Books by J.M. Gregson

J. M. Gregson taught for twenty-seven years in schools, colleges and universities before concentrating on full-time writing. He has written books on subjects as diverse as golf and Shakespeare.


CRY OF THE CHILDREN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Gregson knows when to up the ante and when to bring his case to a close in this tense procedural."
Chief Supt. John Lambert and DS Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) face what every policeman dreads: a child-killer. Read full book review >
BROTHERS' TEARS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Another solid outing for Gregson and the indomitable Peach."
Two murders within a week pose a formidable puzzle for Brunton CID's most irreverent DCI, Percy Peach (Least of Evils, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by J.M. Gregson
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Once again, Lambert and Hook tread ground already better trod by DCI Percy Peach in Gregson's alternative, slightly edgier series."
Chief Superintendent Lambert and Sgt. Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) investigate the death of a National Trust curator. Read full book review >
LEAST OF EVILS by J.M. Gregson
Released: July 1, 2012

"Peach is a formidable opponent whose insight and persistence earn him top honors among British procedurals."
A foiled robbery pits DCI Percy Peach (Merely Players, 2011, etc.) against a wolf in philanthropist's clothing. Read full book review >
DIE HAPPY by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

Death threats to a literary festival's planning committee seem more potent when one of the board's members is shot to death in his study.

Everything seems to be rolling along for the Oldford Literary Festival committee. Read full book review >

MERELY PLAYERS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another meat-and-potatoes procedural from the reliable Gregson."
The murder of a TV actor leaves too many suspects and too few clues to suit DCI Percy Peach (Wild Justice, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
IN VINO VERITAS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Gregson's focus on the routine side of policing unfortunately makes for a routine read."
Lambert and Hook (A Good Walk Spoiled, 2008, etc.) investigate the murder of an obnoxious English vintner. Read full book review >
WILD JUSTICE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2009

"To say that Peach's latest outing apes Gregson's last tale about DCS John Lambert and DS Bert Hook (A Good Walk Spoiled, 2008) is an insult to our fellow primates. The author should sue himself for plagiarism. "
There's something awfully familiar about the investigation DCI Peach and DS Blake (Remains to be Seen, 2007, etc.) conduct into the violent death of a successful businessman. Read full book review >
A GOOD WALK SPOILED by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"All the interest is in seeing Lambert and Hook turn the suspects against one another in this routine procedural, which ends with one of the shortest putts on record."
A company golf outing turns nasty when the director of research and development ends dinner by keeling over dead. Read full book review >
PASTURES NEW by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gregson's well-wrought if routine procedural has enough bursts of humor to keep the pages turning."
A lonely Lancashire businessman who advertises for romance finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >
SOMETHING IS ROTTEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The tried-and-true Lambert and Hook formula—serially interrogate suspects, all of whom have a motive for murder—is livened by a peek into the detectives' private lives."
Murder halts a promising Gloucestershire community-theater production of Hamlet. Read full book review >
REMAINS TO BE SEEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2007

"A by-the-book procedural with too many loose ends to satisfy any but the most devoted Peach fans."
A drug bust turns into a murder investigation when a fire leaves a charred corpse on a dealer's posh Lancashire estate. Read full book review >
CLOSE CALL by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"As usual, Gregson's coppers squeeze and squeeze the suspects until they've gotten every last one of their not-very-interesting secrets. Not Lambert and Hook's finest hour."
Seven neighbors celebrate the opening of their new homes on Gloucestershire's quiet Gurney Close by throwing a block party. Next morning, one of them is dead. Read full book review >
WITCH’S SABBATH by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2006

"Although he's unconventional in both manner and method, Peach conducts a pedestrian investigation leading to an unsurprising conclusion."
Lancashire DCI Denis "Percy" Peach (Dusty Death, 2005, etc.) continues to sass his boss and sleep with his sergeant while solving the murder of a modern young witch. Read full book review >
TOO MUCH OF WATER by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"It's a modest though genuine pleasure watching Lambert and Hook civilly unmask everyone within a five-mile radius but a disappointment when the most obvious and least interesting suspect turns out to be the killer."
Oldford CID veteran Supt. John Lambert and his faithful sidekick, DS Bert Hook, ask who strangled an adult student returning to university and dumped her body in the Severn. Read full book review >
JUST DESSERTS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Still, it's hard to resist interrogations so suave that the killer, confronted at last, thinks: "This must be what counselling was like." "
Det. Insp. John Lambert and Det. Sgt. Bert Hook ask which employee killed a universally popular boss. Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF SIN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2004

"The only fllies in the ointment are the routine detection itself—brilliant Peach has little chance to shine—and the climactic fingering of a perp who might just as easily have been one of the red herrings."
Unable to tie his shoelaces without the help of his hated subordinate, DCI Percy Peach, Chief Inspector Thomas Tucker Bulstrode (Murder at the Lodge, 2003, etc.) entices him back from the Traffic division to the CID. Read full book review >
MORTAL TASTE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Like your favorite high-school English teacher, Lambert's winning sixth is both dependable and inventive—and likely to delight procedural fans on both sides of the pond."
Under the watchful, worried eye of his wife Christine, Chief Superintendent John Lambert hopes to solve one last case before he's forced to retire from the CID. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE LODGE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2003

That bulwark of incompetence, Superintendent Thomas Bulstrode Tucker, head of the Brunton CID, sniffs a promotion to Chief Superintendent in the air—and that means a promotion as well for his detested underling, DI Percy Peach, if only the two officers can pull together in presenting their tales of mutual admiration to the Lancashire brass. Read full book review >

DEATH ON THE ELEVENTH HOLE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

When Detective Sergeant Bert Hook slices into the rough on the 11th fairway at Ross-on-Wye, it's bad for more than just his score. Read full book review >

A LITTLE EARNING by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2001

Two students devise the Perfect Crime: steal a set of Jane Austen first editions from the residence of the pompous Director of the University of East Lancashire, Dr. George Carter, better known as Claptrap Carter. Read full book review >

AN UNSUITABLE DEATH by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Tamsin Rennie's strangled corpse is found carefully arranged on the Hereford Cathedral Lady Chapel altar, clearly the work of the serial killer dubbed Sacristan—or a copycat killer who's cleverly tailored the evidence to fit the scenario. Read full book review >

A TURBULENT PRIEST by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

A dog and its master alert the police of a priestly body brought to their attention by Brunton's near-biblical rains. Read full book review >

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Amiably dickering Supt. John Lambert and Det. Sgt. Bert Hook squeeze the properly British interrogations, which remain civilized even at their most menacing, in between rounds of golf in this low-key whodunit.

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Malice Aforethought ($25.00; Jan.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-5454-2) Gregson (To Kill a Wife, p. 676) borrows one of the most famous titles in crime-fiction history for this tale of a John Doe found in a Broughton Ash churchyard. Read full book review >

TO KILL A WIFE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1999

Verna Hume is the kind of woman who's not above stealing their joint employment agency from her trusting partner, blackmailing her father for a long-buried secret, and carrying on two adulterous affairs at once. Read full book review >