Chris Roberts


Books reviewed by Chris Roberts

Blue Light Yokohama

A young detective assigned to the murder of a Korean family on the outskirts of Tokyo uncovers links to other deaths where the killer left the sign of the black sun.

Reviewed on 28 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Pill City

The true story of two tech-savvy Baltimore 18-year-olds who created a dark web drug delivery service for legal and illegal opiates across the US.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine

When old Jimmy Henderson is found dead in his car, mutilated with a knife, both local sheriff Paul McCarthy and Franck, a visiting private detective, take an interest.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Unquiet Dead

A man found dead at the foot of Scarborough Bluffs, a Toronto suburb, proves to have a history in Bosnia, where he played a very active role in the slaughter.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Bay of Martyrs

When a body is washed up on the beach of the Bay of Martyrs, the police seem reluctant to investigate. Journalist Clayton Moloney wants to find out why.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Camino Island

Writer Mercer Mann is recruited by an insurance company to get close to a book dealer who they suspect is holding stolen manuscripts worth a fortune.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Before the Dawn

Detective Inspector Jaap Rykel heads an investigation into a series of murders of young women, a task which draws in his girlfriend Tanya and colleague Kees.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

Extreme Prey

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

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

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

Good News, Bad News

Criminal defence lawyer Robbie Munro has a new crop of clients, including a junior lawyer on a drugs charge and a dying woman with a lottery win seeking an errant husband.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Book of Mirrors

In Princeton, 1987, a renowned psychologist is bludgeoned to death. It takes 30 years and several attempts at investigation before the culprit is finally identified.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Lighterman

Barrister Charles Holborne takes on the defence of his cousin Izzy, a river lighterman accused of murder, but finds the job complicated by the enmity of Ronnie Kray.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Chris Roberts

A Necessary Evil

India 1920: Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta police force visit the native state of Sambalpore to investigate the assassination of a Maharajah’s son.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Heretics

Retired Cuban detective Mario Conde helps to trace the chain of possession of a Rembrandt portrait that was stolen and disappeared for 70 years.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Road to Ithaca

Wehrmacht officer Martin Von Bora lands in Crete immediately after the 1941 German invasion and is handed the investigation into a possible war crime.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Pledge

A detective becomes fixated with a serial killer of young girls, and sacrifices his career and mental health in an attempt to bring the man to justice.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Stasi Wolf

Oberleutnant Karin Muller is drafted south to assist in the recovery of two infant twins who have been abducted, a search that eventually becomes very personal.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Nature of the Beast

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired to the small village of Three Pines. He goes back to work when a nine-year-old boy disappears, and discovers something in the woods that represents a threat to world safety.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

The Baby Ganesh Detective Agency is called into action once again when an actor vanishes, disrupting the filming of a big-budget Bollywood spectacular.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Death Going Down

A beautiful young woman is found dead in the lift of a luxury Buenos Aires apartment block. Inspector Ericort and his assistant Blasi try to find out why.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

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 City in Darkness

In 1939, neutrality distances Ireland from the struggle in Europe, but the Irish Special Branch have plenty of concerns about what is happening at home.

Reviewed on 27 May 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

The Contract

It’s 1967 and Texas Ranger John Quarrie finds evidence of a murder. He follows the trail to New Orleans, where he comes up against a conspiracy at the top levels of society.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

Road Kill

Club owner Ronnie goes on a road trip across the US with his friend Eli to search for an enemy, while UK employee Daisy tries to hold the club together.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

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

A Thousand Cuts

Spike Sanguinetti acts for a man accused of assault and finds links to wartime events which even now remain mysterious, with connections to people he knows well.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

Live By NIght

When Joe Coughlin and the Bartolo brothers raid a back-room card game, they are surprised to find a party of thugs working for one of the biggest gangsters in town. Joe falls in love with the girl serving drinks.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Drowning Child

FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce is called to Tate, Portland, when 12-year-old Caleb Veir is reported missing, but the locals are reluctant to spill their secrets.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The House of Four

Inspector Cetin Ikmen investigates the death of four siblings, each living on a separate floor of a single apartment building, stabbed by the same hand.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Dry

Policeman Aaron Falk returns to his rural hometown for the funeral of a childhood friend and family. But Falk’s investigation into the recent killings is complicated by another death long ago.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Wicked Go To Hell

A secret service agent is imprisoned with a spy, and instructed to engineer an escape for the pair in the expectation that the spy’s boss will then make contact and be revealed.


Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Wrong Case

PI Milton Milodragovitch reluctantly accepts a request from Helen Duffy to find her brother Raymond. The investigation is revealing, if only about Milo.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Verdict of Twelve

Twelve members of the jury exercise their highly subjective judgement on a woman accused of poisoning her nephew.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

Sand

Following the murder of four westerners in an oasis town in the North African desert, a man without memory appears, trying to make sense of his location and the various groups pursuing him.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Acid Test

Detective ‘Lefty’ Mendieta is determined to find the killer of an exotic dancer, while around him the conflict of two rival gangs of narcotics traffickers comes to a head.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The History of Blood

The daughter of an assassinated politician is found dead in a Cape Town motel, her stomach full of cocaine. Police establish a link to an extended web of crime.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

Killer Look

Fashion icon Wolf Savage is found dead in a hotel room, an apparent suicide. Assistant DA Alex Cooper and her NYPD boyfriend Mike Chapman investigate.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

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 18 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

Guilty Minds

An on-line scandal sheet threatens to publish a story about a Supreme Court justice and a prostitute. PI Nick Heller has to show the judge has been framed before the story goes live.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

