Viv Beeby

Viv Beeby is a retired BBC Radio 4 producer.  She enjoys supporting Leicester City Football Club and spoiling her five grandchildren.

Books reviewed by Viv Beeby


When a young woman is discovered in a magician's box, pierced through with swords, a detective and a celebrity mentalist join forces to solve the most baffling illusion of them all.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Viv Beeby


Police Investigator Alexander Blix and his sidekick, crime journalist Emma Ramm, are being held and questioned by Oslo's National Criminal Investigation Service. Blix has shot a man in the back and Emma is partly responsible. 

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Viv Beeby

Murder at the Theatre Royale

Christmas 1935. When a new production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol brings violent death to the West End stage, intrepid reporter, Daphne King is just the woman to solve this seasonal murder mystery.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Viv Beeby

Tied up in Tinsel

Christmas at Halberds Manor. When a visiting manservant disappears without trace the seasonal jollity turns to fear and suspicion. Superintendent Roderick Alleyn and his wife Troy investigate.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Viv Beeby

Murder on the Christmas Express

When the sleeper train from London to the snowbound Scottish Highlands comes off the rails on Christmas Eve and a body is found in a locked cabin, it’s up to a former Met detective to find the killer before they strike again.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Viv Beeby

Murder in the Falling Snow

A collection of ten short stories all with a wintry feel. Classic crime writers such as Dorothy L Sayers and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contribute their own take on a chilling and shadowy festive season.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Locked Room

Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson are brought together again by an investigation into series of deaths that look like suicide but might be murder. To complicate matters further, their work is hampered by a strange new virus stalking the land.

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Rising Tide

A group of old friends meet up every five years on Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. But when one of them is found hanged, after their first evening back together, the ghost of a death from 45 years earlier comes back to haunt them all.

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Viv Beeby

A Beginner's Guide to Murder

When a terrified, dishevelled young woman bursts into a coffee bar, three elderly women decide to help her – even if that helping hand might end in murder.

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by Viv Beeby

Hope to Die

A suspected burglary that ends in a gory death at a remote farmhouse might not be as straightforward as it first seems for DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford based team.

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Twist of a Knife

A theatre critic is found dead the day after giving author Anthony Horowitz's new play a scathing first night review. When Anthony ends up as the main suspect, he reluctantly joins forces again with ex-cop Daniel Hawthorne in the search for a ruthless killer.

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by Viv Beeby

A Question of Guilt

Norwegian detective William Wisting’s holiday ends abruptly when he receives an anonymous letter suggesting that the wrong man was convicted of a murder from 20 years ago.  

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Hideout

Teenage delinquent Samuel has to leave town in hurry. Under false pretences he takes refuge as a home help on a remote Swedish island that hides some dangerous, sinister secrets.

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Midnight Hour

In Whitby in 1965, Count Dracula, as played by film star Seth Billingham, once again stalks the autumnal streets. Meanwhile in Brighton, his ex-impresario father, Bert, is horribly murdered by rat poison. Superintendent Edgar Stephens and magician-turned-actor Max Mephisto investigate.

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by Viv Beeby

Cold as Hell

Two sisters live in different countries. Arora in England and Isafold in Iceland – and that's the way they like it. But when Isador goes missing without trace, Arora is takes the first flight to Reykjavik to investigate her troubling disappearance.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Viv Beeby

Wild Shores

DI Karen Eiken Hornby interrupts her Christmas celebrations to take the ferry to the wilder shores of Doggerland, home of the more lawless branch of her family, to investigate a suspicious death at a remote quarry.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Viv Beeby

End of Summer

Veronica is a bereavement counsellor in Stockholm. When a familiar-looking young man joins her group with a strange story to tell, Veronica is transported back to her rural home of 1983 where, one summer's day, her little brother Billy went missing without trace.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Viv Beeby

Girls Who Lie

When a feckless single mother goes missing it is assumed that she has committed suicide. But then a decomposed body is found seven months later hidden on the lava fields of the west coast of Iceland and police officers Emma and Saevar find themselves heading up a gruesome murder investigation.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Viv Beeby

A Change of Circumstance

DCS Simon Serrailler takes on the usual combination of colourful family drama and high-density police work when a ruthless drug gang sets its sights on rural Lafferton.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Unheard

When three-year-old Poppy brings home an ugly and menacing drawing from her nursery it sets in train a series of events causing her mum, lonely and vulnerable Tess, to fear for their lives and her own sanity.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Man Who Died Twice

The Thursday Murder Club rides out again. This time they're on the trail of £20,000,000 in stolen diamonds and some violent and ruthless international criminals who surely won't let a bunch of old-age pensioners stand in their way ...

