Books published by Avon

The Friend

With his daughter in a coma, Danny wants someone to blame. But he should be careful what he wishes for.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Ask No Questions

On the 25th anniversary of a young girl’s murder, a journalist investigates whether the man imprisoned for the crime really was guilty.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by John Verpeleti

Liar, Liar

When a child is injured falling from a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale has a strong feeling that it wasn’t, as the parents claim, an accident. But proving who is lying and why isn’t an easy task.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Linda Wilson


Ursula, Gareth and Alice are strangers. But over the course of the next few days, they will realise they need one another to stay alive.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Missing Wife

Sleep-deprived new mother Louisa can trust no one – not her husband, nor her best friend, and certainly not her ex.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Perfect Kill

Bart wakes up in a pitch-dark container, with no idea where he is going or how he got there. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach uncover sordid, violent and distasteful activities as they investigate this and an apparently unrelated crime.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by John Barnbrook

At Your Door

When DCI Anna Tate looks down on the body of the brutally murdered girl, she cannot know people on high will soon be looking down on her every move.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Keep Her Close

DS Josie Masters is on her way to see her mother in an Oxford care home when her phone rings and she is told to go immediately to Oriel College where a girl student appears to have gone missing. It soon becomes clear that she is not the only one.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Arnold Taylor

A Version of the Truth

Joanne’s life will go into freefall the moment her son opens the file on his iPad.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor


One of the seven hotel guests is a murderer, and he or she is watching Anna.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Perfect Crime

It seems that there is a serial killer at work in Edinburgh who is specifically targeting people who have attempted suicide and murdering them with sophisticated cruelty. 

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Barnbrook

11 Missed Calls

Anna’s mother Debbie disappeared 30 years ago, but Anna has never stopped looking for her in her mind, as she clings to whatever scraps of information she can glean. Then a strange note casts doubt on everything Anna has been brought up to believe.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

Perfect Silence

A serial killer is taking girls, skinning them alive and making dolls from their skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach race against time to prevent the numbers of dead girls growing

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by John Barnbrook


When DC Beth Mayes begins seeing a link between a series of crimes in the area, instinct tells her security expert Derek Flint is involved.

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Kiss of Death

The National Crime Group’s existence is at threat and so its members are instructed to hunt out a list of the most wanted criminals. DS ‘Heck’ Heckenberg is charged with finding one of the most wanted men in the UK.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by John Barnbrook

Perfect Death

A naked girl is found dead on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh in midwinter in mysterious circumstances. DI Callanach and newly promoted DCI Ava Turner investigate.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by John Barnbrook


DC Lucy Clayburn’s father is a key figure in organised crime in the North West. Her career will be in trouble if this gets out.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by John Barnbrook

Perfect Prey

DIs Luc Callanach and Ava Turner are investigating a series of murders in Edinburgh and they are struggling to find any leads – until they realise that graffiti about each victim appears before the murder takes place.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Kate Balfour

The Fear

Lou was 14 when she was groomed by Mike, an older man. She returns to her hometown 18 years later to discover that Mike has a new victim, and she is determined to stop him.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Nicola Hodges

The Boneyard

A suspected murderer is returned from the US to the UK after his confession was found to be suspect. Attention turns immediately to him when similar killings start up again near where he is living.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by John Barnbrook

99 Red Balloons

When a young girl goes missing on her way home from school, an intense police hunt fails to find any trace of her. Grace’s mother wants her back, but someone else wants to keep her.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Linda Wilson

Trust Me

Kate Adiyiah saw a violent sexual attack on the internet, but proving it is impossible as the video no longer exists.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Angel

The body in the burnt-out signal box is just the beginning, but it could be the end for a lonely young man.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Ashes To Ashes

A killer has a caravan kitted out as a torture chamber, and he has moved to Bradburn, home of DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenberg. In the same town, there is another monstrous killer who, armed with a flame thrower, is burning his victims to death

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Escape

‘Keep an eye on your daughter.’ These are six words of advice to Jo Blackmore – or a threat. She must save her daughter and plan their escape.

Reviewed on 09 October 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Good Daughter

Dahlia came home to uncover the truth about her childhood, but wasn’t expecting to find a woman buried in the woods.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Secret

The hunt is on for DS Bridget Reid, who has been working as an undercover prostitute in Exeter.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Perfect Remains

Hikers find the remains of a body in a deserted Scottish bothy. There are clues to the identity of the victim but in reality she is screaming in fear in a locked Edinburgh basement.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by John Barnbrook

Dance With The Dead

A woman’s mutilated body gives PC Donal Lynch a possible way out of the Cold Case Squad and back onto an active murder investigation.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Linda Wilson


A woman, is murdering men in public pick-up spots. PC Lucy Clayburn forms part of the undercover team seeking to find the killer. As a result she unpacks much more about her life than she expected.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by John Barnbrook

The Teacher

Maverick cops DS Adrian Miles and DS Imogen Grey struggle to find the connection between a series of increasingly brutal killings.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Missing

15-year-old Billy Wilkinson went missing six months ago. His mother, Claire, is convinced he’s still alive, but her case isn’t helped when a press conference goes wrong and the spotlight is turned on her own family.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Linda Wilson

Alone With The Dead

Rookie PC Donal Lynch is one of the first on the scene of a brutal murder. The investigation quickly stalls, but the murdered woman herself is determined to make sure her case isn’t forgotten.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Linda Wilson

Tell Tale

DI Charlotte Savage has vowed revenge on the man who killed her daughter in a hit-and-run accident. Meanwhile, she is also faced with a dead body on the moors and trying to track down the murdered girl’s housemate.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler


When Patrick Doyle’s past comes back to haunt him, his daughter Franny finds herself caught up in a deadly game, not knowing that her own life is on the line.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Nemesis Program

Ben Hope wants a fresh start, including marriage and a future in the clergy, but events conspire against him, whether he likes it or not.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Linda Wilson

Dead Gone

A young girl is found murdered in Liverpool, prompting an investigation which turns into a hunt for a serial killer when a second body is discovered, and a note that talks about experiments suggests there are more deaths to follow

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Madeleine Marsh

The Accident

Susan Jackson's daughter Charlotte is in a coma after being hit by a bus – and she's the only person who thinks it wasn't an accident.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Jerusalem Puzzle

Archaeologist Max Kaiser is dead and Dr Susan Hunter is missing. Sean Ryan and his partner Isabel Sharp travel to Jerusalem in search of both Susan and answers, with terrifying consequences.

Reviewed on 22 January 2014 by Laura Parkin

The City of Strangers

Detective Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to New York on what appears to be a simple mission to escort a suspected murderer back to Ireland.  It turns out to be far from simple and highly dangerous.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Arnold Taylor