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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

The Roots of Evil

When two men, one a serving police officer, the other retired from the force, are shot dead and left in a car outside Edinburgh’s divisional office, the investigating team has very little to go on at first and matters quickly become both complicated and dangerous.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Linda Wilson

Break Out

With two hurricanes on collision course, the staff of Ravenhill maximum security prison decide to evacuate, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves. But in the middle of a riot and a superstorm, all ex-cop Jack Constantine wants is revenge.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Linda Wilson

Run For Cover

Ex-Navy Seal Michael Gannon insists on helping a friend and former colleague to investigate the murder of his brother by a sniper in a national park.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Linda Wilson

Say No More

Mercy spent much of her youth in a violent commune but escaped when she was still quite young. Now her so-called husband from all those years ago wants her back. He is on the loose looking for her and will stop at nothing. 

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Sylvia Maughan

After Dark

The little girl suffered from man's inhumanity. Now the police must piece together her story because she may never find the words.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Kati Barr-Taylor


Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is assigned to investigate the murder of a former well-known actress, but is put under immense pressure by rivalries in the Nazi hierarchy in an atmosphere where ‘disloyalty’ can mean death.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by John Cleal

Stop at Nothing

When a plan crashes in the sea off a remote island in the Bahamas, diving instructor Michael Gannon ends up in possession of a very dangerous secret and on the run from some ruthless enemies.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by Linda Wilson

Kill a Stranger

Matt comes home from a night out with friends to find his girlfriend missing and a dead woman’s body in their bed. The nightmare gets worse when he’s told that Kate will die if he involves the police. To get Kate back, Matt has to do the unthinkable. He has to kill a stranger.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Linda Wilson

A Matter of Murder

Drop-out Miff Ferguson disturbs a killer disposing of his victim and is forced to flee to escape the man who now wants to dispose of the only witness to the crime. When a second member of the dead girl’s family is found in a blazing van Detective Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter must try to solve the mystery.

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by John Cleal

Blacktop Wasteland

Beauregard ‘Bug’ Montage tries to extricate himself from money problems by driving for a jewellery heist, but the outcome threatens to destroy his life.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Chris Roberts

No Bad Deed

No good deed goes unpunished, as Cassie Larkin finds out when she stops to help a woman being attacked by the side of the road.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Linda Wilson


The true story of two agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, in the words of the subtitle, telling ‘How we took down Pablo Escobar’.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Chris Roberts

Into the Dark

A young abused boy tries to save his young brother from his stepfather whom he subsequently sees murdered. As a witness he then becomes a target.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

Woman on the Edge

Morgan’s life spins out of control when a stranger throws herself under a train.

Reviewed on 25 April 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Say You're Sorry

Daisy, a young woman, is attacked in the street, but fights the attacker off. Others are not so lucky.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by Sylvia Maughan

The Bad Fire

A case from nine years ago turns out to be anything but cold, as Alexis Skinner finds out to her cost.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Linda Wilson


Claire and Matt are about to learn that abduction brings more than fear, hopelessness and impotence – it brings an impenetrable silence.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Knife to the Heart

Cetin Ikmen has fallen into depression after his retirement and his wife’s accidental death, but he’s reinvigorated when he is asked to investigate a case long gone cold.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Chris Roberts

Never Be Broken

Children are being stabbed and gunned down on the streets of London. DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are expected to get results, but Noah is struggling with his own problems, just when Marnie needs him the most.

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Linda Wilson


Met detective Patrick Bailey, FBI agent Christine Ash and photographer John Wallace are reunited in the final battle against an evil organisation.

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by John Cleal

Cold Case

When Bob Skinner is asked for help by his old friend Sir James Proud, he doesn’t expect to find himself trying to decide if his friend really could have been involved in covering up a murder.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Linda Wilson


Sister Fidelma is sent on a secret mission to uncover a rumoured assassination plot against the High King of Tara.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by John Cleal

The Killing House

When a puzzling missing persons case, possibly connected to her own past, opens up in her home town, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire can’t help but return.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by John Cleal

An Echo of Murder

A Hungarian man living and working near the Thames, is found brutally murdered. Commander Monk is on the trail of the culprit.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Sylvia Maughan


Inspector Cetin Ikmen takes up the case when a young woman from a mixed marriage is found eviscerated in an Istanbul backstreet.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Chris Roberts

Certain Signs That You Are Dead

A badly injured patient vanishes at Akershus University Hospital. The Iranian porter Arash is blamed as he later finds the body in the basement. But as the retired pathologist Jenny Plåterud gets involved, things get messier and more complicated.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Ewa Sherman

A Brush With Death

Bob Skinner is asked by the Security Service to look into the death of a multi-millionaire boxer.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Linda Wilson

