In the black of night the intruder breaks into the victim's house armed with a knife and garrotte.
Her body is found thirty hours later, a mass of stab wounds, a deadly laceration round her neck. Is this the Diceman, killing again after seven years lying low? Or does London have a copycat killer?
P.I. Eddie Flynn has been out of that world since his failed hunt for the Diceman let the killer go free and cost him his job in the Metropolitan Police.
Now, with the new killer on the rampage a bizarre phone call from the dead victim drags Flynn right back to centre stage and a new hunt.
But this killer – copycat or not – takes a P.I.'s interference personally.
So now he has a new focus for his madness.
Available from House On The Hill 15 February 2016
THE DEVIL'S SNARE
Summer. The New Forest. A child alone in a holiday caravan. When her parents return, she's gone.
Two years later the Barbers are still searching for their daughter. But are they faking? The police believe so. Likewise a dangerous vigilante: if the law can't touch the "Killer Couple" then he'll bring justice his own way.
Investigator Eddie Flynn steps in to protect the Barbers and to search for their child.
But it's not only the vigilante Flynn must battle. He's in a race with the tabloids to get to the truth about this family.
And the more Flynn unearths, the more he senses that his clients have things they don't want him to know...
Eddie Flynn, the irrepressible P.I. from Behind Closed Doors is back – on another job he should never have touched.
A Kirkus Reviews Recommended book
Available from House On The Hill 24 January 2015
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
A college kid with a sob-story. A combination to have any PI locking his door.
Teenager Sadie Bannister has barged into Eddie Flynn's office on a mission. Her friend Rebecca has vanished. She wants her back. Simple – if you ignore the fact that her friend's parents say she's safe and well.
That's what they tell Flynn anyway. Problem is, they won't let him see their daughter. And when Flynn chips away at the wall surrounding the teenager some nasty people pop out.
Suddenly it's clear that something very bad is happening to Rebecca.
With her own family fighting him and no-one else around to save the girl, Flynn has no option but to stay involved ... and no plan but to draw fire from the bad guys to lure them into the open.
But these people have too much to lose...
...that's why Flynn's assignment has to become terminal.
Available from House On The Hill 4th Feb 2016
Praise for Michael Donovan's Eddie Flynn novels
...a real page-turner
Lytham St Annes Express
A slick, dynamic mystery... good old-fashioned detective work
A fantastic book: I was gripped ... I can see why Michael Donovan
was winner of the Northern Crime Competition
...part Philip Marlowe, part Eddie Gumshoe, a likeable
wisecracking guy... very well recommended
...will leave the reader shocked and thrilled by
the intensity of the writing ... escapism at its best.
The plot's twists and turns ... kept me guessing to the end
... deliciously complex ... a potentially real criminal plot, with a chillingly
indifferent ring leader ... make(s) the readers' hair stand on end.
Donovan refreshingly breaks [the tradition] with remarkable success
... a chilling thriller crafted with a fluid narrative style...
always engaging ... wild nightmarish scenes...
Masterful... If you haven't been
introduced to Eddie Flynn yet, be prepared.
Red City Review
... complicated ... wonderful ... brilliant. I recommend anyone ...
to try this book. [It] will haunt your days and nights.
Georgia Cuthbertson, Cuckoo Review