John Madden by Rennie Airth
John Madden is the protagonist in a series of historical mystery novels by South African novelist Rennie Airth. Inspector John Madden works out of Scotland Yard. Prior to becoming a detective, he was a veteran of World War I.

Rennie Airth began his John Madden series in 1999 with the novel River of Darkness. Originally planned as a trilogy, the series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Rennie Airth’s John Madden books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of John Madden Books


River of Darkness(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blood-Dimmed Tide(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead of Winter(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Reckoning(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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John Madden Synopsis: The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth, set in 1932, is the second novel featuring Inspector John Madden, whose discovery of a young girl’s mutilated body near his home in rural England brings him out of retirement despite his wife’s opinion. He soon finds himself chasing a killer whose horrific crime could have implications far afield in a Europe threatened by the rise of Hitler.


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