Arnold Taylor

Books reviewed by Arnold Taylor

I Could Be You

When Dee Doran comes across the victim of an apparent hit-and-run driver, she is horrified to find an empty child’s buggy nearby, with the woman’s child missing.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Arnold 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

Maigret's Pickpocket

Maigret’s wallet is stolen but then returned to him, with nothing missing. The detective is intrigued when a mysterious man admits to the theft.

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Joe Country

The 'Slow Horses' are going through their daily Slough House routine when they suddenly have to obey a call to arms. Louisa Guy is approached by the former wife of Min Harper, now dead, and informed that Min's son, Lucas, has gone missing. Since Louisa had had what was for her a romantic affair with Min, she decides she has to act.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Arnold Taylor

A Killing State

Michael North is employed by an establishment figure as a spy and assassin. He is given the task of killing Honor Jones, an MP who has been asking questions about certain powerful people.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Keep Her Close

DS Josie Masters is on her way to see her mother in an Oxford care home when her phone rings and she is told to go immediately to Oriel College where a girl student appears to have gone missing. It soon becomes clear that she is not the only one.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Nahour Case

Maigret is woken early in the morning by an old friend who says he has a story Maigret needs to hear.

Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Accidental Agent

Brexit negotiations are taking place and are proving troublesome. When Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, learns from his Director of Operations that somebody working for the EU Commission has offered to provide information to the British Government, he has decide what to do in order to test its trustworthiness.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt

Martha has been sent down from Cambridge and is finding life at home with her parents boring, so she decides that a complete change is required. Her friend Kit works for the British Embassy in Moscow – but once there she is not sure that she is meeting the right people.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's Patience

A series of daring robberies bring Maigret together with an old adversary.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Her Last Move

When a man is murdered in a crowded tube station a super-recogniser is brought in to help a harassed police officer.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Where No Shadows Fall

Formerly a criminal investigator, Superintendent Grace Macallan is desk bound and, unable to stand it any longer, requests a transfer. It so happens that a notorious Glasgow gang member has apparently committed suicide whilst in prison. Grace is given the task of investigating the suicide and compiling a report.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Blood Will Have Blood

A brutal murder occurs at the school where DI Markham's girlfriend works. In spite of criticism from his Chief Inspector, Markham insists on carrying out an investigation into the school staff.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Rhythm Section

Stephanie Patrick loses almost all her family – father, mother, brother and sister – to a terrorist bomb on an aircraft. Her entire life disintegrates and she becomes a prostitute.  When she is presented with an opportunity to get her revenge on the bomber, she is quick to grasp it.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Ghost

Inspector Lognon of the 18th arrondissement is shot in the street and is in intensive care.  Apparently, he had been in the habit of visiting a young woman’s apartment – something Maigret finds difficult to believe of Inspector Hard-Done-By. But he cannot interview her because she has disappeared.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Defends Himself

When Maigret receives a formal notification to attend an interview with the Prefect of Police, he is alarmed. He is even more so when it turns out that he has been accused of assaulting an 18-year-old girl, whose father has important political connections.

Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Gentleman Jack

DC Ricky Macfadyen rescues an agricultural businessman who is being beaten up in the street but who refuses to press charges.  When DI Tim Yates and Macfadyen visit his site they see a quad that might have been stolen, but the investigation soon takes second place when the headless body of a woman is found in a canal.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Stranger Diaries

Clare, a teacher at Tolgarth High, is discussing a short story called The Stranger with members of a creative writing group. The story is a Gothic horror but Clare has no reason to believe that the school is about to undergo its own horror story.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Belting Inheritance

The owner of Belting, Lady Wainwright, had four sons, the eldest two of whom, Hugh and David, were reported killed in World War II. However, one day a car arrives at Belting and a man gets out, claiming to be David.

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Righteous Spy

The Israeli Intelligence Services know that MI6 has information they need and devise an intricate plot to persuade them to part with it. It involves a young woman from Gaza, but what part, precisely, is she going to play?

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Saturday Caller

Maigret is walking to the bus stop after work one Saturday evening when he notices a man apparently following him. When he arrives home his wife tells him that someone is waiting to see him. It is the same man.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Arnold Taylor


Professor Tom Wilde of Cambridge University is in France on holiday with his fiancée Lydia when he is approached by a man who at first sight appears to be a beggar. It turns out, however, that he has been in touch with one of Wilde’s former students who had gone off to join the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and is now held in a French prison camp. He urges Wilde to do all he can to free him.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Arnold Taylor

All the Hidden Truths

Ryan Summers, a young student equipped with three guns, enters Three Rivers College and immediately begins shooting girls. He kills 13 of them and then himself. Everybody wants to know why but there appears to be no answer to the question.

