Hodder Paperbacks

Books published by Hodder Paperbacks

The Dying Day

Persis Wadia, India’s first female detective, returns to investigate the disappearance of an academic and a valuable copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Chris Roberts

The Good Death

The story of how novice monk Oswald de Lacy became lord of Somershill.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by John Cleal

A Comedy of Terrors

While Roman detective Flavia Albia tries to come to terms with a new role, her magistrate husband becomes involved in a case which threatens not only the family but also the future of the empire itself.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by John Cleal

The Mirror Dance

Aristocratic investigator Dandelion ‘Dandy’ Gilver and her partner Alec Osborne are asked to resolve a copyright dispute which plunges them into a murder investigation.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by John Cleal

Slow Burn

Spider Shepherd is taxed with bringing a former jihadists wife and son back to the UK as the price for his cooperation with the security services but, as ever, there are added complications.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Linda Wilson


Sara lives in a beautiful isolated house with an irrational abusive husband and two sons, one off to university and one autistic. Serious events cause dramatic changes to her life but dog walker Katie is always there to protect her.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by John Barnbrook

This is Gomorrah

Azi Bello spends his life in a shed with his computers, so a real-life plea for help is unexpected and calls for skills in unfamiliar areas.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

Before I Find You

Helene’s husband has a secret, and Maggie is going to find out what or who it is.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Woman in the Woods

A tree falls in the woods, exposing the body of woman who had given birth just before her death. Private investigator Charlie Parker is engaged to look into the circumstances of her death and the whereabouts of her child.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Linda Wilson

Ghosts of the Past

A well-respected Florence citizen is found murdered in his study.  Apart from a fencing foil stuck between his ribs, there are no clues, no fingerprints, nothing except for a beautiful ring found close to the body.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Sylvia Maughan

How It Happened

FBI agent Rob Barrett is brought in to help interview a woman who has confessed to being involved with the disappearance and murder of a woman and her boyfriend. Everyone else thinks she’s an attention-seeking liar, but Barrett believes her – and stakes his career on his judgment.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Linda Wilson

Did You See Melody?

Cara Burrows needs time away from her family to think. At her holiday resort, she thinks that she sees a young girl who had, according to common belief, been murdered some years previously. 

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

The Shout

After being badly injured on the job, firefighter Vicky Lewis is shunted into what she sees as a dull desk job, but she quickly learns that the Fire Investigation Unit isn’t quite the dead-end job she’d expected.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Linda Wilson

Death in the Tuscan Hills

Inspector Bordelli has been investigating a horrible crime involving a young boy. The ramifications of this are so bad that Bordelli decides to leave his job – he just walks out, and starts a new life in the countryside.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Souls of Air

Malin Fors, Linköping’s top detective, deals with a matter too close for comfort – her daughter Tove has discovered the dead body of one of the residents at the care home where she works.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Ewa Sherman


Gina watches in horror as a plane explodes and debris crashes into the icy water around her. But her nightmare has only just begun.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Book of Lost Things

David desperately misses his dead mother, despises his new stepmother and detests his new half brother. These emotions attract the attention the Crooked Man who draws David into a dark and disturbing land where he must grow in strength and determination in order to survive.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by John Barnbrook

The Penny Heart

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

Rise the Dark

The search for his wife’s killer takes Markus Novak back to his roots in Montana where he has to go up against an attempt to cause a severe and disruptive power outage.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Linda Wilson

Why Did You Lie?

Four people are stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock surrounded by raging sea. An ordinary couple return from home-swap in America to find their guests apparently missing. A journalist on the track of an old case hangs himself in his own garage. Someone is determined to punish them.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Thunder of the Gods

Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian cohort are sent east on a desperate mission to save a key fortress and halt a war which could destroy the Empire.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by John Cleal

The Narrow Bed

Two pairs of friends are murdered shortly after each received a small white book containing matching lines of poetry.  The question is whether Simon Waterhouse and his team will solve the crimes before there are any further deaths.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Black River

A lost city. The world's deadliest jungle. When your life depends on it, who can you really trust?

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Fiona Spence

Death Trap

A terrified teenager is the only witness to the brutal murder of three people. It’s DI Rio Wray’s job to keep her alive during the hunt for the killers.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Linda Wilson

A Game For All The Family

Justine has left her job and moved with her family to a large house in Devon. Once there she begins to receive threatening phone calls from someone who pretends to know her.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Rogue Lawyer

Sebastian Rudd is a US lawyer who takes the cases no one else wants, a policy that leaves him ducking bullets from both criminals and law enforcement.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Butcher Bird

Monastery-raised Oswald de Lacy must grow up fast as lord of Somershill Manor. When two newborn babies are found impaled on thorn bushes, a strange story of a giant killer bird threatens chaos.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by John Cleal

Gray Mountain

Young New York lawyer Samantha Kofer makes a dramatic career change with a move to West Virginia, where her clients battle rapacious and ruthless mining companies.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

Water Angels

A married couple are found murdered in their home, and their adopted five-year-old daughter has vanished. Inspector Malin Fors, struggling with her own demons, starts to investigate.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Black Ops

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd goes undercover again, this time posing as an assassin willing to take on a contract to assassinate the Russian president.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Linda Wilson

Deadly Election

When a body is discovered in a chest at one of Falco’s auctions, his private-eye daughter Flavia Albia uncovers a trail of revenge and hatred set amid the politics of Domitian’s Rome.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by John Cleal

The Suicide Club

British forces are mired in the bloody stalemate of Passchendaele. Prime Minister Lloyd George is unhappy with progress and soldier-spy Sandy Innes, sent to report on the divided headquarters of commander-in-chief Sir Douglas Haig, soon suspects treachery.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by John Cleal

The Fifth Season

A woman’s mutilated body found in a forest shows signs of the most appalling torture. Inspector Malin Fors sees similarities to the case of a young woman found raped and beaten years before and still in a psychiatric unit.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by John Cleal

The October List

A mother waits with a bodyguard for news of her kidnapped six-year-old daughter. Then the kidnapper walks in, gun in hand. What happens next? How did they all get there? Can anything or anybody be believed?

