Severn House

Books published by Severn House

The Not Quite Perfect Murderer

The death of a small boy and a violent raid on a city jeweller’s pulls former spook Patrick Gillard and his wife Ingrid Langley back into action to help out Bath police.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Sharon Wheeler


A single mother on the run, escaping her traumatic past with her son, has found a place as a guard in one of Britain’s northern prisons, where she seems settled at last. But all this is turned on its head by a highly intelligent villain with escape on his mind.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Kerry Hood

Gillard's Sting

Ex-military and spook Patrick Gillard and his wife Ingrid Langley are pulled back into the action as they try to track down a missing top cop.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Sharon Wheeler

Murder Your Darlings

A group of people gather in an Italian villa in Tuscany for a summer writing course. One of them is found dead in the sauna and murder is suspected. 

Reviewed on 31 October 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Man on Edge

A rogue Russian colonel plans the assassination of the US and Russian presidents at a summit meeting. Rake Ozenna stands in his way.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by Chris Roberts


A leading literary agent has been found dead – and DCI Bill Slider and his team are under pressure from the powers-that-be to confirm that the death was accidental. Slider’s not so sure, though.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Sharon Wheeler

Song of the Damned

Music researcher Phineas Fox finds himself embroiled in a school’s sinister legends when he’s asked to investigate the possible plagiarism of an opera.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Sharon Wheeler


Crime fighting duo Ingrid Langley and Patrick Gillard are hoping for a quieter life when he takes a desk job. But the discovery of a badly-beaten Met Police cop in a Somerset field puts paid to that.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Lone Wolf

A body is found in England with one piece of evidence that links it to Italy. Meanwhile, a Mafia boss is hoping that something can be done about his failing eyesight. Italian ranger Sebastian Cangio is assigned to help the British work on the murder case.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Lock 13

Artist and PI Chris Honeysett is asked to track down a dead angler who miraculously seems to have come back to life six years after his boat capsized. But he’s sidetracked by the disappearance of his life drawing model.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Murder in Disguise

Hollywood script girl Jessie Beckett investigates the killing of a cinema projectionist and finds a link to crimes committed half a world away.

Reviewed on 05 July 2017 by John Cleal

Death Notes

Phin Fox finds himself on the west coast of Ireland investigating the death of a 19th century Russian musician.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

The Tears of Angels

A gruesome murder forces DCI Anderson and DI Costello to reopen an old case into the violent death of two boys.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Linda Wilson

Death Ship

DI Shaw and DS Valentine find themselves with 60-year-old case on their hands following an explosion on Hunstanton beach.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler


Susan McQueen lives a quiet life as an artist on a remote Canadian island. But she is not all she seems – she is really a computer hacker. And someone from her past knows where she is.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dangerous Cargo

Former marine Art Marvik is roped in by the intelligence services to investigate the recent death of a man – who was supposed to have died 55 years previously.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dust To Dust

National Crime Agency boss Richard Daws is murdered in his supposedly secure Kent castle. Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley are determined to track down his killer.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Written in Red

Cold War intrigue from 50 years ago comes to the fore in modern day Oxford as dog-walking friends Anna, Tansy and Isadora are pulled into the murder of an academic.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Soft Summer Blood

Maverick Bristol DIs Liam McLusky and Kat Fairfield find the body count mounting after a wealthy man is found dead and the daughter of an Italian politician goes missing.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Backhand Smash

DCI Percy Peach and his sidekick DS Northcott investigate a murder at a snooty tennis club

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Murderous Mind

A student is found dead in university accommodation – and there are links to a crime from 15 years earlier and a disgraced cop.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead on Course

Jockey Harry Radcliffe is back in the saddle after serious injury – but he soon finds himself embroiled with investigating the death of a gangster’s sister.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

One Under

The death of a London teenager on a country road looks like an accident. But DCI Bill Slider isn’t so sure – and puts his career on the line as he investigates.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Case of the Missing Madonna

