Quercus


Books published by Quercus

Sweet After Death

Detective Alice Madison is out of her comfort zone investigating a murder in an isolated town in midwinter.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Templars' Last Secret

When the body of an unknown woman is found at the base of the walls of a ruined castle, Bruno, Chief of Police, is called to investigate.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Linda Wilson

Death Trap

Reporter Rosie Gilmour, investigating a white slavery ring, is hunted by a sadistic killer.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by John Cleal

The Night Visitor

Professor Olivia Sweetman, a noted historian, has used a Victorian diary to write the biography of one of the earliest women to become a doctor. But in the background is the ominous presence of the woman who gave her the diary, who could destroy her hard-earned reputation.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

Prussian Blue

Bernie Gunther takes flight from a Stasi apparatchik 1956, putting him in mind of his 1939 investigation into a murder at the Berchtesgaden.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Blood Card

On the eve of the Coronation, DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto uncover an anarchist plot while they attempt to find the killer of their wartime commander.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by John Cleal

The Special Girls

DI Grace Fisher is called in to investigate a violent death in a camp for anorexic girls, only to then find herself investigating historical allegations of child abuse by the man running the programme.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Tunnel

Danny Katz searches for the killer of his former drug dealer Ramón. While following the faint trail of Ramón’s missing girlfriend Jenny, Katz is pulled into the darkest corners of Stockholm’s porn industry.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Chalk Pit

The disappearance of one rough sleeper and the deaths of two others all seem to have a connection to the mysterious network of old tunnels under the city of Norwich.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Girl Before

Like Emma had before, Jane can’t turn down the offer of the minimalistic house, despite the rules that go with renting it. But who was Emma, and how did she die?

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Black Friar

Damian Seeker, captain of Cromwell’s guard, faces sedition, armed rebellion, a Royalist spy in his own ranks and the threat of a Stuart invasion.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by John Cleal

Are You Watching Me?

Liz Cafferky’s championing of a drop-in centre for older men catapults her into the media limelight, but that brings with it pressures and fears that she hadn’t foreseen.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Linda Wilson

A Spring Betrayal

Exiled to remote Karakol, Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad becomes involved when the bodies of seven small children are found together, all bearing wristbands from a Kyrgyzstan orphanage.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Cuckold Point

River policeman Tom Pascoe tries to track down a consignment of stolen silk and becomes involved with brutal criminals and international espionage in a case which threatens his life, his family and his country.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by John Cleal

Kill Me Twice

Reporter Rosie Gilmour investigates a trail of abuse and murder from the sink estates of Glasgow to the corridors of Westminster.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by John Cleal

Beneath the Surface

A minister’s aide is murdered in the Irish parliament building. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team must uncover the truth in a sea of lies, corruption and secrets.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal

Retribution

On a beautiful autumn day a Muslim suicide bomber triggers an explosion in the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, killing more than 1000 people.  A year goes by and, in spite of intensive efforts to find the criminals, no arrests have been made.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

PI Lennox subcontracts ‘Quiet’ Thomas Quaid for a simple theft, but things go awry and Quaid ends up dead. Lennox is determined to find out why.

Reviewed on 19 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

Zambezi

Special Forces Master Sergeant Jed Banks flies to Africa to find the truth about his conservation researcher daughter, supposedly killed by a man-eating lion, and finds himself in the frontline of the war against terror.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by John Cleal

Goodbye to the Dead

Lieutenant Stride is investigating a street killing, and discovers a link to a murder in which he found himself on the opposite side to his late wife years before.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by John Cleal

Shot Through The Heart

A gunman kills five people, including the policeman boyfriend of his former wife, on Christmas Day, before turning the gun on himself. DI Grace Fisher traces the illegal weapon and discovers a web of police corruption, vendettas and revenge.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by John Cleal

The Other Side of Silence

Bernie Gunther is living a quiet life in the South of France in 1956 when an old enemy reappears, and he is asked to undertake a sensitive task for a distinguished local resident – the writer Somerset Maugham.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

Fatal Pursuit

Village police chief Bruno is on the trail of a missing wartime racing car, as well as investigating who killed a researcher.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Rough Cut

Reporter Rosie Gilmour becomes suspicious after a young Pakistani bride falls to her death.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by John Cleal

With Our Blessing

The body of an elderly woman is found crucified in a Dublin park and DI Tom Reynolds must solve a killing which has its roots in Ireland’s darkest past.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by John Cleal

