Books published by Riverrun

3 Hours

DCI Ewert Grens starts investigating a strange case of one corpse too many in a morgue. This leads him to a Stockholm’s harbour where he makes a horrendous discovery of 73 refugees suffocated in a cargo container.

Reviewed on 21 August 2021 by Ewa Sherman

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

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


Orna, Emilia and Ella have questions and insecurities, causing each of them to turn to Gil. And he may have all the answers, but Gil is a liar.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Grave's End

When an unidentified naked body is found in a freezer, the case is handed to DS Alexandra Cupidi. Then a second body turns up and the case gets even more complicated.

Reviewed on 31 July 2020 by John Cleal

A Silent Death

When a British drug trafficker living in Spain is exposed and his girlfriend killed, he vows revenge on the policewoman involved. Investigator John Mackenzie is sent from the UK to help out.

Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Chris Roberts

Salt Lane

DS Alexandra Cupidi is about to learn that the Kentish Fens offer more than quiet and seclusion after the tumultuous Met. They are the almost perfect hiding place for bodies. 

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Prefecture D

Four novellas depicting occasions of internal friction which threaten the smooth running of the administration branch of the Japanese Police Department.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Chris Roberts


Two youngsters steal a phone – whose owner is willing to kill to recover it. DS Alex Cupidi, tasked with solving the mystery of a decomposing arm in an art gallery exhibition, uncovers a link between the crimes.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by John Cleal

Out of Thin Air: The True Story of an Impossible Murder in Iceland

How the disappearance of two men in Iceland in 1974 still reverberates today

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Kim Fleet

The Secrets of Vesalius

Daniel Amat returns to Barcelona after the death of his father and is plunged into dark mystery of murder and scientific experimentation.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by John Cleal


DI Nick Lowry faces a unique problem when two bodies are found within minutes on an Essex farm. One has clearly been murdered. The other appears to be a suicide. As he probes deeper a strange and horrifying tale appears.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Cleal

3 Minutes

Former government agent Piet Hoffman is on the run from his old life in Sweden. Now he tries to survive as an infiltrator of the Colombian mafia on which he also informs for the Americans. Then things get terribly complicated.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Dr. Knox

A young boy suffering an allergic reaction is brought to Dr Adam Knox’s clinic. His mother, a beaten Romanian woman, takes off, leaving Knox with a big problem.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Chris Roberts


A shipment of amphetamines lands on the Essex coast and sparks a series of killings. An unproven team of detectives must solve the problem – while they also learn how to work and get on with each other

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by John Cleal

Sympathy for the Devil

A prostitute with an influential client list is murdered. DS Cathal Breen finds himself blocked as the case assumes international importance. Meanwhile, his pregnant girlfriend, former WDC Helen Tozer, brings her intuition to the investigation – wanted or not!

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Cleal

Cast Iron

Forensic expert,Enzo Macleod is reviewing the murder of a 20-year old girl, another French cold case that stretches back half a lifetime.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

All Things Cease To Appear

A college professor discovers his wife as the victim of an axe-killer in their farmhouse near Albany and his three-year-old daughter alone – the second tragedy in an apparently cursed house.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by John Cleal

The Killing Room

American pathologist Margaret Campbell returns to China, this time to Shanghai, to assist the police when they discover a mass grave containing butchered women.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Fourth Sacrifice

American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell assists the Beijing police in their investigation into a series of beheadings.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

Numero Zero

A journalist, convinced that the death of Mussolini was faked in a conspiracy linked to many subsequent Italian events, is found stabbed.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts

Six Four

An unsolved case of kidnap and murder continues to resonate in the Japanese police even after fourteen years, because of mistakes that were made, and worse because those mistakes were never acknowledged.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

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 Man Who Wanted To Know

A woman murdered in her own flat is known to the attending detective as a rape victim from some years previously. Could there be any connection?

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Fire Maker

Forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell makes a visit to Beijing to give a series of lectures, but is soon involved in a live police case when a man is set alight in a local park.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts


Five young Scots run away to swinging 60s London. Their adventure turns sour when they find few people can be trusted and favours always expect returns. Fifty years later three return to solve a mystery killing.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by John Cleal