Sylvia Maughan

Books reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

Summer Fever

A young British couple have converted an isolated, old Italian villa into a guesthouse and their first booking will go a long way towards paying off the debts they have accrued.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Sylvia Maughan

Requiem in La Rossa

When a university professor appears to meet his death at the hands of a young drug addict outside the opera, Daniel Leicester is asked by an aging rockstar friend to try to prove the young man’s innocence. 

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Sylvia Maughan

Midsummer Mysteries

A collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, each originally published in the 1920s.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden

Private detective Laetitia Rodd is asked by a friend to help the wife of an important London theatre director. She feels unable to decline but very soon becomes involved in something much more sinister. 

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

London Bridge is Falling Down

A man from the American embassy is involved in a traffic accident in a London park and elsewhere, an old woman dies seemingly of natural causes. Meanwhile, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is facing imminent closure while detectives Bryant and May are trying to find a way to keep it open.

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

Say Goodbye

DJ Belmont is the only person allowed to leave the Eden community and he has a long list of people he would like to kill …

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

Something to Hide

The business card of a photographer recruited to help with a government project as part of a campaign to banish FGM finds its way into the belongings of a murdered detective sergeant.

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra travel to Cheltenham in an attempt to improve Jane’s ailing health, but their holiday turns out not to be as relaxing as they had expected.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Hunting Season

A Korean/American couple ask English detective Daniel Leicester, who lives in Bologna, to find their son Ryan.  Ryan has gone missing in the city while visiting for work.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

Better Off Dead

A crashed jeep against the only tree in sight in the desert landscape of Arizona feels suspicious to Jack Reacher and, as ever, he gets involved.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Sylvia Maughan


Inspector Montalbano embarks on his final case after receiving a phone call early one morning asking him to meet someone called Riccardino, but on arrival at the appointed place he finds that the caller has been shot dead and his three terrified friends are huddled nearby.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

The Favour

Ada Howell, brought up in a large old house somewhere in Wales, constantly tries to live up to her start in life. So much so that even the death of a fellow student on a trip to Italy doesn’t change her ambition, until reality is revealed.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Sylvia Maughan

Oranges and Lemons

An important politician is almost buried under a crate of fruit, in a spot suspiciously near to the church of St Clements. The Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate, but now under the eye of a Home Office observer.

Reviewed on 25 November 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The Measure of Time

Italian lawyer Guido Guerrieri is contacted by a girlfriend from his distant past  She believes her son has been wrongly convicted for murder. Guido has to decide whether it’s wise to take on the appeal.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The Sentinel

Jack Reacher arrives by chance at a small town near Tennessee, where there appears to be a power cut. Also, by chance, he manages to avert a kidnapping. By which time he is too involved not to let it all go.  

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The Sicilian Method

Mimi Augello stumbles across a dead body whilst making a hasty escape from his married lover’s apartment. And then another identical dead body turns up elsewhere.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

Say No More

Mercy spent much of her youth in a violent commune but escaped when she was still quite young. Now her so-called husband from all those years ago wants her back. He is on the loose looking for her and will stop at nothing. 

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The House With Three Eyes

On her way to board her plane to Venice, Stella helps an elderly man. Tragically he dies on the plane and due to a baggage mix-up, Stella becomes involved in the mystery surrounding his death.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The Viper

Two bodies are found murdered in a remote area of the countryside near Florence. Sandro Cellini is called back into his old police department as a consultant.  He knows why, but is he strong enough to be able to help?

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

The Quickening

Louisa, trapped in an unhappy marriage, accepts a commission to photograph the contents of a faded Victorian country house. A spate of unpleasant incidents makes her question whether there are connected to her advanced state of pregnancy or whether they might relate to the unfortunate history of the family.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

A Quiet Death in Italy

The body of an elderly man is found in one of the canals beneath Bologna. Daniel Leicester, an Englishman who works in Bologna as a PI, sets out to investigate with his boss, the Commandante, who happens to be his father-in-law.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Sylvia Maughan


Bev Saunders wants to be private investigator and has started to take on cases. She sets out to go undercover as a cleaner for a colourful local man of doubtful reputation

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

Black Souls

Three boys born into poverty in southern Italy stay together as they grow up and eventually make a lot of money in the big cities in the north of the country. But it comes at a cost.  