Patrick le Courvoisier is trying to forget his past by living on a boat in Cannes and doing some PI work for people. But the British spooks have other ideas and want him back in the fold.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Forgotten Voices

Widow Ellen Tailor is found dead at her remote farmhouse – but it’s a mystery who wanted her dead. DI Mac MacGregor consults his amateur sleuth friend Rina Martin for her advice.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The White Shepherd

Anna Hopkins has led a solitary life. But when her dog Bonnie finds a body in Oxford’s Port Meadows, Anna finds a support network as they attempt to trap a murderer.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Exit Stage Left

DCI Harry Brock and his team investigate when an actor is found dead amidst London roadworks one snowy February morning.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead Certainty

Jump jockey Harry Radcliffe is out of action after a fall – but ghost-writing an autobiography for a veteran trainer turns out to be even more dangerous.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Silent Running

Former marine Art Marvik is holed up on the Isle of Wight. He takes to both land and water as he goes in search of a missing former girlfriend and a killer who is determined to cover his tracks at all costs.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler


Software whizz Julian Fisher’s radical past returns to haunt him when his business partner insists they take on a dodgy job involving drones.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Ashes to Ashes

Some dodgy goings-on at a Somerset crematorium bring trouble for crime-fighting husband and wife Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Good Way To Go

Bristol DI Liam McLusky has just returned to work after suspension – and is embroiled immediately in a murder enquiry where the victims have been left bound and gagged.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Star Fall

Popular TV antiques expert Rowland Egerton is found dead in his posh flat – and DI Bill Slider and his team discover he wasn’t quite as nice as he appeared on-screen.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Night Hunter

Elvie McCulloch’s sister disappeared while out for a run. When a woman who disappeared in similar circumstances turns up dead in dramatic circumstances, Elvie starts to fear the worst for Sophie.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

False Impression

Bea Abbot’s well-ordered house and domestic agency turn to chaos when a close friend looks like being framed for murder.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead of Night

DCI Tom Mariner and his Birmingham team investigate the disappearance of a young woman, whose clothes are sent, neatly cleaned and pressed, to the police

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Green and Pleasant Land

Newly retired cops Fran Harman and Mark Turner don’t get much of a chance to put their feet up as they are called in by West Mercia police to investigate a cold case – but their welcome is less than warm.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler


Artist and reluctant PI Chris Honeysett finds that organising an exhibition at an eccentric art college isn’t as safe as it might appear.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Nothing But Lies

Dog handler Daniel Whelan has left the police force under a cloud. But he rushes to help a former colleague, whose partner claims she is being followed.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Paying the Ferryman

A girl and her baby brother escape a gunman who’s shot their parents. DI Ryan Steel and DS Sophie Willis uncover family secrets as they try to track down the killer.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Fear and Loathing

Detective Sam Becket is a happy family man – but someone is killing off equally happy mixed race couples, and leaving cryptic notes for him at the scene.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Devil's Chair

Coroner Martha Gunn and DI Alex Randall are baffled by a series of cryptic notes following the disappearance of a four-year-old girl on a remote country road.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Case of the Black Pearl

Enigmatic British PI Patrick de Courvoisier goes in search of a missing actress and precious necklace amidst the colour and bustle of the Cannes film festival.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Deadly Intent

Nessa McDermott has given up her job as a top journalist in Dublin to run a B&B near picturesque Beara. Business isn't helped, though, when one guest is attacked and another is murdered.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

All the Things You Are

Clare Taylor returns home after a week in Chicago with her ex to find the family house stripped bare, her husband and daughters missing, and a body in the back garden.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Dark Side

Part-time crime fighters Ingrid Langley and Patrick Gillard steam into action when their boss and a cop friend seem to be the target of revenge attacks.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Hard Going

DCI Bill Slider and his team investigate the death of a former solicitor who, friends say, didn't have an enemy in the world

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler