Chapter 1 Thou shalt not kill. Paul Rogan didn’t consider himself a religious man, but that commandment played over and over in his head as he stepped into the lobby. As his wing tips clicked on the polished marble floor, those four words beat inside him. As he’d done every weekday morning for eleven years […]

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The Puppet Show exclusive extract

Posted on: January 17, 2019


  The stone circle is an ancient, tranquil place. Its stones are silent sentinels. Unmoving watchers. Their granite glistens with the morning dew. They have withstood a thousand and more winters, and although they are weathered and worn, they have never yielded to time, the seasons, or man. Alone in the circle, surrounded by soft […]

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Broken Ground exclusive extract

Posted on: January 15, 2019


1 1944 – Wester Ross, Scotland The slap of spades in dense peat was an unmistakable sound. They slipped in and out of rhythm; overlapping, separating, cascading, then coming together again, much like the men’s heavy breathing. The older of the pair paused for a moment, leaning on the handle, letting the cool night air […]

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Part One ONE Death does not suit me. I wear it like a borrowed coat; it slips off my shoulders and trails in the dirt. It is ill-fitting. Uncomfortable. I want to shrug it off; to throw it in the cupboard and take back my well-tailored clothes. I didn’t want to leave my old life, […]

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Debut author Vanessa Savage talks exclusively to The Crime Vault about her first novel, The Woman in the Dark (out 10th January) What inspired you to write The Woman in the Dark? It began with a what if question. I grew up near Gloucester when the terrible Fred and Rosemary West murders cast a shadow over […]

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ASPECTS OF THE DEVIL by Craig Russell   Hrad Orlů.  Central Bohemia.  April 1931.   The castle and the village that huddled in the deep, narrow valley beneath it seemed bound, one to the other, as if conjoined in a shared dark fate: united by some single, indissoluble, yet unspoken destiny. As Professor of Clinical […]

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Chapter One 1925 There comes a moment in every child’s life that marks definitively their transition to adulthood. That time had not yet come for Pamela Mitford, shivering and peevish on the steps of a narrow house in Mayfair. The night was crisp and cold but it was an attack of nerves that was making […]

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ONE Sarah January 2017 ‘Happy anniversary, Sarah.’ When I open my eyes, Patrick is next to the bed holding a gift-wrapped box. He’s already dressed and I glance at the clock – eight a.m. Oh, God – the kids, Patrick’s breakfast. I should have been up an hour ago. ‘Relax,’ he says, sitting down. He […]

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Robin Squire and Christopher Lee

Posted on: December 6, 2018

Copies of The Mystery of the Stolen Brides by Robin Squire have been selling well in hotels in Exmoor, where it’s set – mainly because they have this interest-piquing notice next to the books: Back in the 1970s Christopher Lee was to have played the character of Blakemoor when this novel began life as a mystery thriller screenplay […]

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