clare for the funeral of the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh in the hope she has left a legacy to near-bankrupt Michaelhouse college. Several people have met odd deaths and a dangerous situation threatens more killings.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by John Cleal

Dead in the Dark

Ten years ago, Reece Bower’s wife went missing and he was in the frame for murder. Now he’s the one the police are looking for and it’s his new wife who wants him found.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Cuban Affair

Afghan combat veteran Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, refuses a fishing trip to Cuba, but reconsiders when offered a small fortune and sets sail on his most dangerous cruise.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by John Cleal

The Absence of Guilt

District Judge Scott Fenney is asked to rule on the detention of suspected terrorists, and becomes involved with a plot to bring down the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Final Hour

Victor is an assassin by trade and he’s very good at his job. So good that even his former employers now want him dead.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Linda Wilson

Secrets of Death

The Peak District is home to tourists of all types, but a rash of suicides is not what it wants to play host to.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Asset

Kennedy’s younger sister, Belle, had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport Security Administration as an aviation security specialist.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

A Grave Concern

With passions over the election of a replacement for its murdered chancellor running high and a killer at large, physician/detective Matt Bartholomew and Brother Michael fear for the future of Cambridge University.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by John Cleal

The Spy's Daughter

Pearl is an American teenager with a genius-level grasp of developments in artificial intelligence, only recently awakened to her Chinese parents’ plans for her future.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Secrets She Keeps

When Meghan’s seemingly perfect life is revealed to be a tissue of lies, the results are devastating.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Marsh King's Daughter

Helena was raised in isolation, schooled in woodcraft and knew no different until the day she and her mother escaped. Now her father has escaped from prison and she needs all her childhood skills to catch him.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Nature of the Beast

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired to the small village of Three Pines. He goes back to work when a nine-year-old boy disappears, and discovers something in the woods that represents a threat to world safety.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Burned and Broken

A DI, the subject of an internal investigation, is found burned to death. A vulnerable young woman, fresh from the care system, tries to discover the truth about the death of her friend.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Cleal

The Fourteenth Letter

A girl is murdered at her engagement party. William Lamb must keep a deadly secret and deliver a cryptic message, but finds a morass of madness, crime and murder.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Cleal

Close Your Eyes

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn unwillingly to help solve a double murder - a mother and daughter found in odd circumstances in a remote farmhouse. This involvement leads to Joe’s family becoming endangered by the attention of the damaged murderer.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

Killer Look

Fashion icon Wolf Savage is found dead in a hotel room, an apparent suicide. Assistant DA Alex Cooper and her NYPD boyfriend Mike Chapman investigate.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Method

Pregnant teenagers are going missing, and it’s Special Agent Roger Liu’s job to find them.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Linda Wilson

A Time To Die

A professional killer takes on a difficult target, but his task is doubly complicated when he discovers that someone has offered a contract on him.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Chelsea Strangler

Thomas Chaloner investigates murder, plots and robbery while the plague rages in London.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by John Cleal

The House of Smoke

Killer Simeon Lynch, incarcerated in London’s foul and filthy Newgate prison, counts the days to his execution – for two crimes he did not commit.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by John Cleal

The Cheapside Corpse

Intelligencer Thomas Chaloner must solve the killing of an unpopular banker in a Restoration London threatened by war, civil unrest and plague.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Cleal

Pain Killer

Monica Wood lives with chronic pain after an accident. Drugs blur her memories. But when she finds what appears to be her own suicide note, which she has no memory of writing, she wonders who did – and why?

Reviewed on 07 December 2016 by John Cleal

A Poisonous Plot

Tensions between town and gown threaten full scale warfare in 1350s Cambridge as physician/corpse examiner Matthew Bartholomew and senior proctor Brother Michael try to solve a series of murders and mysterious deaths.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Murder Road

DI Ben Cooper investigates the murder of a lorry driver whose truck gets stuck under a low bridge near an isolated Derbyshire hamlet.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

Another One Goes Tonight

DS Peter Diamond arrives at the scene of a police car accident to discover an extra unconscious victim nearby and administers CPR. While the injured man lingers on life support Diamond’s enquiries lead him to believe he may have saved the life of a serial killer.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Jim Beaman

I See You

Zoe Walker is on the tube home, glancing through a newspaper, when she sees her own face staring out at her from the classified ads. She must find out whether it’s a joke or whether she’s in danger.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

City of the Lost

Detective Casey Duncan has a dark secret and when her abused best friend also finds herself in serious risk the two of them decide to disappear to a town where people go to vanish. The trouble is that the past does not leave you alone.

