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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
May 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month. We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together. There is the high achiever, the one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 tale. Starting seven months on from ‘The Last Witness’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
World Gone by
Dennis Lehane
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2015 Book of the Month. Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life witnessed through the eyes of an Irish mob 'consigliere' whose...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Emma, who once was Susan, has served time in a psychiatric unit for murdering her twelve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark between...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
British Bulldog A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
May 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2015
     
The Infidel Stain
M. J. Carter
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s a bit of a shock to find Blake and Avery...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however a more rational yet none the less uncomfortable and captivating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
May 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed No Other Darkness
Sarah Hilary
May 2015 eBook of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of Someone Else’s Skin investigating her second case after the bodies...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break a...
Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
A Dandy in Aspic
Derek Marlowe
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A most welcome reissue of an important and until now forgotten Cold War spy classic that first appeared in 1966 (and was actually filmed with Laurence Harvey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Strangler Vine
M. J. Carter
Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century. It’s a joy to read the interplay between the two...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     
A Meditation on Murder
Robert Thorogood
The author has written the scripts for a BBC TV series, Death in Paradise, but this is his first novel. The TV series featured a new Detective Inspector but fans will enjoy returning to DI Richard Poole here. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace and once hooked you’ve got lots to indulge in to find your favourite. Here we...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm and could well prove a similar phenomenon in its English language edition. The tale of a young writer and his complex entanglement with an older more established novelist who is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Three
Sarah Lotz
A story told in journalistic style as a series of interviews, blogs, recorded conversations and official reports. As a style that can be irritating but Lotz pulls it off extremely well and I found it truly engaging. It is basically...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Labyrinth
Kate Mosse
I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
After the Crash
Michel Bussi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Arriving so soon after the recent Barcelona-Dusseldorf sad plane disaster, this novel about the aftermath and consequences of an Airbus crash in mountains can prove unsettling, although...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Nobody Walks
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Dead Lions, Herron's second Slough House spy thriller was, justly rewarded with the CWA Gold Dagger and his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
The Snow Kimono
Mark Henshaw
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An allusive and at times terribly poetic novel, this debut by an Australian author innovatively balances events that take place in contemporary Paris, the near past in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 tale of the cruise from hell (or should it be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Thursday's Child: A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime writing and have now embarked on their first series, featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 hasty to make up your mind though, this is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but I think his greatest achievement is the way he shows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed I am in Blood Old Murders Never Die
Joe Murphy
A provocatively surprising read, at times graphically gruesome writing writhes from the pages, and a strong stomach is required to deal with some of the overtly descriptive and violent detailing. Three different men in different time spans have their thoughts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist. Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital. Not only does it jump viewpoints,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Broken Monsters
Lauren Beukes
A truly sensational thriller; intelligent, pacey and unusually beautiful. It borders on the supernatural, taking you just as far as “suspension of disbelief” will allow, and is certainly not just your ordinary cop-chases-serial-killer. Disparate characters drawn from the seething streets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
A Colder War
Charles Cumming
In his splendid previous spy thriller A Foreign Country, Cumming introduced once-disgraced and now covertly back in the fold operative Thomas Kell and MI6’s first female head Amelia Levene. In his new book, they both appear again. Following the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Cut Out
Fergus McNeill
An extraordinary, well-written, fast-moving and intelligent murder mystery. It is a tale of obsession and murder, both premeditated and unintentional, the contrasts are intriguing. The fine line between sanity and insanity is beautifully drawn. We follow a reclusive computer geek,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Darke Mission
Scott Caladon
Winner of the Peoples' Book PrizeThe British government is secretly bankrupt. There is no money to pay the police, armed forces and the NHS. JJ Darke, lone parent and Scottish ex-intelligence officer, is blackmailed by an unscrupulous politician into stealing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     
The Lie
C. L. Taylor
This was no accident... Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter.
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Stolen Ones
Owen Laukkanen
Beware, not for the faint-hearted! We have Balzano and Byrne of The Killing Room picking up a cold case with little paperwork attached as the previous detective died suddenly of a brain aneurysm and was obviously ill when working on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Keep Your Friends Close
Paula Daly
A tale of a complicated relationship, a cunning predator and fatal repercussions. It is very good. Nat and Sean are solidly married but an old university friend of Nat’s upsets the equilibrium and now both women seem to become a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
The Crooked House
Christobel Kent
An atmospheric, creepy tale of a deeply traumatised girl, the sole survivor of her murdered family; mother, brother, twin sisters and then the father who turned the gun on himself … or did he? She, Alison, is brought up by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Carnival of Shadows
R. J. Ellory
Senior Special Agent Travis was just 15 when his mother murdered his very violent father. He learnt very early on to keep his emotions to himself and believes totally in upholding the law to the letter. His case here concerns...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Acts of Omission
Terry Stiastny
An intriguing novel, set in late 90s London but with its secrets and privacy, press vs the government vs the security services story, managing to be terribly relevant to today as well. Terry Stiastny was a BBC journalist and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Killing Lessons
Saul Black
A brilliant debut serial killer thriller from a frighteningly talented writer.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Personal
Lee Child
Jack Reacher’s nineteenth adventure; if you haven’t met him yet what has kept you so long? You are certainly in for a treat. Normally based in America, it is interesting to see Reacher over here. The army needs his help...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real events that took place in New Orleans during 1919, weaves a hypnotic web of intrigue, tension and suspense. New Orleans struts and parades her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
Two old cases form the centre of this new Harry Bosch thriller, one from ten years previously, the other 25. So ten years ago a musician was shot while playing a gig. The bullet lodged in his spine but did...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
James Smythe
This is a dark dystopian thriller set in the not very distant future (2020) where a new technology, Clear Vista, can seemingly predict the future based on a handful of questions. Laurence Walker is a Senator who uses Clear Vista...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
April 2015 Book of the Month. In Iceland grandparents and a young child go to the port to meet a yacht with...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
Harry Bingham
Fiona has Cotard’s Syndrome, an illness fully explained in her first book. This is book three and once again we are given essential back-story information so you do not need...
 
