Books by Roy Lewis

GRAVE ERROR by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Lewis (Dead Secret, 2001, etc.) provides a nice courtroom sequence and background on the tombaroli, but the plot connections are forced and the characters wispy."
The dead can't stay buried or the living alive in this tale of cops and tomb-raiders. Read full book review >
DEAD SECRET by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Interesting background and convoluted plot, though not quite enough of likable, curmudgeonly Detective Chief Inspector Culpeper—and a bit too much of nebbishy Arnold."
Archaeologist Arnold Landon (Cock of the Walk, 1996, etc.) is once again exploring a promising site, this time in Northumberland's ancient Pentire Woods. Read full book review >
COCK OF THE WALK by Roy Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"British journalist Lewis (The Evolution Man, 1993), tells a story that has echoes in contemporary power politics and media hype—and tells it with considerable charm."
A lighthearted historical novel, illustrated by Punch cartoons, that's essentially a gently satirical catalogue of every major character ever heard from in Victorian England. Read full book review >
THE CROSS BEARER by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 1995

"Two sturdy enough tales—the modern investigation especially crackles with conflict—marred by disappointing joiner's work: The cop's case and the historian's never come together as satisfyingly as you'd expect."
After being upstaged at the opening of the exhibition of the forged medieval relic he discovered in A Secret Dying (1992), museum official Arnold Landon is doubly surprised when he's invited by Colin Bannock, the smooth politico who spoke in his place, to join the Ancient Order of SangrÇal, which has ties to the Knights Templar. Read full book review >
BLOODEAGLE by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 1994

"A mix of the exotic and the plebeian, clumsy at times but engrossing most of the way."
Arnold Landon, the author's quiet medievalist-sleuth (A Secret Dying, etc.), plays a modest role here, leaving the spotlight to Durham's Detective Chief Inspector Culpeper, his aide Inspector Farnsby, and the bizarre murder they're trying to solve. Read full book review >
THE EVOLUTION MAN by Roy Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Broadly amusing, though it's impossible to predict how well this comedy will travel."
Humorous fantasy first published in Britain in 1960; rediscovered, it became a bestseller in Italy; this is the first US edition. Read full book review >
A SECRET DYING by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"It'll be most enjoyed by readers who share Landon's specialized interests."
Competent, self-effacing Arnold Landon (A Wisp of Smoke, etc.) has been moved from the Northumberland planning office to the Department of Museums and Antiquities—an area well suited to his expertise in medieval stone masonry and architecture. Read full book review >
A WISP OF SMOKE by Roy Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"In this latest appearance from Landon, his reluctant attraction to Jane Wilson—plus the absence of the author's frequent concentration on medieval architecture—lends a lighter, livelier air to a steadily diverting story."
The murder of author/ex-Army officer Ken Andrews seems far removed from shy, middle-aged bachelor Arnold Landon (The Devil is Dead, 1990, etc.), a planning officer in Durham, until he's asked by publisher Peter Aspen to finish the book on Rosicrucians that Andrews was writing. Read full book review >