John Verpeleti

John Verpeleti is a chartered surveyor and semi-retired property professional. He is an Australian, but moved to Budapest at the beginning of 1991, following the Fall of the Wall.

Books reviewed by John Verpeleti

Breakneck Point

CSI Ally Dymond, demoted and cast aside by colleagues for not playing along with a corrupt investigation, faces an uphill struggle to have her evidence-based thoughts accepted when murders occur in her new area.

Reviewed on 29 April 2023 by John Verpeleti

The Match

A now successful 30-something, who grew up alone in the woods, seeks to find his family through DNA testing. Reality TV, trolling and murders play their parts as his investigations continue.

Reviewed on 17 December 2022 by John Verpeleti

The Invisible

When Australian policeman George Manolis is placed on leave following a shooting incident, he returns to his father’s home village in Greece and works undercover to locate a missing man.

Reviewed on 12 November 2022 by John Verpeleti

Lying Beside You

Forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, is called to a crime scene where a murder has taken place and a woman is missing. Evie, his lodger, may have witnessed key moments in related crimes.

Reviewed on 30 September 2022 by John Verpeleti

Take Your Breath Away

Andrew Mason was suspected of killing his wife six years ago, although her body was never found. Several people believe they have seen her and the race is on to find out if she truly is still alive.

Reviewed on 20 August 2022 by John Verpeleti

The Cove

Two couples, each with two kids, go on an island holiday together. Tensions between them surface early and matters are tested further by island politics and monsoonal weather.

Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by John Verpeleti

The Dictator's Wife

In 1993, a young London lawyer of Yanussian descent joins a team to defend the wife of the dictator of Yanussia, a fictitious Eastern European country.

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by John Verpeleti

Find Her First

Paramedic Stef Campbell is missing and there is some suspicion that her husband, Andy, also a paramedic, is responsible for her disappearance. Nothing is as it seems, however.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by John Verpeleti

The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer

An investigative journalist approaches a retiring police captain and suggests he got a 20-year-old case very wrong. Then she is murdered and the team re-investigates the earlier crime, as well as her death.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by John Verpeleti


A woman flees to her therapist covered in blood in the belief that she has murdered her partner. Her lawyer carries his own demons and has a similar childhood past.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Verpeleti

The Dark Hours

Renée Ballard calls in Harry Bosch as her latest case shares a feature with one of Harry’s unsolved cases ten years earlier. She is also trying to identify two rapists who have been dubbed The Midnight Men.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by John Verpeleti

Trust Me

Kathryn leaves her baby with a stranger on a train for a moment, ostensibly to take a call. She then disembarks and disappears. leaving the stranger to look after the baby and establish what has just happened.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by John Verpeleti

Savage Road

The President of the United States is a Russian mole and it is for his handler and covert agent, Hayley Chill, to keep him in line and ensure that a current series of cyber-attacks does not escalate into war.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by John Verpeleti

The Murder Box

A police chief receives a murder mystery game, seemingly as a birthday present, but it soon becomes clear that the game is live and involves current day crimes.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by John Verpeleti

Ask No Questions

On the 25th anniversary of a young girl’s murder, a journalist investigates whether the man imprisoned for the crime really was guilty.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by John Verpeleti