Anthea Hawdon

Books reviewed by Anthea Hawdon

The Getaway

A birthday celebration on a millionaire’s private island turns into an enforced stay with a murderer in their midst.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Anthea Hawdon

Marple: 12 New Stories

A collection of 12 Miss Marple short stories written by modern crime writers.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Anthea Hawdon

The Murder at the Vicarage

When the nastiest man in the village is found shot dead in the vicarage study, confusing clues and confounding alibis abound. The police are puzzled but Miss Marple is about to put down her knitting and take up detective work …

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Anthea Hawdon

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

Where the Truth Lies

An empty grave. An old murder. DI Tom Ridpath must find his way through new tasks and old loyalties to find the truth about a serial killer stalking the streets of Manchester.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

The October Man

Tobias Winter of the German magic police has to find the connection that links a death in a vineyard with the supernatural history of the Trier area.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

A Quarter Past Dead

Some residents of Temple Regis might look upon the new Buntorama holiday camp as a disaster for the seaside town. But not as much as a disaster as a dead woman being found murdered in one of the chalets. It falls to Judy Dimont to work out the twisty plot of dynasties and murder.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

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

The Case of the Fool

“So he want kill me. Or he want marry me? Which?” Doris is faced with a stark question from a Russian immigrant tangled up in a web of squatters and drug dealers and needs to find her way out of the tangle before the first of those options becomes a reality.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

A boyfriend finding his soon-to-be fiancée dead in her bathtub would be the start of a complicated tale in any country. But this is Cuba where layers of ambiguity and lies cover every aspect of life.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

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

Resort to Murder

Miss Judy Dimont, chief reporter of the Riviera Express newspaper, has a new puzzle to solve and a cub reporter to initiate into the ways of journalism. Lucky then that a juicy story – a mystery death on the beach at Temple Regis – has appeared.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene

A missing woman, a body in the river and dangerous dealings next door. Dolly Greene, tarot reader, must use her people skills and sixth sense to make sense of the puzzle.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

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

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

Sidney Chambers, now Archdeacon of Ely, starts 1975 with some puzzles to solve around the persistence of love – love of wife and husband, love of children, of friends and unrequited love.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

The Silk Stocking Murders

A vicar’s daughter goes missing and Roger Sheringham, a crime writer and amateur sleuth, is asked to investigate. This simple case leads to a chase to stop a serial killer from striking again.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Anthea Hawdon

The Riviera Express

The death of one person in a small Devonshire seaside town could be misfortune. Two the same day convinces reporter Judy Dimont that something is going on.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Anthea Hawdon

The Hanging Tree

Life was always going to get complicated for Peter Grant when Lady Ty's teenage daughter is involved with a drug overdose at a party, but matters quickly become more complicated with the involvement of a magical book and the Faceless Man.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Anthea Hawdon

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes has been murdered. That might not be so much of a problem but now there are a series of murders linked to Holmes stories set in London. So just how do you solve the murder of a fictional character?

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Anthea Hawdon

Recipes For Love & Murder

Tannie Maria runs a cooking and agony aunt column in her local newspaper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. When a correspondent is found killed Tannie must put all her common sense and cooking skills to find the murderer.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Anthea Hawdon

The Z Murders

After witnessing an apparently random murder, Richard Temperley sets out to find some answers.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Anthea Hawdon

Thirteen Guests

There are 13 guests staying at Bragley Court for a hunting weekend, and that doesn’t bode well.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Anthea Hawdon

The Hog's Back Mystery

At 8:30 one evening, Dr James Earle goes into his sitting room to read the paper and disappears without trace. The baffled local police call in Scotland Yard and Inspector Joseph French arrives to solve the mystery.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Anthea Hawdon

The Severed Streets

Amidst rioting on the streets of London, DI James Quill and his team have to find a supernatural killer with a distinct resemblance to Jack the Ripper.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Anthea Hawdon

Broken Homes

A murder, a suicide and a theft of a magical book lead PC Peter Grant to a strange estate in South London. Can he find out what the evil magician, the Faceless Man, is planning before it's too late?

Reviewed on 11 December 2013 by Anthea Hawdon

The Black Life

Aron Samuel was thought killed to have been in the Holocaust. When he is sighted in Thessaloniki, Alex Mavros is hired to trace him. His involvement will uncover a history of survival and revenge in the past, but also conspiracy and murder that are very much in the present day.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Anthea Hawdon