Michael Joseph

Books published by Michael Joseph

Dark Horse

Former black ops specialist Evan Smoak – Orphan X, now the Nowhere Man – takes on a powerful drug cartel to rescue the teenage daughter of one of their bitterest rivals.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Linda Wilson

Island Reich

With the Nazis victorious in France, Hitler is preparing for the invasion of Britain from the Channel Islands with the Duke of Windsor at his side. Agents from Britain and from the USA are working to prevent it.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Chris Roberts

Atomic Love

Brilliant young scientist Rosalind Porter is haunted by guilt over her work on the Manhattan Project. She is also heartbroken by the ending of her love affair with a colleague. Then an FBI agent contacts her to suggest that her former lover is a Russian spy.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by John Cleal

The Black Art of Killing

The death of an old comrade drags former SAS Major Leo Black back into a world he thought he’d left behind.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Whisper Man

Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake are making a fresh start away from the grief associated with the house where Tom’s wife died. Tom doesn’t expect to be plunged into another nightmare when Featherbank proves not to be the safe haven he’s expected for a boy of Jake’s age.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Linda Wilson

The Other People

Gabe cannot believe his daughter is dead. But his search for her is driving him ever closer to a death-trap of revenge.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Liberation Square

Imagine that D-Day had gone the other way, with the Germans victorious, instead of the Allies. In the highly charged political climate that follows, a woman sets out to clear the name of her husband, who’s been arrested on a murder charge.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Arnold Taylor

The Glass Woman

A young woman, Rósa, is suddenly married off to Jón Eiríksson, a brooding widower and a wealthy chieftain of an isolated settlement in 17th century Iceland. As she joins him at his croft, she becomes aware of many secrets surrounding her husband, especially the suspicion that he has murdered his previous wife.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Ewa Sherman

The Chestnut Man

Headstrong detective and single mother Naia Thulin and Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator suspended from Europol, investigate the horrific murders of young women in Copenhagen.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Ewa Sherman

A Gift For Dying

A serial killer is prowling Chicago city, and teenager Kassie knows where he will strike next.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

She Lies In Wait

The discovery of a body brings together the victim’s schoolfriends 30 years after her death and old secrets start to be uncovered.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

The Poison Bed

Amid the religious and political rivalries of the Stuart court of James 1, Frances and Robert Carr, one of the most powerful couples in the land, face death on suspicion of murder.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by John Cleal

The Taking of Annie Thorne

After 25 years, Joe Thorne is going home. That’s because someone has emailed him to say whatever happened to his sister is happening again.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Break Line

Max McLean, an assassin for a shady unit operating on behalf of the British government, is sent to Sierra Leone to kill a rebel leader. But there’s a lot he hasn’t been told…

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Linda Wilson

Nightfall Berlin

British intelligence agent Tom Fox travels to Berlin to nursemaid a British defector seeking to return to the UK. Things do not go according to plan.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Chris Roberts

Angel in the Shadows

Journalist Farah Hafez is falsely accused of being a terrorist to undermine her attempts to expose an international web of crime and corruption.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Kremlin's Candidate

Double agent Dominika Egorova will lose her love and her life unless she can uncover a Russian mole who may become America’s most senior intelligence operative.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by John Cleal

Paper Ghosts

Carl Feldman may be her sister’s killer. And the game she is about to play may make him her killer too.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Chalk Man

Little chalk figures drawn on pavements, walls and tree trunks were only the gang’s secret code. Now they’re something far more sinister.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Gathering Dark

A tanker carrying a toxic load crashes into a bus stop in Edinburgh. DI Tony McLean is one of the first on the scene and must unravel the tangled truth behind the carnage.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Linda Wilson

Blue Light Yokohama

A young detective assigned to the murder of a Korean family on the outskirts of Tokyo uncovers links to other deaths where the killer left the sign of the black sun.

Reviewed on 28 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

Love Me Not

Invisible killers, a legacy of suspicion, and time running out will all help to push DI Helen Grace and those around her beyond the limits. 

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Written in Bones

DI Tony McLean is given the unenviable job of discovering why a former bent copper has ended up impaled on top of a tree in an Edinburgh park.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Linda Wilson

Hide and Seek

DI Helen Grace, disgraced, despised, and a Holloway inmate, could not be in a worse place to find a ruthless serial killer.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Kati Barr-Taylor

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

A Fever of the Blood

Mismatched detectives ‘Nine Nails’ McGray and Ian Frey, on the track of a patient who has escaped Edinburgh’s asylum where a nurse has been murdered, follow a psychopath across the border to the shadow of Pendle Hill, home of the Lancashire witches.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by John Cleal

Front Runner

Jeff Hinkley is back, and investigating the racing scene again, but someone is determined to see him dead.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Fiona Spence

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


Jeff Hinkley, an investigator with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Integrity Service, puts his career and life on the line to single-handedly prevent the collapse of British horseracing.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Fiona Spence

Thursday's Children

A new client for psychotherapist Frieda Klein forces her to return to events of the past that she would rather forget.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Jude Evans

Tell No Lies

Daniel Basher, a probation counsellor in San Francisco, finds himself the centre of a serial killer’s attention when death threats sent to strangers end up in his inbox.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Madeleine Marsh


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