Kerry Hood

Kerry Hood has worked in publishing for many years and lived in London for just as many, but suspects her heart is in the country.

Books reviewed by Kerry Hood

Dear Little Corpses

The residents of a Suffolk village are anxiously waiting to take in a bus load of evacuated children from London, but then when one of the children from the village goes missing, old animosities rise to the surface.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Kerry Hood

Unfinished Business

Missing millions, a gang of church leaders on the take, a charity founder on the hunt for her adopted sister, governors, gangsters, murder and mayhem.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by Kerry Hood

The Leviathan

Norfolk in the English Civil War – a difficult time to hold strong views on God and the devil. Also, a time when witches could be denounced and superstition was strong. One family is caught up in such a struggle between the unnatural and belief, with catastrophic results.

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Midnight Lock

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, now married, return for another twisty New York forensic adventure, which sends them up against a shadowy and dangerous opponent, The Locksmith.

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Quiet People

Crime writing duo, Cameron and Lisa Murdoch, have a challenging young son. When Zach goes missing from home, they soon become the focus of the police investigation. After all, this sort of thing is just what they write about …

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Dark Flood

Benny Griessel and his partner Vaughn Cupido have been demoted from the Hawks – South Africa’s elite police unit – to a rural force. As they struggle to make sense of the job and life’s unfair twists and turns, it seems solving cases is the least of their problems.

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by Kerry Hood

Bad Actors

Double - or maybe triple - dealing, a missing woman, the unlikely sight of Jackson Lamb coming to the rescue of his boss in MI5, along with the bungling and disenchanted ex-MI5 spies working under him. Yes, it’s the Slough House team.

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Replacement

A toddler is found on her own in a seaside town and a man is discovered, battered, in a bath of overflowing water. Senior police office Jo makes a connection between the two events but hides this from her colleagues.

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Woman in the Woods

A mother with a new baby and toddler moves with her husband into an old house in the famously haunted Kent village of Pluckley. Is it just tiredness and baby blues that disturb her, or are there really the chilling remnants of a long-dead witch Allie finds out about at work in their home?

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by Kerry Hood

No Country for Girls

Two girls who are thrown together by circumstances not to their liking take off on the run from a killing and the theft of gold bullion deep in the badlands of Australia.

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by Kerry Hood

Unsafe Haven

Sixteen-year-old Addy is a runaway, a new mother who has just given her baby to a complete stranger and is now trying to get to the man she thinks she can trust. In flight and fearing for her life, she needs to know who she can call a friend.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Kerry Hood

Desperate Undertaking

Rome, AD 89. Private informer Flavia Albia has picked up a case meant for her adoptive father, Falco. Someone with a nasty grudge against the theatre community is leaving bodies and messages in Rome’s Field of Mars. Nasty grudges, it seems, lead to even nastier murders …

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Jigsaw Man

A PTSD-ridden police inspector is back on duty when body parts are discovered, distributed across her patch. This takes her back to the horror of dealing with a serial killer nicknamed the Jigsaw Man. This time, however, she doesn’t know if she can cope with the horror of it again.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Kerry Hood


Two sisters reunite to sort out their mother’s legacy - and her death. They couldn’t be more different, and as they discover more about their parent, it’s not clear whether they’ll be drawn together or pushed further apart. Then a police investigation into a cold case murder complicates things further.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Kerry Hood


When three cases a lapsed Catholic FBI agent is working on collide – the explosive intentions of a domestic terrorist cell, and two cases of unexplained serial murder – religion seems to be behind them all.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Ice Coven

A man and a woman go missing in Finland. Small clues, painstaking work and huge discoveries drop the Violent Crimes Unit of the Helsinki police department into a world of pain and depravity.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Kerry Hood

The Unwilling

Jason French is home from the Vietnam war and from prison. When a girl he has been seen with is found dead, it is obvious who will be blamed, but it’s less obvious who will try to prove him innocent.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Kerry Hood

The Guest House

A single mother running some rooms to let becomes unwittingly involved with local – and not so local – gangsters, shattering her fragile peace in the remote Scottish Highlands.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by Kerry Hood

The Moon Tunnel

A body is found in one of the escape tunnels dug by POWs held in a World War Two camp in Cambridgeshire’s fenlands. Journalist Philip Dryden is drawn inescapably to the case when it is revealed that the man discovered in the collapsed tunnel is on the way into, not out of, the compound.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Kerry Hood

Right To Kill

DS Joe Romano is back in Leeds after an unsuccessful sojurn in France for Interpol. Now working in Missing Persons, and feeling dulled by life, he is given a case that will test his humanity as well as his detective powers – and his heart.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Kerry Hood

The Trawlerman

DS Alex Cupidi is on gardening leave, suffering from PTSD and panic attacks, an unwilling attendee at therapy sessions. When a couple are killed in a seemingly random and meaningless attack, the tangled case might just be a step too far for all those involved. 

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Kerry Hood


A single mother on the run, escaping her traumatic past with her son, has found a place as a guard in one of Britain’s northern prisons, where she seems settled at last. But all this is turned on its head by a highly intelligent villain with escape on his mind.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by Kerry Hood