Sharon Wheeler

Sharon Wheeler


Books reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Headlong

A leading literary agent has been found dead – and DCI Bill Slider and his team are under pressure from the powers-that-be to confirm that the death was accidental. Slider’s not so sure, though.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Sharon Wheeler

The Stone Circle

Archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson encounter some unwelcome echoes from the past when bones are discovered on an ancient Norfolk site.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Sharon Wheeler

Careless Love

Superintendent Alan Banks and his team investigate two suspicious deaths – a student found in an abandoned car, and a man in a smart suit at the bottom of a gully on the moors.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Sharon Wheeler

Song of the Damned

Music researcher Phineas Fox finds himself embroiled in a school’s sinister legends when he’s asked to investigate the possible plagiarism of an opera.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

All the Pieces Matter

Actors, writers, directors and others involved with The Wire contribute to an oral history of the influential TV drama.    

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Murders.Com

Crime fighting duo Ingrid Langley and Patrick Gillard are hoping for a quieter life when he takes a desk job. But the discovery of a badly-beaten Met Police cop in a Somerset field puts paid to that.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

City of Sinners

A young Asian woman is found murdered in a Bradford bookshop. But as DCI Harry Virdee investigates, the killer is leaving bizarre messages for him and making it clear that it’s personal.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

The Dark Angel

University lecturer and forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is asked to lend her expertise to the discovery of bones in an Italian hilltop village. But the past and present collide when there’s a present-day murder.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

The Other Wife

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is called to St Mary’s hospital in London where his eminent surgeon father William is in a coma after a vicious attack. But the crying woman by the bedside, who introduces herself as William’s wife, isn’t Joe’s mother and he’s never seen her before.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Lock 13

Artist and PI Chris Honeysett is asked to track down a dead angler who miraculously seems to have come back to life six years after his boat capsized. But he’s sidetracked by the disappearance of his life drawing model.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead If You Don't

A missing teenager sets Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team of Brighton cops in a race against the clock.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Copycat

Sarah Havenant has a good job and a family – but this starts to crumble when a friend points out that there are two Facebook pages out there with her name on.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

Rather Be the Devil

John Rebus can't keep away from detective work - and investigates a 40-year-old murder and the rivalry between two Edinburgh gangsters.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

Death Notes

Phin Fox finds himself on the west coast of Ireland investigating the death of a 19th century Russian musician.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead Man's Prayer

DI Frank Farrell must investigate the murder of a priest – the man who forced him out of the priesthood 18 years previously.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Lost Swimmer

Rebecca Wilding, an Aussie archaeology professor, is accused of fraud. And then her husband goes missing …

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Darren Keefe and his brother are international cricket stars – but Darren can always find trouble and someone wants him dead.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dark Corners

Carl, a young writer, sells a friend some slimming pills which inadvertently cause her death – then blackmail and murder follow.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Cut To The Bone

DCI Kate Riley and DS Zain Harris find they have millions of suspects when a popular internet vlogger goes missing.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Breaking Dead

Journalist Sophie Kent finds herself entangled in the dark side of the fashion industry after a Russian model she’d just interviewed is found dead.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Death Ship

DI Shaw and DS Valentine find themselves with 60-year-old case on their hands following an explosion on Hunstanton beach.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

I See You

Zoe Walker is on the tube home, glancing through a newspaper, when she sees her own face staring out at her from the classified ads. She must find out whether it’s a joke or whether she’s in danger.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Shadowed

Susan McQueen lives a quiet life as an artist on a remote Canadian island. But she is not all she seems – she is really a computer hacker. And someone from her past knows where she is.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Birdwatcher

Sgt William South is happy with being a community bobby amidst the bleak landscape of Dungeness. And he has very good reason for not wanting to be on a murder enquiry.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Hanging Club

DC Max Wolfetangles with social-media savvy vigilantes

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Lying in Wait

Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect home and family – and she’s willing to kill to protect both.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Without Trace

Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart, who was found guilty of murdering his step-daughter. Once he’s free, though, the doubts set in …

