Books by Peter Turnbull

GIFT WRAPPED by Peter Turnbull
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Although the Hennessey team's personal lives remain tediously familiar, their professional skills are worth your time."
Anonymous postcards trigger an investigation reaching far beyond the York address to which they were directed. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN PARTY by Peter Turnbull
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Vicary, well up on grit but short on detection, spins the same facts over multiple witnesses and interviews."
A very unauthorized interment provides a third outing for Metropolitan DI Harry Vicary (Deep Cover, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ALTERED CASE by Peter Turnbull
Released: July 1, 2012

"Brisk and businesslike, Turnbull's latest in the series proves a worthy addition to his reliable franchise."
Two old friends stir up a hornet's nest when they report a murder they witnessed as schoolboys. Read full book review >
DEEP COVER by Peter Turnbull
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Whether it's the London locale or a closer eye on the gritty details, Turnbull's Vicary series is edgier than his Hennessey and Yellich entries (Aftermath, 2011, etc.)."
The first body found on Hampstead Heath may have been a case of accident or suicide, but the second, buried in a shallow grave underneath, was certainly murdered. Read full book review >
AFTERMATH by Peter Turnbull
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Painting domestic details with a pastry brush rather than a spatula, Turnbull delivers a red-meat procedural sure to please the most demanding pound-the-pavement fan."
A harvest of bodies found in the kitchen garden of an estate leads to a whopper of a case for the crew at Micklegate Bar. Read full book review >
DELIVER US FROM EVIL by Peter Turnbull
Released: June 1, 2010

"As usual, it takes a village to solve a crime. Hennessey's squad works like a well-oiled machine, with a little help from its Canadian friends."
The death of a Yorkshire housewife turns into an international chase for George Hennessey (Informed Consent, 2009, etc.) and his team. Read full book review >
INFORMED CONSENT by Peter Turnbull
Released: June 1, 2009

"A smidgen of twists and a smattering of turns enliven typical Turnbull fare."
Assisted by his ever-growing cadre of constables, DCI George Hennessey (Turning Point, 2008, etc.) investigates the death of two brothers. Read full book review >
TURNING POINT by Peter Turnbull
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Despite his expanded duty roster, Turnbull doesn't vary his formula an inch in this plodding, painstaking procedural."
Two crimes two decades apart set Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey's team on the track of a gang of thugs who are never too old for murder. Read full book review >
NO STONE UNTURNED by Peter Turnbull
Released: May 1, 2008

"Once you put aside the endless repetition of the detectives' domestic details, you're left with a pretty good mystery."
Investigating a decade-old murder requires still another expansion of DCI George Hennessey's cadre of detectives. Read full book review >
ONCE A BIKER by Peter Turnbull
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Turnbull's latest provides a test not only for Hennessey's investigative skills but for his ability to make room for younger members on his tight team."
A dying man's confession makes York detectives take a second look at a case they thought was closed, while solving a case they didn't know was open. Read full book review >
CHELSEA SMILE by Peter Turnbull
Released: June 1, 2007

"This time, though, the daisy chain of interrogations is unrelieved by humor, penetration, variety or surprise, making this one of sturdy Hennessey and Yellich's dullest procedurals."
The death of a man left comatose by an attack five years ago turns a Grievous Bodily Harm case into a murder for Hennessey and Yellich. Read full book review >
SWEET HUMPHREY by Peter Turnbull
Released: June 1, 2006

