Fatal Remedies

Fatal Remedies

Synopsis of Fatal Remedies In Fatal Remedies, a sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn. But Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal. For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife. […]

A Noble Radiance

A Noble Radiance

Synopsis of A Noble Radiance In A Noble Radiance, in a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, keen for renovations to begin, is summoned urgently to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave. Wild animals […]

Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta

Synopsis of Acqua Alta In Acqua Alta, as Venice braces for a winter tempest, intrepid Italian sleuth Commissario Guido Brunetti finds out that an archaeologist and old friend has been savagely beaten at the palazzo home of opera singer Flavia Petrelli. Then, as the floodwaters rise, the corpse of a museum director is discovered—and Brunetti […]

Friends In High Places

Friends In High Places

Synopsis of Friends In High Places In Friends In High Places, when Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of his apartment years earlier, his first reaction, like any other Venetian, is to think of whom he knows who might bring pressure to bear […]

A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles

Synopsis of A Sea of Troubles In A Sea of Troubles, the murder of two clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, draws Commissario Brunetti into the close-knit community of the island, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders worthy of the […]

Wilful Behaviour

Wilful Behaviour

Synopsis of Wilful Behaviour In Wilful Behaviour, when Commissario Brunetti receives a visit from one of his wife’s students with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, he thinks little of it, despite being intrigued by the girl’s intelligence and […]

Uniform Justice

Uniform Justice

Synopsis of Uniform Justice In Uniform Justice, neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, at Venice’s elite military academy, Brunetti’s emotions are complex: pity and sorrow at the death of a boy close in age to his […]

Blood From a Stone

Blood From a Stone

Synopsis of Blood From a Stone In Blood From a Stone, on a cold night shortly before Christmas, an immigrant street vendor is killed in Venice’s Campo Santo Stefano. The nearest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death – fake handbags of every designer label […]

Doctored Evidence

Doctored Evidence

Synopsis of Doctored Evidence In Doctored Evidence, when a wealthy Venetian woman is found brutally murdered, the prime suspect is her Romanian maid, who has fled the city. As she attempts to leave the country, carrying a considerable sum of money and forged papers, the maid runs into the path of an oncoming train and […]

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Synopsis of Through a Glass Darkly In Through a Glass Darkly, it is a luminous spring day in Venice, as Commissario Brunetti and Inspettore Vianello come to the rescue of Vianello’s friend Marco Ribetti, who has been arrested while protesting against chemical pollution of the Venetian lagoon, only to be faced by the fury of […]

Death in a Strange Country

Death in a Strange Country

Synopsis of Death in a Strange Country In Death in a Strange Country, early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti, robbery seems […]

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice

Synopsis of Death at La Fenice Death at La Fenice The twisted maze of Venice’s canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the celebrated opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death … but none so horrific and violent as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer, who was poisoned during a […]

About Face

About Face

Synopsis of About Face In About Face, at a dinner party given by his parents-in-law, Commissario Brunetti meets Franca Marinello, the wife of a prosperous Venetian businessman. He’s charmed – perhaps too charmed, suggests his wife Paola – by her love of Virgil and Cicero, but shocked by her appearance. A few days later, Brunetti […]

A Question of Belief

A Question of Belief

Synopsis of A Question of Belief In A Question of Belief, as Venice experiences a debilitating heatwave, Commissario Brunetti escapes the city to spend time with his family. For Ispettore Vianello, however, the weather is the last thing on his mind. It appears his aunt has become obsessed with horoscopes and has been withdrawing large […]

The Girl of His Dreams

The Girl of His Dreams

Synopsis of The Girl of His Dreams In The Girl of His Dreams, one rainy morning Commissario Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello respond to an emergency call reporting a body floating near some steps on the Grand Canal. Reaching down to pull it out, Brunetti’s wrist is caught by the silkiness of golden hair, and he […]

Suffer the Little Children

Suffer the Little Children

Synopsis of Suffer the Little Children In Suffer the Little Children, when Commissario Brunetti is summoned to the hospital bedside of a senior paediatrician whose skull has been brutally fractured, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men have burst into the doctor’s apartment in the middle of the night, attacked him and […]

The Jewels of Paradise

The Jewels of Paradise

Synopsis of The Jewels of Paradise In The Jewels of Paradise, Caterina Pellegrini is a young Venetian musicologist hired to find the rightful heir to an alleged treasure concealed by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Sworn to secrecy, Caterina can solve the mystery only by searching through the papers contained in two […]

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Synopsis of In Cold Blood In Cold Blood On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. In […]

Blood Relations

Blood Relations

Synopsis of Blood Relations Blood Relations Who is Claire Gravesend? So wonders PI Lee Crowe when he finds her dead, in a fine cocktail dress, on top of a Rolls Royce, in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, is one of the richest people in California. She doesn’t believe the coroner: […]

The Maidens

The Maidens

Synopsis of The Maidens Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike. Particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens. Mariana Andros is a brilliant but […]

The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water

Synopsis of The Devil and the Dark Water An impossible murder A remarkable detective duo A demon who may or may not exist In The Devil and the Dark Water is 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and […]

The Safety Net

The Safety Net

Synopsis of The Safety Net In The Safety Net, Vigàta is bustling as the new filming location for a Swedish television series set in 1950. In the production frenzy, the director asks the locals to track down movies and vintage photos to faithfully recreate the air of Vigàta at that time. Meanwhile, Montalbano is grappling […]

Devil’s Knot

Devil's Knot

Synopsis of Devil’s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three In 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt’s The Devil’s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful […]