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Streets of Darkness

DI Harry Virdee has been suspended from duty, but he goes solo to track down the killer of a Bradford VIP.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

When the Music's Over

Newly-promoted Det Supt Alan Banks is landed with a cold case from 50 years back where it’s alleged a TV personality assaulted young female fans.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dear Amy

Margot Lewis is a schoolteacher and newspaper agony aunt. She starts getting letters from a girl who’s been kidnapped – except, she disappeared 20 years ago.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Woman in Cabin 10

Travel journalist Laura ‘Lo’ Blacklock finds that no one believes her story when she claims to have heard a loud splash and seen bloodstains during a luxury cruise.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Hero in France

Mathieu and his French Resistance colleagues must risk their lives to smuggle British airmen out of the country and back into the fray.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dangerous Cargo

Former marine Art Marvik is roped in by the intelligence services to investigate the recent death of a man – who was supposed to have died 55 years previously.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Fatal Pursuit

Village police chief Bruno is on the trail of a missing wartime racing car, as well as investigating who killed a researcher.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

In Place of Death

When an urban explorer finds a murdered man deep beneath the streets of Glasgow, crime scene photographer Tony Winter’s past seem determined to come back to haunt him.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Love You Dead

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace has to contend with two old adversaries, as well as a beautiful gold-digger with a very scary hobby.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Maestra

Judith Rashleigh loses her job with a London auction house when she discovers an art fraud. And then the body count starts to rise.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dust To Dust

National Crime Agency boss Richard Daws is murdered in his supposedly secure Kent castle. Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley are determined to track down his killer.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Dead Dog Day

TV reporter Cora Baxter has both personal and professional problems, after her boyfriend dumps her and her boss from hell is murdered.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

After You Die

Peterborough Hate Crime cops DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira are out in the sticks this time after a woman is murdered and her disabled daughter left for dead.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead Level

DI Nick Dixon is in disgrace – but he’s not on the sidelines for long as police try to track down the killer of a Tory parliamentary candidate’s wife

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Ten Days

Scheming politicians take on a new police chief as an incident on a London council estate sets the city ablaze.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Written in Red

Cold War intrigue from 50 years ago comes to the fore in modern day Oxford as dog-walking friends Anna, Tansy and Isadora are pulled into the murder of an academic.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Woman in Blue

It’s almost Easter and pilgrims are due in the small Norfolk town of Walsingham. Except, two women have been murdered and female priests are the targets of poison-pen letters.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Soft Summer Blood

Maverick Bristol DIs Liam McLusky and Kat Fairfield find the body count mounting after a wealthy man is found dead and the daughter of an Italian politician goes missing.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Backhand Smash

DCI Percy Peach and his sidekick DS Northcott investigate a murder at a snooty tennis club

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Exposure

It’s 1960 London, and Cold War paranoia is at its height – so someone is going to have to shoulder the blame for a top-secret file going missing.


Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Order of Things

A doctor has been found disembowelled in a cottage in a pretty Devon village – and the enquiry sets DS Jimmy Suttle on a collision course with his estranged journalist wife Lizzie.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

The Darkest Secret

Three-year-old Coco Jackson disappeared from her family’s holiday home when the adults were out celebrating. Twelve years on, her father’s funeral brings hidden secrets into the open.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Murderous Mind

A student is found dead in university accommodation – and there are links to a crime from 15 years earlier and a disgraced cop.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Career of Evil

London PI Cormoran Strike pursues unsavoury characters from his army past when his assistant takes delivery of a parcel containing a severed leg.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead on Course

Jockey Harry Radcliffe is back in the saddle after serious injury – but he soon finds himself embroiled with investigating the death of a gangster’s sister.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

A Bed of Scorpions

Book editor Sam Clair finds herself embroiled in her cop boyfriend’s murder case when an old friend from the art world is found dead.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Even Dogs In The Wild

John Rebus has finally been retired off – but he talks his way back as a police consultant after old adversary Ger Cafferty narrowly dodges a bullet.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

One Under

The death of a London teenager on a country road looks like an accident. But DCI Bill Slider isn’t so sure – and puts his career on the line as he investigates.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The House on Cold Hill

Ollie and Caro Harcourt buy a dilapidated mansion in the Sussex countryside. But it soon becomes apparent that the house has a sinister history and somebody or something doesn’t want them there.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Case of the Missing Madonna

Patrick le Courvoisier is trying to forget his past by living on a boat in Cannes and doing some PI work for people. But the British spooks have other ideas and want him back in the fold.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Brush Back

Chicago private investigator VI Warshawski is reluctantly drawn back to her old neighbourhood to investigate whether the unpleasant mother of a former boyfriend was framed for the murder of her daughter.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Death on Demand

Norfolk DI Peter Shaw would rather be surfing, but he has to deal with the murder of a 100-year-old woman, threatened unrest on a pilgrimage and the murky history of an almost-derelict estate.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Forgotten Voices

Widow Ellen Tailor is found dead at her remote farmhouse – but it’s a mystery who wanted her dead. DI Mac MacGregor consults his amateur sleuth friend Rina Martin for her advice.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Walking By Night

A young woman insists she has seen a dead body down an alleyway – but when police investigate, there’s nothing there. DI Joe Plantagenet is inclined to believe her, though.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Bitter Fruits

DI Erica Martin is drawn into the privileged world of university students and the murky world of social networking after first year student Emily Brabants is found dead.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Close Your Eyes

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin reluctantly agrees to help police investigating the murder of a mother and daughter after one of his former students leaks information to the press.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Swansong

DI Nick Boyd has to confront traumatic memories from his past when he goes undercover as a teacher to investigate the murder of a schoolgirl.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Tenacity

Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, a Royal Navy special branch investigator, finds herself in the insular world of a nuclear submarine as she investigates the suicide of one of its crew.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The White Shepherd

Anna Hopkins has led a solitary life. But when her dog Bonnie finds a body in Oxford’s Port Meadows, Anna finds a support network as they attempt to trap a murderer.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Those We Left Behind

DCI Serena Flanagan has just returned to work after breast cancer – and finds a nightmare case from her past come back to haunt her.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

You Are Dead

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team are battling against the clock to find out who is abducting young, blonde women.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Song of Shadows

PI Charlie Parker’s recovery from life-threatening injuries in a small US town is hijacked by horrific secrets dating back to the second world war.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Into the Fire

A man is found dead in the ruins of a hotel in the French city of Orleans. Police captain Ines Picaut has to find out what links him to France’s most famous heroine, Joan of Arc, who’s been dead for 500 years.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Devil Under The Skin

Janusz Kiszka is your man if you need a fixer in London’s Polish community. But this time his investigations are too close to home as he searches for his missing girlfriend Kasia.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Hand of God

London City’s star striker collapses during a Champions League match in Greece – and manager Scott Manson finds himself investigating in a country that is starting to crumble.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Snowblind

New cop Ari Thor Arason is offered a job in the far north of Iceland. A famous writer dies, a woman is attacked – and the village is cut off by an avalanche with a killer on the loose.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Exit Stage Left

DCI Harry Brock and his team investigate when an actor is found dead amidst London roadworks one snowy February morning.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead Certainty

Jump jockey Harry Radcliffe is out of action after a fall – but ghost-writing an autobiography for a veteran trainer turns out to be even more dangerous.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Kickback

A soldier returning from Afghanistan holds his family hostage in an attempt to persuade police to investigate the death of his stable lad brother – and DI Nick Dixon is soon in the thick of the action

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Silent Running

Former marine Art Marvik is holed up on the Isle of Wight. He takes to both land and water as he goes in search of a missing former girlfriend and a killer who is determined to cover his tracks at all costs.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

World Gone By

Joe Coughlin is the golden boy of gangsters – but someone is apparently out to kill him. And he thinks he’s being haunted by a strange child-like ghost.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Tell Tale

DI Charlotte Savage has vowed revenge on the man who killed her daughter in a hit-and-run accident. Meanwhile, she is also faced with a dead body on the moors and trying to track down the murdered girl’s housemate.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Slaughter Man

