Without Trace – Book One in the Trevor Joseph series
In the chilly half-light of dawn a bizarre pierrot figure waits in the shadows of a deserted stretch of motorway. The costumed hitchhiker’s victim is a passing motorist. The murder, cold-blooded, brutal. Without motive.
Doctors at the local hospital Tim and Daisy Sherringham are blissfully happy. The perfect couple.
When an emergency call rouses Tim early one morning, he vanishes on the way from their flat to the hospital and Daisy is plunged into a nightmare of terror and doubt…
The following is an extract from Without Trace, written as Katherine John and published in 1989 by Random House, 1990 paperback Headline, 1995 St Martin’s Press, USA, 1990 as Beze Stopy in Czech and 2006 Accent Press and 2015 Amazon Encore:
“The landscape behind remained unchanged except for a darkly wet slick of gore that slimed off the road into the undergrowth. The gleam of gold on the eastern horizon intensified, lightening the sky to a translucent shade of opal. Rain began to fall. Slight at first it became a downpour as the morning progressed. A heavy cleansing rain that washed away the traces of blood and flesh, diluting the red stain to a mark that might have been caused by anything. Cars arrived and sped past in the traffic lanes. Intermittent at first, they became a steady trickle that roared into a torrent with the advent of the rush hour.
The travellers who glanced casually out of their car windows never thought or wondered at the stain that marred the gravel on the hard shoulder. But then they were the lucky ones. For them journey’s end was not yet in sight.”
Midnight Murders – Book Two in the Trevor Joseph series
Compton Castle is a Victorian psychiatric hospital long overdue for demolition. Its warrens of rooms and acres of grounds, originally designed as a sanctuary for the mentally ill, now provide the ideal stalking ground for a serial killer.
Physically and mentally battered after his last case (Without Trace), Sergeant Trevor Joseph is a temporary inmate—but the hospital loses all therapeutic benefit when a corpse is dug out of a flowerbed. Then more bodies are found; young, female and all linked to the hospital. Everyone within the mouldering walls is in danger while a highly unpredictable malevolence remains at large. And, as patients and staff are interrogated by the police, the apparently motiveless killer watches and waits for the opportunity to strike again…
Murder of a Dead Man – Book Three in the Trevor Joseph series
A drunken down and out is the first casualty, mutilated and burned alive but his grisly death raises even more problems for the investigating officers, Sergeants Trevor Joseph and Peter Collins.
They discover that their “victim” died two years earlier. So who is the dead man? And what was the motive for the bizarre crime? While they seek a killer in the dark urban underworld, the tally of corpses grows and the only certainty is that they can trust no man’s face as his own.
Black Daffodil – Book Four in the Trevor Joseph series
A new and deadly synthetic drug, Black Daffodil has surfaced in Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys. Cheap and easy to produced it swiftly claims eight victims; Bill needs every experienced officer to penetrate the Cardiff drug gangs to track its source. But when the force’s undercover operatives begin to disappear, only to turn up dead, Bill is left with no choice but to send in Trevor Joseph and Peter Collins, and within days Trevor wonders if he will survive long enough to see the child he and his wife so desperately want.
The Destruction of Evidence – Book Five in the Trevor Joseph series
No evidence remained on the corpses of Alun Pitcher, a well-liked, wealthy, careful and cautious businessman and his family after they’d been wrapped in brown paper and string, doused in petrol and ignited. The fires had destroyed all forensic evidence, or so the pathologist and local police believe. Faced with an impossible task, the local force admit defeat and ask for outside help. Following their success in solving a previous “cold'” case, Inspector Trevor Joseph and Sergeant Peter Collins are called in.
Do the murderer or murderers possess knowledge of investigative forensics that have resulted in the perfect crime? Why would anyone want to kill popular family who had no known enemies? How did the killer or killers overcome three grown men and a woman without anyone seeing anything, or hearing a sound? And – has all the evidence really been destroyed?
A Well-Deserved Murder – Book Six in the Trevor Joseph series
There will always be neighbours from hell. Some deserve to die, but most people stop short of murder. But when Sergeant Peter Collins sees Kacy Howell’s axe-battered corpse, he asks himself if his cousin, Alan Piper, didn’t. Journalist, Alan frequently complained about his neighbours who built a deck overlooking his patio and monitored his every movement. Under cover of darkness they stole his plants and building materials. When his gate disappeared he called in the police who advised him to put up a CCTV camera. Alan had a better idea. Civil servant Kacy Howell is amazed to suddenly find herself the centre of attention at work and showered with unprompted gifts of flowers, and discreetly wrapped sex toys. Her husband, George, is bewildered when a colleague shows him a pornographic magazine featuring Kacy, and then Kacy is found battered to death on the decking that overlooks Alan’s garden. Inspector Trevor Joseph and Sergeant Peter Collins find themselves looking for the perpetrator of a murder, which Kacy’s neighbours have already Christened ‘justifiable homocide’.
The Corpse’s Tale – Book Seven in the Trevor Joseph series (Quick Reads)
Dai Morgan has the body of a man and the mind of a child. He lived with his mother in the Mid Wales village of Llan, next door to bright, beautiful 19 year old Anna Harris. The vicar found Anna’s naked, battered body in the churchyard one morning. The police discovered Anna’s bloodstained earring in Dai’s pocket. The judge gave Dai life. After ten years in gaol Dai appealed against his sentence and was freed. Sergeants Trevor Joseph and Peter Collins are sent to Llan to reopen the case. But the villagers refuse to believe Dai innocent. The Llan police do not make mistakes or allow murderers to walk free. Do they?
The Vanished – Book Eight in the Trevor Joseph series
The breathtaking new thriller by acclaimed author Katherine John. Following a high-profile historical child abuse trial centred around Hill House orphanage, a set of human body parts appears overnight, hung on the derelict building’s gates. Is the macabre display a horrific joke, or is there an even more sinister force at work? The abandoned orphanage set on a barren hillside in a remote part of Wales, has brooded over its secrets for over a century. Were the children who were last seen in Hill House adopted as the authorities claim, or victims of unspeakable evil?
Chief Inspector Trevor Joseph and his team find themselves hounded by a headline-hungry press, and their own superiors who are under orders to close the case at all costs to limit scandal. Against advice they struggle to find the evidence they need to prove or disprove the sickening rumours. But do they have the courage to fight for justice when they face threats that not only jeopardise their careers but their lives?