Summary Justice

Barrister William Benson defends his first client from an accusation of murder, the crime for which he himself was convicted.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

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

Smoke Over Malibu

One-time screenwriter Lucky gets a call about an old friend who has gone missing, and his boss at Bart’s Olde California is assaulted during the theft of a cookie jar.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

Sirens

DC Aidan Waites is working undercover to expose a corrupt colleague in Manchester police headquarters when the job is complicated by runaway teenager Isabelle, whose powerful father expects Waites to protect her.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Killing Room

American pathologist Margaret Campbell returns to China, this time to Shanghai, to assist the police when they discover a mass grave containing butchered women.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Satanic Mechanic

When a South African bushman is poisoned, an expert in sauces helps with the case, but is threatened herself before the culprit is caught.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

Athenian Blues

Contract killer Stratos Gazis is contacted by the beautiful actress Aliki: her husband beats her, and she wants him dead. Stratos decides to do a little investigating before he accepts the job.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

Cruel Mercy

DS Aector McAvoy is visiting New York to trace a traveller, his wife’s brother Valentine Teague. Two members of a rival clan, the Heldens, have been shot and unless Valentine is cleared a long-standing feud may be reawakened.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

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

The Kingdom

Yurika poses as a prostitute to obtain compromising photographs of men. Life gets complicated when one of her targets turns out to be a powerful man who knows what she has been doing.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

A Time To Die

A professional killer takes on a difficult target, but his task is doubly complicated when he discovers that someone has offered a contract on him.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

Crush

In a dull grey town outside Paris, a teenage girl becomes obsessed with a glamorous American who offers the dream of a more exciting future.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Fourth Sacrifice

American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell assists the Beijing police in their investigation into a series of beheadings.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

A Dying Breed

An explosion in Kabul is followed by expressions of regret about the death of an American ally at the hands of the Taliban, but journalist William Carver uncovers facts suggesting a different story.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Turncoat

The search for a spy in the Glasgow suburb of Clydebank during WWII becomes all the more urgent when Hitler’s second-in-command arrives seeking to contact Nazi sympathisers in the British establishment.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

A Good Month for Murder

A factual depiction of a particularly active month for the police homicide unit in Prince George’s County, a suburban sprawl east of Washington, DC.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

Moskva

In December 1985, with the USSR crumbling, ex-paratrooper Tom Fox has been in Moscow less than a week when the ambassador’s daughter Alex goes missing. Tom makes it his job to get her home safe.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

House of Bones

Catherine Berlin is asked to locate the victim of an attack by a schoolboy, a Chinese orphan in whom both the British establishment and the Chinese government have an interest.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

St Ernan's Blues

Inspector Starrett tackles the murder of a young man at a home for retired Catholic priests, most of whom have secrets of an entirely worldly kind.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Borrowed

Six stories detailing feats of detection by Hong Kong police officer Sonny Lok and his mentor, Kwan Chun-dok, over nearly 50 years in the force.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

Tokyo Nights

PI Colin McCann visits Japan on behalf of a man whose daughter Natasha died under questionable circumstances, in search of her ex-boyfriend Charlie Davis.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Chris Roberts

Chain of Custody

Inspector Borei Gowda investigates the death of a lawyer, and uncovers a connection with the disappearance of the daughter of his cleaner.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Eskimo Solution

A writer rents a cottage by the sea using an advance on a crime novel in which a man kills his own mother and then other parents, for the benefit of their children.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Heart Tastes Bitter

A painter undone by the loss of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident is asked by a woman to undertake a portrait of the man who ran down and killed her son.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Second Girl

Despite a cocaine habit that forced him to resign from Washington PD, PI Frank Marr is still a great investigator, and doesn’t have to play by police rules.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

Blind Sight

Four bodies are dumped on the mayor’s lawn, one of them a nun, whose brother is also missing. Detective Kathy Mallory ruthlessly follows every lead to rescue the boy.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

Charcoal Joe

Easy Rawlins receives a request to help a young man accused of murder, a request he finds it hard to refuse. However, he soon finds that he’s been given only half the story, and the job could be a lot more dangerous than it first appeared.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 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

The Dead Don't Boogie

Glasgow investigator Dominic Queste is hired to find Jenny Deavers.  Jenny doesn’t want to be found by Dominic or by others looking for her.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

Dead Ground In Between

On a cold winter’s night in late 1942, an old farmer goes missing and is later discovered, stabbed, in a secret bunker. Detective Inspector Tom Tyler investigates.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Tall Oaks

A small American town gains notoriety when three-year-old Harry is abducted. His mother Jess is devastated, but others have problems too.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Waking Lions

Driving in the desert late at night, Dr Eitan Green hits and kills Asum, an Eritrean immigrant. Asum’s wife Sirkit finds Eitan’s wallet at the scene and pressures him to make his medical skills available to those in need.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

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

Off The Grid

Nate Romanowski’s attempt to stay off the grid is ended when two government agents pressure him into undertaking a special mission. Luckily his old friend Joe Pickett is around to give him a hand.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Present Tense

Lawyer Robbie Munro gets a visit from old client Billy Paris, who deposits a parcel for safekeeping. Several parties think Munro is in possession of information they are very keen to get hold of.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Numero Zero

A journalist, convinced that the death of Mussolini was faked in a conspiracy linked to many subsequent Italian events, is found stabbed.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

A Cold Death

Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, still bemoaning the posting from his beloved Rome to the cold northern town of Aosta, investigates an apparent suicide.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Silent Dead

The discovery of a mutilated body wrapped in tarpaulin on a Tokyo park hedge seems at first inexplicable, and it takes a leap of imagination from Lieutenant Himekawa to make progress with the case.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

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

A Midsummer's Equation

Retired Tokyo detective Tsukahara takes a trip to a quiet seaside resort and is found lifeless on the rocks the next morning. Professor Yukawa, another visitor, becomes involved as the background to the death is slowly unravelled.