"Charles Manson goes British in this unnerving study of evil, another winner for Turnbull (Chill Factor, 2005, etc.)."
A multiple murderer is incarcerated in Kempton Hospital, a secure mental facility. Is he insane or evil? Read full book review >
CHILL FACTOR by Peter Turnbull
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Turnbull's focus on his plodding detectives at the expense of livelier characters spoils what could have been a promising puzzle."
A corpse left inside the walls of the ancient city of York sends DCI George Hennessey and his partner DS Yellich to investigate a rash of new killings and an unsolved crime. Read full book review >
TREASURE TROVE by Peter Turnbull
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not even an 11th-hour kidnapping can redeem Turnbull's latest from deadly dullness."
Multiple murder scarcely disturbs the deeper slumber of veteran Turnbull's Yorkshire this time out. Read full book review >
ALL ROADS LEADETH by Peter Turnbull
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Why does Turnbull assume nobody will read more that one of his books? His near-verbatim recap of his heroes' private ghosts detracts from an otherwise entertaining procedural."
DCI George Hennessey and his sergeant, Somerled Yellich (Deathtrap, 2000, etc.), team up once more to solve a string of long-buried murders in the ancient city of York. Read full book review >
DARK SECRETS by Peter Turnbull
Released: April 1, 2003

"Another first-rate procedural from no-nonsense Turnbull."
It took Michael Henderson 20 years to tell what he'd seen that night: four people—two tall men, a short man, and a woman who looked like a man—dragging a naked young woman through the field behind Mallard's car depot to a shallow grave, where they bashed her over the head with a shovel and buried her. Read full book review >
AFTER THE FLOOD by Peter Turnbull
Released: July 1, 2002

"Yellich and Hennessey are good enough company to cast a sense of urgency over their by-the-book detection."
Each season brings its own tribulation to the "hard north" of England. Read full book review >
THE RETURN by Peter Turnbull
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A snappy formula procedural on which Turnbull (The Man with No Face, 1998, etc.) lavishes nary an extra detail, emotion, or word."
For 20 years and longer, Margaret South has successfully repressed the memory of watching her University of York law school friends, easily led by Paul Stapylton and natural bully Bernard Ffyrst, murder inoffensively social-climbing Norris Smith and bury his body in a wood belonging to Bernard's father. Read full book review >
DEATHTRAP by Peter Turnbull
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"An entertaining chronicle told in Turnbull's comfortable style (The Man With No Face, 1998, etc), marred only by its barely credible denouement."
Yet another of the author's absorbing procedurals, this time set in the city of York, where Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey presides over the Micklegate Bar Police Station when local retiree John Smith, taking his usual walk on the edge of the Whickham Great Wood, comes across the body of freelance reporter Cornelius Weekes, an apparent suicide, in a closed, fume-filled car. Read full book review >
FEAR OF DROWNING by Peter Turnbull
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Turnbull's fans won't be disappointed."
Turnbull's new series kicks off with a change in venue from Glasgow to York and a change in the policeman hero from DI Donoghue (The Man With No Face, 1998, etc.) to DI Hennessey, aided by Lieutenant Yellich. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH NO FACE by Peter Turnbull
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"A bit overdetailed and, therefore, occasionally repetitive, but this is honest craftsmanship and, as procedurals go, up there with the front-runners."
Briskly, as usual, Turnbull buckles down to a ninth Glasgow police procedural (The Killing Floor, 1995, etc.), presenting at curtain the unprepossessing corpse of one Ronnie Grenn. Read full book review >
THE KILLING FLOOR by Peter Turnbull
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Rock-solid procedural work by all hands, enlivened by Turnbull's usual trenchant snapshots of every hand but the corpse's."
A motorist's accident uncovers a corpse in the shrubbery outside an unoccupied house in suburban Glasgow—a corpse without head or hands, dead at least six months. Read full book review >
LONG DAY MONDAY by Peter Turnbull
Released: March 24, 1993

"Another can't-put-it-down winner for Turnbull."
Glasgow's police, P Division, are hard at work, grappling with two major new cases alongside the usual run of mean-streets crime. Read full book review >
AND DID MURDER HIM by Peter Turnbull
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Sturdy fare for procedural fans."
Another of the author's workmanlike procedurals dealing mostly with Glasgow's grungy underclass of petty thieves and drug addicts. Read full book review >