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Murder Your Darlings

A group of people gather in an Italian villa in Tuscany for a summer writing course. One of them is found dead in the sauna and murder is suspected. 

Reviewed on 31 October 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Haven't They Grown

Beth Leeson sees an old friend whom she has not seen for 12 years. Her friend has aged appropriately, but her children appear not to have aged at all. Is Beth mistaken about what she saw?

Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Finders, Keepers

Verity Ann Baxter tells the story of her developing relationship with new neighbours Ailsa, Tom and family. It is a love-hate relationship, as Verity and Ailsa become more and more involved in each other’s lives.  But who is guilty of Tom’s murder?

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Killing Floor

Jack Reacher gets off a long-distance bus near to the small town of Margrave. His subsequent arrest is the beginning of a mystery that he needs to solve. Exactly who can he believe?

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Into the Dark

A young abused boy tries to save his young brother from his stepfather whom he subsequently sees murdered. As a witness he then becomes a target.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Blue Moon

Jack Reacher prevents an old man being mugged on a city street. But why is the old man carrying a large wad of money in an envelope, just stuffed into his pocket?

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Say You're Sorry

Daisy, a young woman, is attacked in the street, but fights the attacker off. Others are not so lucky.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Sylvia Maughan


Marlene decides to leave her criminal husband, taking with her his very valuable collection of sapphires. Unfortunately, she crashes her car in a blizzard and is rescued by a strange mountain man.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

She Was the Quiet One

Twins Bel and Rose are starting in the same dorm at their new boarding school. They are very different from each other and make different choices in both subjects and friends. Dorm heads, Heath Donovan and wife are also new, brought in to turn this difficult dorm around.

Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

The Punishment She Deserves

A man is found hanged in a disused police station. The victim’s father, a local MP, refuses to believe that it was suicide.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Past Tense

Jack Reacher happens upon the home town of his long-deceased father. Patty and Shorty’s car breaks down near an isolated motel in the same area.  After a long, eventful time for all concerned they separately arrive at the same place – a dark, isolated forest.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Flowers Over the Inferno

A disfigured body is found in the mountains near a remote village in Northern Italy, close to the Austrian border.  Police superintendent Teresa Battaglia must break through the closed and secretive nature of the local villagers.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Hall of Mirrors

A London building boss is due to appear in court and a rival is due to testify against him. A young Bryant and May are detailed to make sure he does. But then he decides to attend a house party in a country mansion, which is where it all goes very wrong.

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Ghosts of the Past

A well-respected Florence citizen is found murdered in his study.  Apart from a fencing foil stuck between his ribs, there are no clues, no fingerprints, nothing except for a beautiful ring found close to the body.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

The Lizard Strategy

An old man with dementia goes missing, a telephone ringtone can be heard from a lonely river valley and the council is in chaos. Commissario Soneri has to make sense of all these events.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

Did You See Melody?

Cara Burrows needs time away from her family to think. At her holiday resort, she thinks that she sees a young girl who had, according to common belief, been murdered some years previously. 

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Temptation of Forgiveness

An elderly man is discovered seriously injured at the foot of some steps down to a canal. By chance his wife has just spoken with Inspector Brunetti about the possibility of her son taking drugs. Are the two incidents connected?

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Kill the Angel

A train from Milan pulls into Rome’s Termini station. No one emerges from the Top-Class coach – they are all dead. Deputy Chief Colomba Caselli is the person who discovers them and then sets out to find the culprit

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Can You Hear Me?

Elia Furenti is a teenage boy living with his parents in a remote village in Northern Italy. When a young boy is kidnapped and murdered in the village and a young girl goes missing, Elia suspects his father.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Midnight Line

Jack Reacher finds a small ring in a pawn shop that must have belonged to a marine. As an ex-marine himself, he sets off to track the owner down.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

An Echo of Murder

A Hungarian man living and working near the Thames, is found brutally murdered. Commander Monk is on the trail of the culprit.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Lone Wolf

A body is found in England with one piece of evidence that links it to Italy. Meanwhile, a Mafia boss is hoping that something can be done about his failing eyesight. Italian ranger Sebastian Cangio is assigned to help the British work on the murder case.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

A Voice in the Night

Inspector Montalbano’s birthday starts badly and then gets a whole lot worse when a number of deaths occur on his patch. 

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Girl in the Fog

A psychiatrist is called in to a police station to interview a man after a car accident. Meanwhile, a young girl is missing from her family who live nearby. 

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Extremist

A hostage situation is in progress in Rome and one of the terrorists asks to see Detective Leone Scamarcio in person. Scamarcio then has to find something and take it back before the deadline for the hostages to be killed expires. 

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

An Echo of Murder

A Hungarian man living and working near the Thames, is found brutally murdered. Commander Monk is on the trail of the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

A Great Reckoning

A professor in the academy for the training of police recruits is found murdered. The killer could be another disgruntled professor or even one of the recruits.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

No Middle Name

A collection of stories about Jack Reacher’s life, starting with him as a young lad of about 13.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Death in the Tuscan Hills

Inspector Bordelli has been investigating a horrible crime involving a young boy. The ramifications of this are so bad that Bordelli decides to leave his job – he just walks out, and starts a new life in the countryside.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Night School

Major Jack Reacher and two others are given a special project concerning a mystery American in Germany.  First they have to find out who he is and why he is mysterious.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Sylvia Maughan


Two American couples go on holiday together. Their friendship begins to disintegrate almost immediately and death is the result.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Wild Chamber

A small boy dies following an incident in a road tunnel. A gardener sees a murder in a London park. Inspectors Bryant & May work against the clock to find out what connects the events.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Second Day of the Renaissance

Just as Piero Trotti is getting used to retirement from the police, he is made aware of a threat from the past. It becomes all too real on a trip he makes to Rome for his god-daughter’s wedding.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Earthly Remains

Commissario Brunetti is under strain at work and is sent away for a rest, but then an old man he’s made friends with goes missing.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Hit

A television executive and his family are involved in a car accident. But things are not necessarily what they seem.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Waters of Eternal Youth

Commissario Brunetti is asked to investigate the case of a young girl who nearly drowned 15 years ago. Brain damage has left her trapped in the mindset of the young girl. He must find out how she came to be in the water, and whether she fell or was pushed

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Only Daughter

A young woman decides to impersonate Rebecca who went missing some years ago. She resembles her in looks and would have been the same age. Not until she moves in with Rebecca’s family and begins to lead her life does she have any qualms about this course of action. Just how much danger is she in?

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Behind Her Eyes

David and Adele seem like the perfect couple. Louise befriends both of them and soon finds that things are not what they seem. 

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Between Enemies

During the first world war an elderly family and their grandson are living in their villa in the Italian countryside close to the front line. How does the family cope when the villa is requisitioned by enemy armies?

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Revenge in a Cold River

Commander Monk is called to look at a corpse that has been fished out of the Thames. Not only was the man drowned but he had also been shot in the back. Why is it so important for Monk to investigate?

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Penny Heart

Peter and Michael, two 18th century gentlemen, are duped at a Manchester public house. Michael catches the criminal, a young woman called Mary Jebb, who is subsequently deported to Botany Bay. How sweet is her revenge for this cruel punishment.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi decides to move to Sicily. When she discovers the body of her handyman on the beach, shot through the head, she decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

The Hunter of the Dark

Marcus is a man who can see evil, but he has amnesia. In the past he appears to have been an investigator for an ancient holy order. The torso of a young woman is found within the Vatican walls. Before Marcus can investigate properly there are other murders, starting with two young lovers in a car.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

Blade of Light

Inspector Montalbano is called to investigate the mystery of a house which appears to have had a door removed. It is eerily similar to a dream he had had the previous night. Later he receives a report of an attack on a woman. Will his dream turn out to be a prophesy of these events?

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Narrow Bed

Two pairs of friends are murdered shortly after each received a small white book containing matching lines of poetry.  The question is whether Simon Waterhouse and his team will solve the crimes before there are any further deaths.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Corridors of the Night

Hester Monk is working in a local hospital one night when a small girl accosts her and begs Hester to follow her down an unfamiliar corridor. What Hester finds is quite shocking.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Broken Chord

A brutal murder occurs in a family villa in Italy. With everyone under suspicion the murky side of each character gradually unfolds. Will Inspector Dragonetti be able to cut through all this to find the culprit?