Reviewed on 19 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

Promises of Blood

Lawyer Daniel O’Connell is distracted from a client’s unusual bequest when his friend Gabe is accused of a knifing, a crime he strongly denies.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Redeemers

Sheriff Quinn Colson resigns, but still becomes involved when a burglary becomes complicated by the shooting of a deputy, and a battle to retrieve some very revealing financial records.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

We Were Kings

The discovery of a body in Boston harbour, tarred, feathered and shot, is just the beginning of a savage struggle during a hot and humid summer.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

Deadly Harvest

Samantha Khama, a new recruit to Botswana CID, takes the disappearance of young girls seriously, especially when it appears that they may be ending up in traditional medicine for those seeking power.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

Honky Tonk Samurai

When an old lady catches Hap and Leonard on camera assaulting a dog abuser, they feel a little pressure to accede to her request that they investigate the disappearance of her granddaughter.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Invisible Guardian

The discovery of a teenage girl strangled and displayed in a Basque forest awakens fears in the local village that a spirit of the forest is at work. Local-born Inspector Amaia Salazar is put in charge of the case, but has her own demons to fight.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

A Body in Barcelona

Detective Max Camera is assigned to the murder of a boy, son of a supermarket magnate. He receives information from a source high-up in a government intelligence agency, but is he being manipulated?

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

A Cop's Eyes

Nobuhito Natsume is a detective working in a Tokyo suburb, whose personal brush with crime lies behind both his late entry to his profession, and the special qualities he brings to his work.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Bursar's Wife

The wife of the bursar of Morley College seeks the assistance of George Kocharyan, Cambridge Confidential Services, to check on her daughter. What he finds turns out to be revealing about his own family.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

Murder, D.C.

When the young son of an important family is found dead, crime reporter Sully Carter thinks the location is key to a number of murders.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Exiled

Detective Wes Raney investigates a multiple murder in New Mexico, his home since his work as an undercover agent in New York messed up his life.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

Clinch

In 1930s Stockholm, ex-boxer Harry Kvist makes a routine call to collect a debt, and when the man is found dead a few hours later the police have Harry in the frame. Harry sets out to find the real murderer, and clear himself.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Chris Roberts

The People v. O.J. Simpson

A detailed analysis of the infamous trial of a much-feted sports star for the murder of his ex-wife and a friend, a signal event in recent US history.

Reviewed on 30 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

A Quiet Place

When Tsuneo Asai’s wife dies unexpectedly, it is some time before he discovers that an apparent accident is more than it seems, and takes steps against the person he deems responsible.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Girl Waits With Gun

When their buggy is demolished by a badly-driven automobile, Constance and her sisters demand compensation. The driver refuses, and initiates a campaign against the trio, using mob methods to intimidate them.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Six Four

An unsolved case of kidnap and murder continues to resonate in the Japanese police even after fourteen years, because of mistakes that were made, and worse because those mistakes were never acknowledged.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Night Charter

The night charter of a sport fishing boat to bring a Cuban dissident to the USA is the first act in a dangerous and bloody dispute.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Man Who Wanted To Know

A woman murdered in her own flat is known to the attending detective as a rape victim from some years previously. Could there be any connection?

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Fire Maker

Forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell makes a visit to Beijing to give a series of lectures, but is soon involved in a live police case when a man is set alight in a local park.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Bird in a Cage

It is Christmas and Albert Herbin, after a long time away, is visiting his old home in one of the poorer parts of Paris. He meets a young and attractive woman in a brasserie and begins to feel hope for the future.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Jihadi

The clash of two cultures has a dramatic impact on the lives of a few selected people close to the centre of events.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Endgame

A writer takes a liking to a small town, but discovers that disputes between leading citizens result in a high murder rate. He becomes personally embroiled and eventually becomes involved in murder himself.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Dead of Winter

Mike Fisher is a taxi driver with little going for him, but when his daughter disappears, rescuing her becomes a motivating preoccupation.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

Death Zones

In Belorussia in July 1943, a few hundred miles west of the advancing Russians, a German general is killed by partisans. Oberleutnant Heinrich Hoffman is pressed to find the man responsible.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Fixer

Rick Hoffman’s discovery of a fortune in cash concealed in his father’s old study leads him to an investigation of corruption and a rethink of his own life.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

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

Apothecary Melchior and the Mystery of St Olaf's Church

After a five-day binge, von Clingenstain is the worse for drink and offers little resistance when someone removes his head. The Tallinn magistrate is tasked with apprehending the murderer, and calls in the town apothecary, Melchior, to exercise his skills in detection.

Reviewed on 09 July 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

The Exile

In 1954, Comandante Guzman of the Brigada Especial is assigned to eliminate a Basque patriot, but finds his brutal wartime activities in the area are well remembered.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

An artist is found murdered in a locked room and a note in his desk gives his plans for the creation of Azoth – a mystical figure - from the bodies of six women. Soon after, the plan is put into effect: six of his daughters and nieces disappear.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

City of Jackals

Cairo investigator Makana is asked to find a young student who has gone missing. The next day a human head is fished out of the river next to the investigator’s houseboat.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Forsaken

In Jericho, Mississippi, the release from prison of ‘Chains’ LeDoux re-awakens memories of a brutal lynching nearly 40 years ago.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

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

The Plea

Lawyer Eddie Flynn is given a proposition by the CIA: he has 48 hours to get hired by a man accused of murder and persuade him to plead guilty, or see his wife go to prison for the rest of her life.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

Rogue Lawyer

Sebastian Rudd is a US lawyer who takes the cases no one else wants, a policy that leaves him ducking bullets from both criminals and law enforcement.


Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Brief

Young London barrister Charles Holbourne is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. Is the true culprit amongst those in his chambers who hate him, or someone from his professional work?

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

The City When It Rains

Freelance photographer Corman shoots pictures of the scene after a girl falls from a fifth-floor window. He follows up her life story and comes to understand his own life.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

Too Close To The Edge

Eliette is living at the house in the mountains she restored with her husband, but as a widow finds it lonely and is hungry for companionship. The chance visit of some outsiders soon generates plenty of excitement.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Boy Who Followed Ripley

Ripley is captivated when a young American arrives at his house in France, but finds the boy has serious problems.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution

Inspector Singh is posted from Singapore to London to attend a task force on inter-racial policing. Mrs Singh insists on coming along to keep her husband out of trouble.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Peplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

Inspector Chopra (ret’d) is actually present when the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from its display case, and to save an old friend must help to ensure its recovery.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

Dodgers

When a police raid shuts down a crack house, young lookout East is sent on a trip out of LA for the first time in his life, a voyage of self-discovery.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

Betty Boo

When Pedro Chazaretta is found with his throat cut and the knife in his hand, some say suicide and some say murder – his wife died the same way and Chazaretta may have had a hand in it.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

Last Days of the Condor

When the silver-haired spy codenamed Condor arrives home to find another agent skewered to his fireplace, he needs to go on the run to find out who has set him up, and why.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Darkest Heart

Zico is a man for whom killing has become a way of life, so the demand that he kill a nun should pose no problems. But something is telling him that the job is not as straightforward as it looks.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

Journey Under the Midnight Sun

A pawnbroker is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973. Detective Sagagaki’s initial efforts fail to achieve a result, but after 19 years he is still on the trail of two young people connected to the crime.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Empire of Night

American journalist and spy Kit Cobb travels to Germany early in 1915, on the trail of an English knight suspected of working for the German cause.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Gray Mountain

Young New York lawyer Samantha Kofer makes a dramatic career change with a move to West Virginia, where her clients battle rapacious and ruthless mining companies.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

I'm Travelling Alone

A six-year-old is discovered hanging from a tree in Oslo, with an airline tag ‘I’m travelling alone’ around her neck. Other clues suggest more deaths will follow.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Dragon Day

When Ellie McEnroe is asked by Sidney Cao to play detective she can’t say no, but is only too aware that snooping around the rich and powerful of Beijing can be very dangerous.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Escape to Perdition

Peter Lowe is in the Czech Republic to monitor possible re-integration with Slovakia, but secretly operating to prevent a merger by any means necessary.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Blood Sisters

When a number of elderly nuns are brutally murdered, DS Katie Maguire investigates the convent they served, and finds evidence of criminality on a prodigious scale lasting over decades.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Chris Roberts

Edith's Diary

Edith’s diary records the day-to-day achievements of a successful family. In real life, however, things don’t turn out quite so well.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Chris Roberts

Spy Games

A powerful element within the Chinese administration approaches the British Secret Intelligence Service for reasons initially unclear: involvement could be dangerous, but it offers tremendous opportunities.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Chris Roberts

Asylum City

When a young volunteer at a Tel Aviv immigrant centre is murdered, the confession by an Eritrean is almost universally seen as satisfactory. But Anat Nachmias of the Special Investigations Unit thinks there is more to the story.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Chris Roberts

Stasi Child

The death of a young girl close to the Berlin Wall presents some unusual features, and Stasi involvement is likely to mean trouble, especially for the police officer in charge, Oberleutnant Karin Muller.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

On his final day at work, Inspector Chopra receives a report of a suspicious death. He also inherits a baby elephant.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Chris Roberts

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 Body Snatcher

A man out fishing is the sole witness to a plane crash, and relieves the dead pilot of his watch, his phone, and a kilo of cocaine.

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

Black Knight In Red Square

In 1980s Moscow, Inspector Rostnikov and his two assistants battle a terrorist determined to impose a bloody embarrassment on the Soviet State.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Beginning of the End

Raymond Verleaux visits Thailand, where he marries a sex worker he has met on the internet. On his return to Belgium he moves into a seaside villa, while his wife becomes a porn star.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

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

Quota

Lawyer Charlie Jardim visits a remote coastal town to firm up the prosecution case against two men for murder, but finds the locals hostile.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Blunderer

New York lawyer Walter Stackhouse’s fascination with a murder implicates him when his own wife dies under unusual circumstances.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

X

PI Kinsey Milhone receives instructions from a wealthy woman to trace her son, a felon recently released from detention. After completing the task, Kinsey finds that most of what she was told is a lie.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

And Sometimes I Wonder About You

PI Leonid McGill comes to the aid of the beautiful Marella on a train, who proves to be suitably grateful. Meanwhile, he receives plenty of other new calls on his services.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

Smaller and Smaller Circles

The poor who scavenge the Payatas dump in Manila don’t rate very highly with law enforcement, so when the eviscerated bodies of boys begin to be found it is a while before anyone sees a pattern.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Bangkok Asset

Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Thai police is called to the scene when a young girl is killed by extraordinary force. A message to Sonchai has been left in blood on the mirror.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Chris Roberts