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Arnold Taylor

February's Son

Detective Harry McCoy of the Glasgow police is not long returned to duty when he is called out by his Chief inspector, Murray, to view a body found on the roof of a 14-storey tower block. The body, showing obvious signs of torture, turns out to be that of a well-known Celtic footballer.

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Moment Before Drowning

Jacques le Garrec, a French wartime resistance leader and former policeman, has just returned from two years’ service in Algeria during the colonial war. He has been sent back to France to stand trial, having been accused a committing a brutal crime.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Safe Houses

Helen Abell, a young woman new to the CIA, arrives in Berlin in 1979. She is disappointed when her Chief of Station, who dislikes her, assigns her to a routine job overseeing a number of safe houses. One evening she is in one of the houses when two sets of visitors arrive unannounced and she learns two very important secrets.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Fatal Inheritance

Eve Forrester feels herself ensnared in a loveless marriage. She sees no way out of it and is resigned to living in a gloomy house, with no friends to brighten her existence. A letter from a firm of solicitors brings unexpected changes.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse

René Josselin is a retired businessman living a comfortable life and generally regarded as a good man. It comes as a great shock when he is found one evening shot dead in his armchair.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor


A secret American committee, consisting of a retired general, a retired admiral and two former heads of the CIA, is intent on arranging the assassination of a well-known and popular senator whose libertarian and anti-military views they regard as a potential danger to the United States.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Dark Clouds Shining

It’s 1921 and former secret service officer Jack McColl is approached by his former boss to undertake a mission to Russia. MI5, whose remit does not extend to Europe, is involved there and he needs to find out precisely what they are doing.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Dead on Leave

A march by Mosley and his Blackshirts is held in Leeds. There is considerable violence throughout the march and when it is over the body of a man is discovered. He has been strangled.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Syndicate

1947. A notorious New York mobster is murdered in Hollywood. Jonathan Craine, a retired Los Angeles policeman, is blackmailed into taking on the task of finding his killer.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Gravediggers' Bread

A man finds a wallet belonging to an attractive blonde woman who had made a telephone call from a kiosk shortly before he did. It contains her photograph and 8,000 francs, and he decides to look for her in order to return the wallet.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Paris in the Dark

An American journalist is in Paris when a bomb goes off and sets out to find the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Late one evening, shortly after the British army's retreat to Corunna, a very sick man is taken by cab to a house in Somerset. He is received by the sole occupant, the housekeeper, who proceeds to care for him.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Miss Pym Disposes

Miss Pym, who has recently published a best-selling book on psychology, is invited by an old friend to give a lecture at a girls' school that specialises in dance and physical training. She accepts an invitation to stay on for a few days – a decision that she subsequently regrets.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Forger

Chief Inspector Frank Stave has decided to transfer from the homicide section of Hamburg CID to Department S which deals with economic crime, mainly the black market. Even he’s not sure why he wants to move.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Other Woman

A long time ago an event occurred that had profound consequences for the future, involving a young child who was brought up with certain beliefs that practically determined the course of a life. The consequences of that upbringing eventually become clear.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's Secret

A well-known wealthy woman is found stabbed to death in a frenzied attack. Maigret interviews her husband and cannot make up his mind about his guilt or innocence.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Inhuman Resources

Alain Delambre, formerly a highly paid executive in human resources, has been out of regular work for four years. When a major company shows some interest in his application for a senior position he adopts desperate measures to obtain it.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's Failure

Maigret is visited by a village school acquaintance he had never liked. He tells the detective that he has been receiving letters threatening to kill him and, reluctant as Maigret is to get involved with the man, he decides to make enquiries.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Cry To Dream Again

The Marlow family are on their annual holiday in the French village of Trémaincourt. Seventeen-year-old Shirley has an insatiable desire to become a ballet dancer. One obsession turns into two when, on the ferry journey home, she encounters a handsome young man named Alan.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Man Between

Successful espionage novelist Kit Carradine finds himself dissatisfied with the life he leads and jumps at an opportunity to undertake what appears to be a spying mission on behalf of the UK government.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Our Friends in Berlin

1941. Jack Hoste is associated with a group of Nazi sympathisers intent on gathering secret information to help the German cause. His specific aim is to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in Britain.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Travels

Maigret investigates the death of a very wealthy Englishman.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Arnold Taylor

To Die in Vienna

Ex-secret service operative Freddie Makin has been given the task of watching a computer science teacher and submitting daily reports. Then an attempt is made on Freddie’s life.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Enjoys Himself