Blood Tide

Paula Maguire is a forensic psychologist. She is sent to investigate the disappearance of a young couple on the isolated Bone Island. When she arrives she quickly discovers that the locals do not welcome investigation from outsiders

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by John Barnbrook

An Echo of Murder

A Hungarian man living and working near the Thames, is found brutally murdered. Commander Monk is on the trail of the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

King Solomon's Curse

Archaeologist Nina Wilde goes in search of the legendary King Solomon’s mines, and ends up putting her young daughter at risk.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Linda Wilson

Come And Find Me

A dangerous criminal is on the run after a bloody prison riot that left men dead and horribly maimed. DI Marnie Rome and her team have the job of putting him back behind bars.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Fear Within

A young woman goes missing from a naval warship in Portsmouth. Lieutenant Dani Lewis is called in to investigate.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Linda Wilson

State Secrets

Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has been asked to the Palace of Westminster to talk about the possibility of him accepting a peerage, which puts him in the right place at the right time to investigate a crime that will shock the nation.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Linda Wilson

Rooted in Evil

When a man’s body is found in a Cotswold wood, it looks like suicide, but DI Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter soon discover looks can be deceptive.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by John Cleal


The death of a journalist triggers an investigation, but a police detective, an FBI agent and a photographer are soon caught up in a wider conspiracy.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Jim Beaman

Right Behind You

At nine years old, Telly Ray Nash killed his abusive father to save his own and his sister’s lives. Now eight years later, it seems that he has gone on a killing spree.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

Every Dark Corner

There is a predator in Cincinnati, hunting teenage children for the internet sex trade. FBI special agents Kate Coppola and Decker Davenport are on the trail.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Playing with Death

The more FBI Special Agent Rose Blake investigates, the more she realises that a twisted video game has only one outcome – murder.

Reviewed on 24 October 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Monster in the Closet

Taylor Dawson comes to Baltimore to work as an intern equine therapist, but also to find her father, from whom she has been hidden by her mother since birth. 

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

The Dead Woman of Deptford

Scotland Yard Inspector Ben Ross is summoned to the battered body of a moneylender in south London’s old naval dockyard. He soon discovers the last person to see the dead woman alive was a feckless young doctor – who is almost a part of his own family!

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by John Cleal

Her Darkest Nightmare

As a teenager, Evelyn Talbot was abducted, tortured and left for dead by her psychopathic boyfriend. Now, as an adult she has established a mental health facility in Alaska, specifically to research psychopaths. When the murders start suspicions and fear grow in the isolated community.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Barnbrook

Murder on the Serpentine

An ageing Queen Victoria asks Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt to look into the strange death of one of her closest confidantes who, on her behalf, had been investigating the influence of a wealthy playboy on the Prince of Wales.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by John Cleal


In a post- apocalyptic world Pilgrim listens to the Voice in his head as he travels. Voice has a purpose, but Pilgrim doesn’t know what it is yet.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Jim Beaman

Boar Island

National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon must solve a crime that’s too close to home when her friend’s daughter becomes victim to a cyberbully-turned-stalker.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Quieter Than Killing

While DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake investigate a seemingly random series of violent attacks in London, Marnie also has to come face to face with the demons from her own past.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

The House of Four

Inspector Cetin Ikmen investigates the death of four siblings, each living on a separate floor of a single apartment building, stabbed by the same hand.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

Revenge in a Cold River

Commander Monk is called to look at a corpse that has been fished out of the Thames. Not only was the man drowned but he had also been shot in the back. Why is it so important for Monk to investigate?

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Sylvia Maughan


A man wakes to find a noose around his neck. He is about to die. Why has he been targeted?

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Jim Beaman

Before I Let You In

Even though Karen is an experienced psychiatrist, nothing could prepare her for the day she opens her door to Jessica.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Her Husband's Lover

Louise is trying to move on from the horrific car accident that took her husband, Sam, and her children. But Sophie, Sam’s lover, is out to destroy Louise’s future.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Blind Sight

Four bodies are dumped on the mayor’s lawn, one of them a nun, whose brother is also missing. Detective Kathy Mallory ruthlessly follows every lead to rescue the boy.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Midas Legacy

An ancient Codex leads Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase on a desperate race to prevent ancient artefacts of immense power from falling into the wrong hands.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

Corridors of the Night

Hester Monk is working in a local hospital one night when a small girl accosts her and begs Hester to follow her down an unfamiliar corridor. What Hester finds is quite shocking.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Sylvia Maughan


Local doctor Axel Glenne is linked to the deaths of two women who seem to have been mauled by a bear. He needs to prove his innocence as the net of suspicion around him tightens with surprising speed, and to find his elusive twin brother Brede before another victim is claimed.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Private Investigations

A car crash in a supermarket car park leads Bob Skinner to an unexpected and shocking discovery.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Revelation Code

A cult leader is determined to bring about a biblical apocalypse, and when archaeologist Nina Wilde is kidnapped to further his plans, it’s up to her husband Eddie Chase to throw a spanner in the works.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Linda Wilson

Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Thomas Pitt is called to a house where two policemen are dead and three badly injured by a bomb – but is it the work of anarchists or a common criminal?

