The Missing Hours

Written by Emma Kavanagh — A mother is out in the park, watching her young daughters at play. What on earth could prompt her to…

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The Evolution of Fear

Written by Paul E Hardisty — Claymore Straker is in trouble. It’s October 1994 and there’s a price on his head. When we last saw him…

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A Straits Settlement

Written by Brian Stoddart — It is the summer of 1923, and Madras is so hot that even the locals are finding it hard going.…

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Last Light

Written by CJ Lyons — Some of my favourite novels are set in small town America. Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher tale, Make Me, has…

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Blood Torment

Written by TF Muir — Back in 2014 I reviewed The Meating Room by the same author and it took months to scour some of…

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Shank: Tool’s Law I

Written by Roy Harper — David Roney has done bad things and he is paying for his transgressions. He is locked up in the Mississippi…

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The Hanging Club

Written by Tony Parsons — Our main character here, DC Max Wolfe, has appeared in The Murder Bag and The Slaughterman. He’s based at West End Central police station, which sits…

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The Birdwatcher

Written by William Shaw — The first lines of this contemporary police procedural set up the defining characteristics of the protagonist: “There were two reasons why…

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Behind Dead Eyes

Written by Howard Linskey — Tom Carney, true crime author, keeps receiving letters imploring him for help. These are no ordinary pleas, the writer no…

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Psycho: Sanitarium

Written by Chet Williamson —Robert Bloch (1917-1994) left a considerable body of work in the fields of crime, horror, and science fiction, but is best…

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The Plea

Written by Steve Cavanagh — Eddie Flynn is a con man, or he used to be. These days he operates on the right side of the…

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The Vinyl Detective

Written by Andrew Cartmel — The Vinyl Detective isn’t actually a real detective. He’s just a young, single Londoner whose name is never revealed. A jazz…

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The Scrivener

Written by Robin Blake — Having worked as a teacher for many years, Robin Blake became a full-time writer in 1986, publishing works of fiction and…

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Long Time Lost

Written by Chris Ewan — You’re a long time dead. So the saying goes. And if you happen to cross one of North West England’s…

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The Unfortunate Englishman

Written by John Lawton — John Lawton is not the most prolific author, so when a new book comes along it is something of an event.…

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A Tapping at My Door audiobook

Written by David Jackson, narrated by Jonathan Keeble — The early chapters of this police procedural are tremendously intriguing. A woman copper in Liverpool is…

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