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Books of the Month

The Missing by C. L. Taylor
The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama. Claire tells her story, which is set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
April 2016 Book of the Month. Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
April 2016 Book of the Month. An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
Desolation by Derek Landy
Derek Landy
April 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson
Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Fall headlong into a gripping and absolutely cracking story, featuring an ex-SAS, turned Met Police Officer, battling for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Bill Beverly
April 2016 Debut of the Month.Maxim Jakubowski's April 2016 Book of the Month. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
In Her Wake
Amanda Jennings
April 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. A compelling, almost bittersweet read, where a shocking discovery leads to an emotional journey....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2016
Tenacity by J. S. Law
J. S. Law
April 2016 Debut of the Month. A fascinating and captivating start to the new ‘Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series’ by a debut author who introduces...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
April 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis
No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Fire Damage by Kate Medina
Fire Damage
Kate Medina
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
The Poison Artist
Jonathan Moore
Maxim Jakubowski April 2016 Highly Recommended. Championed by Stephen King as in the tradition of 'Red Dragon' in the terror stakes, this gripping...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
April 2016 eBook of the Month. An enthralling and quite, quite wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary
Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
April 2016 eBook of the Month. This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie Rome’ series, and is just as distinctive, powerful and enthralling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks
Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters and her mother disappeared. 14 years later, while undergoing counselling, Abi makes some decisions to revisit and explore the past. Heidi Perks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Fellside by M. R. Carey
M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl With All The Gifts is a gripping meld of prison...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Mule by David Quantick
The Mule
David Quantick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A quirky thriller and semi-humorous shaggy dog tale from an author best known for his comic TV scripts, this proves wonderful entertainment. Jacky, a somewhat failure of a person and a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The House of Fame by Oliver Harris
The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/04/2016
The Ex by Alafair Burke
The Ex
Alafair Burke
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendidly-engineered thriller and stand alone novel by the crime writing daughter of the great James Lee Burke. Set in New York, a powerful lawyer is called in by his teenage...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg
Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of Charlotte Ford whose life has proven a great disappointment and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Maestra The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year by L. S. Hilton
Maestra The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year
L. S. Hilton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already something of a cause celebre, this strongly erotic, or should...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Disappearance by Annabel Kantaria
The Disappearance
Annabel Kantaria
‘The Disappearance’ is a wonderfully tense and readable family tale, capable of delivering sharp shocks as you sink into the story. 70 year old Audrey vanishes during a cruise after telling her two children that they are set to receive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Attica Locke
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means and class”, home now to many who have been involved...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/03/2016
All Things Nice Never Forget. Never Forgive by Sheila Bugler
All Things Nice Never Forget. Never Forgive
Sheila Bugler
A readable and striking serving of crime fiction, where the investigation into a death uncovers a family overflowing with bitter secrets, lies and grudges. This is the third novel in the ‘Ellen Kelly’ series, however as the story is as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2016
The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore
The Cantaloupe Thief
Deb Richardson-Moore
A striking and stimulating mystery, introducing a new series of novels set in Georgia, USA. Take a trip to the Deep South, to a town called Grambling, where the folk drink iced tea, celebrate the 4th July in style, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2016
A Time of Torment by John Connolly
A Time of Torment
John Connolly
Irish crime writer Connolly's Charlie Parker series has now reached its 14th volume and never fails to impress. Indeed, it just keeps on getting better and better and increasingly haunting. What began as a particularly atmospheric series of books featuring...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be an unsettling and riveting read. Jules’s life was altered forever...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick
The Rat Stone Serenade
Denzil Meyrick