Shadows of War

As World War II opens, Britain’s response to German aggression is in debate, and a young Second Lieutenant is caught up in the struggle between those contending for resistance or accommodation.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Pale House

During the German retreat through Yugoslavia in 1944, Captain Gregor Reinhardt comes across a site of mass murder. His enquiries expose a conspiracy involving both the brutal Ustase and senior figures in the military hierarchy.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Bone Orchard

Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and now works as a fishing guide, but when his mentor and friend Sergeant Kathy Frost finds trouble, he is compelled to get involved.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts

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

Lives Lost

When a young man is found dead from a blow to the head, the woman who gave him shelter is arrested for his murder. But Pieter Posthumus uncovers a few details which tell a different story.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Flemish House

During a windswept January, Maigret makes an unofficial trip to the Belgian border to investigate the disappearance of a young woman.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Ways of the Dead

The daughter of a judge is found with her throat cut. Is it a random crime, a revenge attack on her father, or the work of a serial killer?

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

Charlie Martz and Other Stories

Fifteen previously unpublished early stories from the cult writer illustrate the development of the skills that became so evident in his later books.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Tremor of Forgery

Stranded in a small Tunisian town, American writer Ingham takes violent action against an attempted burglar, but finds himself curiously indifferent to the outcome.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

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

Black Run

When a body is uncovered by a snowcat grooming the piste in Champoluc, cop Rocco Schiavone just knows the job is going to be a pain in the neck.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Chris Roberts

Bull Mountain

For generations, Bull Mountain in Georgia has been home to the Burroughs family and a base for their illegal activities, but law enforcement agencies are planning to close them down.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

Cocaine

Three stories by Italian writers look at the trade in cocaine from the perspective of individuals within Italian law enforcement.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

These Are The Names

Migrants end up in a small border town on the Russian steppes, where Police Commissioner Pontus Beg ponders his heritage.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

Bad Seed

Australian cop Cato Kwong returns to investigate the slaughter of four people, a crime with Chinese connections that brings the detective into closer contact with his heritage.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

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 Traitor

The discovery of a banker on a popular Venice beach, his throat cut and tongue removed, kicks off an investigation with international ramifications.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Two-Penny Bar

The night before his execution, condemned man Lenoir tells Maigret of a murderer he was blackmailing – a man who was recently seen at a two-penny bar.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Chris Roberts

Mockingbird Songs

Henry Quinn is released from prison and embarks on a mission to deliver a letter penned by his cellmate to a daughter he has never met.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

Shots Fired

Ten stories from the foothills of the Rockies, home to game warden Joe Pickett, and all featuring some sort of conflict.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

Thieves Fall Out

Pete Wells is stranded in Cairo when his money is stolen, and is induced to act as a courier. But he soon realises that he has become mixed up in something very murky.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

Half The World Away

Graduate Lori Maddox goes travelling and is teaching English in Chengdu when communications home cease. Her parents Joanna and Tom are frustrated by the lack of action in China, and set off to find her.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Defence

Eddie Flynn is pressed into court to represent a Russian mafia boss, and his young daughter is threatened with death if he does not cooperate.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Stolen Ones

When a sheriff’s deputy is shot, and the girl found over the body speaks no English, Kirk Stevens is nearby and is called in to help.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Chris Roberts

A Song For Drowned Souls

A young man is found at the house of a teacher, brutally murdered. His mother asks Commandant Servaz for help. Servaz fears that an escaped serial killer may have been involved.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

Boxes

Brice Casadamont moves to the countryside in a move planned by his wife, now absent. As his life falls apart, he spends more and more time with Blanche, a local who also has some problems.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Cold Dish

Cody Prichard’s murder looks like revenge for the rape of a local Cheyenne girl. Sheriff Walt Longmire needs to find the shooter to prevent further deaths.


Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

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

The Living and the Dead in Winsford

Maria Holinek takes advantage of an unforeseen opportunity to rid herself of her husband. Can she hope to escape punishment and carve out a new life?

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

Into the Night

A string of headless corpses puts pressure on Inspector Jaap Rykel, especially when the first victim has Rykel’s picture on his phone.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

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

The Talented Mr Ripley

The father of Dickie Greenleaf sends Tom Ripley to Italy to encourage his son to return to New York, but Ripley has his own agenda.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

Whiskers of the Lion

Sheriff Robertson is frustrated that he is unable to locate a young Amish woman under threat from a drug gang, and feels worse when her friend is found tortured and killed.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Chris Roberts

Happiness Is Easy

A misunderstanding transforms a kidnapping into an opportunity for the intended target, but extreme danger for a totally innocent party.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Helsinki Noir

Under the surface of a peaceful Finnish social democracy lie some disturbing undercurrents, tales of society’s most damaged, in this dark collection of short stories.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Silver Bullets

Mexican detective Edgar ‘Lefty’ Mendieta investigates a murder – there are plenty of suspects, but the use of a silver bullet is something new.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Kill Fee

When a billionaire is gunned down, police get a good look at the shooter, but his dead eyes and slack face strike them as very odd.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Girl Who Wasn't There

Artist Sebastian von Eschburg is arrested for a murder of a girl, although no body has been found, and the victim can’t be identified.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Star of Istanbul

Reporter and US government spy Kit Cobb has a suspect German under investigation, crossing the Atlantic in 1915 on the Lusitania.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Nothing Sacred

Lawyer Daniel Connell helps out an old girlfriend and finds himself landed with a new client, one who won’t take no for an answer.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

Sleeping Dogs

Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti takes a holiday in Corfu but finds himself involved in a murder, followed by a very dangerous trip to Albania.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Chris Roberts

For The Dead

The purchase of a used phone exposes Poke Rafferty and his family to danger from a man with very powerful connections.

