Books published by Pan

Black 13

Exiled ex-MI6 agent Scott Pearce and his friends fight a secret war to stop a right wing takeover.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Cleal

If I Can't Have You

Constance falls for him from the moment she meets Samuel. But she is not falling in love. She is tumbling far from reality.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Capture or Kill

A newly-formed black ops team, drawn from MI5 surveillance officers, must work against the clock to stop a terrorist attack.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Linda Wilson

I Spy

Former soldier and intelligence officer Tom Marcus tells the inside story of his time in an MI5 surveillance team.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Linda Wilson

The Last Trial

In his last trial, Sandy Stern and his daughter Marta defend a Nobel Prize-winning doctor against accusations of fraud and murder arising out of the marketing of a new cancer medication.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Chris Roberts

A Nearly Normal Family

When 18-year-old Stella is arrested for the murder of a rich charming businessman, her pastor father and lawyer mother are desperate to fight for their daughter and to do anything possible to stop destruction of their family. But the lies and the truth might be too much for them.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Ewa Sherman

Time For the Dead

Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod takes a much-needed break on Skye, but soon finds herself caught up in an unexpected investigation.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Date with Poison

PI Samson O’Brien is in deep trouble, framed by a gang out to destroy him. When his godson goes missing, accused of dealing drugs, can he persuade his estranged partner Delilah Metcalfe to help him find the boy?

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by John Cleal

Sins of the Dead

In Glasgow a murderer is killing people in subtle ways, and leaving the signs of a sin eater. It appears that this killer is well informed in the ways of forensic science, probably attending a course part run by forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by John Barnbrook

The Last Brother

Morris Raab fights his way up from a poor New York East Side upbringing to be a major player in the rag trade, but gangsters are determined to take a slice.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Chris Roberts

Only Child

Six-year-old Zach is safe, but the gunman outside his classroom is about to destroy his life.

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Good Sister

When a 17-year-old girl makes her way from the UK to Syria, her father is determined to find her and bring her home.

Reviewed on 00 March 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Other Woman

Emily falls for Adam, unaware she has become part of a twisted love triangle – one that could be the death of her.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor


Australian lawyer Kerry Maxwell, in Africa to volunteer alongside vet Dr Graham Baird at a wildlife rehabilitation centre, finds herself a captive in a bloody feud on the frontline of the war on poaching.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by John Cleal

The Cull

Former mercenary Sonja Kurtz, given the chance to lead Southern Africa’s first all-woman anti-animal poaching unit, becomes involved in a bloody confrontation with an international criminal gang.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by John Cleal

The Trial of Adolf Hitler

The true story of the 1923 ‘beer hall putsch’ and subsequent trial, which provided Adolf Hitler with a great opportunity for publicity, kick-starting his rise to power.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Chris Roberts

Date With Mystery

Private eye Samson O’Brien and dating agency boss Delilah Metcalfe are reunited in what seems a simple case which uncovers secrets some would far rather stayed buried.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by John Cleal


Life couldn’t get much worse for Leanne Riley – she’s out of work and barely surviving life in a grotty bed-sit. Jake could be her escape route or her road to hell.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Date With Malice

When elderly Alice Shepherd tries to convince detective Samson O’Brien someone is trying to kill her, he dismisses her fears as the ramblings of a confused old lady. Then a series of incidents at her retirement home launches him into a complex investigation.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

Shattered Minds

In a future world, virtual reality is used to modify experience but a company plans a new program to control the emotions of the whole population. The Trust, a group of like-minded individuals, are determined to stop them.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by John Barnbrook

Gallows Drop

An investigation into a macabre hanging on an ancient gallows thrusts DCI Kate Daniels’ private life firmly into the spotlight.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Killer

Two women, Kaz Phelps and Nicci Armstrong – one the scion of a notable family of Essex gangsters, the other retired from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds – are under threat and must cooperate to survive.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Kate Balfour

The Constant Soldier

It is 1944 and Paul Brandt, a German soldier, is returning home from the Russian front, disfigured and having lost an arm. He has no idea what his future will be once he has recovered from his injuries.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

False Hearts

Tila and Taema are sisters who used to be conjoined twins. They moved from an isolated cult to live in San Francisco, and here they were separated and given new artificial hearts. Tila is in serious trouble and Taema agrees to go under cover to save her.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by John Barnbrook

Red Earth

A South African woman is carjacked. Police are dealing with the assassination of the American ambassador by a suicide bomber and cannot respond, so helicopter pilot Nia Carras and wildlife researcher Mike Dunn are called in to pursue the vehicle.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

The Night Stalker

Met detectives Lockyer and Bennett are sent over to Somerset to investigate a suspicious fatal car accident and find themselves working in the shadow of a 200-year-old murder.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Linda Wilson

Pill City

The true story of two tech-savvy Baltimore 18-year-olds who created a dark web drug delivery service for legal and illegal opiates across the US.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Women of Baker Street

Holmes’ landlady, Mrs Hudson, is in hospital, and thinks she sees a murder, but cannot be sure. Dr Watson’s wife Mary investigates a number of missing young boys. Gradually the two inquiries are drawn together and their lives are put in danger.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by John Cleal

The Trap

Reclusive famous writer Linda Conrad has seen the reporter’s face once before – the night he killed her sister.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

None But The Dead

The discovery of symbolic muslin roses and the unearthing of a human skull are the forerunners of a series of events that will rock the community of far-flung Sanday in the Orkneys and will lead to the arrival of Dr Rhona MacLeod, a forensic expert and other mainland police officers.

Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by John Barnbrook

An Empty Coast

Semi-retired mercenary Sonja Kurtz is on a mission of personal revenge, when her daughter in Namibia sends a call for help. The student archaeologist has discovered a body which sparks a hunt for the location of a treasure that people will kill for.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by John Cleal

No Place Like Home

Craig Macklin’s parents owe money and the interest is mounting at a rate they can’t keep pace with, but when Craig tries to help out, he finds that paying the money back isn’t easy.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Linda Wilson

Cold Earth

Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez of the Shetland police is attending the funeral of an old friend when a sudden land slip smashes through a croft in its path.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes has been murdered. That might not be so much of a problem but now there are a series of murders linked to Holmes stories set in London. So just how do you solve the murder of a fictional character?

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Anthea Hawdon

The Silent Room

A Special Branch officer, believed to have gone rogue, is taken from a hijacked prison van after being refused bail. Most believe DI Jack Fenwick has been sprung by his dodgy mates, but his former sergeant believes he’s been taken against his will and is an innocent man.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

Down Among the Dead Men

Jason Green works for crime boss Harry Irwell, but when Jason’s younger brother gets into trouble, it looks like he’s on his own, despite having friends in low places.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Linda Wilson

Big Bad Wolf

The body of a young woman is found on a river bank. Chief Detective Superintendant Pia Kirchoff has no lead to follow up, although a brief visit to an old school reunion results in more than she expects.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Every Night I Dream Of Hell

With its boss in prison, hard man Nate Colgan is named ‘security consultant’ to the Jamieson criminal empire, his job to track down an outside challenge and deal with internal power bids.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by John Cleal

The Lying Down Room

Commandant Morel is called to investigate the case of an old woman found dead in her bed. It doesn’t take him too long to come to the conclusion that she did not die a natural death.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Thin Air

Three old university friends, Caroline, Eleanor and Polly, leave London for the Shetland Isles where they are to celebrate Caroline’s recent marriage to a Shetlander. Almost immediately after the party, one of them disappears and her body is found in a loch.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Friends To Die For

A group of friends meet every Sunday in a Covent Garden restaurant. But their lives are turned upside down when some seemingly minor pranks turn very nasty.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Tilted World

Two prohibition agents are sent to a small Deep South town to investigate the disappearance of their predecessors.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by John Cleal


In New York’s East Village, the remains of a young girl are found. Detective Callum Doyle has seen a similar killing in the past and he knows who committed both crimes. The problem is, no one believes him.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

Paths of the Dead

The body of a young man is found at a Neolithic stone circle in Glasgow. DI Michael McNab thinks the killing is drug-related but forensic scientist Rhona Macleod isn’t convinced.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Sudden Arrival of Violence

As the bosses of rival Glasgow gangs manoeuvre for control, killer Calum MacLean has had enough. He seizes his chance to quit, but cannot anticipate the effect this decision will have.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by John Cleal


When medical researcher Pia Gradzani stumbles upon a collapsed jogger and performs CPR, she is drawn into the dangerous secrets of her high-security employer, Nano LLC.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sylvia Wilson


Churchill has lost his bid to lead the wartime government and Britain surrenders. Resistance to the German masters slowly builds.

Reviewed on 10 June 2014 by John Cleal

The Twelfth Department

In 1937 Moscow policeman Captain Korolev is assigned to the murders of two important scientists, but secret police interest complicates his task.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Helper

A murder victim in a shabby bookstore appears to be a message for Detective Callum Doyle. In mysterious phone calls Doyle is told he will be given clues to more deaths – provided he keeps them to himself. Should he conceal knowledge that could stop these vicious and apparently random killings?

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by John Cleal

How a Gunman Says Goodbye

Hitman Frank McLeod has a problem. After decades at the top of his profession he has bodged a job – and had to be rescued by the young killer he recruited. What does a gunman do in retirement? Can he quit or is he a danger to himself and his former bosses?

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by John Cleal

The Jackal's Share

Corporate investigator Ben Webster is hired by a billionaire Iranian expat to quash rumours about his asset management business and is plunged into the murky world of lies, greed and betrayals that is international finance – and the even more dangerous one of Middle Eastern politics.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by John Cleal

Dead Water

A boat floating in a marina is found to contain the dead body of a young man, a former resident of Shetland.  The police investigative team consists of a woman whose first major case this is and a man still traumatised by the death of his wife.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Dead Man's Time

New York gangs of the 1920s meet 2012 Brighton as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates an attack on an elderly woman

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler