Books reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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