 

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
An intriguing mystery with a difference - it’s also a fabulously affectionate glimpse into village life in all it’s scandal and glory. The Good Priest himself is a capable, warm-hearted,...
 
 

No Name Lane
Howard Linskey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Over the past couple of years, Penguin have been renewing their local crime stable with enterprise and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl...
 
 

Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication...
 
 

The Doll Maker
Richard Montanari
Although part of a series that features Byrne and Balzano there is no need to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. The story is tightly plotted...
 
 

The Golem of Hollywood
Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
This slightly weird but intensely wonderful crime novel has more than a whiff of fantasy weaving through the hard edged gritty hunt for a killer. The ancient tale of Cain...
 
 

Inside Enemy
Alan Judd
Charles Thoroughgood is now boss of MI6. Fans will welcome him back, newcomers will get more out of this with a bit of background knowledge but it is not strictly...
 
 

Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
April 2015 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Detective's Secret
Lesley Thomson
April 2015 eBook of the Month. With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Line of Blood
Ben McPherson
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Starting as a murder mystery with a certain amount of police procedure running through...
 
 

The Detection Collection
The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill
This was first published ten years ago when it celebrated 75 years of the founding of the “Detection Club”, a club comprising the cream of British crime writers, so a...
 
 

Normal
Graeme Cameron
Our narrator serial killer randomly selects his female victims, killing without compunction, dismembers the bodies and buries the parts. Sometimes he incarcerates them in a purpose-built cage bolted to...
 
 

Pleasantville
Attica Locke
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a...
 
 

Caught
Lisa Moore
A tale of drug running, of a couple of ineffectual lads, one who keeps getting caught, of undercover cops, a strange loyalty and great adventure. Slaney and Hearn are in...
 
 

Child 44
Tom Rob Smith
This is a brilliant first novel from an exceptional writer. Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a tight and gripping tale of an MGB officer who starts to question his...
 
 

Disappeared
Anthony Quinn
A string of murders are all connected by a single strand spun out of the past... but as Inspector Celcius Daly knows, the past is never dead... it's not even...
 
 

The Escape
David Baldacci
Great story well told and even worth reading a second time. I say this for it does feel a lot like an earlier book only brought up to date to...
 
 

The Killing Season
Mason Cross
A suspenseful thriller debut introducing Carter Blake, a bullet-proof American hero in the mould of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne, created by a new British author. Blake is a professional...
 
 

The Moon Pool
Sophie Littlefield
Two women from very different backgrounds go to the frozen wastes of North Dakota in search of their teenage sons. They form an uneasy, slightly mistrusting alliance realising they will...
 
 

Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running...
 
 

Summer of the Dead
Julia Keller
The third murder mystery to feature Belfa (Bell) Elkins, the County Prosecutor of a small community in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia. Her troubled past plays on her. Her imprisoned...
 
 

Young God
Katherine Faw Morris
Elliptical and powerful, this savage novel follows the blighted life of Nikki, a wild teenager in North Carolina on the run from a children's home seeking refuge with her drug...
 
 

The Whitehall Mandarin
Edward Wilson
Praised as the thinking man's John Le Carre, Wilson has a natural touch for the intrigues of intercontinental spying like no other. His new thriller revisits the darkest days of...
 
 

Third Voice
Cilla Borjlind, Rolf Borjlind
Crime fiction at its most vivid and harrowing. This is the second novel from Swedish scriptwriters Cilla & Rolf Borjlind. Their first, Spring Tide is now a television series...
 
 

Last Night in Montreal
Emily St. John Mandel
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. Following the multi-award nominations of her 4th novel, the subtle post-apocalyptic Station Eleven,...
 
 

Hush Hush A Tess Monaghan Novel
Laura Lippman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Laura Lippman has, for a couple of decades, been one of the most consistent and rewarding crime...
 
