Hodder & Stoughton


Books published by Hodder & Stoughton

The Burial Hour

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs travel to Italy on the trail of a serial kidnapper who likes to torture his victims in pursuit of some unusual goals.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Legacy

Out of his depth detective Huldar and the child psychologist Freyja must work together to get any information from seven-year-old Margrét, the only witness to her mother’s horrific murder.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The White Road

Simon Newman has a bad reputation to live down. When he made a clandestine trip into a Welsh cave with another man, only Simon came out alive. Now he intends to make an attempt on Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

Takedown

Hitman Lex Harper is contracted by former MI5 operative Charlotte Button to take out a former special forces soldier who has thrown his lot in with Islamic terrorists and is intending a high-profile attack on British soil.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Third Nero

Flavia Albia must expose a plotter at the heart of Rome’s government who could plunge the city and empire into civil war.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Cleal

Jericho's War

Corrie Franklin has escaped Jihadist capture following a failed mission in Syria, and is recruited for another dangerous operation in Yemen.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Whistler

Lacy Stoltz, lawyer at Florida’s Board on Judicial Conduct, meets a man representing a whistleblower who claims a judge is in deep with organised crime - the Gulf Mafia.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

Sons of the Blood

What is the meaning of the mysterious map entrusted to his bastard son Jack Wynter by Yorkist courtier Sir Thomas Vaughan before his execution?

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by John Cleal

Dandy Gilver & A Most Misleading Habit

Dandy Gilver and Alec Osbourne investigate a case of arson at a convent in which a nun dies.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Jim Beaman

Dark Forces

Spider Shepherd has to infiltrate a dangerous criminal organisation as well as help to counter attacks by IS terrorists.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Linda Wilson

A Time of Torment

Charlie Parker and his two sidekicks, Angel and Louis, appear to have the power to know and intervene in deviant criminal behaviour. They are an unusual force for good. This power serves them well as they investigate cases of missing young girls and pit themselves against the insidious power of The Cut.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Barnbrook

A Death at Fountains Abbey

John Aislabie, one of the wealthiest and most hated men in England, has been threatened with murder. Thomas Hawkins is blackmailed into investigating and must hunt those responsible, or lose the woman he loves.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Earthly Gods

Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has to help track down three kidnapped girls as well as continuing the search for his missing bodyguard.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Linda Wilson

Before the Fall

When a private jet goes down, painter Scott and a young boy are the only ones who survive. Several of the passengers had serious enemies – was it sabotage?

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

When the Music's Over

Newly-promoted Det Supt Alan Banks is landed with a cold case from 50 years back where it’s alleged a TV personality assaulted young female fans.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Banquet of Consequences

A well-known feminist is found dead in a hotel room by her PA. Her editor is subsequently found almost lifeless by DS Barbara Havers. Barbara needs a successful case in order to put off her imminent transfer to Berwick-on-Tweed.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The 14th Colony

The Cold War has been over for years and Russia has lost it. However, there is one man who refuses to accept this and has plans to take a horrifying revenge on the United States.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Graveyard of the Hesperides

Flavia Albia is preparing for her wedding. But when workmen uncover six bodies in the backyard of a downmarket bar, she and husband-to-be Manlius Faustus must unravel a dark secret.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by John Cleal

No Mortal Thing

A young Englishman, holding a prominent position in an investment bank in Berlin, decides to intervene when he sees a young girl being attacked in the street – an action that has huge consequences.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Emperor's Silver

Roman investigator Cassius Corbulo, his bodyguard and Christian slave must track down a gang of counterfeiters threatening the economic stability of the Empire.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by John Cleal

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Gambler and rake Tom Hawkins has survived Marshalsea prison only to be convicted of a murder he did not commit. He’s mixed up in the affairs of two ‘courts’, that of George II and the criminal overlord of London’s grim St Giles. Can any of his friends or patrons save him?

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by John Cleal

The Silent Ones

Ten years after Olivia Duvall confessed to the murder of five girls, the brother of one of her victims fakes his identity and gets a job at the secure hospital where Olivia is serving her life sentence, determined to get answers.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Madeleine Marsh

The Devil's Anvil

Billie Womack’s ex-husband stole $80 million and the people he stole it from think she’s the key to getting their hands on the money. It’s Joe Hunter’s job to keep her safe.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Linda Wilson

Brush Back

Chicago private investigator VI Warshawski is reluctantly drawn back to her old neighbourhood to investigate whether the unpleasant mother of a former boyfriend was framed for the murder of her daughter.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

At the Ruin of the World

The western Roman empire is collapsing with its rulers relying on unstable alliances with barbarians while fighting among themselves. Three young people hang on the dream that Rome can be great once more, but how can they save it, or themselves?

