Steve Turnbull's books

  • Frozen Beauty: The Chinese Vase cover
    With a crew this motley, what could possibly go wrong?

    Captain Qi Zang and her motley crew, aboard the Chinese ice freighter Frozen Beauty make landfall in Delhi, and run straight into British Customs officers.

    Unfortunately not all her cargo is ice, nor is it entirely legal.

    And there are some who question whether she should have the ship at all.

  • Maliha Anderson: Books 1-3 Cover
    1908. A gruesome death. An airship full of suspects.

    Maliha Anderson prefers to be alone, even on the long journey back to India. Unfortunately one of her fellow passengers is a murderer.

    She should stay out of the death of the General's nurse, but Maliha cannot leave a mystery alone. Besides, there is no one else on the vessel qualified to investigate, though she's the only person who knows that.

    Defying her need for isolation, she negotiates prejudice and unwanted personal attentions as she struggles to find the perpetrator. She might die in the attempt but perhaps that's what she wants.

  • Halo Round the Moon cover
    Pneumatic trains, steampunk air-planes, karmic sex and bloody murder in 1908 India.

    When the heir to an industrial empire suffers a fatal accident, Maliha Anderson is called in to determine whether darker forces are at work.

    What she discovers goes deeper than any crime she's ever investigated. She is forced into intimate contact with the suppressed passions of post-Victorian society and goes far beyond the bounds of what's proper and decent, to bring the murderer to justice.

  • Broken Vows cover
    All's fair in war - and love

    BARBARA FLYNN's only skills are embroidery and being a snob, and living in Victorian India that all she needs. But when she and her nagging mother find themselves in the middle of a terrible siege without even a change of clothes with the threat of painful death on all sides, she must fight for their survival. 

    Lieutenant ANGUS FERGUSON, the only survivor from a Scotsman regiment, has only one duty: keeping the civilians alive in desperate circumstances. The last thing he needs is the complication of a woman that he cares for.

    In a place where death could strike at any moment, and a time when physical love is forbidden: Passion should be the furthest thing from anyone's mind.

  • PP1 Elona cover
    Prophecy will sacrifice anyone, even a child.

    Ten-year-old Lady Elona of Faerholme finds herself the target of a prophecy that predicts she will defeat an invading army. But that’s impossible: she's just a girl!

    Her betrothal to a Prince solves the paradox: she can produce an heir to fight the prophesied war.

    But prophesy turns to conspiracy, and after six years manoeuvring by political enemies, with Elona's behaviour becoming increasingly erratic, her carefully planned future shatters into a waking nightmare of horror.

    What hope can there be for Faerholme when the one prophesied to save it is in chains? And what hope for Elona herself?

  • Murder out of the Blue cover
    A gruesome death. An airship full of suspects.

    Maliha Anderson, a brilliant and fiercely independent Anglo-Indian, is on her way home to make peace with her past and future. When the nurse of a wheelchair-bound General turns up dead, the accusations begin to fly as fast as the Sky Liner RMS Macedonia zips across the clouds. Unlike the baffled authorities, Maliha believes the General is innocent, and so the mystery begins.

    With landfall just hours away, Maliha must find the true murderer before the culprit escapes, even if it means putting herself in grave danger.

    Murder out of the Blue is the first installment in the Maliha Anderson steampunk murder mystery series which includes unforeseen twists, vivid descriptions, intriguing characters, and crisp, elegant prose. A homage to Agatha Christie in an alternative Edwardian setting.

  • Blood Sky at Night cover
    She might ignore the living, but she can't ignore the dead

    1908. Ceylon. The British Empire tightens its grip on the world. Attempting to deal with questions of race and identity Maliha Anderson is faced with a murder that brings her face to face with her past. And it's a murder that's interwoven with international politics, that even she may not be able to solve.