Zaffre Publishing

Books published by Zaffre Publishing


Professor Tom Wilde of Cambridge University is in France on holiday with his fiancée Lydia when he is approached by a man who at first sight appears to be a beggar. It turns out, however, that he has been in touch with one of Wilde’s former students who had gone off to join the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and is now held in a French prison camp. He urges Wilde to do all he can to free him.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Ash Doll

Lawyer Charlie Priest has a high-profile case which he looks like losing when his star witness fails to show in court, and subsequently turns up dead.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Darkness Around Her

Lawyer Dan Grant is asked to represent Peter Box, who has been accused of murder. The evidence looks damning and to make it worse Box refuses to explain what happened.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Chris Roberts

Don't Make a Sound

Malcolm and Harriet are about to have another daughter, a little sister for Daisy. All Malcolm need do is remove the flimsy lock and steal this latest child her from her parents.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A House of Ghosts

Kate Cartwright, a woman with special gifts, is invited by armaments millionaire Lord Francis Highmount and his wife to join a party on their isolated island to take part in a seance to contact their sons killed in World War I. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear each has something to hide – and soon one will be savagely murdered.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by John Cleal

The Helicopter Heist

A gang sets out to commit Sweden’s biggest ever cash robbery.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by John Cleal

The Anomaly

A TV film crew are on the hunt for a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon that has remained tantalisingly elusive for over a century.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Last Hour

Marcus Clodius Ballista, the Romanised Angle princeling, uncovers a plot to assassinate the Emperor Gallenius, but has just 24 hours to warn his friend.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by John Cleal


Marc Dane and his partner, ex-Delta Force sniper Lucy Keyes, must call on all their skills to track down a worldwide series of devastating cyber-attacks. 

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by John Cleal

A Darker State

Newly-promoted Major Karin Muller is assigned for action when the body of a young man emerges from a river between East Germany and the Polish border.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

It All Falls Down

Nora is looking for answers to her broken past. She doesn’t realise Detroit, where the questions take her, is a desperate city that will break her even more.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Kill Me Twice

Investigative freelance writer Morgan Vane takes up the case of a woman jailed for the arson murder of the abusive father of her child – then sees the ‘dead’ man outside her own home.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by John Cleal


The year is 1939 and war is imminent with a race under way between the allies and the Nazis to produce an atomic bomb. Cambridge lecturer Tom Wolfe knows the city’s Cavendish research laboratory is a prime target for German attacks.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by John Cleal


Disgraced former MI6 man Marc Dane faces a threat to the world when a Somali warlord acquires a nuclear weapon.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by John Cleal

From the Shadows

Robert Carter is accused of the murder of a 24-year-old woman. His defence is flimsy and he seems determined not to help himself. But young solicitor Dan Grant is determined to uncover the truth.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Assassin of Verona

The young Will Shakespeare faces personal tragedy and political intrigue.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by John Cleal

Sweet Little Lies

DC Cat Kinsella stopped trusting her father at the age of eight, so she’s certainly not surprised when a connection emerges between him and her latest murder investigations. It’s as if she’s been waiting her whole life for this moment.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Linda Wilson

Eyes Like Mine

A girl is missing. And it’s Nora Watts’ daughter – the one she gave up at birth.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Mayfly

Lawyer Charlie Priest is approached by tycoon Ellinder to investigate the death of his son Miles, shortly after Charlie escapes an attack from Miles himself.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Chris Roberts


Terrorists hit a multicultural event in Cardiff and follow up with more bombings. With police resources stretched, DC Will MacReady is unhappy to be assigned to investigate the murder of a girl, but soon realises there is a link between the events.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by John Cleal

Lost Girls

Two young girls are missing. And a depraved auction is about to begin – one which will destroy two families.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Good Friday

Detective Constable Jane Tennison is a key witness to the IRA bombing of a tube station. As she fights to forget the dreadful scenes, a chance sighting exposes a terrorist plot to strike a deadly blow at London’s police.

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by John Cleal

Stasi Wolf

Oberleutnant Karin Muller is drafted south to assist in the recovery of two infant twins who have been abducted, a search that eventually becomes very personal.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Evil Games

Detective Inspector Kim Stone’s latest adversary is a sociopath who manipulates the most vulnerable into killing.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Jim Beaman

The Ice Beneath Her

A beheaded body of a young woman is found in an upmarket home of a controversial retail king. Stockholm’s homicide detectives and a criminal profiler are shocked when they realise that the murder resembles an unsolved case from years ago.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Ewa Sherman


American lecturer Tom Wilde, a specialist in Elizabethan espionage history, is dragged into political conspiracies as Communists and Nazis vie for influence over the English throne.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by John Cleal

Ash and Bones

A plain clothes officer is shot dead in a raid and the original suspect left in a coma. CID trainee Will MacReady is desperate to help, but ignored by his colleagues, follows his own leads that lead the detectives down a dark path.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Cleal


When a devastating attack takes out an M16 clandestine ops team, suspicion falls on Marc Dane, the sole survivor.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Body on the Doorstep

Reverend Marcus Hardcastle is pickling himself in beer and port in a lonely parish on the Romney Marshes. When a man is shot on his doorstep, he is plunged into a plot involving espionage, treason and betrayal.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by John Cleal


Judith Rashleigh loses her job with a London auction house when she discovers an art fraud. And then the body count starts to rise.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Sharon Wheeler