Head of Zeus


Books published by Head of Zeus

Rex v. Edith Thompson

An exploration of the famous 1922 Ilford murder for which Edith Thompson and her lover Freddy Bywaters were hanged, along with the attitudes to women revealed in that judgement.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Chris Roberts

Like Lions

Sheriff Clayton, the last surviving member of the Burroughs family which for decades ran drugs from Georgia’s Bull Mountain, comes under attack from a rival clan.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Boy at the Door

Cecilia Wilborg’s picture-perfect Scandinavian life is threatened when a small, lonely and vulnerable boy enters her world. She’s determined to protect her family and status in the wealthy Norwegian town, and takes extraordinary measures to keep her dark secrets hidden. 

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire

Partly disabled Met sergeant Betty Church avoids being invalided out when her godmother March Middleton arranges a transfer to the Suffolk force. She returns to the town where she grew up to find a police station in chaos and a murderer dubbed the Suffolk Vampire on the loose.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by John Cleal

Light It Up

When ex-marine Peter Ash helps an old army buddy by riding shotgun on a truck making legal cannabis deliveries, the job calls for all his military skills.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Chris Roberts

Bluff

Young magician Natalie Webb is down on her luck and persuaded to use her skills in a bent poker game. However, things don’t go according to plan.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Disappeared

The new Wyoming Governor asks game warden Joe Pickett to investigate the disappearance of a British woman, which is creating a stir in the British tabloids.

Reviewed on 04 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Drifter

Ex-marine Peter Ash returns home to the US with problems from service in the Middle East, but none sufficient to prevent him helping out the family of a once close comrade.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Brother

Yasmine broke her promise to protect her little brother, but when she realises he is still alive, she is determined to make amends.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by John Cleal

Undertow

An Irish detective’s suicide leads PSNI Inspector Celcius Daly across the border into a labyrinth of lies, corruption and murderous violence.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by John Cleal

Day of the Dead

DCI Eve Clay is on the hunt for a serial killer – the killer that most of the country reveres.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Trust Me

It’s not like 17-year-old Sam to skip school. Lizzie, his father’s partner, is determined to find out what is threatening the family unit she’s built up.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Linda Wilson

Eighteen Below

It looked like suicide when the car drove into the water. But now the troubled Helsingborg crime squad know it is murder.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Downside

When the theft of valuable metal ore ends in arrest for Finn and his gang, he smells a rat. A new heist offers opportunities, and the chance to find the man responsible.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Coven

Widowed Beatrice Scarlet loses her son to Red Indian raiders and returns to England to help at a home for ‘fallen girls’, but finds there are as many savages in 18th century London as in the wilds of colonial America.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by John Cleal

District VIII

Romany cop Balthazar Kovacs receives a text showing a dead man, one of the hundreds of refugees crowded into Budapest hoping for a new life in the West.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Chris Roberts

In the Dark

Five years ago, tracking down a ruthless serial killer would have been all in a day’s work. But five years ago, Jenny Aaron wasn’t blind.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Dead

Investigator Ana Maria Galindez seeks Leopoldo Guzman, who recently reappeared in Madrid after years of dirty work in a shadowy squad created by Franco – even now reluctant to surrender its powers.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Ninth Grave

Two countries, two predators, too many victims, and winter is closing in.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Paradise Valley

Cassie Dewell has spent years tracking a serial killer known as the Lizard King. An attempt at a trap goes spectacularly awry so Cassie must find another route to finally bring him down.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Room by the Lake

Caitlin leaves behind her life in London and heads for New York in search of a new start. Instead of a job in a coffee shop and a cheap apartment, she finds herself drawn to the simplicity of life in a cult.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Dark Isle

Sam returns to the island of Hoy, scene of her childhood holidays, to uncover the facts surrounding the death of her undercover policeman father.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by John Cleal

Vicious Circle

Game Warden Joe Pickett’s history with the Cates clan has given rise to a vicious circle of hatred which pitches his family into a fight for their survival.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

Dark Dawn Over Steep House

After the daughter of a respected naval captain, is ‘outraged’ on the dirty and dangerous streets of Limehouse and her attacker vanishes, a chance encounter in a cafe brings a new victim to light, and sets March and Grice on the trail of a serial offender.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by John Cleal

Trespass

Inspector Celcius Daly investigates the abduction of a boy by a group of travellers suspected of smuggling and organised crime and uncovers a link to an unsolved ‘disappearance’ during the Troubles.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by John Cleal

The Salt Marsh

Sam Coyle’s father lived and died in the shadows of undercover policing among the criminals, spies and radicals of Cold War London. He left nothing to his daughter but tradecraft, paranoia and enemies.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Cleal

Road Kill

Club owner Ronnie goes on a road trip across the US with his friend Eli to search for an enemy, while UK employee Daisy tries to hold the club together.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Find Me

A young man is convinced that his girlfriend didn’t commit suicide and that she is still alive and in danger.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Jim Beaman

Living Death

Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire and her team are stretched to their limit. Illegal drugs in Cork are at an all-time high. A gang of dog-nappers are terrorising kennel owners. A girl leaves a nightclub – and disappears. Katie realises the three crimes may be connected.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Cleal

Guilty Minds

An on-line scandal sheet threatens to publish a story about a Supreme Court justice and a prostitute. PI Nick Heller has to show the judge has been framed before the story goes live.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

The House With No Rooms

A chilling case for detective’s daughter, Stella Darnell, as crimes of the past echo in the present.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Jim Beaman

To Fight For

Former Para and bare knuckle fighter turned-assassin Joe seeks vengeance on those who killed the woman he loved.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by John Cleal

Dead Silent

DCI Eve Clay has to delve deep into her own past in an attempt to solve a macabre murder in a Liverpool suburb.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Linda Wilson

In the Name of Love

Young and beautiful but rude and dysfunctional Lena Sundman was brutally murdered on one of the Swedish islands. To start with a family of Iraqi refugees falls under suspicion, but nothing is as clear cut as the ordinary inhabitants and the wealthy weekenders would like to think. 