A galloping good crime thriller, with plenty of action, set in the beautifully described surroundings of the west coast of Scotland. ‘Rat Stone Serenade’ is the fourth in the ‘DCI Daley Series’, this could potentially be read and enjoyed as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2016
The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of an explosion of murders, as the macabre and gruesomely graphic deaths start to mount, whose side will you find yourself...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Day Four
Sarah Lotz
Walking in the footsteps of Stephen King, Lotz follows up on her impressive horror breakthrough The Three with yet another literal descent into unimaginable dread with this gripping tale of the cruise from hell (or should it be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker
Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Another mighty impressive debut by a British author despite its sprawling American background and themes. Baker has the audacity to revisit the web of conspiracies surrounding the JFK assassination and despite the sterling previous contributions to the fictional subject by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/01/2016
World Gone by by Dennis Lehane
World Gone by
Dennis Lehane
Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life witnessed through the eyes of an Irish mob 'consigliere' whose loyalties are caught up in the territorial wars of the Italian gangs he once presided over....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Crossing by Michael Connelly
The Crossing
Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch no longer works for the LAPD having retired six months ago. He hired his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller, to sue the department for forcing him out. Not popular! But this does enable Connelly to mix his two...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy
The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far would you go in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid trademarks of breathless tension, unsettling graphic criminal details and a plot engineered inch by inch to grip and never let go. Forget their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Invisible Streets by Toby Ball
Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field are doing, having completed with this volume an intricate trilogy in which an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre
Our Kind of Traitor
John le Carre
A naive British academic encounters a Russian oligarch in the Caribbean and the spider's web of global espionage unwinds in waves around them. The ambiguities of the secret world brought up to date. Le Carre at his best. ~
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Final Minute by Simon Kernick
The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
Black Water Rising
Attica Locke
An atmospheric and stylish thriller from a new author, with comparisons to John Grisham. A tightly woven plot will keep you involved and intrigued until the end. "If you liked Chinatown, you’ll love this. A proper rollicking read. Anyone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
When She Was Bad
Tammy Cohen
A happy relaxed team in a recruitment office have a rude awakening when a new head of department is employed to improved their profitability. She certainly shakes them up, setting one against another, playing ruthless games and manipulating them mercilessly....
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Finders Keepers
Stephen King
A riveting crime thriller about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes too far, featuring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in MR MERCEDES.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2016
The Waiting Game You Never Know Who's Watching ... by Sheila Bugler
The Waiting Game You Never Know Who's Watching ...
Sheila Bugler
Sheila Bugler delivers a chilling psychological twister of a novel, laced with homespun horrors, a compelling central character in DI Ellen Kelly and a strong contemporary resonance. Fans of Nicci French and Sophie Hannah, prick up your ears.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2014
Hunting Shadows An Obsession for Him... Life and Death for Her by Sheila Bugler
Hunting Shadows An Obsession for Him... Life and Death for Her
Sheila Bugler
A tense thriller that stalks the urban streets of southeast London and the bleak wilderness of the North Kent coast, Hunting Shadows introduces the forceful, compromised police detective, DI Ellen Kelly.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2013
High-Rise by J. G. Ballard
J. G. Ballard
J. G. Ballard's compelling and unnerving tale of what happens when life in a luxury apartment building descends into chaos. Now a major motion picture adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Click below to view to trailer.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Girl in the Spider's Web Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz
The Girl in the Spider's Web Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
David Lagercrantz
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in the bestselling continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Beneath the Lake by Christopher Ransom
Beneath the Lake
Christopher Ransom
A family lake-side vacation becomes a summer to fear in the latest chiller from the master of domestic horror, Christopher Ransom. Some places are better left. Some secrets are better forgotten. Some people are better dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Alert by James Patterson
James Patterson
New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before. After two devastating catastrophes in quick succession, everyone is on edge. Detective Michael...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Cutting Season
Attica Locke
Gripping, atmospheric and tragic. Top class literary crime fiction from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Black Water Rising. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013

