The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley   Fifteen years ago Alex Devlin’s nephew and niece were snatched from her garden while she was looking after them. The little boy’s drowned body was discovered in a suitcase but the little girl was never found. Martin Jessop and Jackie Wood were jailed for their murder but now Jackie has […]

The Well of the Dead by Clive Allan The Well of the Dead is not the usual dysfunctional, urban police procedural, but one in which the story is  played out amongst the rugged beauty of Scotland’s wild landscapes.  Detective Inspector Neil Strachan has concerns at home when his long-term partner starts acting strangely, but he is forced to […]

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Those Girls is a dark, nail-bitingly tense page-turner of a story with violence towards women at its heart and the bond of sisters, secrets and the long-term effects of trauma.  It is a fast-paced psychological thriller from beginning to end. It’s very difficult to review this properly without giving too much of […]

The Buzzer by David Mason Set in Russia this gripping mystery thriller is based on the creepy urban legends surrounding the transmission of a buzz every other second on short wave radio. Frustrated want-to-be journalist Natalya Kovalski forces her lecherous over-bearing boss to let her undertake a research project. But instead of the boring project he suggests […]

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie The well-paced plot of this debut police procedural by Mark Hardie introduces us to the first in a series featuring DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine (Cat) Russell. Set against the backdrop of a bleak Essex seaside town, it explores the themes of corruption and murder within the police force and […]

Acts of Vanishing by  Fredrik T Olsson Acts of Vanishing is a exciting new Scandinavian thriller, the second in a series featuring William Sandberg. Told from multiple viewpoints in a cinematic-style, this who-dunnit will appeal to anyone who doesn’t want to get bogged down with the psychology or reasoning behind the main characters decisions and just wants […]

Living Death by Graham Masterton Living Death is the seventh book in the Katie Maguire series of police procedurals set in Ireland. Katie Maguire is a high ranking detective in the Cork Garda and at the start of the book she begins an investigation into a break in at boarding kennels and the disappearance of a large […]

Close Quarters By Angus McAllister Walter Bain is the self-appointed dictator of the tenement at 13 Oldberry Road in Glasgow’s cosmopolitan West End. For 35 years Walter has imposed his self-styled ‘family values’ upon his neighbours with rosters for cleaning the stairs, a regimented order on noise, and timetables for the movement of wheelie bins. While most […]

Mickey Take by Steven Hayward The Blurb: When a debt goes bad… someone’s looking to make a killing. Michael Field just lost his City job and his beautiful wife in one fell swoop. Unemployed and down on his luck, he’s propositioned by one-time friend, Herbert Long. The job is non-negotiable. It’s pay-back for a cover-up years ago. But something’s […]

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble The book starts with the discovery of two badly decomposed bodies in a shed on an allotment. The bodies have been ravaged by insects. Who are these people? What has happened to them? And how did they get there? These are the suspense premises of the story that keep the reader […]