Point Blank

Books published by Point Blank

Black River

Tuva Moodyson is back in Gavrik as the fever of preparations for the traditional Midsummer celebrations takes over. But she is not interested in having fun; instead, she must find her missing friend Tammy who has vanished without a trace.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Ewa Sherman

Strange Tricks

Lost boys and family mysteries. The Essex girl is off her patch for this mystery when a psychic in Godalming put Rosie Strange and her assistant, Sam, on the trail of potential serial killer.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Anthea Hawdon

The Twelve Even Stranger Days of Christmas

A collection of short stories set in the world of Rosie Strange and the Essex Witchcraft Museum.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Anthea Hawdon

The Chemical Reaction

Chemical expert Dr Jaq Silver is in desperate need of some income. She’s got debts mounting up and no easy way of paying them off, so when she gets a job offer that involves a trip to China, beggars can’t be choosers.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Power Game

Ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Llewelyn Monsarrat and his fiery Irish housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney are sent to the penal colony of Maria Island to investigate the killing of the local boatman and blackmailer – and are offered a politically convenient suspect.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead

Edgar Allan Poe travels to Paris to help his friend, the detective Chevalier C Auguste Dupin, hunt down the criminal who brought his family to death and ruin. Their search takes them into the Empire of the Dead, the tunnels of the necropolis which run beneath the city.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

When the Dead Come Calling

The murder of a psychotherapist sends a northern village into shock and piles the pressure on resident DI Georgie Strachan.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Colours of Murder

Artist Susie Mahl exploits remote aristocratic relations to get an invitation to a Norfolk country house party. When a guest dies in mysterious circumstances and police accept the obvious explanation, she sets out to uncover a killer.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

American Heroin

Lola Vasquez has become a woman of substance in her South LA suburb through the retailing of narcotics, but her continued survival depends upon meeting challenges with some very tough decisions.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Unmourned

The brutal superintendent of a prison has been murdered and the prime and only suspect is a fiery Irish prisoner. She will hang unless ticket-of-leave gentleman convict and amateur detective Hugh Monsarrat and his clever housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney can find the real killer.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by John Cleal

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The disappearance of the three Van Apfel girls from their sleepy Australian suburb in 1992 has been a mystery which still haunts their friends 20 years later.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Chris Roberts

Strange Tombs

There's a mystery and suspense residential creative writing week at Ratchette Hall. It's at Halloween, so what could possibly go wrong? Well, murder for a start.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Mrs Mohr Goes Missing

Ambitious social climber Zofia Turboty?ska plans to arrange a charity raffle under the patronage of elderly rich women. Instead she conducts her own investigation into a suspicious death at Helcel House where they reside – but finds that nobody wants to listen to an inquisitive woman.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman

The Chemical Detective

Chemical engineer Dr Jaq Silver, working on avalanche control, uncovers a problem with a consignment of explosives which leads to her life being put at risk before she is framed for murder.

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by John Cleal


The Crenshaw Six are a minnow amongst the gangs of South Central LA, and war between rival drug cartels provides both an opportunity and a threat. Luckily, they have a smart leader.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Red Snow

The tiny frozen Swedish town of Gavrik is dominated by the liquorice factory, source of employment but also some weirdness, and a long history of unexplained deaths.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Syndicate

1947. A notorious New York mobster is murdered in Hollywood. Jonathan Craine, a retired Los Angeles policeman, is blackmailed into taking on the task of finding his killer.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru

Edgar Allan Poe believes his family may again be under threat from the past as an influx of immigrants disrupts traditional city life. When a young heiress he is reluctantly helping disappears, he is forced to call for help from his French detective friend the Chevalier C Auguste Dupin. 

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by John Cleal

Strange Fascination

A stone with an old legend is about to cause major problems for the locals in the village of Adders Fork.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

A Brush with Death

Artist Susie Mahl is a guest at the country seat of the Earl of Greengrass when her host is murdered in the parish churchyard. With the local police baffled, she applies her eye for detail and her natural inquisitiveness to uncover the killer.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by John Cleal

Back Up

When all four members of a rock band die within a few days, the police seem strangely disinterested. A man who may be able to shed some light on the matter is apparently unable to communicate.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Chris Roberts

Last Instructions

Rogue agent 10483 emerges from a nine-year coma to finalise his plans for revenge against The Organisation, plans which include setting off a nuclear device.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Parentations

In Iceland there is a secret pool from which, if you drink, you gain immortality. In London, two elderly sisters have their lives changed permanently by contact with a family who are protecting a baby born of immortal parents.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Barnbrook

A Brush with Death

Artist Susie Mahl is a guest at the country seat of the Earl of Greengrass when her host is murdered in the parish churchyard. With the local police baffled, she applies her eye for detail and her natural inquisitiveness to uncover the killer.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by John Cleal


Former Swiss police special ops detective Tom Winter faces an international plot to dominate the world’s financial markets and opponents who will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by John Cleal

The Hermit

When police find an abandoned car with a body of a small boy in a cardboard box on the back seat, they want to close the investigation quickly. Erhard, an old Danish recluse and a taxi driver on the island of Fuerteventura, decides to solve the murder.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Strange Sight

Ghostly sightings, mysterious writing and blood flowing from a chandelier lead up to the murder of a chef in an upmarket London restaurant.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

Dark Pines

Tuva Moodyson, a deaf local paper reporter, dreams of a story that could make her career. Two bodies, their eyes cut out, copies of three unsolved murders 20 years before, give her the chance – and plunge her into secrets and fear in the dark forests.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal


Two American couples go on holiday together. Their friendship begins to disintegrate almost immediately and death is the result.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Soldier's Curse

Gentleman convict Hugh Monserrat must solve the murder of the young wife of his penal colony’s commandant to save the life of his friend, falsely accused of the killing.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by John Cleal

Strange Magic

Rosie Strange has inherited the Essex Witch Museum from her estranged grandfather. She doesn't want it and is determined to sell it but her first visit catapults her into the hunt for the bones of a buried witch, a crusade to save the life of a young boy and the uncovering of satanic worship.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by John Barnbrook


Michelle has been raped and knows that the incident should have upset her more than it did, but she has other problems, both personal and work-related, and has to find a way to cope with them.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Three Envelopes

A notebook held by a law firm for ten years before its delivery reveals a terrifying pattern of mass murders and a pitiless perpetrator who has not finished yet.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Pictures

LAPD detective Jonathan Craine has spent a career keeping the stars of Hollywood out of trouble, but finds there are limits to his willingness to look the other way.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Ghosts of the Desert

Anthropologist Norman is in the Utah desert studying ghost towns when he is made prisoner by a tribe of outcasts whose moral code horrifies but whose outlook he finds ultimately compelling.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

French Concession

In a small French enclave in 1931 Shanghai, gangsters, revolutionaries and spies rub shoulders, and life can get very complicated.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Chris Roberts