Last Month's Featured Books

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black
Ann Cleeves
Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to...

Dead Water Shetland Series 5 by Ann Cleeves

Dead Water Shetland Series 5
Ann Cleeves
The fifth in the Shetland series which is now the major BBC1 drama. It does stand alone but you really will enjoy it more if you are able to follow...

The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in Whisky from Small Glasses. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been killed in...

Whisky from Small Glasses A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Whisky from Small Glasses A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
An authentically atmospheric and gutsy crime novel where the lurking tension and suspense gangs up to menace and harass your senses. There are definitely not any mundane murders on offer...

Direct Hit by Mike Hollow

Reader Reviewed Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
March 2016 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about...

Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
May 2015 Book of the Month. Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast-paced, thrilling...

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’...

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month. If you're looking for a fresh,...

The Damage Done by James Oswald

The Damage Done
James Oswald
A present-day intrigue reawakens disturbing shadows from the past in this latest Inspector McLean thriller. When an Edinburgh Police Vice Squad raid goes embarrassingly awry, Inspector Tony McLean finds himself...

The Night Manager by John le Carre

The Night Manager
John le Carre
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one...

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment. by Andrew Croker

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment.
Andrew Croker
March 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A...

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety
Julie Shaw
‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious...

First Response by Stephen Leather

First Response
Stephen Leather
March 2016 Book of the Month. Completely and brilliantly captivating, it all...

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Reader Reviewed Missing Pieces
Heather Gudenkauf
March 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing, easy reading family drama...

The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg

The Ice Child
Camilla Lackberg
March 2016 eBook of the Month. A startling, clever and intensely dark tale set...

Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard

Acts of the Assassins
Richard Beard
Sequel to Lazarus is Dead but it easily stands alone. It is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, a ‘what if’ story. Here it asks ‘what if the Roman Empire...

British Bulldog by Sara Sheridan

British Bulldog
Sara Sheridan
The ‘Mirabelle Bevan Mystery’ series continues to maintain the same convincing atmosphere and assured quality, yet with each book the author skilfully delivers a refreshingly different read. ‘British Bulldog’ is...

England Expects by Sara Sheridan

England Expects
Sara Sheridan
A classically arresting mystery, overflowing with good old fashioned pluck, courage and perseverance. The third in the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, this can also be read as a vintage standalone novel....

Vanishing Games by Roger Hobbs

Vanishing Games
Roger Hobbs
In his dazzling, award-winning debut GHOSTMAN , Hobbs introduced a fascinating lone wolf criminal anti-hero who quickly captured the imagination. His reappearance in the second novel in what looks...

The Serpentine Road by Paul Mendelson

The Serpentine Road
Paul Mendelson
Mendelson's debut thriller The First Rule of Survival, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, was a robust tale initially set in the turmoil of South Africa's post-Mandela release era,...

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Reader Reviewed Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a...

London Calling by Sara Sheridan

London Calling
Sara Sheridan
We loved the first in this post WW2 series, Brighton Belle, and the second adventure is even better with a satisfyingly complex plot bubbling over with period detail. Mirabelle...

Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino

Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Keigo Higashino
A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT...

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski March 2016 Highly Recommended. The world and mind of teenage girls proves...

Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge

Reader Reviewed Little Boy Blue
M. J. Arlidge
March 2016 Book of the Month. Sit on the edge of your...

Box Nine by Jack O'Connell

Box Nine
Jack O'Connell
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2016 Book of the Month. Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the...

The Luzern Photograph: A Noir Thriller by William Bayer

The Luzern Photograph: A Noir Thriller
William Bayer
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his New York detective Frank Janek series, Bayer is a writer's writer whose books...

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by A. K. Benedict

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts
A. K. Benedict
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. THE BEAUTY OF MURDER, the debut novel by Hastings-based performer Alexandra Benedict, was a memorable cross-time...

Spy Out the Land by Jeremy Duns

Spy Out the Land
Jeremy Duns
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A welcome return for one of spy writing's most captivating characters, British traitor Paul Dark. Now living...

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Six Four
Hideo Yokoyama
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A massive doorstopper of a thriller at well over 600 pages and a million plus copies bestseller...

Thin Ice An Inspector Gunna Mystery by Quentin Bates

Thin Ice An Inspector Gunna Mystery
Quentin Bates
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. You don't actually have to be from Scandinavia to write a Nordic thriller these days. French author...

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed Susans
Julia Heaberlin
March 2016 Book of the Month. A powerful thriller with a knack...

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Water Knife
Paolo Bacigalupi
From the international bestselling author of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning The Windup Girl, comes an electrifying thriller set in a world on the edge of collapse. With Phoenix...

Steeple by Jon Wallace

Jon Wallace
The follow-up to the acclaimed Barricade this another short, sharp and kinetic SF thriller. The Steeple is a one thousand storey tower that looms over the wreckage of London....

