Simon & Schuster UK


Books published by Simon & Schuster UK

Our House

Finding strangers moving into her house who claim to have bought it is only the start of Fi Barton’s nightmare …

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Linda Wilson

Liar's Candle

Penny Kessler becomes an international symbol when she survives a terrorist bombing, then is forced to go on the run to stay alive

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by John Cleal

Gallery of the Dead

The man caught by accident in her selfie is last thing Linda Parker sees. The first thing Detective Hunter sees is the man’s horrific mutilation of her body.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Hell Bay

A London detective returns to his childhood home overlooking Hell Bay on the Scilly island of Bryher, and when a girl is found murdered on the beach agrees to spearhead the investigation.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Golden Prey

Lucas Davenport is now working as a US Marshal, and sets out to find a ruthless killer who recently robbed a drug cartel. Unsurprisingly he is not the only one in the chase.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

A Talent for Murder

Successful murder mystery author Agatha Christie is blackmailed into committing a murder on behalf of a controlling madman.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by John Cleal

Sweetfreak

Carey’s best friend is receiving nasty messages from someone calling themselves SweetFreak. When Carey is accused of being the perpetrator, she’s determined to prove her innocence, but the evidence is against her.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Linda Wilson

A Lesson in Violence

An 11-year-old girl is unexpectedly reunited with her father, but this is only the beginning for them.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by John Cleal

Pulse

Dr Chris Rankin is used to having patients die on her but none have been as shrouded in mystery as the man brought in unconscious after a day at Cheltenham races. Despite warnings, she isn’t prepared to leave well alone.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Linda Wilson

Out of the Ice

Environmental scientist Laura Alvarado investigates an old abandoned Norwegian whaling station in the remote Antarctic and finds signs of recent activity.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Chris Roberts

Buried Lies

Stockholm lawyer Martin Benner is visited by the brother of a woman accused of five murders, now dead, insisting that the case against her was flawed.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

Anatomy of a Scandal

A politician close to the centre of government stands accused of rape. The barrister for the prosecution is certain he is guilty and is determined to make him pay.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Black Sheep

Francesca believes her husband’s death was a senseless attack, but then a stranger’s words shakes her belief to the core.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Promise To Kill

Clyde Barr is drifting in the wilds of Utah when he gets drawn in to a struggle between a small town and a gang of bikers who brook no opposition.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Butchers of Berlin

An old man shoots and kills an apartment block warden and then himself. When it turns out that he was Jewish and when other, apparently linked, murders begin to occur, the Berlin police force comes under pressure.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Triple Crown

Something is rotten at the heart of American horse-racing, and British Horse Racing Authority investigator Jeff Hinkley goes undercover to help his US colleagues.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Last Night at Tremore Beach

A successful musician, wounded by a recent divorce, seeks inspiration and renewal on the wild north west coast of Ireland.  He is, literally, struck by lightning and starts to have nightmare visions which foretell horror for him, his friends and his family.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Kate Balfour

Quicksand

Rich teenager Maja Norberg is accused of killing four students and a teacher at school. As the trial starts, the prosecutor and the defender battle to prove their points. But is she is a cold-blooded murderer, or a girl who lost her way?

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Cold Killers

An East End feud has the potential to lead to murder.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Smart

Defectors

It is 1961 and Simon Weeks, head of booksellers Keating & Sons, leaves for Moscow to meet his defector brother Frank, who has asked him to publish his memoirs.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Caller

The first question is a breeze and Tanya thinks the sick game is nearly over. But the second one she will never get right, and her punishment is to watch her best friend die.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Extreme Prey

Lucas Davenport is called in when a presidential candidate is threatened with assassination.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Last Days of Night

Brilliant novice lawyer Paul Cravath must help his first client withstand a $1 billion dollar patent suit – with the very future of electric light itself at stake.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by John Cleal

Nothing Short of Dying

Clyde Barr is back in the USA after 16 years fighting abroad, the last two in a Mexican jail. When he finds his sister is in trouble he sets out to find her.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Hidden Killers

Jane Tennison, newly promoted to DC, is about to earn a reputation as either a young, tenacious detective or a thorn in the Met’s side when she digs her claws in to two seemingly open-and-shut cases.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Murderabilia

The son of a prominent MSP is murdered and hung from a bridge in full view of a train load of commuters. Despite being officially off the case and at home on sick leave, DI Rachel Narey is determined to uncover the identity of the killer.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Girl From Venice

One night, whilst fishing in the Venice lagoon, a young man, Cenzo, comes across a girl’s body. It turns out that she is still alive but in great trouble and he finds himself compelled to help her.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Kill the Father

A kidnapper appears to be back in action in Rome after being dormant for decades. Two of Italy’s top analytical minds investigate.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Jim Beaman

The Fifth Gospel

When Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Orthodox priest, finds the body of Ugolina Nogara in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the retreat of the Pope, he becomes party to machinations within the Vatican that will rock the whole establishment of the Catholic Church.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

Foreign Agent

The CIA is looking to find an agent with the necessary skills to deal with increasing numbers of terrorist outrages in Europe. It finds him in the person of Scott Horvath, but Moscow already has its own operative working under very deep cover.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Deep Blue

Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, agrees to an informal request from MI5 to look into a case involving a group of political activists calling themselves Action Against Authority. Legal reasons prevent MI5 itself from pursuing the case because the group is linked to a political party – the SNP.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Sign of Fear