Maigret, recuperating from a bout of bronchitis, has been given instructions by his doctor to rest and take a holiday. When an intriguing crime is committed, however, he finds it impossible not to become involved, even unofficially.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Asset

Kennedy’s younger sister, Belle, had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport Security Administration as an aviation security specialist.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The President is Missing

The United States faces a terrorist threat, and it is up to the President himself to stop it.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Sets a Trap

The investigation into a series of five identical murders, all women and all in the Montmartre arrondissement has stalled, but Maigret now has a plan that he hopes will move the investigation forward.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Headless Corpse

A dismembered body, found in the Canal St-Martin, presents Maigret with a thoroughly baffling case involving a taciturn woman. And the examining magistrate wants quick results.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Friends and Traitors

Frederick Troy, a member of the Metropolitan Police, forms an unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, even though he is aware that he is probably a spy. Burgess's reappearance after his defection to the Soviet Union, puts Troy in danger.

Reviewed on 24 May 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Minister

A telephone call from the Minister for Public Works heralds a case of unusual complexity for Maigret.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Where Dead Men Meet

Sister Agnes of St Theresa’s orphanage comes upon an intruder in the middle of the night. When she fails to supply information regarding one of the children who lived there, he kills her.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Good Assassin

George Mueller, a retired CIA agent, is approached by the CIA director to pose as a travel writer in Cuba to find out if their ‘man in Havana’, Toby Graham, is providing Fidel Castro’s rebels with arms.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Dead Girl

When the body of a dead girl is found on Place Vintimille. Maigret and Janvier go to investigate.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Arnold Taylor

One Damn Thing After Another

Being a Good Samaritan is not without its dangers, as private investigator Frank Doy discovers to his cost.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Goes To School

A schoolteacher from the coastal village of Saint-André-sur-Mer, Charente, visits Maigret with a request that he prove him innocent of murder. Maigret agrees to go back to the village with him to see what he can do.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Arnold Taylor

My Name Is Nobody

Solomon Vine, a highly rated MI6 officer, is suspended when a prisoner whom he is interrogating is shot. However, his suspension proves useful when the Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted and an unofficial investigation is required.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Silent Death

It is March 1930 in Berlin and silent movie actress Betty Winter is killed when a lighting system falls on her. Inspector Gereon Rath is determined to find out the cause.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Man on the Bench

Maigret receives a call from Inspector Neveu of the Troisième Arrondissement saying that a man has been stabbed to death on the Boulevard Saint-Martin, that the murder seems out of the ordinary and that he would be grateful for his help.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Arnold Taylor

The Reluctant Contact

It is 1977 and Yuri is returning from attending his brother’s funeral in Moscow to Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago north of Norway. He is about to discover that the quiet life of which he is so fond is about to come to an end.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Arnold Taylor

A Legacy of Spies

Peter Guillam, formerly of MI6, now retired and living in Brittany, receives a letter from the Circus. It states that an urgent situation has arisen and suggests (meaning ‘insists’) that he come to London immediately.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Arnold Taylor

A Maigret Christmas

Three Simenon short stories, set at Christmas.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Butchers of Berlin

An old man shoots and kills an apartment block warden and then himself. When it turns out that he was Jewish and when other, apparently linked, murders begin to occur, the Berlin police force comes under pressure.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Seagull

DI Vera Stanhope has been persuaded to give a talk to inmates at Warkworth Prison. At the end she is approached by a prisoner in a wheelchair whom she recognises. He says he has information that she would be interested in hearing. Reluctantly she agrees to listen to what he has to say.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Venetian Game

Nathan Sutherland is the English honorary consul in Venice, a post that pays nothing but allows him to be of assistance to tourists in trouble. A rather dull life suddenly becomes exciting when he is offered a considerable amount of money to look after a small package.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Asset

Kennedy’s younger sister, Belle, had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport Security Administration as an aviation security specialist.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Three Days and a Life

Antoine Courtin is 12 years old and lives alone with his divorced mother. Something of a loner, he has developed a deep love for the neighbours’ dog and when it is hit by a car and has to be put down he is devastated.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Constant Soldier

It is 1944 and Paul Brandt, a German soldier, is returning home from the Russian front, disfigured and having lost an arm. He has no idea what his future will be once he has recovered from his injuries.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Is Afraid

Maigret is on a train returning from an international police conference when an expensively-dressed man recognises him and begins to engage him in conversation. He seems to know why Maigret is on the train.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Low Heights

Edouard Lavenant is retired and in his 70s. He lives alone in a country town apart from Thérèse, his long-suffering housekeeper, and believes he is being watched.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Woman of State