The Devil’s Advocate

The Devil's Advocate

Synopsis of The Devil’s Advocate A DEADLY PROSECUTOR They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States. A TWISTED RITUALISTIC KILLING When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff […]

Scatter Her Ashes

Scatter Her Ashes

Synopsis of Scatter Her Ashes In Scatter Her Ashes, disgraced, damaged former police officer Thorkild Aske has stopped taking his painkillers after his last experience searching for the missing in northern Norway. Wracked by withdrawal and desperate for work, he reluctantly agrees to investigate the disappearance of two schoolgirls for bestselling crime writer Milla Lind […]

The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

Synopsis of The Thursday Murder Club In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves. A female cop with her first big case. A brutal murder When a local […]

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

Synopsis of The Silent Wife Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was […]

In The Dark

In The Dark

Synopsis of In The Dark In In the Dark, A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never […]

The Coast-to-Coast Murders

The Coast-to-Coast Murders

Synopsis of The Coast-to-Coast Murders In The Coast-to-Coast Murders, Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a troubling past. Both adopted, and now adults – Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology – they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to. When a young woman is […]

18 Below

18 Below

Synopsis of 18 Below 18 Below ON A HOT SUMMER’S DAY. A car speeds through the streets of Helsingborg. When it reaches the harbour, the driver keeps going, straight into the cold, dark sea. A BODY IN THE WATER. But it is not a suicide. The autopsy reveals that this man has been dead for […]

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Synopsis of The Turn of the Key In The Turn of the Key, When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with […]

The Holdout

The Holdout

Synopsis of The Holdout The Holdout One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong? ‘Ten years ago we made a decision together…’ Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the […]

The Searcher

The Searcher

Synopsis of The Searcher The Searcher Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force, and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But then […]

Our House

Our House

Synopsis of Our House On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house. And you didn’t sell it. FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE. When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is […]

The Puppet Show

The Puppet Show

Synopsis of The Puppet Show The Puppet Show A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues, and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and […]

Black Summer

Black Summer

Synopsis of Black Summer Black Summer Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe. So when a young woman […]

The Guest List

The Guest List

Synopsis of The Guest List The Guest List The bride, the plus one, the best man, the wedding planner, the bridesmaid, the body. On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart […]

I Will Miss You Tomorrow

I Will Miss You Tomorrow

Synopsis of I Will Miss You Tomorrow I Will Miss You Tomorrow The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged […]

Written in Blood: Innocent or Guilty?

Written in Blood

Synopsis of Written in Blood: Innocent or Guilty? An inside look at the Michael Peterson case Accident or Murder? The Petersons seemed like the ideal couple: well-respected, prosperous and happy. All that came crashing down December 2001, when Kathleen apparently fell to her death in their secluded home. But blood-spattered evidence and a missing fireplace […]

The Granite Coast Murders

The Granite Coast Murders

Synopsis of The Granite Coast Murders Inspector Dupin and Claire are on a two-week vacation, but while Claire seems to enjoy the quiet of the beach, Commissaire Dupin takes every opportunity to leave the beach towel. The fabulous dinners on the hotel patio and the rumors about a stolen statue of a saint are the […]

Murder in the Family

Murder in the Family

Synopsis of Murder in the Family On March 15, 1987, police in Anchorage, Alaska, arrived at a horrific scene of carnage. In a modest downtown apartment, they found Nancy Newman’s brutally beaten corpse sprawled across her bed. In other rooms were the bodies of her eight-year-old daughter, Melissa, and her three-year-old, Angie, whose throat was […]

X Ways to Die

X Ways to Die

Synopsis of X Ways to Die In murder investigations, it pays to keep things simple: motive, method, opportunity. But the case in front of Detective Fabian Risk is a nightmare. A killer who strikes out of nowhere. No apparent motive. No consistent method. Victims are tortured, strangled, burned, dismembered – each grisly killing carried out […]

The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body

Synopsis of The Fact of a Body Law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, working on a retrial for death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she examines the minute details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own history. To unearth long-buried family […]

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

Synopsis of Fred and Rose Fred and Rose West are virtually unique in British criminal history: a husband and wife who loved and killed together. During their long relationship, the Wests murdered a series of young women. They buried the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of […]

Child of Satan, Child of God

Child of Satan, Child of God

Synopsis of Child of Satan, Child of God Millions met Susan Atkins in Helter Skelter. She was young and attractive, but desperate to find happiness. Alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity didn t satisfy her. . . She was looking for more. When she met Charles Manson, she felt she had met the world’s savior. Here is […]

Behind the Staircase

Behind the Staircase

Synopsis of Behind the Staircase December 2001 was the beginning of the long, arduous journey for Michael Peterson, who was accused, placed on trial, and convicted of murdering his second wife, Kathleen Peterson. In Behind the Staircase, a memoir, Peterson recounts the events leading up to the incident which would forever change his life. After […]

Long Island’s Vanished Heiress

Long Island's Vanished Heiress

Synopsis of Long Island’s Vanished Heiress Alice McDonell Parsons was the heir to a vast fortune among Long Island’s wealthy elite when she was kidnapped from Long Meadow Farm in Stony Brook in 1937. The crime shocked the nation and was front-page news for several months. J. Edgar Hoover personally assigned his best FBI agents […]

The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

Synopsis of The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer When Milwaukee police entered Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment in July 1991, they discovered that for some time this quiet man had been living amidst the debris of an orgy of killing. Severed heads and human torsos – the latter in varying stages of decomposition – were found in filing […]