Maverick cop Max Wolfe investigates the murder of a wealthy family who were butchered with a cattle stun gun – and finds a link to another killing from 30 years previously.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Disengaged

Software whizz Julian Fisher’s radical past returns to haunt him when his business partner insists they take on a dodgy job involving drones.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

No Other Darkness

DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are faced with a sinister case of discovering who left two young boys to die in an underground bunker in a back garden.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Ashes to Ashes

Some dodgy goings-on at a Somerset crematorium bring trouble for crime-fighting husband and wife Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Stranger

Adam Price and his family are living the American dream – until a stranger walks up to him and shares a secret from wife Corinne’s past. And then she disappears.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

A Good Way To Go

Bristol DI Liam McLusky has just returned to work after suspension – and is embroiled immediately in a murder enquiry where the victims have been left bound and gagged.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Ghost Fields

Archaeologist Ruth Galloway uncovers some dark family secrets as she helps police investigate the discovery of a World War II fighter plane with the wrong body on board.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Great Zoo of China

A party of American VIPs is invited to view a spectacular new zoo in China. But the unveiling doesn’t quite go as planned.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Oil worker Clay Straker is hijacked at gunpoint in Yemen and has to choose between saving his driver and finding out why villagers near the company’s processing plant are falling sick. What he finds puts a price on his head.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Star Fall

Popular TV antiques expert Rowland Egerton is found dead in his posh flat – and DI Bill Slider and his team discover he wasn’t quite as nice as he appeared on-screen.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Curtain Call

London 1936. There are Blackshirts on the streets and a murderer terrorising women. Actress Nina Land is in the wrong place at the wrong time – and realises she may be the only person to have seen the killer’s face.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

As the Crow Flies

DI Nick Dixon has moved back to Somerset from the Met – and finds himself investigating the death of an old climbing friend who wasn’t all that he seemed

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Sins of the Father

DS Jimmy Suttle’s marriage has broken up, his daughter is dead and a stomach-churning murder on his Devon patch leads him to Africa

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

False Impression

Bea Abbot’s well-ordered house and domestic agency turn to chaos when a close friend looks like being framed for murder.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead of Night

DCI Tom Mariner and his Birmingham team investigate the disappearance of a young woman, whose clothes are sent, neatly cleaned and pressed, to the police

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Tell No Tales

Peterborough’s hate crimes unit - DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira – battle community tensions as they investigate a hit and run accident and also the murder of two immigrants who were kicked to death

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

An Event in Autumn

Inspector Kurt Wallander is about to buy a house from a colleague – but he makes a gruesome discovery in the garden.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Green and Pleasant Land

Newly retired cops Fran Harman and Mark Turner don’t get much of a chance to put their feet up as they are called in by West Mercia police to investigate a cold case – but their welcome is less than warm.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Girl on the Train

Rachel Watson is the archetypal unreliable witness – but she knows something’s not right with the seemingly perfect young couple she spies from the train window every day

Reviewed on 07 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Death Can't Take A Joke

Polish fixer Janusz Kiszka and DC Natalie Kershaw butt heads again on the mean streets of east London as he tries to find out who’s murdered a close friend, and she’s investigating a tower block suicide.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Lamentation

Henry VIII is dying, the jockeying for power has begun and the religious witch-hunts are in full spate. Lawyer Matthew Shardlake finds his life in danger once again as he seeks to recover a radical religious pamphlet written by Catherine Parr.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Friends To Die For

A group of friends meet every Sunday in a Covent Garden restaurant. But their lives are turned upside down when some seemingly minor pranks turn very nasty.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Indelible

Artist and reluctant PI Chris Honeysett finds that organising an exhibition at an eccentric art college isn’t as safe as it might appear.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Nothing But Lies

Dog handler Daniel Whelan has left the police force under a cloud. But he rushes to help a former colleague, whose partner claims she is being followed.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

January Window

Scott Manson is coach at Premiership football team London City. But he finds himself investigating murder when the manager is found dead.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Into a Raging Blaze