It is 1991 and the Troubles are still ongoing in Northern Ireland. Maire Anne McCartney, an 18-year-old girl, is asked by her IRA boyfriend to help with the honey trap of a British Special Branch man.  She agrees to do so when he promises that there will be no violence – a promise that is not kept.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Conflicts of Interest

Former journalist Lawrence Leith’s life in a French village is disrupted when an old friend comes to visit.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Block 46

Emily Roy, a Quantico-trained officer in the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, currently working with Scotland Yard, becomes involved in a frantic search for a serial killer operating in both England and Sweden.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Arnold Taylor


Michelle has been raped and knows that the incident should have upset her more than it did, but she has other problems, both personal and work-related, and has to find a way to cope with them.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Hunting the Hangman

A few thousand soldiers from the defeated Czech army made their way to Britain. Now their President in exile wants two of them to return to Czechoslovakia to undertake a special mission from which they are unlikely to return.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor


It is 1961 and Simon Weeks, head of booksellers Keating & Sons, leaves for Moscow to meet his defector brother Frank, who has asked him to publish his memoirs.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's Revolver

Maigret receives a call from his wife telling him that a young man wants to see him. When he arrives the young man has left, taking with him Maigret’s revolver.

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Based on a True Story

Authoress Delphine is signing autographs following the publication of a hit novel when she encounters L for the first time and is totally fascinated by her.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret, Lognon and the Gangsters

Maigret receives a call from the wife of the lugubrious Inspector Lognon to say that her husband has disappeared and that men have broken into her house. He decides that he needs to visit her to see what is happening.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Long Drop

William Watt, a Glasgow businessman widely suspected of murdering his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, has arranged a meeting with a known criminal, Peter Manuel, who claims to have information that will establish Watt’s innocence.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Wolf Children

It’s 1947 and the long, freezing winter is over. The discovery of the body of a young boy, lying across an unexploded bomb in the ruins of Hamburg shipyard, sparks off an investigation which turns up further young victims.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret and the Tall Woman

Maigret receives a surprise visit from a former prostitute he had arrested many years before. She tells a strange story and asks for his help.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Arnold Taylor


A man has been kidnapped, though there is no question of a ransom. He is locked in a car and succumbs to carbon monoxide poisoning. Soon others will be killed, but nobody knows why.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Girl From Venice

One night, whilst fishing in the Venice lagoon, a young man, Cenzo, comes across a girl’s body. It turns out that she is still alive but in great trouble and he finds himself compelled to help her.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Jericho's War

Corrie Franklin has escaped Jihadist capture following a failed mission in Syria, and is recruited for another dangerous operation in Yemen.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret Takes a Room

Janvier, one of Maigret’s inspectors, is shot and wounded whilst keeping watch on a boarding house as part of an investigation into a night club robbery. Madame Maigret is away visiting her sister in hospital and so Maigret takes a room there.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Spook Street

Jackson Lamb, head of Slough House, is called to identify a body discovered in the residence of a former senior spy, now suffering from dementia.  He confirms that the dead man was one of his agents.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Foreign Agent

The CIA is looking to find an agent with the necessary skills to deal with increasing numbers of terrorist outrages in Europe. It finds him in the person of Scott Horvath, but Moscow already has its own operative working under very deep cover.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Deep Blue

Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, agrees to an informal request from MI5 to look into a case involving a group of political activists calling themselves Action Against Authority. Legal reasons prevent MI5 itself from pursuing the case because the group is linked to a political party – the SNP.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's First Case

Maigret is informed of a possible case of murder in the early hours of the morning.  When a young man knocks on the door of the house to investigate he is beaten up by a manservant.  Maigret decides to pay a visit to the house.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Passenger

It is 1941 and the Battle of the Atlantic is at its height. U-Boat U330 receives a heavily encoded message to pick up two prisoners from a ship just off the coast of Iceland. They carry out the order and, in doing so, put the submarine in grave danger.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret at the Coroner's

Maigret, visiting the United States to familiarise himself with American police methods, finds himself a spectator at a coroner’s inquest into the death of a young woman.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Cold Earth

Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez of the Shetland police is attending the funeral of an old friend when a sudden land slip smashes through a croft in its path.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor

A Divided Spy

Thomas Kell had decided his days with MI6 were over. Then an encounter with an MI5 employee offers him the chance of getting even with the Russian who he believes had murdered his girlfriend.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor


Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Babylon Berlin

A car is found in the Landwehr Canal and in the car is a man who has been brutally tortured. DI Gereon Rath, although not a member of the Homicide Division, decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Paris Spring

Will Flemyng of the British Secret Service is on his way to the embassy in Paris when a young unknown man speaks to him quite out of the blue and sets in motion a series of events that threaten to lead to his ruin and exposure.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Accidental Agent