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Tastes Like Fear

DI Marnie Rome and her team are on the look-out for two very different missing teenagers.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Linda Wilson

On the Bone

A man collapses and dies on a busy street. His stomach contains human flesh. Inspector Cetin Ikmen and his squad must unravel the mystery.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by John Cleal

The Protector

William Falkland is again pressed into service by Oliver Cromwell, this time to find a kidnapped woman whose return is seen as vital to the parliamentary cause.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by John Cleal

The Royalist

Royalist Dragooner William Falkland awaits death in Newgate. But an incident in his past has reached the ears of Oliver Cromwell, who sends him to investigate a series of mysterious deaths inside his New Model Army.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by John Cleal

A New York Christmas

Jemima is accompanying her friend Delphinia to New York to help her with her wedding to the son of a wealthy and influential American family. When Delphinia’s long-estranged mother makes an appearance, Jemima is drawn into a dangerous search to try to prevent her spoiling the wedding.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

The Dead Pass

PI Dan Starkey is hired by a former political activist to find her missing criminal son who she believes has been killed. When she is murdered, Starkey’s investigation takes him into Derry’s underworld, dominated by a new generation of gangster-terrorists.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by John Cleal

The Outsider

Close protection specialist James Bishop is called in to help a witness in a high-profile trial stay alive long enough to give evidence.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Linda Wilson

Through The Evil Days

During an ice storm, police chief Russ Van Alstyne and his wife, Episcopal pastor Clare Fergusson, battle a brutal drugs gang and corrupt law enforcement officers in a deadly chase to track down a seriously ill little girl, kidnapped from the scene of a double killing.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by John Cleal

A Killing Moon

Weeks after the disappearance of an Irish student in Derby, the body of a Polish girl is found in the back of a burnt-out van. Detective Inspector Brook thinks the two are linked, but he has to navigate the complex world of organised crime in order to find out how.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Madeleine Marsh


Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, a Royal Navy special branch investigator, finds herself in the insular world of a nuclear submarine as she investigates the suicide of one of its crew.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler


A serial killer murders a prison officer and returns to the scene of his crimes to kill again. Detective Abbie Kearney must somehow halt his rampage.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by John Cleal

Closer Than You Think

Faith Frye is driving over to the old house that she has recently inherited from her grandmother, when a young woman appears in the road. Faith swerves and crashes her car.  She survives the accident but appears to have stumbled upon a horrendous mystery which leaves her in mortal danger.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Maughan

Last Resort

Bob Skinner, on holiday in Spain, is asked to help out an old friend and find a missing man.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Linda Wilson


An aggressive new infection is sweeping America’s hospitals, the product of a shadowy terrorist organisation. When Dr Lou Welcome’s friend succumbs, can he find the cure, find the terrorists and save his friend’s life?

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

No Other Darkness

DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are faced with a sinister case of discovering who left two young boys to die in an underground bunker in a back garden.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Mallory's Oracle

When child thief Kathy Mallory was rescued from the streets by Sergeant Louis Markowitz, he and his wife reshaped her life. When he is butchered, Mallory, now a detective herself, sets out to trap his killer.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by John Cleal

Hour of Darkness

A female naked body is washed up near Edinburgh baffles police until a woman is found to be missing from a bloodstained flat.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Linda Wilson


England is poised on the brink of civil war in 1455. Former soldier Simon Roseblood, a sworn Lancastrian supporter, faces growing threats to his position and businesses – and a fanatical group seeking revenge for a massacre in which he had no part.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by John Cleal

Kingdom of Darkness

Nina Wilde has given up her job and is working through a bucket list of things she’s always wanted to do while she still has time to do them. But when one last job comes along, helping safeguard the secrets of Alexander the Great’s tomb, Nina can’t stay away despite her husband Eddie’s misgivings.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Linda Wilson

A Christmas Hope

Claudine Burroughs attends a party at which a young woman is badly injured. An eccentric poet is accused of the attack but Claudine suspects him to be innocent. She sets out to establish the truth.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Bricks and Mortality

A dead body is found in a burned-out Cotswold manor house. Is it accident or murder?

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Jude Evans

The Keeper

When a wife goes missing, her husband looks like the prime suspect. Investigator Abe Glitsky sets out to prove otherwise.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Chris Roberts

Fear Nothing

Despite being injured at the crime scene, Sergeant Detective DD Warren is investigating a murder. The evidence points to the sister of Warren’s pain specialist, serving life for murder, but a much more complicated story emerges that casts doubt on her original conviction.