Reviewed on 20 June 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

Murder in Pigalle

When her friends’ daughter Zazie goes missing in pursuit of a child molester, Aimee Leduc begins her own investigation.


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

Death in the Rainy Season

Commandant Morel is sent to Phnom Penh to investigate the murder of the nephew of the French Minister of the Interior.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

Gun Street Girl

Inspector Sean Duffy, one of few Catholic officers in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, is called to a double murder, tagged a family dispute but with several indications of a professional hit.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Glass Cell

Philip Carter is wrongly imprisoned and brutalised in jail. When he emerges, how will he cope with the realisation that his wife has been unfaithful?

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Frozen Dead

The grisly display of a horse carcass in an isolated mountain town initiates a police operation which soon widens when a macabre murder follows.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

Death in Pont-Aven

Commissaire Dupin is called to the murder of a hotel manager in the picturesque Breton village of Pont-Aven, but finds those closest to the dead man reluctant to tell what they know.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Snow Kimono

Retired inspector August Jovert meets a Japanese man with a tragic story to tell, a tale which resonates with echoes from Jovert's own past.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Chris Roberts

Soil

A Mississippi man determined to become an agricultural pioneer loses his bearings and falls foul of a deluded deputy sheriff.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Convert's Song

Investigator Valentine Pescatore is arrested after a terrorist attack when police find he received a warning on his phone before the event.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Professionals

When four friends carrying out a kidnap operation run into trouble, agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere are hot on their trail.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

Fallout

Maori detective Tito Ihaka is tasked with a very cold case, and combines this with investigations into the death of his own father.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

Full Measure

A marine returns from Afghanistan to find his parents’ avocado ranch devastated by fire, and many other sources of tension in his hometown.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

Hold the Dark

Wolf specialist Russell Core receives an appeal from a mother seeking recovery of her son’s body after a wolf attack.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

Behind God's Back

Ariel Kafka, one of only two Jewish detectives in Finland, investigates a shooting and unearths connections to international finance.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Burning Gates

Investigator Makana is hired by a Cairo art dealer to find an Iraqi war criminal said to have treasures looted from Kuwait, but soon finds that several parties have an interest.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

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

The Sun is God

Ex-military foot policeman Will Prior exiles himself to a 1906 German Pacific Colony, and is asked to investigate a death on an island where a group of sun-worshippers pursue an unconventional lifestyle.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

Courier

In Nixon era Washington, motorbike courier Rick finds himself in a fight for his life after he makes a delivery of material revealing a conspiracy at the highest levels of government.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Chris Roberts

Bitter Remedy

Commissioner Alec Blume takes a break with a course on Bach Flower Remedies in Monterozzo, but the discovery that he is a policeman from Rome stirs up some activity related to cases of missing persons.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Islanders

After a separation of quarter of a century, Olivier and Jeanne resume their occupation of the island, a notional refuge and the only place offering the pair contentment. But a death is only the start of a series of nightmarish events.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Spring of Kasper Meier

In 1946 Berlin, Kasper Meier is pressured to locate a RAF pilot but his attempts to find out the truth put him in extreme danger.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

Lonely Graves

Pieter Posthumas is employed to ensure that every death is marked by ceremony, but his dedication reveals a story worth deeper investigation.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

Massacre Pond

Warden Mike Bowditch is called in when a number of moose are slaughtered, an atrocity seemingly linked with local hatred for the landowner, who is seeking to create a new national park.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Buffalo Job

Wilson’s efficiency at stealing a painting on short notice gets him another job – but something very challenging and bearing a severe penalty if he fails to deliver.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Chris Roberts

Come, Sweet Death

Simon Brenner finds driving an ambulance less stressful than police work, but his boss pushes him back into detection to find out how a competitor is stealing their business.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

How The Light Gets In

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete investigates the death of a quintuplet, and his battle with corrupt powerful people comes to a culmination.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

Singapore Noir

Fourteen short stories about the dark side of the lives of local residents  that belie the common belief that Singapore is a sanitised and dull place.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

Malice

When a writer is found bludgeoned and strangled, police suspicion falls on a supposed friend, who may have had a powerful motive.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Lonesome Heart Is Angry

The Kane twins Pat and Joe need female help to run their farm, but the place is too small to afford two wives, so they approach the local matchmaker with a novel proposal.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Neruda Case

Cayetano Brule is enlisted by poet Pablo Neruda to track down a woman who may have given birth to his daughter, and hones his rudimentary detective skills with a diet of Maigret.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Chris Roberts

Bad Monkey

When a tourist fishes up a human arm from the waters off Key West, the local sheriff sees only problems. Yancy, a disgraced ex-officer, is, however, keen to pursue the matter, hoping it will lead to reinstatement.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

Peril On The Royal Train

London railway detectives Colbeck and Leeming visit Glasgow to investigate a crash and conclude that another atrocity will follow, this time with the royal family as target.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

Rose Gold

Private investigator Easy Rawlins’ help is enlisted to find a missing woman, but the case turns out to be nowhere near as straightforward as it first appears.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

Criminal Enterprise

Carter Tomlin is a man driven to bank robbery when he loses his job, but finds it a thrill and his ambition soon becomes overwhelming.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Competition

A high school shooting with multiple fatalities looks to have ended with the suicide of the two perpetrators, but it soon becomes clear that those responsible are still alive, and planning further outrages.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Keeper

When a wife goes missing, her husband looks like the prime suspect. Investigator Abe Glitsky sets out to prove otherwise.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

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

I Can See In The Dark

Riktor is a strange man without friends who tortures old people at a home where he works, but is surprised to be arrested for the murder of one.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Rules of Wolfe

At a Mexican gang lord’s isolated retreat Eddie Gato Wolfe is caught with one of his boss’s girls, and the pair take off across the Sonora Desert in fear for their lives.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Borderline

Several uninhibited characters cross paths on the US/Mexico border where a sociopath is on the run in this pulp fiction from the 1950s.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Hell's Gate

Maasai detective Mollel is posted to a small town where a number of men have disappeared. His new colleagues are hostile and are certainly on the take - but are they guilty of something worse?

