Books published by W&N

The Secret Life of Writers

In 1999 the celebrated author Nathan Fawles withdrew to Beaumont, a stunning wild island in Mediterranean. After publishing three successful novels he stopped both writing and contact with the outside world. Nearly 20 years later a young Swiss journalist tries to unlock his secrets when a grim crime takes place on the island.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Ewa Sherman

Blood Grove

Easy Rawlins accepts a case on behalf of a Vietnam veteran against his own better judgement and soon finds himself the target of police, the FBI and organised crime.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Chris Roberts


A fascinating insight into a woman ahead of her time during and after World War I and how she was forced to pose as a man to establish a career as a crime writer.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by John Cleal

The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns

A 140-year-old cold case investigation into a true crime of passion – the murder of bon viveur and conman Harry Larkyns by one of the fathers on modern cinema.  

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

The Man in the Woods

There is a creepy man in the woods; a bad man with the face of a skull. And it you don't watch out he's coming to get you …

Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by Viv Beeby

Trouble Is What I Do

New-York-based PI Leonid McGill accepts a job delivering a document to a woman establishing her black ancestry, something her corrupt father is unwilling to accept.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Reunion

A reunion at a high-end college in the French Riviera threatens to uncover secrets that some former pupils had hoped were long buried.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Linda Wilson

Hi Five

PI Isaiah Quintabe – IQ – is coerced into trying to prove that the daughter of the West Coast’s biggest illegal arms dealer did not kill her boyfriend. But the girl has multiple personality disorder – and any of her radically different ‘selves’ could have committed or contracted out the murder!

Reviewed on 13 June 2020 by John Cleal

Under Occupation

Spying and subterfuge in occupied Paris inspired by the true story of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled intelligence to Britain through the French resistance.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by John Cleal

Not Saying Goodbye

Detective Erast Fandorin wakes after three years in a coma in a world he barely recognises – Russia in the throes of revolution.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Call Him Mine

When journalist Andrew and his photographer boyfriend Carlos come across a body in the street, Carlos pushes for answers and pays a terrible price. Andrew is determined to identify those responsible and exact some sort of retribution.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

Flowers Over the Inferno

A disfigured body is found in the mountains near a remote village in Northern Italy, close to the Austrian border.  Police superintendent Teresa Battaglia must break through the closed and secretive nature of the local villagers.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Time is a Killer

Twenty-seven years after the accident that killed her parents and brother, Clotilde is back on the island of Corsica where they died. But her past is about to rise and threaten her and her family.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Down the River Unto the Sea

Joe King Oliver is a New York PI still coming to terms with being ousted from the NYPD is invited to help a black radical accused of killing two crooked police detectives.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Chris Roberts


Neighbourhood sleuth Isaiah Quintabe is getting closer to explaining his brother’s death, and is asked to help when a couple of gamblers get into trouble with Chinese triads.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Chris Roberts

All the World's a Stage

A friend asks Erast Fandorin to look into apparent threats to Moscow’s favourite artiste, a talented and beautiful actress, but the detective compromises his quest by falling in love with her.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by John Cleal

The Child Finder

Naomi is a private investigator who specialises in finding missing children. Her latest case is that of five-year-old Madison Culver, who went missing three years ago.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Linda Wilson


In an alternative Victorian Britain all people have developed a trait wherein thick black smoke emits from their body whenever they experience anger, lust, hatred or envy. Two boys who meet at a boarding school become embroiled in plots to uncover the nature and possible cure for this affliction.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by John Barnbrook


Asiah Quintabe, known as IQ, is presented with a testing puzzle when he is asked to find out who is threatening rapper Calvin Wright, better known as Black the Knife.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

Don't Let Go

Martial Bellion’s wife is missing and even his daughter thinks he has killed her.

Reviewed on 28 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Under the Harrow

Nora is expecting a home-cooked dinner with her sister. That will never happen again.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Charcoal Joe

Easy Rawlins receives a request to help a young man accused of murder, a request he finds it hard to refuse. However, he soon finds that he’s been given only half the story, and the job could be a lot more dangerous than it first appeared.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

Black Water Lilies

Set in the home village of the artist Claude Monet, it’s the story of 13 days that begin with a murder and end with another. What is the connection with rumours about a painting of black water lilies?

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Jim Beaman

A Hero in France

Mathieu and his French Resistance colleagues must risk their lives to smuggle British airmen out of the country and back into the fray.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Unburied

Academic Dr Edward Courtine visits a former college friend with whom he had lost touch, but becomes involves in a 200-year-old murder mystery  – and a very modern killing.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by John Cleal

And Sometimes I Wonder About You

PI Leonid McGill comes to the aid of the beautiful Marella on a train, who proves to be suitably grateful. Meanwhile, he receives plenty of other new calls on his services.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

Charlie Martz and Other Stories

Fifteen previously unpublished early stories from the cult writer illustrate the development of the skills that became so evident in his later books.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

Rose Gold

Private investigator Easy Rawlins’ help is enlisted to find a missing woman, but the case turns out to be nowhere near as straightforward as it first appears.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

Hell's Gate

Maasai detective Mollel is posted to a small town where a number of men have disappeared. His new colleagues are hostile and are certainly on the take - but are they guilty of something worse?

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Midnight in Europe

Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish émigré living in Paris and employed by a law firm on the Champs Elysées, is persuaded to become involved in running arms to the Spanish Republican forces in their fight against Franco.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Siege

The Spanish port is under siege from a French army, but within the city a brutal serial killer of young girls is threatening to overturn the delicate balance of public order in a hotbed of change.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by John Cleal

Little Green

Easy Rawlins, a black PI in 1967 LA, emerges from a coma to find his friend Mouse seeking help to save a young member of their community.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Chris Roberts