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Viv Beeby

The Inner Darkness

Notorious serial killer, Tom Kerr, is safely behind bars. But during an excursion to lead Norwegian police to the grave of one of his victims he manages a miraculous escape. And then, once again, no woman is safe.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Heron's Cry

Dr Nigel Yeo wants to talk to DS Jen Rafferty at a convivial party. Hours later he is found dead, a shard of glass sticking from his neck. DI Matthew Venn and his West Country team investigate.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Whole Truth

DI Fawley and his wife Alex are expecting a much longed-for child and everything in the garden looks lovely – until the release from prison of a vicious and vengeful rapist and murderer threatens to blight their happiness.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Viv Beeby

Fatal Isles

In the middle of the North Sea, between the UK and Denmark, lies the island nation of Doggerland. Not much happens there in the way of crime, until one day Police Chief Jounas Smeed's ex-wife is found brutally murdered.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Appeal

A murder has been committed and someone has gone to prison. But were they the right person? A QC uses the evidence to test his star pupils.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Marlow Murder Club

A shocking event leads to a trail of murder that only Judith, as a veteran setter of cryptic crossword puzzles, can help to solve.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Viv Beeby

Smoke Screen

When a bomb rips through the centre of Oslo as the clock strikes in a New Year, police officer Alexander Blix and journalist Emma Ramm are both at the scene. And so begins a new investigation and a ten-year-old mystery to solve for this unlikely partnership ...

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Sanatorium

An isolated hotel in the remote Swiss Alps, which was once a sanatorium, is cut off by an avalanche. A deranged masked predator stalks the residents and the only person who can help them is convalescing fellow guest, Detective Elin Warner.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Night Hawks

When a group of metal detectorists find a dead body on a bleak north Norfolk beach it's the start of another case for forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway and Detective Inspector Harry Nelson. All clues lead them to the isolated Black Dog Farm and the local legend of a ghostly hound whose appearance precedes violent death.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Viv Beeby


As snow gently falls on the northernmost town in Iceland, a young girl falls to her death from a balcony on the main street. And when an old man in the local nursing home writes 'she was murdered' on the wall of his room Police Inspector Ari Thor Arason has a puzzling case on his hands.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Viv Beeby

Crossed Skis

When the victim of a ruthless murder is found in a room at Mrs Stein's guest house burnt beyond recognition, little remains in the way of clues – except the distinctive impression of a ski stick left in the mud outside the front door.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Butterfly House

A body is floating in the waters of an historic fountain, right in the centre of Copenhagen's main city square. A body that's been drained of all its blood. So begins a new and gruesome case for Investigator Jeppe Korner and his assistant Anette Werner.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Kingdom

In an enclosed and remote Norwegian mountain community the rules of good and evil are played out in a manner more reminiscent of the Wild West. It's a place where family means everything and guilty secrets are buried deep …

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Viv Beeby

The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club meet once a week in the Jigsaw Room at Coopers Chase luxury retirement village to keep their brain cells working by 'solving' cases from long ago. But when the members witness real life murder, they employ all the tricks of their former trades in the race to solve a series of killings.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Postcript Murders

Ninety-year-old Peggy has two main interests in life – observing the comings and goings beneath her bay window in Seaview Court and murder.  So when Peggy is found dead in her favourite chair, notebook by her side, it must surely be from natural causes – mustn't it?

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Darkest Evening

The body of a young woman is discovered in the grounds of the Stanhope estate. The combination of the remote and snow-covered landscape, a close-knit village community and ancient family secrets leads to a classic case of love, revenge and murder.

Reviewed on 31 October 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Man in the Woods

There is a creepy man in the woods; a bad man with the face of a skull. And it you don't watch out he's coming to get you …

Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Woman Downstairs

When the bailiffs are called in to a ground floor flat, they make a gruesome discovery. And the residents of Nelson Heights discover that they know very little about their neighbours.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Perfect Wife

When Abbie Cullen disappears from her Californian beach house and is never seen again, her husband Tim is cleared of any involvement. But when, five years later, he brings her back to life in robotic form the old doubts soon resurface.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Chain

When you become part of The Chain at first you are the victim, then you are the criminal and then you are the survivor – but could you be the one to break it?

Reviewed on 13 June 2020 by Viv Beeby

Now You See Them

Brighton 1963 and a schoolgirl has gone missing from the exclusive private school, Roedean. It looks like she's a runaway but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearances of a young local nurse and a teenage Modette.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by Viv Beeby

Big Sky

PI Jackson Brodie stumbles upon some dark and dangerous deeds in the picturesque seaside town he now calls home.

Reviewed on 23 April 2020 by Viv Beeby

Little Friends

Three couples and their children spend one long hot summer in each others' pockets – but even as they make merry an evil presence is infiltrating the party.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Viv Beeby

Come a Little Closer

Is Anton a callous murderer or was he wrongly convicted? And is his friendship with his young neighbour Leah genuine or something altogether more sinister?

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Viv Beeby


Detective Harry Hole's life is in chaos and when a deranged and vengeful enemy strikes at the very heart of it then Harry must face his darkest hour.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Viv Beeby

Now You See Them

Brighton 1963 and a schoolgirl has gone missing from exclusive private school Roedean. It looks like she's a runaway but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearances of a young local nurse and a teenage Modette.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Benefit of Hindsight

The Lafferton Police Force is just about coping with a series of ruthless and meticulously planned robberies. But a possible error of judgement puts Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailller's reputation on the line.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Viv Beeby

The Christmas Egg

In a seedy Islington bedsit the body of Princess Olga Karukhin lies as if in state. Her secret trunk has  been wrenched open and its precious contents gone …

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Viv Beeby

The Alphabet Murders

When the body of a man is found brutally murdered in a wildlife part and tattooed with a letter A, criminal profilers Jan Grall and Rabea Wyler are thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Viv Beeby