Faber and Faber

Books published by Faber and Faber


Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called from Dublin to a country house where a priest has been savagely murdered. As the snow piles up, he struggles to understand the strange family who live there.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Chris Roberts

Tokyo Redux

The death of a prominent official in post-war Japan remains a mystery to this day, but the circumstances are explored through the lives of fictional characters who were touched by the event.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Chris Roberts

The Bramble and the Rose

Policeman Henry Farrell is called in when a body is found, suspected to be the victim of a bear. Events prove there is more than one predator in the woods.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Chris Roberts

Kitty Peck and the Parliament of Shadows

As Kitty continues her fight against the ‘Barons’ of crime and to dismantle Paradise, her grandmother’s sprawling East End empire, she faces a series of new challenges including a fundamentalist religious sect led by a charismatic preacher.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by John Cleal


When a huge wolf escapes his captors and a dangerous cult leader escapes the psychiatric facility it can only mean that a young woman, Susso, might be in danger again. Years ago she killed a troll and since then her life has been traumatic.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Ewa Sherman

The Stories You Tell

A phone call in the middle of the night never brings good news, and the one private investigator Roxanne Weary gets from her brother is no exception to that rule, especially when he was the last person to see a missing woman.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Linda Wilson

Lady in the Lake

Maddie Swartz, a respectable housewife, decides she needs a change, so she goes to live on her own and tries to get a job in a newsroom. A young girl is murdered and Maddie finds the body. This is just the start of Maddie’s troubles. 

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor


In a quintessential English village primal forces are stirring, incited by a charming, naive and unusual boy.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Barnbrook

The Chaos of Now

Teenager hacker Eli Bennett is asked by two schoolmates to join them in an attempt to win a prestigious coding competition – and they aren’t prepared to take no for an answer.

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Linda Wilson

All the Beautiful Lies

Harry Ackerson, on the verge of graduation, is called home to Maine after the death of his father in a mystery fall. As he learns more about his father’s life – and the various women involved – he becomes convinced the death was no accident.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by John Cleal

Escape and Evasion

Joseph Ashcroft steals £1.34 billion from the bank where he works and distributes it to numerous strangers worldwide. Then he goes on the run

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Chris Roberts


Journalist Rebekah Roberts looks into a murder conviction over 20 years old, when the New York crime rate was appalling and justice severely compromised.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Chris Roberts

Sleep No More

Six inventive, occasionally witty and convincing scenarios involving murder, its motives and the course of natural justice from one of crime fiction’s greatest writers.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal

An English Murder

In the cut-off ancestral home of Warbeck Hall, the dying Lord assembles his closest relatives for what will be their last Christmas together. One is murdered and it falls to another guest to find out why.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by John Cleal

Days Without End

Two young men meet after they sign up for the US Army in the 1850s. Together they go through the Indian Wars and the Civil War, experiencing the horrors of battle, imprisonment and loss.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Hours Before Dawn

Stressed suburban wife and mother Louise is grateful that their new lodger is quiet and educated, seemingly the perfect house guest. But appearances can be deceptive.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Last Place You Look

PI Roxane Weary is hired to find a woman who went missing 15 years ago and who may well hold the key to saving a man from Death Row.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Linda Wilson

Fateful Mornings

Carpenter Kevin O’Keefe reports his girlfriend Penny missing and admits to a shooting. County policeman Henry Farrell tries to find out what has been going on.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow

Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, her grandmother’s sprawling criminal empire in the Thames docklands. But the past casts a long shadow and she must face a criminal cabal intent on her humiliation and destruction.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by John Cleal

Black Night Falling

Reporter Charlie Yates answers a plea from a former colleague and is plunged into a stew of small town corruption and murder.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by John Cleal

The Contract

It’s 1967 and Texas Ranger John Quarrie finds evidence of a murder. He follows the trail to New Orleans, where he comes up against a conspiracy at the top levels of society.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

Four very different teenagers who don’t even like each other are forced onto the run after police break up an illicit drinking party.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Girl In Green

Journalist Thomas Benton is persuaded by ex-US soldier Arwood Hobbes to return to the Middle East to atone for their failure to save a girl in the aftermath of  Operation Desert Storm 20 years before.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by John Cleal

Long Time Lost

Kate Sutherland needs to stay out of the clutches of the people who don’t want her to testify in a murder trial and to do that she needs Nick Miller’s help.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

The girl George Foss fell in love with in college faked suicide so she could disappear. Twenty years later she walls into a bar with a new name to tell George she is in trouble and he is the only one who can help.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by John Cleal