Reviewed on 03 August 2016 by John Barnbrook

Death of a Scholar

Once again Cambridge is full of murdered clerics and scholars. Physician/detective Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael must sort out their latest mystery.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by John Cleal

The Primrose Path

Rachel has moved to a small Welsh community to escape her past life. Unfortunately her past is not keen to let her go and not all is as it appears on first encounter

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by John Barnbrook

Time of Death

Two children are missing from Polesford and hopes of finding them alive are rapidly fading.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Linda Wilson

Heartbreaker

DI Phil Brennan’s marriage seems to be on the rocks and he’s deteriorating fast, losing himself in the welcoming arms of too much booze. And that’s not good when he’s got a brutal killer to track down.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Fifth Heart

Sherlock Holmes, under cover following his alleged death at Reichenbach Falls, prevents American author Henry James from commiting suicide and enlists him to investigate a suicide and a plot to destablise the United States.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by John Cleal

Spy Games

A powerful element within the Chinese administration approaches the British Secret Intelligence Service for reasons initially unclear: involvement could be dangerous, but it offers tremendous opportunities.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Chris Roberts

And She Was

Brenna Spector is a PI with a condition that gives her an enhanced memory. She is hired to find the wife of a man called Nelson Wentz but runs into trouble when she finds her body.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Traitor's Mark

Goldsmith Thomas Treviot awaits a design for an important commission from Hans Holbein, Henry VIII’s court artist. When it fails to arrive Treviot is sucked into the murky and murderous world of Tudor politics.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by John Cleal

Terminal City

Three murders lead Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman to the labyrinthine depths of the Grand Central Terminal and the homeless community that live in and around the railway tunnels and tracks.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sylvia Wilson

The Darkest Secret

Three-year-old Coco Jackson disappeared from her family’s holiday home when the adults were out celebrating. Twelve years on, her father’s funeral brings hidden secrets into the open.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Career of Evil

London PI Cormoran Strike pursues unsavoury characters from his army past when his assistant takes delivery of a parcel containing a severed leg.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Quiet End

John Corey has recently returned from action in the Yemen as part of the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, and has been asked to resign on the grounds of insubordination. But a dead-end job puts him on the trail of a dangerous Russian.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Domino Killer

Joe Parker finally comes face to face with the man he believes is responsible for his younger sister’s murder.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Linda Wilson

Close Your Eyes

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin reluctantly agrees to help police investigating the murder of a mother and daughter after one of his former students leaks information to the press.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Skeleton Road

When a skeleton is discovered at the top of a long-disused building, the neat hole in the skull makes it clear that this wasn’t a case of accidental death. Cold case specialist DCI Karen Pirie is called in to investigate.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

The First Horseman

House of Commons member Robert Packington became the first man in London to be murdered with a pistol when he was shot dead while walking to Mass.Thomas Treviot, a close family friend, sets out to investigate his killing amid the corruption and conspiracies of Henry VIII’s court.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by John Cleal

Truth Or Dare

A kidnapped man is given a choice: save his life or that of his girlfriend and baby. What decision will he make?

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Linda Wilson

Behind Closed Doors

When Scarlett Rainsford is found in the UK ten years after going missing as a teenager in Greece, DCI Lou Smith tries to unravel what happened and why.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Linda Wilson

Face Off

Eleven short stories featuring some of the best known protagonists and authors in the field, set mainly in America and covering most types of crime with the occasional twist of horror or the supernatural.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by John Cleal

Murder on High Holborn

An important ship explodes and sinks as it glides serenely up the Thames, and a member of the Court of Charles II is found murdered. Thomas Chaloner, intelligencer to the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Clarendon, is dismissed by him in order to infiltrate a group thought to be planning an uprising.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Watching You

Marnie Logan, a single mother since her gambler husband disappeared, often feels she’s being watched. She turns to clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin for help, but when she discovers a book her husband was preparing for her birthday, her situation quickly spirals into one of fear and horror.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by John Cleal

The Execution

Jeremy Fisk of the NYPD Intelligence Division has to work with Cecilia Garza, his opposite number in Mexico, to counter a threat to Mexico’s newly-appointed president on a visit to the US.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Linda Wilson

Galveston

Gangland enforcer Roy Cady has been sentenced to death twice – by cancer and by his own boss. He escapes a murder set-up, rescues a young prostitute and the pair, together with her little ‘sister’, go on the run from New Orleans through Louisiana and Texas.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by John Cleal

Dust

In bed with ‘flu, Dr Kay Scarpetta is called to the body of a young girl posed in the middle of an MIT sports field, her body covered in a dust that fluoresces in rainbow colours. Scarpetta is reminded of similar cases in Washington, but the FBI is determined to prove that they are unrelated.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

How The Light Gets In

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete investigates the death of a quintuplet, and his battle with corrupt powerful people comes to a culmination.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

Bad Monkey

When a tourist fishes up a human arm from the waters off Key West, the local sheriff sees only problems. Yancy, a disgraced ex-officer, is, however, keen to pursue the matter, hoping it will lead to reinstatement.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Tooth Tattoo