James Nessheim, having resigned from the FBI, is now studying law at university. His former boss, Assistant Director Harry Guttman, asks him to go under cover and establish whether a Nazi spy has managed to infiltrate the Chicago team working on the first atom bomb.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Unfortunate Englishman

Joe Wilderness is in a West Berlin jail after having unintentionally shot a woman whom he was trying to smuggle to the West. Just when it seems that he is going to be there for a long time, his father-in-law, a senior member of MI5, comes to his rescue - but it is at a price.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Little Apple

Five Austrian prisoners of war, released by the Russians in 1918, have sworn to seek revenge on the Camp Commandant.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor


On a beautiful autumn day a Muslim suicide bomber triggers an explosion in the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, killing more than 1000 people.  A year goes by and, in spite of intensive efforts to find the criminals, no arrests have been made.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Palace of Treason

A member of the Russian Intelligence Service, Dominika Egorova, has been turned by a CIA man on a mission to the United States. She is given the task of returning to Moscow to act as a CIA mole.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Dirty War

An up and coming Parisian lawyer is found murdered - burned alive next to a swimming pool in Paris. Lola Jost, whose assistant was murdered in a similar fashion, feels she has to see if there is any link between the two deaths.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret's Dead Man

Maigret has to choose whether to believe a woman who thinks everybody is trying to poison her and a man who rings him out of the blue, asking for his immediate help.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Murderer in Ruins

The body of a young woman is found hidden behind a wall in the wartime rubble that used to be Hamburg. She has clearly been strangled but, that apart, there are no clues.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The One Man

A 92-year-old man in a Chicago care home is visited by his daughter. Although known to have been a Holocaust survivor, he has never revealed any details of his past. She persuades him to tell his story, one that begins with two men running for their lives.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Case of Lisandra P

When a beautiful young woman is found dead at the foot of an apartment block in Buenos Aires, the police are convinced that they are dealing with a case of murder.

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Mulberry Bush

A young American meets an Argentinian woman in Buenos Aires and falls in love with her. However, he conceals the fact that he has one aim in life – to avenge his father, whose life had been ruined by the CIA.

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Searcher

Isaac Hammer runs an investigative agency with his partner, Ben Webster. Or, at least he did until, following a raging argument, Webster disappears. Hammer’s office is then invaded by the police with a search warrant.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Maigret in New York

Maigret agrees to a request from a young Paris lawyer, fearful for his father’s life, to sail to New York and find out what is happening to him.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Arnold Taylor

A Fine Line

Guido Guerrieri is a defence lawyer working in Bari, southern Italy. Having just completed a successful appeal on behalf of a man accused of sexual assault, he receives a telephone call from a judge requesting his help.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Arnold Taylor

A Man of Some Repute

Hugo Hawksworth of the intelligence services is given a desk job following an injury sustained in the field. His boss arranges for him to be accommodated in Selchester Castle, from which Lord Selchester had mysteriously disappeared six years earlier.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Blood Wedding

Sophie Duguet, troubled by nightmares and memory loss, is acting as a baby sitter for the young son of a wealthy couple. One morning she wakes up to find him strangled to death. 

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Cécile is Dead

Nobody in Maigret’s office takes Cécile seriously when she insists that there is a frequent intruder in her flat.  However, when Maigret decides to pay a call on her, just to be on the safe side, he finds that her aunt, with whom she lives, has been murdered.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The 14th Colony

The Cold War has been over for years and Russia has lost it. However, there is one man who refuses to accept this and has plans to take a horrifying revenge on the United States.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne

A friend asks Antoine Verlaque to visit a man called Rene Rouquet, who lives in an apartment once occupied by Paul Cézanne, and who may have discovered a lost Cezanne painting. When he arrives at the apartment he receives a severe shock.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

All Things Nice

Charlotte Gleeson is celebrating her birthday with a large party but she will remember very little because she is drunk. The following morning her daughter’s boyfriend, Kieran, is found stabbed to death.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Misty Harbour

A man who does not know his own identity is picked up by Paris police. Maigret sets about trying to discover who the man is.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor

John Le Carré: The Biography

This biography of David Cornwell, better known by his penname of John le Carré, attempts to explain the link between his childhood and upbringing and his interest in the world of secret intelligence, both as a member of it and as a writer about it.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Different Class

Roy Straitley has been a Latin master at St Oswald’s for 30 years. When a new head is appointed, Straitley is shocked to discover that he is an old boy whom he had always distrusted.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The English Spy

