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Books published by Soho Press

Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra travel to Cheltenham in an attempt to improve Jane’s ailing health, but their holiday turns out not to be as relaxing as they had expected.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

When Hell Struck Twelve

Boston detective Billy Boyle is on the track of a French traitor betraying the Resistance movement in the run-up to the liberation of Paris.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by John Cleal

Black Souls

Three boys born into poverty in southern Italy stay together as they grow up and eventually make a lot of money in the big cities in the north of the country. But it comes at a cost.  

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

The Summer of Ellen

The realities of modern Copenhagen and of Jutland farmland from the 1970s clash as Jacob Errbo, an architect drinking through his bitter divorce, must return to the area he has not visited for nearly 40 years. His very old great-uncles Anton and Anders want to find out what happened to a beautiful hippy Ellen who moved in with them from a local commune.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Ewa Sherman

Invitation to Die

DI John Redfyre discovers a body and uncovers a story of wartime betrayal and multiple murders.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by John Cleal

G.I. Confidential

US Army CID agents Sueno and Bascom investigate a South Korean bank robbery which has all the hallmarks of military involvement.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Chris Roberts

Here Is What You Do

A collection of haunting short stories set around the USA and featuring a wide variety of people, but all involving pain or loss.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Chris Roberts

Diary of a Dead Man on Leave

As war looms, a Soviet undercover agent faces a crisis of belief when he becomes involved with the German family he lodges with.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

Hunting Game

Detective Inspector Embla Nyström arrives for the annual autumn moose hunt in a deep Swedish forest. The local hunters are not happy about Peter, an outsider, joining them. Two people disappear, and then one is found dead in a lake. 

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Ewa Sherman

The Satapur Moonstone

Lawyer Perveen Mistry is selected to advise on the education of a young maharaja in the tiny princely state of Satapur and finds the boy is at the centre of a power dispute.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Murder on the Left Bank

When a young man is murdered for a notebook, his uncle Eric Besson pleads with PI Aimée Leduc to investigate.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

99 Ways to Die

Chan Jing-nan becomes involved when his friend Peggy’s father is kidnapped and threatened with death if he doesn’t hand over a new computer chip.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Lives Laid Away

Detroit ex-cop August Snow is unimpressed by government action to combat the sexual exploitation and traffic of girls and so takes matters into his own hands.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Bertie: The Complete Prince of Wales Mysteries

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, is a pleasure seeker, searching out the best meals, the most beautiful women, and the most lavish parties. He also fancies himself as an amateur detective and relates his ventures into crime.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by John Cleal

An Elderley Lady is Up to No Good

Maud is nearly 90 years old and lives rent-free in a spacious apartment in Gothenburg. She might be old and seemingly confused but will not allow anyone to upset her peace and quiet.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Night Town

Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender takes on a commission, although the money offered looks a little too good. When a competitor is killed he wants to know why.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Chris Roberts

Baby's First Felony

Criminal defence investigator Cecil Younger’s favour for a client gets him into bad trouble. And when his daughter is kidnapped, he has to take extraordinary measures.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Dark Clouds Shining

It’s 1921 and former secret service officer Jack McColl is approached by his former boss to undertake a mission to Russia. MI5, whose remit does not extend to Europe, is involved there and he needs to find out precisely what they are doing.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Fall of Angels

Cambridge Detective Inspector John Redfyre investigates what appears to be the attempted murder of a female musician and is dragged into a nightmare of misogyny and murder as other killings quickly follow.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by John Cleal

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

A boyfriend finding his soon-to-be fiancée dead in her bathtub would be the start of a complicated tale in any country. But this is Cuba where layers of ambiguity and lies cover every aspect of life.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

Cult X

Searching for a girl who disappeared after a brief relationship, Toru Narazaki visits an address in Tokyo occupied by a cult and gets drawn into a bizarre world.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Chris Roberts

Don't Eat Me

Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai investigates a body apparently gnawed by small animals, while Dr Siri Paiboun organises a Lao film version of War and Peace.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Chris Roberts

My Name is Nathan Lucius

Nathan Lucius sells advertising space for a Cape Town newspaper. When his only real friend Madge asks him to kill her, Nathan is prepared to help.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Chris Roberts

Protected by the Shadows

The burnt-out body is just the beginning in this latest wave of organised crime and Goteburg detective Irene Huss discovers her own family is caught up in the gang chaos.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Ghost Month

When Jing-nan hears that his high school sweetheart has been murdered, he is determined to get an explanation, especially when he gets warned off.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

Ghost Month

When Jing-nan hears that his high school sweetheart has been murdered, he is determined to get an explanation, especially when he gets warned off.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Second Day of the Renaissance

Just as Piero Trotti is getting used to retirement from the police, he is made aware of a threat from the past. It becomes all too real on a trip he makes to Rome for his god-daughter’s wedding.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Kingdom

Yurika poses as a prostitute to obtain compromising photographs of men. Life gets complicated when one of her targets turns out to be a powerful man who knows what she has been doing.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Singer From Memphis

Athenian investigator Nicolaos and priestess wife, Diotima, are hired by would-be historian Herodotus to guard him on a research trip to war-torn Egypt.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by John Cleal

Dragon Day

When Ellie McEnroe is asked by Sidney Cao to play detective she can’t say no, but is only too aware that snooping around the rich and powerful of Beijing can be very dangerous.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Smoke and Whispers

Sarah Tucker finds out from the internet that the body of her friend, Zoe Boehm, has been discovered floating in the Tyne. She is asked by the local police to go to Newcastle and make a formal identification.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Smaller and Smaller Circles

The poor who scavenge the Payatas dump in Manila don’t rate very highly with law enforcement, so when the eviscerated bodies of boys begin to be found it is a while before anyone sees a pattern.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

Nobody Walks

His son’s apparent suicide brings Tom Bettany back to the UK, determined to find some answers.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Arnold Taylor

For The Dead

The purchase of a used phone exposes Poke Rafferty and his family to danger from a man with very powerful connections.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

Murder in Pigalle

When her friends’ daughter Zazie goes missing in pursuit of a child molester, Aimee Leduc begins her own investigation.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

A Spider in the Cup

Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands, investigating the body of a young woman found in the Thames mud and also charged with protecting a powerful American senator who’s in London for a key economic conference, discovers the two are linked – and that far more is at stake.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal

A Few Drops of Blood

Captain Natalia Monte is assigned the case of two men found murdered and posed in a private garden. Several people have a motive but the trail is cold.

Reviewed on 23 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

Slow Horses

A man is displayed bound and hooded on the internet with the information that he will be beheaded in 48 hours. Jackson Lamb, head of MI5’s Slough House, does not subscribe to the general view that this is Al-Qaeda inspired and begins an investigation.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Death Money

Detective Jack Yu investigates the death of a young Chinese man and finds a connection to one of the most powerful men in Chinatown.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

Dead Lions

A former member of MI5 is found dead on a bus, apparently as a result of a heart attack.  An ex-colleague doesn’t believe it and sets out to investigate.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Arnold Taylor