In Bitter Chill

Two girls are snatched off the street in small-town Derbyshire in 1978. One, Rachel Jones, is found. The other, Sophie Jenkins, disappears forever. More than 30 years later, Sophie’s mother commits suicide, and Rachel realises she has to find out what really happened.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Craig Sisterson

Kitty Peck and The Child of Ill Fortune

Kitty Peck is the reluctant heiress to Paradise, the criminal East End empire of her grandmother Lady Ginger. She is reunited with her estranged brother in Paris, and is persuaded to take a child back to London – but it is soon clear someone is determined to kill the little boy.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by John Cleal

Blood Whispers

Rising criminal lawyer Keira Lynch can break a vicious Eastern European prostitution ring – if she can keep her client alive long enough to give evidence. But those behind the whoremasters will kill to protect their secret.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by John Cleal

Forty Acres

Rising lawyer Martin Grey comes to the notice of a group of black powerbrokers. They invite him to join them, but when he visits their secretive headquarters he discovers an alternative world which challenges most deeply held beliefs.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by John Cleal

After I'm Gone

Felix Brewer knows how to make money, but not always legally.  When the law catches up with him he decides to disappear, leaving family and friends behind.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Blue Is The Night

Ulster Attorney General Lance Curran faces huge political pressures over his decision to prosecute a young man for a brutal killing where a conviction and death sentence threatens to rip the Province apart. At the same time he must deal with an increasingly unstable wife and a rebellious adolescent daughter.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by John Cleal

Broken Dolls

When young women are abducted, tortured and lobotomised before being released, the detective inspector in charge of the case calls on Jefferson Winter for help. Once an FBI agent, Winter is now a private consultant helping law enforcement with particularly difficult and harrowing cases.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

The Baklava Club

Ottoman detective Yashim becomes drawn in to a dispute between supporters and opponents of European powers fought in the heart of the 1842 Ottoman Empire.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

White Crocodile

Tess Hardy is clearing mines in Cambodia, trying to find why her husband died, and whether the feared White Crocodile holds the explanation.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

Kill and Tell

DI Will Wagstaffe is desperate to find evidence to exonerate a subordinate of the murder for which he is on remand, but the disappearance of a man with Sicilian ancestry is a distraction.

Reviewed on 04 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Dead Beat

Journalism student Martha Fluke’s first day as a newspaper intern begins with a bang when a man shoots himself in the head while he’s on the phone to her.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

San Francisco PI Claire DeWitt seeks the killer of ex-boyfriend Paul, and re-examines the beginning of her professional life in Brooklyn.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

Dead Line

Daniel Trent is a specialist in hostage negotiation, but this time it’s personal. It’s his own girlfriend who has gone missing, and to find out the truth of her disappearance, Trent first has to negotiate the freedom of the man he thinks is responsible.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

Sweet Damage

When Tim finds what seems to be the perfect flat for a cheap rent, he’s expecting a catch, but doesn’t expect it to come in the form of Anna, the beautiful and mysterious owner.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

Where The Dead Men Go

Journalist Gerry Conway is back on his old paper and immediately embroiled in the death of a colleague and Glasgow’s infamous gang warfare.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler


A Wall Street investment banker is shot dead. That night a hedge fund manager is killed. Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey follows a hunch and opens the door to a world of fabulous riches and staggeringly amoral political and financial manipulation.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by John Cleal

If You Were Here

A journalist investigating a subway rescue identifies the saviour as a friend who disappeared ten years ago, triggering a reappraisal of the past.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

Night Train to Jamalpur

Captain Jim Stringer is in India in 1923 to counter railway corruption, but a death and a series of deadly snake attacks redirect his efforts.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

Lie Still

Emily and husband Mike have moved to Texas due to Mike’s new job as police chief.  Emily tries her best to forget her difficult past and to take part in the local social life, but things become very problematic when a woman goes missing.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

And When She Was Good

Helen’s childhood with a violent father leads her into a life with many risks.  When a so-called suburban madam in a neighbouring county is found murdered and other signs of danger appear, Helen realises that she needs to make some changes to her life, but can she?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Eleven Days

DI Carrigan and DS Miller are assigned to investigate a fire that has gutted a small West London convent. The bodies of all ten nuns are found inside, apparently willing victims as they have made no attempt to escape. Then an eleventh body is discovered and what began as a fatal mystery becomes a full-scale murder.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders

Teenage music hall seamstress Kitty Peck is blackmailed into a career as an aerial artiste but in return for freedom for the brother she thought dead, Kitty must also find out why girls are going missing from the music halls Lady Ginger controls.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by John Cleal