A terrorist plants a bomb on a luxury motor yacht, killing all on board including a popular princess of the British Royal Family. MI5 turns for help to Gabriel Allon of the Israeli Intelligence Services.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Arnold Taylor


Gévigne, a married man, contacts an old friend, a former policeman, after many years.  He asks him to carry out an investigation into the behaviour of his wife, who is given to dream-like states and periods of apparent absence from the material world.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Real Tigers

Catherine Standish, one of the out of favour MI5 officers based in Slough House, is kidnapped by a former soldier out for revenge. Jackson Lamb, the head of Slough House, is determined to free her.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Memory of Evil

It is 42 years since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi came to power in Libya, the country of Balistreri’s birth. He, however, remembers the year not for that but for the death of his mother – a ‘suicide’ that he has always regarded as actually murder.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Arnold Taylor

No Mortal Thing

A young Englishman, holding a prominent position in an investment bank in Berlin, decides to intervene when he sees a young girl being attacked in the street – an action that has huge consequences.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Smoke and Whispers

Sarah Tucker finds out from the internet that the body of her friend, Zoe Boehm, has been discovered floating in the Tyne. She is asked by the local police to go to Newcastle and make a formal identification.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Rise of the Enemy

Carl Logan of the Joint Intelligence Agency is sent on what should have been a routine mission to Russia. It becomes much less than routine, however, when he finds himself betrayed and taken prisoner.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Blue Room

A couple conducting an affair have a near miss with being discovered. This leads to the end of an affair but the beginning of a nightmare.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Arnold Taylor


The body of a man, headless and missing his hands, turns up on a deserted beach at Dungeness in Kent. He is soon identified as an important banker, but why he should have been murdered is a mystery.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Arnold Taylor

A Quiet End

John Corey has recently returned from action in the Yemen as part of the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, and has been asked to resign on the grounds of insubordination. But a dead-end job puts him on the trail of a dangerous Russian.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Lying Down Room

Commandant Morel is called to investigate the case of an old woman found dead in her bed. It doesn’t take him too long to come to the conclusion that she did not die a natural death.

Reviewed on 21 November 2015 by Arnold Taylor

A Dancer in the Dust

When a friend is found dead in a New York back street, Ray Campbell feels obliged to return to the African state of Lubanda and to confront a past he would prefer to forget.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Cartel

When drug overlord Adán Barrera is allowed to escape from a Mexican prison, the man who put him there, DEA agent Art Keller, vows to do whatever is necessary to bring him to justice again.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Moth Catcher

A retired farm labourer comes upon the body of a young man in a quiet Northumberland valley. When the police visit his flat to find out more about him they find the body of another man.

Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Nobody Walks

His son’s apparent suicide brings Tom Bettany back to the UK, determined to find some answers.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Arnold Taylor

And Is There Honey Still For Tea?

A libel suit between an American university professor and an Englishman accused of being a spy instigates a dangerous series of events for barrister Ben Schroeder.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Saint-Fiacre Affair

An anonymous message Maigret receives predicting a death during the mass on All Souls Day prompts him to return to the village in which he was born.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Arnold Taylor

A Colder War

When the chief of Station in Ankara is killed in a plane crash, the Head of MI6 asks Thomas Kell to investigate. Kell, a previously disgraced agent, sees this as an opportunity to rehabilitate himself, but it soon becomes clear that a mole is at work.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Talking To Ghosts

Commander Vilar's son has been missing for some years. His wife has left him because of his refusal to accept that he is probably dead. He tries to carry out his tasks as a policeman but his missing son is always at the front of his mind.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Shadow Puppet

Maigret is summoned late at night by a telephone call from the concierge of an apartment block in the Place des Vosges. She tells him that a man is dead and that she suspects murder.

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Arnold Taylor

No Known Grave

A convalescent hospital in 1942, run by Anglican nuns for badly injured servicemen, is an unlikely place for a double murder to take place. That, however, is what DI Tom Tyler finds when he is called to the hospital.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Thin Air

Three old university friends, Caroline, Eleanor and Polly, leave London for the Shetland Isles where they are to celebrate Caroline’s recent marriage to a Shetlander. Almost immediately after the party, one of them disappears and her body is found in a loch.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Arnold Taylor


Anne Forestier, the new woman in Camille Verhoeven's life, goes into a toilet in a fashionable shopping quarter and runs into three armed men just on the point of carrying out a robbery.

