Sylvia Wilson

Books reviewed by Sylvia Wilson

Party Girls Die in Pearls

Fresher Ursula Flowerbutton arrives for her first term at Oxford hoping for ballgowns and determined to write for student newspaper Cherwell. When another student is murdered, Ursula and her best friend, American Nancy Feingold, investigate.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Sylvia Wilson

Continental Crimes

A collection of stories from the golden age of detective fiction, all set in continental Europe.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

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

Forever and a Death

Millionaire businessman Richard Curtis, who was forced to leave Hong Kong when the Chinese took over, plans a terrible revenge.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

I Know A Secret

Two bodies are found days apart in Boston, both drugged and both mutilated after death, but otherwise seemingly unrelated.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

Family Matters

Robert Arthur Kewdingham is an eccentric failure of a middle-aged man with an attractive, exotic wife. When both a local doctor and a bohemian bachelor from London are attracted to her, murder ensues.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Sylvia Wilson

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

Terminal City

Three murders lead Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman to the labyrinthine depths of the Grand Central Terminal and the homeless community that live in and around the railway tunnels and tracks.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Sylvia Wilson

Flesh and Blood

On Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, her plans are disrupted by the shooting of a musician outside his house – and there are similarities to two recent unsolved murders in New Jersey.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

North of Boston

Pirio Kasparov is rescued from the shipwreck of her friend Ned’s lobster boat. It is written off as a hit-and-run accident, but Pirio is not convinced and decides to investigate for herself. 

Reviewed on 18 July 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

One Kick

Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan was abducted at the age of five and for six years starred in child pornography movies. Now, ten years after her rescue, she is presented with the opportunity to fight back against the abusers.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sylvia 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

Die Again

Six years ago, a group of tourists disappeared on safari in Botswana. Only one escaped barely alive. Now in Boston a well-known hunter and taxidermist is found hung up and gutted like a deer. As Detective Jane Rizzoli investigates, connections emerge between the two incidents.

Reviewed on 08 June 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

The Edge of the Water

A marine biologist comes to the remote Whitbey Island to investigate a black seal known as Nera, which returns to the island at the same time each year. A mysterious mute girl is found wandering on the island and none of the locals want anyone to go near the seal.

Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

The Wolf in Winter

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

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Close To Home

Sarah McAdams returns to her childhood home with the intention of restoring it to its former glory. Is the house haunted, or is it the over-active imagination of Sarah’s younger daughter? Then teenage girls start to disappear from the town.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Festive in Death

When personal trainer Trey Ziegler is found dead, there is no shortage of suspects, but when Eve Dallas uncovers his darkest secrets, the story takes a murderous twist.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Sylvia Wilson


When two of the Virals’ schoolmates are kidnapped, the gang are determined to find them. They find blood in the basement of the missing students’ house, and the Virals realise that their help is urgently needed. 

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

The Boy That Never Was

Harry cannot come to terms with the death of his son, Dillon, in an earthquake in Tangier. So when he sees a boy he believes to be Dillon on a crowded Dublin street, he is determined to find him.

Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones Never Lie

Forensic scientist Temperance Brennan is called in to assist with a cold case investigation, and learns that DNA from a recent case links it to Anique Pomerleau, an old adversary.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Don't Stand So Close

On a snowy January afternoon, a young girl hammers on the door of Stella’s home.  Despite her fears, she lets the girl in, only to be confronted by shocking allegations about her husband.

Reviewed on 07 February 2015 by Sylvia Wilson


In bed with ‘flu, Dr Kay Scarpetta is called to the body of a young girl posed in the middle of an MIT sports field, her body covered in a dust that fluoresces in rainbow colours. Scarpetta is reminded of similar cases in Washington, but the FBI is determined to prove that they are unrelated.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

Keep Your Friends Close

When Natty Wainwright rushes to her daughter’s sick bed leaving best friend Eve Dalladay to care for husband Sean and daughter Alice, she has no idea that her friend will steal her life.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Sylvia Wilson

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

The Amber Fury

Alex is anxious to escape past events, and takes a job as a drama therapist at a pupil referral unit in Edinburgh.  Using her love of Greek tragedy, she slowly gets through to a group of troubled 15-year-olds, but perhaps the children are taking the stories too much to heart.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Concealed In Death

When Roarke starts the refurbishment of a dilapidated building, he is horrified to find the bodies of twelve young girls concealed in then walls. As Eve investigates the murders, her childhood is brought flooding back as she is determined to identify the girls.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Sylvia 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

Until You're Mine

Zoe Harper appears to be the perfect live-in nanny for Claudia Morgan-Brown’s twin stepsons and soon to be born baby.  But Zoe is not what she seems.  What is she after and is it related to the nearby attacks on two pregnant girls?

Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

When the father of a top Pakistani cricketer is poisoned at a post-match dinner in Delhi, the clues appear to point Most Private Investigator Vish Puri towards an international illegal betting syndicate, but is there a more personal motive behind the killing?

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Ready to Die

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

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Abomination

A murdered woman in priest’s robes is washed up on the steps of a Venetian church. As Capitano Katerina Tapo investigates, she is drawn into a world of international conspiracy with shocking consequences.

Reviewed on 26 July 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Always Watching

When psychiatrist Dr Nadine Lavoie treats a suicidal woman who has been living in a cult, it brings back long-suppressed memories of a childhood summer spent in a commune.

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by Sylvia Wilson


When medical researcher Pia Gradzani stumbles upon a collapsed jogger and performs CPR, she is drawn into the dangerous secrets of her high-security employer, Nano LLC.

Reviewed on 28 June 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Dark Heart of Florence

The murders of Senator Enrico Costanza and his butler seem to be the perfect crime.  But Chief Superintendent Michele Ferarra sees links to previous murders in the city and the shady Black Rose international crime organisation.

Reviewed on 14 June 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

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


A smell and strange noises come from an apartment in LA. Inside are a fully grown Bengal tiger and a dead body, but it is clear that the victim was murdered by a human.

Reviewed on 19 April 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

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

Murder on a Summer's Day

It's 1924 and amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton investigates the disappearance of an Indian Prince who was riding on the Yorkshire moors. But diplomatic considerations get in the way of the truth until more murders and attempted murders force the authorities to act.

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Jewels of Paradise

A young musicology researcher is employed to assess the value of the contents of two trunks belonging to the Baroque composer, Agostino Steffani. Her investigations uncover a tale of 17th century murder and intrigue.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Case of the Love Commandos

Vish Puri helps the Love Commandos to find a missing untouchable boy who is in love with a high caste girl. In the process, he investigates the murder of the boy’s mother and uncovers the exploitation of illiterate villagers by an international DNA company and a tale of political corruption at the highest level.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

The Andalucian Friend

Nurse Sophie Brinkmann befriends a patient, Hector Guzmann.  He is charming, urbane and an international drug dealer.  Sophie then finds herself and her family embroiled in a world of violence and murder.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Thankless in Death

Jerald Reinhold is planning to kill everyone who has ever slighted him. It is the job of Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD to stop him, but how does she identify the next victim and get one step ahead of the killer?

Reviewed on 25 January 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones of the Lost

A girl is killed in a hit-and-run on a lonely stretch of road. Was it an accident or murder?  Then Temperance Brennan is drafted in to analyse the remains of two Afghan nationals killed by a marine during a raid on a village. 

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Sylvia Wilson


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

Dead Rich

New York PI Mac MacLeary jumps at the chance to leave a boring infidelity case for a trip to Europe. Arriving at the holiday home in Sardinia, his family has disappeared. Is the disappearance related to the case back home? 

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

Jimm Juree, a sometime reporter in Thailand, finds a severed head on the beach.  Her attempts to find out who it belongs to leads her to discover a major international crime which she then has to tackle.

Reviewed on 30 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson


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

Deeply Odd

Odd Thomas chases a pantechnicon to a Satanist cult to try to save a group of children.  On the way he meets a formidable old woman whose contacts help Odd in his quest.

Reviewed on 16 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

Bones of the Lost

A girl is killed in a hit-and-run on a lonely stretch of road. Was it an accident or murder?  Then Temperance Brennan is drafted in to analyse the remains of two Afghan nationals killed by a marine during a raid on a village.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

Death Angel

A body is discovered in a lake in Central Park. The investigation leads Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman into the homeless underbelly of the city and the resolution of a 50-year-old unsolved kidnapping.

Reviewed on 04 October 2013 by Sylvia Wilson

The Golden Egg

Following the apparent suicide of a deaf and disabled man, Commissario Brunetti uncovers a dark and convoluted family history.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Sylvia Wilson