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by John Cleal

Last Words

Garrison in Southern Indiana is a town that’s harbouring quite a few secrets, as Mark Novak discovers to his cost when he’s sent to look into an exceedingly cold case.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Linda Wilson

Marston Moor

Five armies meet outside York in July 1644 in a brief, but bloody battle which changed the course of history. Battle-scarred Royalist Major Innocent Stryker must call on all his experience to survive the Parliamentary assault and treachery from his own side.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by John Cleal

Finders Keepers

At a time when his family is falling apart, Peter Saubers finds a trunk full of cash and Molskine notebooks. The money is enough to save his family, and what’s in the notebooks changes his heart.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Madeleine Marsh

A Song of Shadows

PI Charlie Parker’s recovery from life-threatening injuries in a small US town is hijacked by horrific secrets dating back to the second world war.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Wolf Winter

Finnish immigrant Maija and her daughters are left alone on a grim mountain. The girls find a murdered man, but locals and the authorities dismiss it as a killing by animals.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by John Cleal

Nunslinger

Visitandine nun Sister Thomas Josephine is a survivor of an attack on a California-bound wagon train, in 1864. She goes on the run, building a legend as the Six Gun Sister as she flees across the south west.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by John Cleal

Afraid

When 15-year-old Skye ends up in care, the children’s home is more like a young offenders’ institution and she has no one to turn to apart from a friend she met online. But it’s not her friend who comes to pick her up – it’s someone else entirely.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Linda Wilson

Vagabond

A former runner of informers against the Provisional IRA is called out of retirement and asked to help trap a well-known and dangerous Irish Republican.  He agrees to do so even though the work had left him emotionally scarred.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Cut Out

A man has been brutally murdered in the toilets of a seedy nightclub. But when a woman goes missing, DI Harland is told to prioritise the woman’s case – and his new boss wants results.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Linda Wilson

Plague Land

Monastery-raised teenager Oswald de Lacy, lord of the manor after the plague deaths of his father and brothers, must battle greed and superstition to solve the brutal murder of a young girl.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by John Cleal

Warlord's Gold

Captain Innocent Stryker is dispatched to the Scilly Isles in search of treasure hidden by a Royalist supporter.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by John Cleal

White Lies

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is in big trouble. A rescue mission goes horribly wrong and he ends up in the hands of al-Qaeda. But fortunately for Spider, his M15 controller Charlotte Button is a woman who doesn’t always feel bound to follow the rules.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

Abattoir Blues

DCI Alan Banks’ holiday mood is soon dissipated by three seemingly random crimes – the theft of a tractor, the disappearance of two young men, and an arson attack on a caravan.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Queen's Man

John Shakespeare is ordered to investigate a plot to free Mary, Queen of Scots, but discovers its roots go deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own family. How far will he go to protect them?

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by John Cleal

The Wolf in Winter

PI Charlie Parker does a favour for an old contact and investigates the disappearance of a young woman – and it takes him to a town that isn’t all it seems

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Respect

Her mother has run off to Spain with a bloke, leaving 15-year-old Chantelle to look after her younger brother and keep the debt collectors at bay. But her brother is in with a gang and Chantelle is on over her head and sinking fast

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Lawless Kind

Joe Hunter goes across the border to Mexico to bring back a child that’s been abducted by its father. The only problem is that the father is high up in one of the powerful drug cartels and has no intention of giving up the boy without a fight.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Marshalsea Prison, Southwark. Country parson’s son Tom Hawkins, a gambler and rake, is thrown into a debtors’ prison where he must share a cell with a man inmates call a devil – and solve a murder or lose his own life.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by John Cleal

Just One Evil Act

One of DS Barbara Haver’s neighbours, a child, is abducted and her mother is also missing. The child’s father takes extreme measures to try to retrieve her while Barbara lets her emotions control her actions.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Sycamore Row

When a reclusive multi-millionaire businessman with terminal cancer hangs himself, he leaves a hand-written will cutting out his family and leaving the bulk of his money to his black housekeeper. Jake Brigance is appointed to represent his estate, provoking a controversial trial and forcing Ford County to face its unsavoury past.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by John Cleal

Children of the Revolution

DCI Alan Banks finds that the death of a recluse has links back to the student unrest of the 1960s.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

The Corporal's Wife

A member of an elite Iranian military regiment is blackmailed into providing intelligence to Western agencies.  He refuses to tell all he knows until his wife is rescued from Iran.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Arnold Taylor