Reviewed on 06 June 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau

Manfred Baumann is a loner and a misfit whose sole source of pleasure is watching a seductive waitress in the bistro where he is a regular patron. One day she simply disappears in circumstances that lead to his coming under suspicion.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Grand Banks Café

Maigret is asked by an old friend to look into the case of a former pupil of his who has been arrested for murder in the fishing port of Fécamp after returning from three months at sea. He agrees and enters a dark and seemingly mysterious world

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Root of All Evil

A young Arab girl is murdered in Libya and there appears to be no discernible motive. Thirteen years later an almost identical murder takes place in Rome. Commissario Michele Balistreri knows that the two crimes are connected and that a solution to one will lead to a solution of the other.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Waiting Game

Detective Inspector Ellen Kelly no longer feels she needs the counselling sessions following her killing of a man in the performance of her duty. But her new boss doesn’t trust her and insists on dictating the course of her investigation into a serious and potentially dangerous case of stalking.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Arnold Taylor


An idealistic young German policeman joins the hunt for a serial killer operating on the Berlin S-Bahn railway. When the investigation comes to a close he is transferred and takes up a position in the German Eastern colonies.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Mortal Bonds

Jason Stafford is recruited by the family of a hugely wealthy fraudster who has just died in prison. His accounts just don’t seem to make sense and his family is convinced that a vast amount of money has been hidden away. Jason’s task is to locate it.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Reckoning

A retired banker goes fishing and is shot dead for no apparent reason. When others die in the same way it becomes obvious that there must be a reason and that the killings are connected.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Inside Enemy

Charles Thoroughgood, the newly-appointed head of a revamped MI6, is presented almost immediately with the problem of cyber attacks on the UK.  At the same time one of his field agents is murdered and a former colleague who turned traitor escapes from prison.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor

A Crime In Holland

Jean Duclos, a French university professor, is on a lecture tour and has just given a talk at Delfzijl, a small town in Holland, when the owner of the house in which he is a guest is shot dead. Maigret is sent there in an unofficial capacity at the request of the university at which M. Duclos teaches.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor


Commandant Camille Verhoeven is confronted by the savage murder of two young prostitutes. His investigations lead him to the belief that the circumstances of the murder replicate those described in a well-known crime novel.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Arnold Taylor

The Director

Post WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, the CIA is fast losing credibility. The president appoints as CIA Director Graham Weber, a wealthy businessman and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, with full authority to make any changes he considers necessary,

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Arnold Taylor


A former runner of informers against the Provisional IRA is called out of retirement and asked to help trap a well-known and dangerous Irish Republican.  He agrees to do so even though the work had left him emotionally scarred.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Acts of Omission

When a computer disc containing the names of British informants to the former East German Stasi is lost, it sets in train a series of events that has grave political consequences.

Reviewed on 27 December 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin

Two boys, attempting to burgle a Liège nightclub, find a body on the premises and flee. When, a day or so later, the body turns up in the botanical gardens the boys and the nightclub staff come under suspicion.

Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Tooth Tattoo

A body is found on the towpath of the river Avon in Bath. It has all the hallmarks of suicide but Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, is not so sure and decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Dog Will Have His Day

Whilst keeping watch on the occupant of a house in Paris, Louis Kehlweiler, now made redundant by the Justice Department, spots something that turns out to be a small human bone. In spite of being ridiculed by the police when he takes it to them, he decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Deliverance of Evil

On the day that Italy won the World Cup in 1982 a young and very beautiful girl is murdered. Twenty-four years later, with that murder still unsolved, Italy again wins the World Cup and again a young girl is murdered. Commissario Michele Balestreri blames himself for having failed to solve the earlier crime and is determined to solve this one.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor


A fearless reporter, Tatiana Petrovna, is found dead, apparently having committed suicide by throwing herself from the sixth floor of an apartment block. At about the same time a billionaire Mafia chief is shot dead. As Senior Investigator, Arkady Renko, looks into the first case, he comes to believe that it is in some way connected with the second.

Reviewed on 18 October 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Ways of the World

James Maxted is informed that his diplomat father has been accidentally killed in Paris whilst attending the Versailles peace talks in 1919. He’s not convinced of the cause of death and in spite of danger to his own life, begins to investigate.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Midnight in Europe

Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish émigré living in Paris and employed by a law firm on the Champs Elysées, is persuaded to become involved in running arms to the Spanish Republican forces in their fight against Franco.