As London cowers under German aerial bombardment, Doctor John Watson must solve the kidnap of leading government officials and the mystery of a lost ambulance ship.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by John Cleal

Gathering Prey

Lucas Davenport gets a call for help via his daughter Letty from a traveller whose friend has gone missing. What he uncovers takes him on a wild ride across northern central USA.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

Mercy Killing

The murder of a sex offender could be seen as a mercy killing, but the East Rise police must put their sentiments behind them and treat this like any other crime.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Then She Was Gone

When DI Murphy and DS Rossi arrive at the scene of a brutal murder, they have no idea the slaying is connected to the disappearance of a baby girl a year before.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Amber Shadows

Honey Deschamps works at Britain’s wartime top secret intercept and decoding centre. Somebody starts to send her parcels of amber, apparently from a looted Russian palace. Who is responsible, and in a place where everyone keeps secrets, who can she trust?

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by John Cleal

The Lost Swimmer

Rebecca Wilding, an Aussie archaeology professor, is accused of fraud. And then her husband goes missing …

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Detective and the Devil

Constable Charles Horton of the River Police investigates the brutal killing of a clerk and his family in London’s East End and is drawn into the secretive world of the East India Company and a confrontation on a lonely South Atlantic island with a killer who seems to be the very Devil.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

The Chosen

The terrifying Paper Boy arrives at night, carefully chooses his victims, mostly children, and disappears. Later the mutilated bodies are found with paper bags on their heads. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht have to stop him from claiming more lives.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Ewa Sherman

In Place of Death

When an urban explorer finds a murdered man deep beneath the streets of Glasgow, crime scene photographer Tony Winter’s past seem determined to come back to haunt him.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Spy Out The Land

Double agent Paul Dark hides his own past, but when his family is kidnapped, he discovers his wife has also been living a double life – and one which may hold the key to the future of war-torn Rhodesia.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

The Dynamite Room

In 1940, an 11-year old girl returns to her home on the Suffolk coast to find the area deserted, and is alarmed when a German soldier arrives, who seems to know all about her.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Deadliest Sin

In the Murderers’ tribute to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a group of pilgrims on their way to Walsingham tell their stories of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by John Cleal

A Study in Murder

Major John Watson is a prisoner of the Germans. A former adversary of Sherlockj Holmes, seeking revenge, vows to make him suffer and Watson is sent to a vicious PoW camp in the Hartz mountains. There he uncovers a murderous racket among the prisoners and puts his own life, as well as that of Holmes at risk.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by John Cleal

Devastation Road

A man awakens bereft of memory, and wanders across a Germany devastated by conflict in the company of two others, both also struggling with the upheavals of wartime.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

I Am Death

Seven days after Nicole Wilson goes missing, her body is found in a field outside LA International Airport. She has been tortured and her body posed. A posed corpse means a ritual, which gives Detective Richard Hunter limited time until the killer does it again.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Madeleine Marsh

The Farm

Daniel hears from his father that his mother has become prey to fantasies, has escaped from an asylum and is on her way to see him.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

One Kick

Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan was abducted at the age of five and for six years starred in child pornography movies. Now, ten years after her rescue, she is presented with the opportunity to fight back against the abusers.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Hostage

A plane bound for New York from Stockholm is hijacked on its way across the Atlantic. Unless Sweden and the USA accede to the terrorist’s demands, the plane will be blown up.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Linda Wilson

Savage Magic

Constable Charles Horton and magistrate Aaron Graham must solve a string of horrific murders of depraved aristocrats in 19th century London.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by John Cleal

A Trick of the Mind

Ellie is convinced she’s been responsible for a hit and run accident and is determined to make amends, but her decision to become involved with the victim has far-reaching consequences.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Linda Wilson

Inside Enemy

Charles Thoroughgood, the newly-appointed head of a revamped MI6, is presented almost immediately with the problem of cyber attacks on the UK.  At the same time one of his field agents is murdered and a former colleague who turned traitor escapes from prison.


Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Dead Can Wait

Dr John Watson is back from the trenches, trying to help soldiers affected by shellshock. With Holmes unavailable, he is tasked with solving the mysterious deaths of seven men at a secret establishment where a new weapon which could shorten the war is being developed, but must battle Army indifference as much as German agents.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by John Cleal

A Bright Moon For Fools

Harry Christmas has flown to Venezuela to shake off his crazed stepson whose mother he has relieved of £26,000, but finds escape elusive.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

The False Virgin

A young Saxon aristocrat is found murdered in the chapel where she kept a nightly vigil. The killing is attributed to Norse raiders and the butterflies found on her body to divine recognition of her martyrdom.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

Tatiana

A fearless reporter, Tatiana Petrovna, is found dead, apparently having committed suicide by throwing herself from the sixth floor of an apartment block. At about the same time a billionaire Mafia chief is shot dead. As Senior Investigator, Arkady Renko, looks into the first case, he comes to believe that it is in some way connected with the second.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Tatiana

Senior investigator Arkady Renko, investigating the execution of a Moscow mob boss, finds a connection to the apparent suicide of a female investigative reporter.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by John Cleal

Pale Horse Riding

Police financial detective August Schlegel and his partner, the enigmatic SS officer Morgen, are assigned to investigate corruption at a Nazi death camp and are plunged into a hell of treachery, debauchery and murder.

Reviewed on 00 invalid 0000 by John Cleal