A body is found on the towpath of the river Avon in Bath. It has all the hallmarks of suicide but Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, is not so sure and decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Lost Abbot

Physician/sleuth Matt Bartholomew travels to Peterborough to investigate the disappearance of the Abbot and his friend, the town’s only doctor. They ride into a web of ambition, avarice, lies, rivalries and deception.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

The Death Collector

Joe Parker’s job is at risk, so it’s not the best time to get embroiled in a possible miscarriage of justice from several years ago. His brother Sam is under pressure to spend more time with his wife and family, but then another case comes along and promises are set aside.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Linda Wilson

Night Heron

A British journalist is offered Chinese secret material by a source long thought to be moribund and is drawn into an intelligence operation, with dramatic consequences.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Silkworm

PI Cormoran Strike gets caught up in London’s literary community when he investigates the disappearance of an unpopular writer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Con Law

Law professor John Bookman visits an old student who is alarmed that his client’s fracking operations are causing serious environmental damage.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Intercept

Six people foil the hijacking of a plane and become instant celebrities, but New York police investigator Jeremy Fisk is convinced that there is more to the attempted hijacking than meets the eye.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Verdict

When legal clerk Terry Flynt is assigned to a murder where the accused messed up his life, he needs to decide what outcome he is seeking.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

Always Watching

When psychiatrist Dr Nadine Lavoie treats a suicidal woman who has been living in a cult, it brings back long-suppressed memories of a childhood summer spent in a commune.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Killer Next Door

As London swelters in a stifling heatwave, the tenants of a bedsit and its landlord each try to hide their own secrets, but one, an obsessed serial killer, must try more than most.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by John Cleal

Casting the First Stone

Diana Porteous, young widow, art collector and semi-reformed thief gets involved in the shadier side of the fine art world. 

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

Cross and Burn

Carol Jordan has cut Tony Hill out of her life. Or at least she thinks she has. Women who bear a resemblance to Carol are turning up dead, and there’s a very unlikely suspect in the frame.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Devil's Revenge

Occult murder mystery.  Ritual, witchcraft, revenge, alchemy, murder. Portland, Maine. Series. Deputy Archie Lean must discover why someone murdered a thief, then disinterred his body to burn it, leaving occult symbols on nearby walls.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by John Cleal

Under a Silent Moon

DCI Louisa Smith is called to a murder scene in a farm cottage where a young woman has been beaten to death. Then someone in the same village seemingly commits suicide by driving into a quarry and Louisa has to determine whether there’s any connection between the two events.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Verdict

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk with a big London firm of solicitors. His future could depend on a high-profile murder case – but he and the accused have past history.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Game

A killer for hire completes an assignment in Algiers to execute another assassin, then is coerced into posing as the dead man to identify his victim’s latest client. Events spiral out of his control and he must choose between doing the right thing and losing his own life.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by John Cleal

Death in St. James's Park

Thomas Chaloner, spy for the Earl of Clarendon, comes across a wood cart primed to explode outside the General Letter Office. Contrary to the norm, he is not given the job to investigate it but instead is diverted to investigate poisoned birds in St James’s Park. What is afoot?

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Fireproof

A serial arsonist is haunting the American capital. Local investigators target a young, white male giving in to anger or sexual impulse. But FBI agent Maggie O’Dell believes this is the work of someone far darker.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by John Cleal

The Doll's House

A crime scene has been posed to look like the interior of a doll’s house, complete with a badly mutilated victim. DI Phil Brennan has to struggle with an unfamiliar team and an increasingly distant wife, as well as a series of seemingly unrelated murders.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Linda Wilson

The Swedish Girl

When a student is brutally murdered in a shared house, her flatmates come under suspicion and at first it looks like this will be an open and shut case, but policeman’s daughter, Kirsty Wilson, isn’t so sure.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Linda Wilson

The Governor's Wife

Bode Bonner, Governor of Texas, has become a self-satisfied and cynical politician. His wife has retained her caring side and takes an opportunity to get involved in a medical enterprise on the Mexican border. The two lifestyles inevitably collide with devastating consequences.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sylvia Maughan

The Cuckoo's Calling

PI Cormoran Strike is down on his luck - but a chance to investigate the death of a supermodel gives him the chance to salvage his sinking business.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Already Dead

The Peak District is drenched in rain and a naked body is found in a drainage ditch. DS Ben Cooper is still off work after the arson attach that killed his fiancée and DS Diane Cooper has her work cut out to keep his private life out of her investigation.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Linda Wilson

Next to Die

Brothers Joe and Sam Parker have chosen different paths in life. It’s Sam’s job to catch criminals and it’s Joe’s job to defend them.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Linda Wilson