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Arnold Taylor

A Nasty Piece of Work

Lemuel Gunn has been forcibly retired by the CIA and is seeking to make a living as a private detective. Enter the alluring Ornella Neppi who asks him to locate a man called Emilio Gava, a drug dealer who she suspects is about to jump the $125,000 bail posted by her uncle. Needing the money and sexually attracted to her, he agrees.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Gone Girl

It is the fifth wedding anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne but they are not to spend it together because Amy disappears. The police believe that her husband is responsible, though he denies it and they can’t prove it.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Arnold Taylor

A Love Like Blood

It is August 1944 and an officer in the RAMC is enjoying a short leave in
newly-liberated Paris when, in a concrete bunker, he comes across a man drinking the blood of a woman he has just killed. Horrified, he runs away but he is to encounter the man again, with consequences for the remainder of his life.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Arnold Taylor

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

Slow Horses

A man is displayed bound and hooded on the internet with the information that he will be beheaded in 48 hours. Jackson Lamb, head of MI5’s Slough House, does not subscribe to the general view that this is Al-Qaeda inspired and begins an investigation.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Dry Bones

Fintan Dunne is part of a wartime OSS operation in Slovakia that never had any chance of success. During his escape from the country he comes across survivors from Auschwitz, an encounter that is to return to haunt him years later.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Harbour Street

An elderly, elegant, woman is found dead on a Metro train in the north east of England. It turns out that she lived in Mardle, the next stop on the line, and that, although reserved, she is well liked in her hometown.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Never List

Sarah and her friend had compiled a list of rules which, in order to guarantee their safety, had to be observed. One night they broke the rules and had to face the consequences.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Dark Angel

Two girls living in Paris find their flatmate brutally murdered when they return home. Two neighbours, Ingrid Diesel, a masseuse, and Lola Jost, a former police officer, get to know each other following the murder and decide to investigate,

Reviewed on 03 May 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Holiday Murders

On Christmas Eve, 1943, Police Inspector Titus Lambert and Sergeant Joe Sable of the newly-formed Melbourne Homicide Squad, are required to investigate a double murder which may be politically motivated.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Late Monsieur Gallet

A very ordinary man is killed by an unknown assailant at a hotel in the wine-growing village of Sancerre. There is no apparent motive and the information that Maigret begins to gather serves only to make the case more mysterious.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Arnold Taylor

The Paris Winter

It is 1909 and Maud Heighton has left provincial Darlington and moved to Paris in order to learn to paint at Lafond’s famous Academy. However, she finds herself short of money and almost starving and is grateful when she is given an opportunity to earn money as companion to a young, beautiful girl.

Reviewed on 05 April 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Five Dead Canaries

Five young women, working in the manufacture of explosives during the First World War, are at a birthday party celebration when a bomb goes off, killing them all. A sixth woman had just left the party before the explosion.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Arnold Taylor

An Officer and a Spy

Following the conviction of Alfred Dreyfus for treason, Major Georges Picquart, who had witnessed the trial, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and placed in charge of the intelligence unit that had identified Dreyfus as a spy. Events begin to occur which make him question the outcome of the trial.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Black Fridays

Jason Stafford, an outstanding Wall Street trader, has just been released from prison, having been found guilty of fixing the books. He is unemployable in his former capacity and is grateful when the head of an investment firm asks him to look into problems caused by a trader who has recently died.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Campbell's Kingdom

A man who has been told he has only a short time to live receives news that he has been left property in Canada.  He refuses to sell it, as his lawyer advises, and decides to emigrate with a view to spending his last days on the property.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Red Winter

A former soldier decides to desert and return to his wife and children. When he reaches his home village, however, he finds it empty of people.

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Dead Water

A boat floating in a marina is found to contain the dead body of a young man, a former resident of Shetland.  The police investigative team consists of a woman whose first major case this is and a man still traumatised by the death of his wife.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Arnold Taylor

Hunting Shadows

DI Ellen Kelly returns to work after compassionate leave and finds herself confronted by a case involving the abduction of a little girl. Realising that she is in a race against time, she throws herself into the investigation and pursues it single-mindedly.

Reviewed on 28 December 2013 by Arnold Taylor

The City of Strangers

Detective Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to New York on what appears to be a simple mission to escort a suspected murderer back to Ireland.  It turns out to be far from simple and highly dangerous.

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Arnold Taylor

Death of a Diplomat

The death of a retired diplomat by drowning poses a problem for a Nassau police detective and for the British foreign office official working with him. Is it simply accidental or could it be suicide, or even murder?

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Arnold Taylor

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

Dead Lions

A former member of MI5 is found dead on a bus, apparently as a result of a heart attack.  An ex-colleague doesn’t believe it and sets out to investigate.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by Arnold Taylor

A Delicate Truth

Toby Bell, a rising star in the Foreign Office, comes across information that points to a conspiracy that had involved his own Foreign Minister. He has to decide whether to turn whistle-blower and finds himself in constant danger.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Arnold Taylor

The Corporal's Wife

A member of an elite Iranian military regiment is blackmailed into providing intelligence to Western agencies.  He refuses to tell all he knows until his wife is rescued from Iran.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Arnold Taylor