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

A Game For All The Family

Justine has left her job and moved with her family to a large house in Devon. Once there she begins to receive threatening phone calls from someone who pretends to know her.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The American

A body is found hanging under the Ponte Sant’Angelo. Who is he and why are there similarities to the death of Roberto Calvi all those years ago? Inspector Scamarcio has his work cut out to solve this one.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

A Banquet of Consequences

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

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Game of Mirrors

Inspector Montalbano notices his neighbour, Mrs Lombardo, looking under the bonnet of her car.  It turns out that the car has been deliberately damaged.  Meanwhile a bomb has exploded in town, all giving Montalbano a lot to think about.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Thomas Pitt is called to a house where two policemen are dead and three badly injured by a bomb – but is it the work of anarchists or a common criminal?

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Bryant & May: London's Glory

A collection of short stories recounting some of the cases of the two detectives, Bryant and May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, based in London, spanning the period from the start to the finish of their work together.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Big Bad Wolf

The body of a young woman is found on a river bank. Chief Detective Superintendant Pia Kirchoff has no lead to follow up, although a brief visit to an old school reunion results in more than she expects.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Vanished Ones

Following a bad experience in the past, Mila Vasquez, a police officer, has chosen to be employed in the Missing Persons Bureau of the Federal Police. One day, unusually, she is asked to attend the scene of a massacre – against her will. Why is she asked?

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

And She Was

Brenna Spector is a PI with a condition that gives her an enhanced memory. She is hired to find the wife of a man called Nelson Wentz but runs into trouble when she finds her body.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

A New York Christmas

Jemima is accompanying her friend Delphinia to New York to help her with her wedding to the son of a wealthy and influential American family. When Delphinia’s long-estranged mother makes an appearance, Jemima is drawn into a dangerous search to try to prevent her spoiling the wedding.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Falling In Love

A well-known opera singer is upset when she is inundated with flowers after each performance in Venice. Hundreds appear on stage, in her dressing room and some even outside the apartment in which she is staying. Then Commissario Brunetti is called to see a young woman in hospital who has been attacked. Is there a connection?

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The Few

Detective Scarmarcio of the Rome police force is given a job secretly by his boss and told to deal with it without telling anyone else. Then a young man is found dead and a young girl goes missing on Elba.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

By Its Cover

A theft of pages torn from some ancient books is reported by a library in Venice. Commissario Brunetti is called in to investigate. The suspicion is that an American researcher may be involved.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Closer Than You Think

Faith Frye is driving over to the old house that she has recently inherited from her grandmother, when a young woman appears in the road. Faith swerves and crashes her car.  She survives the accident but appears to have stumbled upon a horrendous mystery which leaves her in mortal danger.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Bryant and May: The Burning Man

A burned body is discovered on the steps of a London bank whilst a mob runs amok in the city, protesting at the actions of the bankers. Soon more individuals are killed, always through the medium of fire.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Death Under a Tuscan Sun

Chief Superintendent Ferrara is dismayed to hear that two dangerous prisoners have escaped from jail in Pisa. Later, a well-known lawyer and his wife are found murdered in their gated community a few miles from Florence.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Second Life

Julia has looked after her sister Kate’s son most of his life although Kate wanted him back. When Kate is murdered, Julia takes over Kate’s online life to try to find her killer. Can she cope with the consequences?

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Murder on High Holborn

An important ship explodes and sinks as it glides serenely up the Thames, and a member of the Court of Charles II is found murdered. Thomas Chaloner, intelligencer to the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Clarendon, is dismissed by him in order to infiltrate a group thought to be planning an uprising.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The Venetian Venture

Rosie Gilchrist is sent by her boss at the British Museum to Venice to try to track down an important old volume of poems by Horace. Whilst there she comes across old friends, Felix and Cedric, and between them, encounter numerous difficulties, including a murder or two.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The Soul of Discretion

Chief Superintendant Simon Serrailler is selected to go undercover to try to identify the members of a paedophile ring. His mission begins in a treatment centre for convicted offenders but takes on a more dangerous line when his prime target decides to escape.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Angelica's Smile

A series of burglaries occur in the home town of Inspector Montelbano. During his investigations he meets a young woman, but fact and fiction become mixed up in his mind. Will he be able to solve the mystery of the burglaries before there are any tragic consequences?

