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Books of the Month

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
May 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19 criminals on the warpath… you get an unholy, riotous whirlwind...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Girls by Lisa Jewell
The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons
The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
May 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
May 2016 Book of the Month. Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly trained killer with his humanity surprisingly intact. Smoak...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks
Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Tenacity by J. S. Law
Tenacity
J. S. Law
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A fascinating and captivating start to the new ‘Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series’ by a debut author who introduces in ‘Tenacity’, the stimulating and challenging world of a nuclear submarine. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a group of children. We know not why. It seems the children have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Last Good Kiss
James Crumley
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2016 Book of the Month. Crumley, the much-revered US author who died in 2006 brought a new vigour to the crime novel and reinterpreted the tropes of Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Travelers by Chris Pavone
The Travelers
Chris Pavone
Maxim Jakubowski May 2016 Highly Recommended. When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
May 2016 eBook of the Month. A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit
The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
May 2016 eBook of the Month. This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Swimming with Sharks by Anna Legat
Swimming with Sharks
Anna Legat
May 2016 eBook of the Month. This is the first in a new series, and introduces DS Gillian Marsh as she focusses on a missing person enquiry. The novel begins with 40 year old Nicola jet-setting...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
My Husband's Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my mind racing, the few lines on the following page, proceeded...
Format: Ebook - Released: 26/05/2016
Spare Me the Truth An Explosive, High Octane Thriller by C. J. Carver
Spare Me the Truth An Explosive, High Octane Thriller
C. J. Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Caroline Carver, as she was once known when she won the CWA Debut Dagger for 'Blood Junction', is undoubtedly the most macho of British thriller writers, with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Moskva by Jack Grimwood
Moskva
Jack Grimwood
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another new writer who is already well-known to us, this time acclaimed SF author Jon Courtenay Grimwood reinventing himself as a thriller storyteller in definite overdrive. Set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Star of Africa by Scott Mariani
Star of Africa
Scott Mariani
Quite simply, the most ferocious and brutal book in the ‘Ben Hope’ series yet, and it’s a page turning stunner of a read. ‘Star of Africa’ is the first part of a new two book sequence, and I rubbed my...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Fellside by M. R. Carey
Fellside
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 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
A Time of Torment by John Connolly
A Time of Torment
John Connolly
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons
The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’ series is a distinctive and stimulating read. Simple punchy sentences don't flinch from the cruel and gruesome side of life, in fact the uncomplicated...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
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
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this sequel to the electric Red Sparrow reads like pure pulp or James Bond on adrenaline, ever courting the bounds of reality in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Murder Road by Stephen Booth
The Murder Road
Stephen Booth
So many of Britain's regions have proven the background to outstanding crime series and the Peak District is no exception, with Stephen Booth as its prominent voice, with every successive title wedding his indomitable cops Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Butcher Bird by S. D. Sykes
The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
A captivating and wonderfully evocative historical crime novel based in 1351, this is the second in the series, set after ‘Plague Land’. While it’s best to start at the beginning, ‘The Butcher Bird’ can actually be read as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham
Worldwide bestseller John Grisham goes rogue with his most suspenseful thriller yet ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
A Game That Must be Lost by Alan Hunt
A Game That Must be Lost
Alan Hunt
A thriller with so many twists and turns, you may just bump into yourself as you do a rapid about turn. This is the second novel featuring Adam White, set in the intriguing world of the British High Commission. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/03/2016
Love You Dead by Peter James
Love You Dead
Peter James
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Death at Whitewater Church An Inishowen Mystery by Andrea Carter
Death at Whitewater Church An Inishowen Mystery
Andrea Carter
Death at Whitewater Church is the first in a series of Ben O'Keeffe mysteries set on the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Negotiating between the official investigation, headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy, and obstructive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Shutter Man by Richard Montanari
Shutter Man
Richard Montanari
The latest terrifying novel by the master of the psychopath thriller. Your face is a blur to him. But your body still bleeds. The Farren family has been a plague upon Philadelphia's most dangerous neighbourhood, the Devil's Pocket, for generations....
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Redemption Road by John Hart
Redemption Road
John Hart
Good cop Adrian Wall is serving time for a murder he didn’t commit that his colleague Elizabeth is keen to clear him of. Adrian serves his thirteen years of pure hell only to be let out in to a fist...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the new 'hot' genre. The author was best known under another name for chick...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Die of Shame by Mark Billingham
Die of Shame
Mark Billingham
From number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series - comes the year's most surprising crime novel, a compelling story of betrayal, deceit and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil
Robert Galbraith
Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016. The third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
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
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea
Mark Douglas-Home
Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of ‘The Sea Detective Series’. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26 year old mystery. Violet was abandoned as a baby, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
The Sea Detective
Mark Douglas-Home
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home
The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
May 2016 eBook of the Month. The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to Natalie and in one summer her life changes beyond all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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,...

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...

The Final Minute by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed 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...

Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author despite its sprawling American background and themes. Baker has the audacity to...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Reader Reviewed Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
April 2016 Book of the Month. An outrageously stunning read, that takes...

Fire Damage by Kate Medina

Reader Reviewed Fire Damage
Kate Medina
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Captivating from the outset, this is the first...

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
April 2016 eBook of the Month. This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie...

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...

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...

Day Four by Sarah Lotz

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of...

The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed 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...

No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed 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...

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. April 2016 Debut of...

Desolation by Derek Landy

Reader Reviewed Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. No-one writes teen horror...

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing...

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,...

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...

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...

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville
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...

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

In Her Wake
Amanda Jennings
April 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. A compelling, almost bittersweet...

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.

The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. April 2016 Debut of the Month.Maxim Jakubowski's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

High-Rise by J. G. Ballard

High-Rise
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...

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...

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...

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...

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Longlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2016. Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to...

Alert by James Patterson

Alert
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...

The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

The Dark Inside
Rod Reynolds
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Loosely based on true events, The Dark Inside is a compelling and pacy thriller that heralds a new voice in...

The Month Before'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
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. March 2016 Book...

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

Steeple
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...

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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...

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Mark Billingham
Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016. The new gripping, brilliantly plotted Tom Thorne thriller from No.1 bestselling author Mark Billingham

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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...

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Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote rail...

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Ottessa Moshfegh
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England, blending true noir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley...

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