Category Archives: Detective

Book Review: White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith #1) By John Nicholl


White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and gripping psychological thriller that moves briskly from the beginning to the end. Nicholl draws incisive attention to a number of disturbing issues that explore humanities seemingly unlimited capacity for evil.”

The story is set in 1992 and follows Dr David Galbraith, a vicious and predatory paedophile who works as a child psychiatrist in the South West Wales Area. Galbraith who has avoided detection for over thirty years is forced to keep his true nature secret from the world at large, as he has already murdered one child in his sound-proofed cellar at his family home and is looking for more unfortunate victims to fulfil his obsessive and grotesque fantasies.

Anthony Mailer, a seven-year old boy becomes Galbraith´s new patient and next major fixation. Anthony is referred by his GP to be counselled by Galbraith, as he develops various behavioural problems just after his parent’s separation. The Mailer family however are unaware of the horrific threat that awaits them at the hands of Galbraith and are equally unprepared that they must fight to try and stay alive against a number of life-threatening odds?

This novel is entirely fictional and draws upon the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker and exposes the real risks and harm that sexual predators inflict on their victims and is dedicated to survivors everywhere. I was literally blown away by this book and can’t wait to read the chilling sequel.
My Ranking: 5 Stars

THE THESEUS PARADOX: What If London’s 7/7 Bombings Were the Greatest Criminal Deception of Our Time? By David Videcette



“The Theseus Paradox is a gripping thriller that throws new perspective on the anti-terrorist operations deployed in 7/7 bombings in London. David Videcette is a uniquely gifted story-teller who can successfully weave both elements of fact and fiction into a powerful hybrid novel.”

Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan, the main protagonist, works for The Metropolitan Police Service – Anti-Terrorist Branch. The story starts sixteen months earlier to the 7/7 bombings where Jake uses an old woman’s house for cover to spy on a group of al-Qaeda operatives in West Yorkshire (Operation Crevice). Sixteen months later he follows the same group back to Leeds, convinced these men are planning something big, unaware his unofficial investigation results in injury and a rollicking from his bosses. Jake soon learns while he is in hospital that there are four separate explosions, three tube trains and a bus in London and he is asked to set up ´Operation Theseus´ in West Yorkshire to find out who helped the bombers commit the crimes. ´Operation Theseus´ forces Jake and his team into a number of covert missions, arrests, examining phone data, the discovery of peroxide-based explosives, kidnap and a bomb factory. Still, Jake is under immense pressure for results in a case that provides more questions than answers and that all the work Jake and his team have conducted over the weeks and months will not prepare them for the most shocking deception of all time.

The Theseus Paradox is a stunning début novel, intelligent and fluently written with an exciting plot. I simply couldn’t put it down in fear I would miss something crucial. I was pretty much blown away with the highly unpredictable ending and I am still trying to absorb it, as it’s the last thing I expected. Well done, Mr Videcette for giving us a life-like hero, who has flaws in his personal life that most readers will be able to connect and identify with. I sincerely hope this is not the last we have heard of DI Jake Flannagan.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Highly Recommended for Lovers of a Superior Horror Yarn! “Sterling Gate Books – 5 Star Reviews!”

Gracie Peterson

Not for the faint-hearted, The Surgeon’s Son is an aptly-named horror yarn guaranteed to keep you turning pages well into the night.

After four young ladies mysteriously vanish and one is found alive with gruesome wounds, it’s obvious a serial killer’s on the loose. Enter Detective Inspector Marty Bride and team who embark on a thrilling manhunt as they chase their target, a real nutcase who delights in leaving tantalizing clues as to his identity.

The storyline and accompanying tension build beautifully, aided in no small way by crisp narrative and clever dialogue. Highly recommended for lovers of the genre!