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

If I Close My Eyes Now

Two young Brazilian boys discover the body of a woman and enlist the help of an old man to find out who was responsible for her death.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Killer Ambition

Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight has the difficult job of prosecuting a Hollywood mogul when a kidnapping ends in murder.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Baklava Club

Ottoman detective Yashim becomes drawn in to a dispute between supporters and opponents of European powers fought in the heart of the 1842 Ottoman Empire.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Mahé Circle

On holiday by the Mediterranean, the staid Doctor Mahé catches a glimpse of a different life, which gradually becomes an obsession.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Act of Fear

A girl is murdered, a policeman on the beat is robbed of everything he carries, and a man goes missing. Dan Fortune is hired to find the man and tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

White Crocodile

Tess Hardy is clearing mines in Cambodia, trying to find why her husband died, and whether the feared White Crocodile holds the explanation.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

Parade

Five young people share a small Tokyo flat and similar lifestyles, but how much do they really know about those they live with

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Crack

In 1976 South Africa, suspicion and fear opens up a white middle-class family like the crack in their back-garden swimming pool.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

All Is Silence

Fins, Brinco and Leda are childhood friends in a fishing village on the Galician coast, but events bring them into conflict when they become adult.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

Night Heron

A British journalist is offered Chinese secret material by a source long thought to be moribund and is drawn into an intelligence operation, with dramatic consequences.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Investigation

In a wartime Japanese prison a guard is murdered under strange circumstances, and a young soldier is tasked with finding the culprit.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Paris police Commissaire Adamsberg and his team visit rural Ordebec where a girl’s visions of a medieval hoard presage four deaths.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

Forty Days Without Shadow

When the theft of a valued native drum and the killing of a reindeer breeder occur within a few days of each other, the Reindeer Police face more than arctic winter conditions in their efforts to secure justice.

Reviewed on 04 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

Kill and Tell

DI Will Wagstaffe is desperate to find evidence to exonerate a subordinate of the murder for which he is on remand, but the disappearance of a man with Sicilian ancestry is a distraction.

Reviewed on 04 September 2014 by Chris Roberts

Con Law

Law professor John Bookman visits an old student who is alarmed that his client’s fracking operations are causing serious environmental damage.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Dog Killer of Utica

Eliot Conte’s dubious PI past comes back to haunt him after a series of violent assaults on close personal friends, and their dogs.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Broken Places

Sheriff Colson is unhappy with his sister’s liaison with an ex-convict, but things snowball when prison escapees come his way looking for money they think is owing.

Reviewed on 20 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

After The Silence

When his partner is killed, Inspector Rykel is barred from the investigation, but is assigned another murder which turns out to be linked.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

Prime Cut

Disgraced detective Cato Kwong is called to a remote Australian mining town to investigate a body thrown up on the beach, but a much older case is reawakened by the police activity.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Verdict

When legal clerk Terry Flynt is assigned to a murder where the accused messed up his life, he needs to decide what outcome he is seeking.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Chris Roberts

Hollow Mountain

When his legal partner is injured in a hit-and-run, Spike Sanguinetti takes over a marine salvage case where the principals are playing for very high stakes.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

No Regrets, Coyote

Wylie ‘Coyote’ Melville is called in as a consultant to the scene of an apparent double death, but his doubts lead him into trouble with the local police.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

A Few Drops of Blood

Captain Natalia Monte is assigned the case of two men found murdered and posed in a private garden. Several people have a motive but the trail is cold.

Reviewed on 23 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

Blood Med

In a Spain unsettled by financial breakdown, detective Max Camera and his friend Torres investigate the suicide of a banker and the killing of a woman journalist.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Ghost Runner

Egyptian PI Makana seeks answers to a dreadful murder by visiting the victim’s past in Siwa, an oasis town, but his arrival seems to trigger more deaths.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Man with the Golden Mind

Hamburg detective Maier is hired by a beautiful woman to investigate the death of her father in Laos 25 years ago.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Chris Roberts

A Conspiracy of Tall Men

Linus Owen is a professor of conspiracy theory whose life is thrown into disarray when his wife is killed in a terrorist attack on an aircraft. He uses all his resources to seek answers.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

Body Count

Istanbul police inspectors Ikman and Suleyman struggle to discover the connection between a series of gruesome murders.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

San Francisco PI Claire DeWitt seeks the killer of ex-boyfriend Paul, and re-examines the beginning of her professional life in Brooklyn.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

The First Rule of Survival

Three boys are abducted and seven years later the bodies of two are found showing signs of serial abuse. Colonel DeVries is determined to find those responsible.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Stone Boy

Retired headmistress Elsa Preau suspects a neighbour’s child is being abused and one way or another, she is determined to put a stop to it.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Strangler Vine

In 1837 Calcutta, Ensign Avery is sent upcountry with a disreputable recluse to discover the whereabouts of a famed writer.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

A Dark Song Of Blood

Martin Bora, a wehrmacht officer in 1944 Rome, forms an uneasy alliance with Italian policeman Guidi to solve two shocking crimes.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