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Paris Spring

Will Flemyng of the British Secret Service is on his way to the embassy in Paris when a young unknown man speaks to him quite out of the blue and sets in motion a series of events that threaten to lead to his ruin and exposure.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Off The Grid

Nate Romanowski’s attempt to stay off the grid is ended when two government agents pressure him into undertaking a special mission. Luckily his old friend Joe Pickett is around to give him a hand.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Secrets of Gaslight Lane

‘Personal’ detective Sidney Grice and his ward March Middleton struggle to unravel the mystery of two killings of members of the same family in the same house, but ten years apart.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by John Cleal

Buried

The mummified bodies of a family and their pets found beneath the floorboards of a cottage point to an execution during the Troubles.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Mulberry Bush

A young American meets an Argentinian woman in Buenos Aires and falls in love with her. However, he conceals the fact that he has one aim in life – to avenge his father, whose life had been ruined by the CIA.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Silence

Inspector Celcius Daly investigates the car crash death of a priest and is dragged back into deadly history of the Troubles – and the death of his mother.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by John Cleal

The Fixer

Rick Hoffman’s discovery of a fortune in cash concealed in his father’s old study leads him to an investigation of corruption and a rethink of his own life.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Exile

In 1954, Comandante Guzman of the Brigada Especial is assigned to eliminate a Basque patriot, but finds his brutal wartime activities in the area are well remembered.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

Scarlet Widow

Orphaned at 16, Beatrice Scarlet marries a Proestant preacher and emigrates to America. When animals are found slaughtered, with indications of satanism, she suspects a human rather than a supernatural hand.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by John Cleal

Blood Mist

A family is massacred in their home in Liverpool, and another the night after. DCI Eve Clay is caught in a race against time to save the lives of the family who comes next.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Madeleine Marsh

Endangered

Game warden Joe Pickett takes the law into his own hands when his adopted daughter is beaten close to death and his main suspect has an unshakeable alibi.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by John Cleal

Victim Without A Face

The instant Detective Fabian Risk leaves Stockholm and moves with his family to his hometown of Helsingborg, he becomes involved in a string of horrendous murders of his schoolfriends.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Blood Sisters

When a number of elderly nuns are brutally murdered, DS Katie Maguire investigates the convent they served, and finds evidence of criminality on a prodigious scale lasting over decades.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Chris Roberts

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

March Middleton is invited to meet her only living relative, a previously unknown uncle. She wakes the following morning to find her uncle dead and a bloody axe in her hand.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by John Cleal

The Valley

With a past that haunts him and a dead-end admin job, US Lieutenant Black is sick of the army. Then he is tasked with a minor investigation in a desolate northern Afghan valley – and is plunged into a whirlpool of lies, madness, drugs and killing.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by John Cleal

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

A Dancer in the Dust

When a friend is found dead in a New York back street, Ray Campbell feels obliged to return to the African state of Lubanda and to confront a past he would prefer to forget.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Bull Mountain

For generations, Bull Mountain in Georgia has been home to the Burroughs family and a base for their illegal activities, but law enforcement agencies are planning to close them down.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Traitor

The discovery of a banker on a popular Venice beach, his throat cut and tongue removed, kicks off an investigation with international ramifications.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

Shots Fired

Ten stories from the foothills of the Rockies, home to game warden Joe Pickett, and all featuring some sort of conflict.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

Hand of God

London City’s star striker collapses during a Champions League match in Greece – and manager Scott Manson finds himself investigating in a country that is starting to crumble.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Orkney Twilight

Jim is a great storyteller, whose stories get wilder with each glass of whisky. Teenage daughter Sam tries to find out the truth about her undercover cop dad.

Reviewed on 27 February 2015 by John Cleal

Angel of Death

An abused woman seeks revenge on the ring of middle-class professionals who turned her into a drug-addled whore, while a disillusioned veteran detective tries to exploit her quest to bring down a vicious criminal gang.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by John Cleal

January Window

Scott Manson is coach at Premiership football team London City. But he finds himself investigating murder when the manager is found dead.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Mangle Street Murders

Noted ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice begrudgingly accepts help from his ward March Middleton to solve a series of brutal knife murders which are terrifying the East End of Victorian London.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Abomination

A murdered woman in priest’s robes is washed up on the steps of a Venetian church. As Capitano Katerina Tapo investigates, she is drawn into a world of international conspiracy with shocking consequences.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

White Bones

The dismembered bones of 11 women whose skeletons bear the marks of a careful butcher are found on a Cork farm. A young American hitch-hiker goes missing, and Ireland’s first senior female detective, Superintendent Katie Maguire, must solve the ancient murders to find a link to a terrifying modern killer.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by John Cleal