The Memory of Evil

It is 42 years since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi came to power in Libya, the country of Balistreri’s birth. He, however, remembers the year not for that but for the death of his mother – a ‘suicide’ that he has always regarded as actually murder.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Woman in Blue

It’s almost Easter and pilgrims are due in the small Norfolk town of Walsingham. Except, two women have been murdered and female priests are the targets of poison-pen letters.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Enough Rope

While his assistant investigates the parenthood of a baby once left in a telephone box, ex-copper and PI Lee Arnold helps out a police superintendent whose son has been kidnapped.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Savage Hour

The death of an aged woman doctor breaks the long-established pattern of relationships on the rural South African farm she owns.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Hanging Girl

Seventeen years ago a beautiful girl disappeared from school, only to be found dead, hanging in a tree. Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, is called to investigate the old case and discovers a bizarre cult hidden from prying eyes.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Dark Meadow

Afra has returned to the poverty-stricken Bavarian home she left as a 14-year-old. Her pregnancy places intolerable strains on her staunchly Catholic family. When she and her son are murdered, her father is convicted, but 18 years later the case is reopened.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by John Cleal

Taking Pity

Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh is hoping that a power struggle between criminals in north east England will give her the opportunity to take a few down, while DS Aector McAvoy tackles a very cold case.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts

Dark Heart

A former British Army doctor and two of his lovers, a South African photographer and an Australian lawyer, were all damaged by their experiences of the Rwandan genocide. Years later, a mystery photograph puts them at risk.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by John Cleal

A Cold Killing

Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour, back from hiding in Bosnia, investigates the murder of a retired university lecturer who was far more than he appeared.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by John Cleal

Poisoned Ground

PI Mumtaz Hakim goes undercover in a psychiatric institution seeking evidence that a doctor has manufactured evidence to cover up his crimes.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Seeker

Damien Seeker is a mystery. His family and past are unknown, but as an enforcement agent for Oliver Cromwell he is known and feared as a ruthless investigator, sworn to protect the ruler of England at any cost.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by John Cleal

The Dying Season

Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is caught in the middle of a row between hunters and conservationists in the Dordogne town of St Denis, as well as having a suspicious death to investigate.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

A Book of Scars

DS Cathal Breen is recovering at the Devon farm of his former partner Helen Tozer, whose sister was murdered five years before. When a second killing copies the style, Breen and Tozer investigate – and uncover secrets from the past.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by John Cleal

A Killing Winter

Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Biskek Murder Squad is called to investigate the horrific and bizarre killing of a young woman, and soon finds that this is no random atrocity.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

African Sky

In a wartime RAF training camp in Rhodesia, a beautiful WAAF is found murdered. Local policewoman Pip Lovejoy thinks Squadron Leader Paul Bryant knows more than he is telling.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Lady From Zagreb

Bernie Gunther’s reputation as a detective gets him a place as a speaker at an international police conference, and a private job looking into a company run by some important names.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

Betrayed

Investigative reporter Rosie Gilmour senses there is more to the fading story of a missing barmaid – and finds herself drawn into the brutal and violent world of Glasgow’s Ulster Volunteer Force.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by John Cleal

The Root of All Evil

A young Arab girl is murdered in Libya and there appears to be no discernible motive. Thirteen years later an almost identical murder takes place in Rome. Commissario Michele Balistreri knows that the two crimes are connected and that a solution to one will lead to a solution of the other.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Ghost Fields

Archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers some dark family secrets as she helps police investigate the discovery of a World War II fighter plane with the wrong body on board.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Ostland

An idealistic young German policeman joins the hunt for a serial killer operating on the Berlin S-Bahn railway. When the investigation comes to a close he is transferred and takes up a position in the German Eastern colonies.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Hunter

Safari guide Hudson Brand is asked by an insurance company to check the details of the death of a woman in Zimbabwe. What he finds embroils him in a story of multiple murder.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

A Possibility of Violence

Inspector Avraham returns to work after a break which followed a difficult case, but the errors made continue to haunt him and affect his approach to new enquiries.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

A House of Knives

DS Cathal Breen and DC Helen Tozer investigate the death and mutilation of an MP’s son in swinging – and corrupt – London in 1968.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by John Cleal

The Director

Post WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, the CIA is fast losing credibility. The president appoints as CIA Director Graham Weber, a wealthy businessman and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, with full authority to make any changes he considers necessary,

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Axe Factor

Jimm Juree, an attractive ex-journalist, is sent to interview a British writer in his house in Thailand. His apparent obsession with axes is worrying especially when Jimm learns that his first wife has disappeared. What follows is completely unpredictable.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