Resurrection

Former police inspector Simon Brenner investigates the deaths of two Americans on a ski lift, but after six months is still at a dead end.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Twelfth Department

In 1937 Moscow policeman Captain Korolev is assigned to the murders of two important scientists, but secret police interest complicates his task.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

Death Money

Detective Jack Yu investigates the death of a young Chinese man and finds a connection to one of the most powerful men in Chinatown.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

Pietr the Latvian

Inspector Maigret observes an infamous criminal arrive by train, but uncovers a puzzle when the man’s double is found dead in his carriage.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Octopus On My Head

Curly Watkins plays guitar for a modest living, but is persuaded into a repossession job which turns out to have complications.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Chris Roberts

Hotel Brasil

The disparate residents of a Rio de Janeiro hotel all come under suspicion when one of their number is found decapitated.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

Shovel Ready

In a future New York devastated by a series of bombings the wealthy live in virtual reality, and Spademan offers to kill without asking questions.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

If You Were Here

A journalist investigating a subway rescue identifies the saviour as a friend who disappeared ten years ago, triggering a reappraisal of the past.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

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

A Fatal Facade

Ex-DCI Jack Bradley suspects the death of an art dealer was murder. If he can prove it he may be able to re-join the police career he abandoned.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

Night Train to Jamalpur

Captain Jim Stringer is in India in 1923 to counter railway corruption, but a death and a series of deadly snake attacks redirect his efforts.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

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

Long Way Home

DI Zigic and his colleagues from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit find little co-operation in investigating the brutal death of an immigrant.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

East of Innocence

Danny Connell, a lawyer still immersed in the gangster society where he was raised, has two new clients, both in trouble with dangerous people.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

A Death in Valencia

Chief Inspector Max Camera is pulled from the murder of a local restaurateur when the owner of an abortion clinic is kidnapped.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

Baghdad Central

In post-invasion Baghdad, former police inspector Khafaji is seized by the Americans and pressed into unwilling service.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

Barcelona Shadows

In early 20th century Barcelona, Inspectors Corvo and Malsano seek the monster abducting children for the most grisly of purposes.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Crocodile

Six years ago, Natalie, the love of Jake Fisher’s life, dumped him and married another man. At her wedding, Jake promised to stay away from her, but six years later when he discovers that her husband has died, he finds that promise becomes harder and harder to keep.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

Shadows of Justice

TV reporter Dan helps the police in their search for a kidnap victim and, following an unsuccessful prosecution, perpetrators of vigilante justice.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

Inspector SIngh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing

Inspector Singh from Singapore is sent to Beijing to investigate the death of the son of the First Secretary at the Singapore embassy.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

A woman is on death row awaiting execution for murder is visited by a young British lawyer to assemble a final plea for clemency.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Silence of the Wave

Carabinieri marshal Roberto Marias is recovering from the psychiatric wounds suffered at work and meets a woman also in treatment.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

Death in Florence

Florence policeman Inspector Bordelli investigates the disappearance of a schoolboy during the torrential rain and flooding of November 1966.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

Minotaur

An Israeli spy sees a woman on a bus as someone he has been waiting for to give his life meaning; he intervenes in her life with fateful results.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

W is for Wasted

PI Kinsey Millhone finds that a man she never met has left her a fortune, but that his death was not as straightforward as it first appears.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

Brother Kemal

PI Kemal Kayankaya is employed to find a wayward 16-year-old and to protect an author from attack, but finds the two cases overlap.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

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

Identical

A girl is murdered; her boyfriend confesses to the crime and spends twenty-five years in jail, but questions remain unanswered.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Cambodian Book of the Dead

German detective Maier, an ex-journalist with experience in the Far East, is sent to Cambodia to arrange the return of the heir to a fortune.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Chris Roberts

I Am Max Lamm

Max Lamm, a young man disgraced in New York, is sheltering in London but when he kills a Pakistani youth he sets off a series of riots.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Anarchist Detective

Detective Max Camera returns home to Albacete when his grandfather has a stroke, but is drawn to investigate crimes with links to the past.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Memory Key

Commissioner Alec Blume investigates the killing of a witness to a shooting of a woman responsible for a bombing decades earlier.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Kings of Cool

Ben and Chon are two young dudes making a good living out of growing premium grade marijuana, but their success attracts sharks.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

Clever Fox

Assistant district attorney Dani Fox is called to the homicide of the daughter of a local Mafia chief; the prime suspect is his sworn enemy.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

Little Green

Easy Rawlins, a black PI in 1967 LA, emerges from a coma to find his friend Mouse seeking help to save a young member of their community.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

My Criminal World

Crime writer David Slavitt is struggling to boost a flagging readership and to get to the bottom of his wife’s apparent alienation.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

21:37

Criminal profiler Rudolf Heinz is called in when two bodies marked with ritualistic signs are found in Warsaw, but enjoys little cooperation.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Chris Roberts

The Ophelia Cut

When a rapist is bludgeoned to death, the father of the girl is the obvious culprit, but several people will be uncomfortable if he is convicted.

Reviewed on 17 October 2013 by Chris Roberts

A Crack in the Wall

Architect Pablo Simo’s unsatisfying life is disrupted when an attractive caller awakens memories of a crime it was hoped had been forgotten.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Chris Roberts

Generation Loss

Cassandra Neary, a New York photographer, visits a backwoods island to interview an early inspiration, but finds horror and death.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Chris Roberts

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

City of Blood

When Siphiwe goes to help a stabbing victim he becomes involved with two violent gangs, both of which will kill him for the information he has.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Chris Roberts