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

White Nights
Ann Cleeves
Setting a detective novel in the Shetland Isles is a stroke of genius in itself as a close knit community such as that is the last place you would expect...

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

Red Bones
Ann Cleeves
Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. When an elderly woman is shot in...

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves
Blue Lightning is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. With the autumn storms raging, Fair Isle...

Thin Air (Shetland Series 6) by Ann Cleeves

Thin Air (Shetland Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
Thin Air is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez, Shetland. A group of old...

Friday on My Mind by Nicci French

Friday on My Mind
Nicci French
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is...

Time of Death by Mark Billingham

Time of Death
Mark Billingham
The new gripping, brilliantly plotted Tom Thorne thriller from No.1 bestselling author Mark Billingham

Pretty Girls A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls A Novel
Karin Slaughter
With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can't help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But...

Make Me by Lee Child

Make Me
Lee Child
Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote rail road stop on the prairie with the curious name...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer

The Shut Eye
Belinda Bauer
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel. But...

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey

Black Feathers
Joseph D'Lacey
A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future. Set in an alternate England, so very similar to our own, volume one of...

The Santa Monica Suicide Club by Jeremy C. Thomas

The Santa Monica Suicide Club
Jeremy C. Thomas
An intricate and entertaining debut crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Mandy, a male, British, ex actor, ex cop, now private investigator has little regard for the sanctity of crime...

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey

The Book of the Crowman
Joseph D'Lacey
‘The Book of the Crowman' the second and last volume of ‘The Black Dawn’, is stirring, provocative and compelling. You most definitely need to start this journey with ‘Black...

Coffin Road by Peter May

Reader Reviewed Coffin Road
Peter May
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable. If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even...

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping...

The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed
Sophie Hannah
I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the...

Tainted Love by Kimberley Chambers

Reader Reviewed Tainted Love
Kimberley Chambers
An audacious, fast moving, dark but oh so entertaining tale. Prepare yourself… the Butler Family are back, and we observe as they battle their way through life from 1986 to...

Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose

Reader Reviewed Alone in the Dark
Karen Rose
February 2016 Book of the Month. Alone in the Dark is quite...

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Reader Reviewed Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this...

Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
February 2016 Book of the Month. An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery...

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble

The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere...

Black Run by Antonio Manzini

Black Run
Antonio Manzini
An enthralling murder investigation set in stunning Alpine scenery where the scheming, shrewd, mercenary of a man in command appears to have materialised from the Dark Ages. Don’t be too...

Canary by Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski
Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall of and forced...

The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland

Reader Reviewed The 3rd Woman
Jonathan Freedland
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of

The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold...

The Witness by Simon Kernick

The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Simply...

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Reader Reviewed Gold Fame Citrus
Claire Vaye Watkins
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Gold mines, the fame of Hollywood, the orange...

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel by David Mark

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel
David Mark
‘Dead Pretty’ is a distinctive, stimulating and provocative read. This is the fifth DS McAvoy novel, but my first, it’s wonderful when you come across a new author and find...

Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller by David Young

Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller
David Young
A murder in the shadow of the Berlin Wall - in a world of conspiracy and espionage, can Karin Muller find the truth? Stasi Child is David Young's brilliant and...

Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver

Reader Reviewed Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely intimidating perpetrator, turn the final page and find yourself wanting to read it all...

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of...

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale

Honky Tonk Samurai
Joe R. Lansdale
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard are a classic pairing: Hap, an ebullient white trash rebel and former leftie,...

Cut Me in by Ed McBain

Cut Me in
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The late (and much missed) Ed McBain is best remembered for his classic 87th Precinct police procedural...

French Concession by Xiao Bai

French Concession
Xiao Bai
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime and thriller fiction. Based in Shanghai in 1931 it provides...

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I'm Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was...

The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The Stranger
Harlan Coben
The Sunday Times number one bestselling author delivers a shocking thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life - and a secret has the same...

Truth or Die by James Patterson

Truth or Die
James Patterson
New York attorney Trevor Mann's world shatters when he receives a phone call telling him his girlfriend has been shot dead in a mugging. But the circumstances point to something...

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