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Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
August 2014 Debut of the Month. A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel, ‘The Good Girl’ features an unusual focus and startling ending....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
August 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Thomas Sweterlitsch
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Heralded as a mix of Philip K. Dick, William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, this splendid slice of future noir hits all the right buttons and demonstrates that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Reader Reviewed Arms Wide Open
Tom Winter
May 2014 Book of the Month. A novel of family, identity and aging. Jack and Meredith are non-identical twins of a single mum now rapidly falling into dementia. Their father died before they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2014
 
 

Angel of Death A Steel City Thriller
Ben Cheetham
There is a fashion for detectives to be troubled, damaged souls and our archetype detective here, Jim Monahan, is suffering from the effects of his divorce. He is vulnerable, honest, clever and disobedient, just as he should be. This is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Talk to Me
Jules Wake
June 2014 Debut of the Month. A good build-up of tension towards the end of this romance adds a thriller element to it as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Secrets of the Lighthouse
Santa Montefiore
May 2014 Book of the Month. A richly dark and bawdy historical thriller, whether you love this book will be complicated ultimately by how you feel about Richard and his godfather James. Shadowy,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Taking the Fall
A. P. McCoy
The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
August 2014 eBook of the Month. A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 2
Harriet Evans
To be published 28th August 2014 - Wonderfully tantalising and entirely captivating, the second part of A Place for Us more than lives up to expectations. The day of the party is just around the corner and family members are...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
August 2014 Book of the Month. Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
The Dealer and the Dead
Gerald Seymour
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2011
 
 

The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
 
 

Most Secret
Nevil Shute
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on Most Secret... The stories of Nevil Shute have a timeless appeal. He was a complete story teller, knew how to put together a beginning, a middle, and an end. The reader is transported...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
 
 

The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Yellow Birds... And I am not totally wedded to nostalgia. Anyone wishing to see fiction’s response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and be confident that the author knows what he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2013
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Watching the Dark A DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
DCI Banks is back - and this time he's investigating the murder of one of his own. The new novel from Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2013
 
 

Abattoir Blues The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full of red herrings. Could it be a World War II...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

All the Colours of Darkness The 18th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 18th DCI Banks novel, All the Colours of Darkness is an enjoyable gripping read but fans of the series may feel this isn’t Robinson’s finest. Starting with what looks like the suicide of the set designer for a local...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2009
 
 

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Half World
Scott O'Connor
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Inspired by reports of the CIA's clandestine mind control experiments in the 1960s, this powerful literary thriller follows the consequences of such illegal research and the way if...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2014
 
 

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
Catherynne M. Valente
The third story in this best-selling series about September and her magical adventures in Fairyland. Back from her second adventure, September finds keeping the secret of the enchanting world of Fairyland almost impossible. She longs to return and to see...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
 
 

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Retribution
Robert Ludlum, Eric van Lustbader
When the head of Mossad learns that a major Mexican drug lord may be trafficking something far more deadly than drugs, he turns to his friend Jason Bourne for help. Bourne agrees to investigate, but he has his own agenda:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais
Completely and utterly delightful, this feels like a breath of fresh air (fresh air with vibrant notes of sizzling, aromatic piquancy). Hassan’s family leave Mumbai and embark on a journey that finishes and then starts anew in France. So simply...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed Fall from Grace David Raker Novel
Tim Weaver
August 2014 Book of the Month. The follow up to Never Coming Back sees David Raker helping Melanie Craw, a Met police officer from the earlier book, find her missing father, also a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for the Dying
Stuart MacBride
Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Summer Guest
Emma Hannigan
August 2014 Book of the Month. Life, loves, laughs and a few bumps amid a group of folk in an Irish seaside town. Kathleen has returned to visit her childhood home now lived...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
August 2014 Book of the Month. Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 


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