Carina Dymek is a high-flyer in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When she’s handed a leaked document, it sends her career up in flames and attracts the unwelcome attentions of the British MI6.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Paying the Ferryman

A girl and her baby brother escape a gunman who’s shot their parents. DI Ryan Steel and DS Sophie Willis uncover family secrets as they try to track down the killer.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Fear and Loathing

Detective Sam Becket is a happy family man – but someone is killing off equally happy mixed race couples, and leaving cryptic notes for him at the scene.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Daughter

GP Jenny Meredith appears to have the perfect life. But everything unravels around her when her teenage daughter goes missing.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Close Call

MI5 agent Liz Carlyle has to deal with a blast from her past, as well as a possible home-grown terror plot that kicks off in the Yemen.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Personal

A cryptic message in a newspaper takes Jack Reacher to Paris and then to London to track down an assassin with world leaders in his sights.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Devil's Chair

Coroner Martha Gunn and DI Alex Randall are baffled by a series of cryptic notes following the disappearance of a four-year-old girl on a remote country road.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Abattoir Blues

DCI Alan Banks’ holiday mood is soon dissipated by three seemingly random crimes – the theft of a tractor, the disappearance of two young men, and an arson attack on a caravan.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Betrayed

Reporter Rosie Gilmore investigates the disappearance of a young Glaswegian barmaid – and uncovers deep-lying sectarianism, violence and drugs deals.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Long Fall

Kate seems to have it all – a perfect family, a lovely house and a successful career. But her world comes tumbling down when the past returns to haunt her.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Bone Seeker

The murder of a young Inuit girl uncovers menacing secrets and cover-ups from the past in the High Arctic

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Silkworm

PI Cormoran Strike gets caught up in London’s literary community when he investigates the disappearance of an unpopular writer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Cinderella Killer

Struggling actor Charles Paris finds himself investigating a dead body under a pier and the disappearance of a dancer amidst shambolic rehearsals for a panto.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Top Secret Twenty-One

Stephanie Plum falls foul of Russian gangsters as she helps the enigmatic Ranger track down whoever is targeting him

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Case of the Black Pearl

Enigmatic British PI Patrick de Courvoisier goes in search of a missing actress and precious necklace amidst the colour and bustle of the Cannes film festival.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Dead Beat

Journalism student Martha Fluke’s first day as a newspaper intern begins with a bang when a man shoots himself in the head while he’s on the phone to her.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Darkness, Darkness

Charlie Resnick comes out of virtual retirement to help investigate the murder of a woman during the miners’ strike 30 years ago.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead of Winter

A schoolgirl disappears from a private school, and police seem one step behind as freezing weather closes in.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Carnal Acts

DI Joni Pax faces anything but a quiet life when she moves from the Met to Northumberland and is confronted by vicious Albanian gangs.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Deadly Intent

Nessa McDermott has given up her job as a top journalist in Dublin to run a B&B near picturesque Beara. Business isn't helped, though, when one guest is attacked and another is murdered.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Wolf in Winter

PI Charlie Parker does a favour for an old contact and investigates the disappearance of a young woman – and it takes him to a town that isn’t all it seems

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Want You Dead

Superintendent Roy Grace is about to get married – but there's a maniac with a score to settle and a love of lighting fires on the loose in Brighton.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Murder Bag

Maverick cop Max Wolfe has been shunted sideways – and must find out who is picking off former public schoolboys one by one

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Lonely Graves

Pieter Posthumus’s job is to trace the families of people who have died in Amsterdam. He gets caught up in the death of a young Moroccan immigrant and a suspected terror plot.