 

The Serpentine Road
Paul Mendelson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Mendelson's debut thriller The First Rule of Survival, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, was a...
 
 

Kill Fee
Owen Laukkanen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third successful outing for Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional FBI special agent and...
 
 

Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to...
 
 

The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Holy Spy
Rory Clements
A galloping good yarn, stuffed full to the brim with double crossing intrigue, yet intelligently braced against historical fact and figures. The mostly cool, calm and collected spy John Shakespeare...
 
 

The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis
A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to North America and now turns his talents to an ambiguous tale of...
 
 

Bravo
Greg Rucka
The second in the Jed Bell spy series following Alpha but it does stand alone. It is classic save-the-country-from-a-terrifying-assault tale with Bell and his team after a terrorist leader, the...
 
 

The Distance
Helen Giltrow
A complicated book which requires getting inside an experimental prison called “The Programme” to eliminate, well I won’t tell you. Hit-man Simon Johanssen is given the job and Charlotte Alton...
 
 

Glow
Ned Beauman
Named by Granta as one of the 20 best novelists of his generation, this is Beauman’s third novel and something of a departure for him. A complex, sophisticated, modern thriller...
 
 

Invisible
James Patterson
A female FBI analyst uses all her powers of persuasion to track a killer she believes murdered her sister and others in what the force is putting down to accidental...
 
 

The Whispering City
Sara Moliner
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Since the deserved worldwide success of Zafon's cultured thrillers, Barcelona has been the place to go...
 
 

The Lincoln Myth
Steve Berry
The ninth in Berry’s Cotton Malone series and though they’re fun, so worth reading, they’re designed as standalone books so don’t have to be read in order. This one delves...
 
 

No Mercy
Roberta Kray
This is the tenth London gangland thriller from an author who obviously knows her stuff. She was married to Reggie Kray, albeit only for three years until he died, but...
 
 

Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
Rural Montana in the 80s. Pete Smith is a young social worker with huge problems of his own. In attempting to return a near-feral lad to his family he becomes...
 
 

Reckless
William Nicholson
From Hiroshima to the Cuban Crisis, a novel that centres on the fear of the nuclear bomb, bringing in the Profumo affair, the Cold War and the threat of the...
 
 

The Silent Boy
Andrew Taylor
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. In the Scent of Death Andrew Taylor introduced us to Edward Savill, a young English clerk in British controlled Manhattan at the...
 
 

Zodiac Station
Tom Harper
Tom Harper might well be the best thriller writer you’ve never heard of. Set deep in the Arctic Circle, Zodiac begins from the perspective of the captain of an ice-breaking...
 
 

Road Ends
Mary Lawson
A gentle story about people and in particular a family where the wife just loves having babies. She has had eight children, one boy died and there is one hard-working,...
 
 

The Sandman
Lars Kepler
This is a powerhouse of a read, it will tempt and cajole you into reading faster and faster, the last page will whisper seductively to you but hold...
 
 

Camille
Pierre Lemaitre
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and...
 
 

Toxic
Jamie Doward
A frightening thriller showing how easy it might be for the stock market to be manipulated by the unscrupulous. It is a complicated tale of an Arab prince and supporter...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Jackdaw
Luke Delaney
March 2015 eBook of the Month. A dark, psychological, crime procedural tale in which city people are kidnapped, murdered (one on line...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Cold Revenge
Alex Howard
A tenacious crime thriller with a difference; where the focus is a self contained, single minded and absolutely fanatical DCI who is prepared to ignore or even trample over any...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller...
 
 

Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between a lonely school librarian, Lizzie, and a compulsive/obsessive artist, Zach. It is fast-paced,...
 
 

The Bones Beneath
Mark Billingham
Billingham's brooding London cop Tom Thorne makes a welcome return. A terrible psychopath whose path he had once crossed to his peril and narrowly managed to incarcerate is promising to...
 
 

Frog Music
Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue has done it again, produced another novel totally unlike anything she has written so far. This one is a light, easy read of the tangled relationships of colourful...
 
 

A Man Lies Dreaming
Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and...
 
 

The Case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste The Case Files of Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective
Malcolm Pryce
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2015 Book of the Month. Best known for his quirky P.I. series set in Aberystwyth, Pryce debuts a new...
 
 

Kolymsky Heights
Lionel Davidson
Maxim Jakubowski March 2015 Highly Recommended. Lauded quite rightly by Philip Pullman, who supplies a new introduction, as the best thriller...
 
 

The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands...
 
 

The Abrupt Physics of Dying
Paul E. Hardisty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Extremely topical, what with its principal protagonist, oil engineer Claymore Straker, in flight from a dodgy past,...
 
 

Wolf
Mo Hayder
I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent. Fourteen years ago...
 
 

The Skeleton Road
Val McDermid
McDermid fans may well be surprised with this ‘crime mystery’ for it is more a history of the recent Balkan War and the siege of Dubrovnik than it is a...
 
 
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