15 November 2022

The Troodos Secret


By Murray Bailey
Crime | Thriller | War & Military | Historical Fiction


A 2022 Top Rated Read

Cyprus 1949. When a commando is discovered dead from a serious head wound, SIB officer Ash Carter and local detective Sofia Mackenzie must work together to establish exactly what happened. It soon becomes apparent they're dealing with a murder. The case is further complicated when a second body turns up. Carter and Mackenzie find themselves blocked at every turn but unperturbed, are determined to bring the killer to justice.

The Troodos Secret is the third book in the Ash Carter Near East series. Once again our intrepid hero Carter is faced with a mysterious case to solve — murder in the Cypriot mountains. The book throws up some unexpected twists and turns as the hunt for the killer progresses. 

What always stands out in any Murray Bailey book is his natural ability to recreate the past with total authenticity. The reader is plunged head-first into the plot and is fully engaged throughout. I really enjoyed the story and look forward to discovering where life takes Carter next. A fantastic read!  


  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Three Daggers, Heritage Books Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Author: Murray Bailey
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller, War & Military, Historical Fiction


Ash Carter is called in to investigate the mysterious death of a commando. Working with Detective Sofia Mackenzie he finds that nothing is quite what it seems and no one is willing to tell the truth. When another man dies, it appears that the truth lies in the mountains and the mines to be found there. Threatened and working against the clock, Carter and Mackenzie must solve the case or risk becoming the mountain’s next victims.

Based in Cyprus in 1949, this is the third book of the Near-East series which can be read in any order.

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