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

After I'm Gone

Felix Brewer knows how to make money, but not always legally.  When the law catches up with him he decides to disappear, leaving family and friends behind.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sylvia Maughan


Three Italian judges in three different areas each have similar ideals and are differently equipped to achieve them. Will any of them ever succeed in overcoming the established criminal societies with their associated collaborators in the field of the law?

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

The Monogram Murders

Hercule Poirot is sitting in a coffee house in London when in flies a young woman in a state of panic. Later three bodies are discovered in a local hotel, each carefully laid out in a particular way. Are the two incidents linked? Poirot and sidekick Catchpole from Scotland Yard investigate.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

A Christmas Hope

Claudine Burroughs attends a party at which a young woman is badly injured. An eccentric poet is accused of the attack but Claudine suspects him to be innocent. She sets out to establish the truth.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

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 Telling Error

A personal ad appears on a website, describing a murder in detail. Meanwhile Nicki, a suburban mum, panics on seeing a familiar policeman when she is on her way to pick up her child from school. She seems to have a guilty secret. Is she involved in the murder?

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Atonement of Blood

An assassination attempt is made on Colgu, King of Cashel. Fidelma, his sister, decides to try to find out who did it. A long journey ensues in which she makes good use of her skills as a lawyer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Speedy Death

A member of a house party does not appear for dinner. A search of the house uncovers a body in the bath. Mrs Bradley is intrigued and begins to investigate.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Watch Your Back

Detective Stevie Mazzetti is recovering slowly from having been shot whilst working on a previous case, but someone is still out to kill her. When her daughter is also made a target she agrees to be hidden until the shooting stops. But will it?

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Gold, Frankincense and Dust

Parma is enveloped in a thick mist for several days. The badly burned body of a young woman is discovered dumped at the bottom of a motorway embankment. A complex investigation is needed before her identity can be discovered.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Available Dark

Cass Neary is a photographer who is in trouble with the law in the States. In order to get away she accepts a job in Finland and becomes caught up with a violent gang, leading to a series of unexpected encounters in Iceland.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

A Little Murder

Rosy’s Aunt Marcia is found murdered. Rosy was not close to her and despite her best efforts to keep out of the fuss she inevitably gets drawn in.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Death on Blackheath

Some blood and hair is found on the doorstep of an important family in London. Subsequently a body is found in a gravel pit nearby. Inspector Pitt as Head of Special Branch gets involved and investigates what has happened.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Lie Still

Emily and husband Mike have moved to Texas due to Mike’s new job as police chief.  Emily tries her best to forget her difficult past and to take part in the local social life, but things become very problematic when a woman goes missing.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

The Treasure Hunt

Inspector Montalbano is short of work – so when a friend asks if a young student might study the inspector’s methods of solving crimes the inspector feels he has no option but to agree. Subsequently he enlists the young student’s help when the crime rate starts to pick up.

Reviewed on 05 March 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Just One Evil Act

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

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Death in St. James's Park

Thomas Chaloner, spy for the Earl of Clarendon, comes across a wood cart primed to explode outside the General Letter Office. Contrary to the norm, he is not given the job to investigate it but instead is diverted to investigate poisoned birds in St James’s Park. What is afoot?

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

And When She Was Good

Helen’s childhood with a violent father leads her into a life with many risks.  When a so-called suburban madam in a neighbouring county is found murdered and other signs of danger appear, Helen realises that she needs to make some changes to her life, but can she?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Sylvia Maughan


Professor Robert Langdon wakes up injured, evidently in Florence, to find himself being chased.  His attempts to remember what he was doing before this event require him to identify the violent images he keeps seeing. 

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

The Governor's Wife

Bode Bonner, Governor of Texas, has become a self-satisfied and cynical politician. His wife has retained her caring side and takes an opportunity to get involved in a medical enterprise on the Mexican border. The two lifestyles inevitably collide with devastating consequences.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sylvia Maughan

The Kennedy Conspiracy

Who killed John F Kennedy? A British journalist was there and saw it happen.  He subsequently overhears something that put his own life and that of others in danger. The truth must come out.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sylvia Maughan

Did You Miss Me?

The son of an American state attorney goes missing with his girlfriend, and his mother and FBI friend lead the hunt.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Sylvia Maughan