Reviewed on 13 June 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

All the Things You Are

Clare Taylor returns home after a week in Chicago with her ex to find the family house stripped bare, her husband and daughters missing, and a body in the back garden.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Merrily's Border

A travelogue with a difference as the author of the Merrily Watkins series teams up with a photographer to explore the settings for the books in Herefordshire and the Marches.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Accident

Susan Jackson's daughter Charlotte is in a coma after being hit by a bus – and she's the only person who thinks it wasn't an accident.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Where The Dead Men Go

Journalist Gerry Conway is back on his old paper and immediately embroiled in the death of a colleague and Glasgow’s infamous gang warfare.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Verdict

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk with a big London firm of solicitors. His future could depend on a high-profile murder case – but he and the accused have past history.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Writers' Block

Samantha Clair is no high-flyer, but she's pottering along happily in the world of London publishing. Then her favourite author disappears and she's suddenly the focus of a lot of attention.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Dark Side

Part-time crime fighters Ingrid Langley and Patrick Gillard steam into action when their boss and a cop friend seem to be the target of revenge attacks.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Laidlaw

Glasgow DI Jack Laidlaw hunts for the killer of a young woman – but it's touch and go as to whether he finds the murderer before those hell-bent on revenge do.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

A Pleasure and a Calling

William Heming is a thoroughly respectable pillar of the community who runs an estate agent's. But he finds it so difficult to let go of those houses he has sold ...

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Outcast Dead

Archaeologist Ruth Galloway has uncovered bones which may belong to a Victorian murderess. But DCI Harry Nelson has a more modern death to worry about.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

A Price to Pay

DC Iona Khan and her colleagues seem to be one step behind as they investigate the death of a man in his computer shop and the case of a girl leaping to her death from a motorway bridge.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Someone Else's Skin

DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are called to a women's refuge where a man has been stabbed. What they find turns all their expectations upside down as the violence escalates.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Child's Play

DI Sarah Quinn is faced with an unhelpful mother and an interfering TV reporter as she investigates the kidnap of a Birmingham schoolgirl.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

A Grave Talent

Newly-promoted homicide cop Kate Martinelli has to earn the trust of a new partner as they investigate the murder of young girls in a remote country area.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Double

PI Spero Lucas sets out to find a missing painting – and runs into a conman and his two violent sidekicks.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

Cross and Burn

It looks like it's all over for Carol Jordan and Tony Hill – until a serial killer with a taste for blonde women strikes close to home

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

The Funeral Owl

Philip Dryden is now editor of The Crow newspaper – and finds himself hurtling around the Fens covering murders, lethal alcohol, the disappearance of a teenager and the theft of metal which has dangerous consequences.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Touching Distance

DS Jimmy Suttle's wife has left him and gone back to Portsmouth. So he throws himself into a high-profile murder enquiry which bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Hard Going

DCI Bill Slider and his team investigate the death of a former solicitor who, friends say, didn't have an enemy in the world

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Rebus is back - but a lowly DS and still at odds with his superiors as a murder from 30 years ago returns to haunt him

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Another Time, Another Life

New Swedish Security Police recruit Lars Johannson uncovers corruption and greed at the highest levels when he reopens a 1975 case involving a siege at the West German embassy.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

The Cuckoo's Calling

PI Cormoran Strike is down on his luck - but a chance to investigate the death of a supermodel gives him the chance to salvage his sinking business.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

White Death

FBI agent Franco Patrese is on the trail of a serial killer who has a fixation with tarot cards and Ivy League colleges.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Dead Man's Time

New York gangs of the 1920s meet 2012 Brighton as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates an attack on an elderly woman

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Yours Until Death

Norwegian PI Varg Veum retrieves a young boy's bike from a gang of delinquents - and finds himself embroiled in violence and murder

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Children of the Revolution

DCI Alan Banks finds that the death of a recluse has links back to the student unrest of the 1960s.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Die Easy

Elite bodyguard Charlie Fox is faced with an unwelcome face from her past as a celebrity protection job explodes into violence.

Reviewed on 17 October 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Nightrise

Journalist Philip Dryden is told by police that his father has been killed in a car crash - except, he drowned 35 years previously

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Refusal

Sid Halley is reluctantly lured back to investigating when a sinister Irishman tries to cover up a racing scam.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

Purgatory

A mysterious vigilante is ridding Galway's streets of human vermin – and wants reluctant PI Jack Taylor to join him.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Sharon Wheeler

The Dead Season


PI Sandro Cellini braves Florence's sweltering hot summer to investigate the disappearance of a young pregnant woman's fiancé

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Sharon Wheeler