The Rising Tide

Tom Pascoe is drinking himself to death grieving for his murdered wife. His last chance to save his job with the River Police is to investigate the death of an MP found floating in the Thames. His inquiries leads to a ruthless ring of slavers determined to preserve their trade at any price – even treason.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by John Cleal

Into a Raging Blaze

Carina Dymek is a high-flyer in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When she’s handed a leaked document, it sends her career up in flames and attracts the unwelcome attentions of the British MI6.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Deliverance of Evil

On the day that Italy won the World Cup in 1982 a young and very beautiful girl is murdered. Twenty-four years later, with that murder still unsolved, Italy again wins the World Cup and again a young girl is murdered. Commissario Michele Balestreri blames himself for having failed to solve the earlier crime and is determined to solve this one.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Can Anybody Help Me?

Yvonne is struggling after the birth of her first child. She’s moved to Dublin because of her husband’s job and hasn’t yet built up a support network, so instead, she turns to an internet site for help. But not everyone on there is all they seem.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

Children of War

Inspector Bruno Courrèges has to juggle an investigation into the brutal death of an undercover French cop with the clandestine return to France of Sami, a young Muslim man who appears to have been involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Linda Wilson

Original Skin

DS Aector McAvoy of the Humberside Serious and Organised Crime Unit finds a mobile phone which leads him to believe a young homosexual’s death, ruled a suicide, may be more. Already in the middle of a drugs war, he must now plunge into a world of sleazy and violent sex to uncover to uncover the truth.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by John Cleal

Extraordinary People

Former forensics expert Enzo Macleod is determined to get to the bottom of a series of unsolved murders. First up is the disappearance – and presumed death – of a man who went missing in Paris 20 years ago.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Linda Wilson

Entry Island

A murder is committed on a remote island off the Canadian mainland – and appears to be linked to events in Scotland over a century earlier.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Jude Evans

The Garden of Burning Sand

When a young girl is raped, human rights lawyer Zoe Fleming is involved in the prosecution of a man with powerful connections.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Outcast Dead

Archaeologist Ruth Galloway has uncovered bones which may belong to a Victorian murderess. But DCI Harry Nelson has a more modern death to worry about.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Wrong Man

Lawyer Jason Kolarich defends an ex-soldier accused of murder. Barred from an insanity defence he has to show his client’s innocence.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

Murder at Wrotham Hill

The year is 1946. Britain is struggling in post-war austerity. Dagmar Petrzywalski, a middle-aged, gentle, eccentric spinster, is found strangled at the side of a main road in Kent. Britain’s first celebrity policeman, Chief Inspector Robert Fabian – Fabian of the Yard – investigates

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by John Cleal

The Devil's Recruit

College lecturer Alexander Seaton investigates the disappearance of a Highland clan chieftain's son and the death of a teenage girl, and is drawn into a web of lies and betrayal linked to his own past.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by John Cleal

A Cry in the Night

When two children go missing in the Lake District in winter, DS Zoe Barnes and her boss DI Sam Taylor are called in to investigate. Tensions in a small village are running high and there’s even talk of witchcraft.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Last Alibi

Lawyer Jason Kolarich has a visit from a client who expects to be arrested for murder; six months later he stands accused himself.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Cold Nowhere

When teenage streetwalker Cat arrives at Lieutenant Jonathan Stride’s home drenched, covered in blood and begging protection from an unknown killer, the detective is plunged back in time to the killing of her mother and his discovery of a terrified six-year-old child.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by John Cleal

A Song from Dead Lips

DS Cathal Breen is assigned to the murder of a young girl near the famous Abbey Road recording studios. He is given a young and impulsive temporary female DC as an assistant and together the pair follow a series of clues which lead them from the Beatles’ fan club to an African conflict in which millions are dying.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by John Cleal

Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

Jimm Juree, a sometime reporter in Thailand, finds a severed head on the beach.  Her attempts to find out who it belongs to leads her to discover a major international crime which she then has to tackle.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

The Resistance Man

Against a backdrop of rural France, Inspector Bruno Courrèges, Chef de Police in St Denis, has to deal with a series of burglaries that culminates in a vicious murder.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Linda Wilson

An Act of Kindness

In the east end of London, private investigators, Lee Arnold and Mumtaz Hakim are caught up in protection rackets, sex-trafficking and the problems caused by slum landlords and moneylenders.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by John Cleal

The Riot

DI Ted Stratton is posted to Notting Hill in 1958 where racial tension and financial manipulation need to be untangled to solve several murders.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Chris Roberts