Cold Kill
by Rennie Airth

An American actress arrives in London to find herself the target of a ruthless assassin in this compelling standalone thriller.

Actress Adelaide Banks is swapping her native New York for London to spend Christmas with her widowed Aunt Rose. Rose wrote in her note that she was off to Paris for a few days and would be back in time for Addy’s arrival. But when Addy reaches Rose’s Knightsbridge address, no one’s home, and she has two unexpected callers . . .

Where is Rose, and what has she got herself entangled in? Dragged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse on the snowy streets of London, Addy finds herself navigating a dark underworld of ruthless assassins, rogue agents and international crime. Can she survive long enough to uncover the truth?


A fairly straightforward puzzler becomes utterly absorbing and psychologically intriguing by virtue of the characters’ personalities and unusual motivations. One can’t help but compare Madden to other chief inspectors like Armand Gemache in Louise Penny’s Three Pine mysteries or Reginald Wexford in the series by Ruth Rendell

Booklist on The Death of Kings

Excellent … Golden age fans looking to pit their wits against a savvy sleuth will be more than satisfied

Publishers Weekly on The Death of Kings

Delivers all the suspense and twisty plots that readers have come to expect from this popular series

Booklist on The Reckoning

Momentum builds to a satisfying ending … Maintains Airth’s reputation for carefully constructed, highly detailed plots

Kirkus Reviews on The Reckoning

Rennie Airth

Rennie Airth was born and educated in South Africa and spent his early years working in journalism, first for the Johannesburg Star and later for Reuters as a foreign correspondent. His postings included Washington, Havana and Saigon. Turning from journalism to fiction, he wrote Snatch and Once A Spy before starting work on the John Madden trilogy, an idea that came to him after he found a scrapbook devoted to an uncle of his who was killed in World War I.

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Cold Kill by Rennie Airth is available in the following formats

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