Reviewed on 30 November 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Pray For The Dying

When a senior figure is shot at a charity concert, Bob Skinner is already on the scene, having taken down one of the gunman. What follows next is a career move that he’s been dead set against for a very long time.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Linda Wilson


When Dr Alex Delaware is called in to write a court report in a straightforward custody battle between two sisters, he thinks that it is an easy job. Then one of the sisters threatens to kill him but is herself murdered and the other disappears with her child.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Unquiet Grave

Maverick DI Damen Brook is back from suspension and exiled to the cold case squad. He’s eager to escape this backwater, but his attitude changes when he spots a pattern in a series of murders that began in 1963.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by John Cleal

The Long Fall

Kate seems to have it all – a perfect family, a lovely house and a successful career. But her world comes tumbling down when the past returns to haunt her.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sharon Wheeler

That Dark Remembered Day

When Stephen is told his mother isn’t well, he knows he has to face up to his past and return to the village where he grew up, but he dreads going back. The past is something he simply doesn’t want to have to deal with, but that isn’t an option any more.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

Atonement of Blood

An assassination attempt is made on Colgu, King of Cashel. Fidelma, his sister, decides to try to find out who did it. A long journey ensues in which she makes good use of her skills as a lawyer.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

The Valhalla Prophecy

Archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS husband Eddie Chase are in a race against time with the bad guys to find Valhalla, the legendary Hall of the Slain.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Linda Wilson

Every Second Lost

Time is running out for accident investigator Elias Hawks, who is trying to find the missing daughter of a girl he once knew.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Jude Evans


Deputy police chief Jess Harris continues her pursuit of serial killer Eric ‘The Player’ Spears who continues to haunt her life. But her task is complicated when someone starts sending her the exhumed bodies of girl children killed years before.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by John Cleal

The Counterfeit Agent

The CIA deputy head of the Istanbul Station receives information from a mysterious man who claims to belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that two Israeli embassies are to be attacked. When the attack is followed by a prediction that a station chief is to be assassinated it has to be taken very seriously.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Watch Your Back

Detective Stevie Mazzetti is recovering slowly from having been shot whilst working on a previous case, but someone is still out to kill her. When her daughter is also made a target she agrees to be hidden until the shooting stops. But will it?

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

Body Count

Istanbul police inspectors Ikman and Suleyman struggle to discover the connection between a series of gruesome murders.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Chris Roberts

As Serious As Death

Primavera Blackstone is employed to investigate attacks on aircraft owned by abrasive millionaire Jack Weighley. Are they vandalism or terrorism? When people close to the investigation begin to die, Primavera has to find the solution quickly before her own family becomes a target.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Touch and Go

Tessa Leoni, ex-cop, now a PI, is called in to find the Denbe family. The family has been kidnapped but there is no ransom demand.

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Shovel Ready

In a future New York devastated by a series of bombings the wealthy live in virtual reality, and Spademan offers to kill without asking questions.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Chris Roberts

Bitter River

County Prosecutor Bell Elkins investigates the murder of a young girl found strangled in the waters of the Bitter River. In the small town of Acker’s Gap, everyone knows everyone else and the murderer must be one of them ...

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Death on Blackheath

Some blood and hair is found on the doorstep of an important family in London. Subsequently a body is found in a gravel pit nearby. Inspector Pitt as Head of Special Branch gets involved and investigates what has happened.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sylvia Maughan

The Hunters

A team of highly-trained individuals are brought together from all walks of life by a wealthy businessman to locate and recover a vast Romanian treasure that has been missing for decades. However, the mission is a dangerous and sometimes explosive task.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Laura Parkin

Someone Else's Skin

DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake are called to a women's refuge where a man has been stabbed. What they find turns all their expectations upside down as the violence escalates.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sharon Wheeler


Psychologist Alex Delaware is called in to investigate the skeletons of two babies and the murder of a woman in a quiet suburb. The investigation takes him to the highest echelons of celebrity and uncovers unthinkable depravity.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

Black Irish

Detective Absolom Kearney faces the problems of her own past and the closed and secretive Irish community in which she grew up as she attempts to unravel a series of gruesome killings where the murderer’s calling card is a plastic toy monkey.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by John Cleal


A series of murders and mutilations of apparently unconnected people leads psychologist Alex Delaware into a complex history of mental illness and revenge.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

The Silent Wife

Todd and Jodi have been together for more than twenty years. He is a small, but successful, property developer, she’s a counselling psychiatrist. But life for the long-time lovers is souring. How far is either of them prepare to go?

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by John Cleal

The Ophelia Cut

When a rapist is bludgeoned to death, the father of the girl is the obvious culprit, but several people will be uncomfortable if he is convicted.

Reviewed on 17 October 2013 by Chris Roberts

Did You Miss Me?

The son of an American state attorney goes missing with his girlfriend, and his mother and FBI friend lead the hunt.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Sylvia Maughan