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by John Cleal

An Appetite For Violets

Irrepressible under-cook Biddy Leigh wants only to wed her sweetheart and set up a tavern. But when her elderly master marries a much younger woman, Biddy is swept in a world of secrets and lies.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by John Cleal


Robert Bruce, king of Scotland, fights to throw the English occupiers out of his country.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by John Cleal

The Wolf in Winter

In the small town of Prosperous, Maine, a young girl is killed as she tries to escape from her captors. As Charlie Parker investigates this and an apparent suicide, he upsets some powerful people and uncovers the terrifying secret of Prosperous’s success.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

The Kill Room

An outspoken critic of US foreign policy is assassinated in the Bahamas. All routes lead to a shady government agency. Lincoln Rhyme and his partner Amelia Sachs investigate.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by John Cleal

Enemies At Home

Investigator Flavia Albia is hired to discover who killed a newly-wed couple. The main suspects are their slaves, but they have sought sanctuary in a temple. Together with aedile Manlius Faustus, Falco’s adopted daughter sets out to uncover the truth.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by John Cleal

The Tudor Conspiracy

Disgraced spymaster William Cecil recalls Brendan Prescott to his service to uncover a plot to destroy Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan finds himself a double agent, working for the Catholic Queen Mary in a court filled with intrigue, treachery and death.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by John Cleal

The Telling Error

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

Someone To Watch OVer Me

Reykjavik lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by a deeply unpleasant and manipulative child sex offender with a view to overturning the conviction of a fellow inmate in his secure unit. Her investigations are hampered by lies, half-truths and cover-ups.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal

Ready to Die

In the small town of Grizzly Falls, Montana, Sheriff Dan Grayson is attacked on Christmas morning. While he lies in a coma, Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez must track down the perpetrator. When the body of a prominent local judge is found nearby, it is apparent that a serial killer is at work.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Curse of Babylon

Amid the plotting, revolts and wild hedonism of the remains of the Roman empire at the beginning of the seventh century, English adventurer Aelric faces his hardest challenge as he tries to stop a Persian invasion – and deal with a determined and dangerous woman.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by John Cleal


Single mum Samantha drives a repo truck to keep a roof over her son’s head. When she hooks up a BMW, she finds a beaten and shot man in the boot and when she is taken hostage by him is dragged into a fight to survive.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by John Cleal

A Conspiracy of Tall Men

Linus Owen is a professor of conspiracy theory whose life is thrown into disarray when his wife is killed in a terrorist attack on an aircraft. He uses all his resources to seek answers.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

True Colours

Spider Shepherd is undercover again, this time as a close personal protection advisor to a Russian oligarch whose friends who are being targeted by a sniper. It’s Spider’s job to advice on security, but he’s also considering some extra-curricular activity of a type his employers would very much frown on.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson

World After

The angels are in control of the world, with scattered groups of human resistance doing their best to fight back. Against the backdrop of a ruined world, Penryn is searching for her sister again.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Linda Wilson


The world has been reduced to ruins. All Penryn is trying to do is stay alive and look after her disabled sister and mentally unstable mother. That’s easier said than done when the earth is still under attack from angels.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Linda Wilson

The King's Deception

Ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is on his way to Europe with his teenage son when he agrees to escort a young fugitive wanted in England. He is plunged into the heart of a growing international incident – and forced to attempt to solve a shocking Tudor mystery.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by John Cleal

Knife Edge

Robert Naysmith is playing a dangerous game and it’s been made more so by the secret he’s shared with his girlfriend, Kim. Can she live with the knowledge that he’s a killer or will she betray him?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Linda Wilson

Death in Florence

Florence policeman Inspector Bordelli investigates the disappearance of a schoolboy during the torrential rain and flooding of November 1966.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Chris Roberts


Marriage to the feckless Mark isn’t a bed of roses, but Amy loves him and their children, but someone is determined to break up her marriage and doesn’t care how far Amy’s life gets ruined in the process.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Linda Wilson

Harry's Game

A British cabinet minister is murdered in a London street by an IRA assassin.  The Prime Minister insists that an agent be put in place to find the man responsible.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Arnold Taylor

The Racketeer

Lawyer Malcolm Bannister is serving a ten year sentence after being railroaded by the FBI for a crime he did not commit. When a Federal judge and his lover are murdered and the investigation stalls, Bannister tells the agency he knows the killer – and launches a brilliantly conceived plot to gain revenge.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by John Cleal

The Prophet

Twenty years after the murder of their sister, Adam and Kent Austin once again find themselves the focus of a killer.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Madeleine Marsh

Savage Spring

Detective Inspector Malin Fors is called to the devastating scene of a bombing that has killed two little girls. Although still plagued with questions about her past, secrets her mother never revealed and doubts about her own future, Fors must bury her the pain if she is to find the killer before he strikes again.

Reviewed on 17 October 2013 by John Cleal

Rules of Honour

When his best friend’s father is brutally murdered, Joe will be there for him, although he doesn’t want Rink to lower himself to the same level as his father’s murderers, but it soon becomes clear that there is no simple morality they can cling to.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Linda Wilson