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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Killing Ways
Alex Barclay
December 2015 Book of the Month. Oh my word! This is a wonderfully bone chilling and mind biting book, it’s quite simply...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
Black Feathers
Joseph D'Lacey
December 2015 Book of the Month. A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future....
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2013

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed After Anna
Alex Lake
December 2015 Debut of the Month. A stirring and thrilling plot ensures 'After Anna' just gallops along for your dramatic reading pleasure. When Julia’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/11/2015
A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel
Elizabeth George
November 2015 Book of the Month. ‘A Banquet of Consequences’ is a truly enjoyable, wickedly twisty family drama combined with a crime novel. This is the 19th book in the ‘Inspector Lynley...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2015
Night Music: Nocturnes 2
John Connolly
November 2015 Book of the Month. If you are an intrepid reader and delight in the creatively eerie, startling and spine-chilling, then...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
Get Even
Martina Cole
October 2015 Book of the Month. Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2015
The Mulberry Bush
Charles Mccarry
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2015 Book of the Month. Veteran thriller writer McCarry returns with a poignant spy tale of mixed loyalties, betrayal and the collapse of political idealism in which the conflict...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/11/2015
Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
November 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Cross Justice
James Patterson
November 2015 Book of the Month. The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Reader Reviewed What Remains
Tim Weaver
November 2015 Book of the Month. A crime novel with an ending that you do not see coming – terrific. Now into his sixth mystery missing persons investigator, David Raker thrillers just...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
The Crossing
Michael Connelly
November 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed Alone in the Dark
Karen Rose
November 2015 eBook of the Month. Alone in the Dark is quite simply, a wonderful hit of escapism with a great mix of crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Reader Reviewed The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
November 2015 eBook of the Month. A captivating and wonderfully evocative historical crime novel based in 1351, this is the second in the series, set after ‘Plague Land’. While...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
The Mysteries
Lisa Tuttle
A Texan writer who has lived in Britain for many years, Lisa Tuttle is a secret treasure. Her work has for years skirted the tenuous, poetic reaches of horror and fantasy (and she once collaborated with Game of Thrones'
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
Dust and Desire (A Joel Sorrell Thriller)
Conrad Williams
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his superlative award-winning writing in the horror field, Conrad Williams now showboats his sparkling talent in his debut crime novel, the first in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2015
Savage Lane
Jason Starr
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Once lauded as the prominent exponent of white collar noir, US author Starr now turns his attention with searing effect to domestic unease and attendant thrills. Recently...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Europe at Midnight
Dave Hutchinson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating follow-up to the award-nominated EUROPE IN AUTUMN, this equally multi-stranded tale of contiguous worlds takes it time in establishing the connections to the complex...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Romanzo Criminale
Giancarlo De Cataldo
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A massive Italian bestseller, this epic saga of crime and retribution set against decades of Roman turmoil, has already been the object of a major movie and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
A Taste of Ashes
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish writer Black has made a strong impact with his gritty Gus Dury series but his second novel featuring Ayr cop DI Bob Valentine proves his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
Last Days of the Condor
James Grady
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A particularly imaginative espionnage thriller for the modern times and a curious sequel over four decades later to Grady's original SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
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 scenes and all too easily falls in love with a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2015
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: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Dark Corners
Ruth Rendell
A stand-alone thriller, insightful and with wry humour, it portrays the psychological downward spiral of the main character, budding author Carl, as a result of his actions and then “non” actions. A simple act has devastating consequences and Carl is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Ghost Fields The 7th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery
Elly Griffiths
November 2015 eBook of the Month. Those new to this author would do well to start with her first forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway book The Crossing Places for else...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2015
Harry's Game
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is one of our greatest thriller writers - a reputation established with his first novel, Harry's Game, published in 1975 and still as fresh, vibrant and exciting 40 years later. Set in Belfast at the height of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 Feathers’, this story needs to be told, to be heard...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2014
Playing with Fire
Tess Gerritsen
What if your child wanted you dead? Julia doesn't understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what's causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham
Brilliant. Quite different from Grisham’s norm. The Rogue Lawyer of the title, one Sebastian Rudd, is a wonderful creation, a true oddball of a lawyer who defends those no-one else wants to touch. He works out of a bullet-proof van...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2015
Hope to Die
James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he's ever cared about. His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family. Driven by feelings of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross for ever. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
You are Dead
Peter James
The eleventh Roy Grace novel by one of Britain's best-loved crime writers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Even Dogs in the Wild The New John Rebus
Ian Rankin
Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires. It's a game of dog eat dog - in the city, as in the wild...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Midnight Sun Blood on Snow
Jo Nesbo
Hiding out in a shepherd's cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between Jon and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
City on Fire
Garth Risk Hallberg
It's New Year's Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the edge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in - and amidst the fireworks, an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. The search...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Narrowing the Field
A. P. McCoy
From the multi-award winning Champion jockey, recently retired, a terrific racing thriller that will have racing enthusiasts devouring it in a sitting.
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Keigo Higashino
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the...

Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Historical Writers' Association 2015 Debut Crown Award For New Historical Fiction. Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the...

Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2015. Rural Montana in the 80s. Pete Smith is a young social worker with huge problems of his own. In attempting...

Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
Winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Atlanta 1974 and two female cops join forces, one old hand, one brand new. This excellent thriller certainly makes you think...

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Winner of the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new novel from international bestseller Michael Robotham -- already receiving...

Reader Reviewed The Drowning Lesson
Jane Shemilt
October 2015 Book of the Month. A well-observed domestic drama turns half way through the book into a compulsive, emotional...

Little Girl Gone
Alexandra Burt
October 2015 Debut of the Month. This riveting and perturbing thriller thoroughly turns preconceptions...

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
October 2015 Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a...

The Detective's Secret
Lesley Thomson
With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under your skin. ‘The Detective’s...

Dead Lions Slough House
Mick Herron
Sharp, biting and hugely enjoyable. The series focuses on Slough House where MI5 agents who are out of favour, who’ve screwed up one too many times, are assigned for light...

The Tears of Dark Water
Corban Addison
A huge drama of nearly 500 compulsive pages where the kidnapping of an American boy, the death of his father and the complications of the negotiator tackling the Somali pirates...

See How Small
Scott Blackwood
The dreadful effect of the murder of three teenage girls on the inhabitants of a Texas town. There are five main characters: the mother of two of the victims, a...

Die Again
Tess Gerritsen
I am a fan of the Rizzoli and Isles TV series and like the dynamics of their relationship, both as friends and colleagues, but in my mind the books are...

The Sand Men
Christopher Fowler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Fowler is one of the hidden treasures of popular fiction, equally at ease writing horror, idiosyncratic cop...

Mile High
Rebecca Chance
Maxim Jakubowski October 2015 Highly Recommended. It's no secret that behind the Chance pseudonym stands mystery writer Lauren Henderson, and this background...

Tania Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carver conceals the identity of gritty crime writer Martyn Waites writing with his wife and their series...

Lynda La Plante
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2015 Book of the Month. DCI Jane Tennison is of course endurably associated with Helen Mirren who embodied the...

Lost Girl
Adam Nevill
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Post apocalypse worlds are very much in vogue and in danger of engulfing the bookshelves, but Neville's...

Vanishing Games
Roger Hobbs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In his dazzling, award-winning debut GHOSTMAN , Hobbs introduced a fascinating lone wolf criminal anti-hero who...

Black-Eyed Susans
Julia Heaberlin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A powerful thriller with a knack for riding the tightrope between scaring the hell out of you...

Zero World
Jason M. Hough
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Pure entertainment in fifth gear, if not in hyper-spatial overdrive, in this SF thriller where future spies...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Clare Francis
It's been 4 yrs since her last novel and definitely worth the wait. Unforgottenis a crime thriller but its also a really involving family drama with engrossing real life characters....

David Cronenberg
There are fascinating arguments about whether the pinnacle of art can be reached best through collaboration or solo work. From Renaissance artists’ studios to Warhol’s Factory to the Writers Rooms...

A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become...

The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of...

Into the Fire
Manda Scott
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why...

Reader Reviewed Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
September 2015 Book of the Month. There is a confusing, almost rambling feel to this thriller that really keeps you on your...

The Dark
V. M. Giambanco
Following on from The Gift of Darkness and also starring Detective Alice Madison of the Seattle Homicide team, this new one needs the first to be read to fully...

The Liar's Chair
Rebecca Whitney
David and Rachel, aged around 40, have built up a very successful promotional business together but a less successful marriage. When Rachel, driving home from a night with her lover,...

Claire North
Young adult writer Catherine Webb was also known to pen great fantasy adventures as Kate Griffin, but the revelation she was also Claire North, author of last year's unique

Liar Liar Di Helen Grace
M. J. Arlidge
September 2015 Book of the Month. The fourth DI Helen Grace crime thriller is a gritty, gutsy and gloriously enthralling read. This...

The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter...

Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in...

Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...

Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of 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...

The Book of Memory
Petina Gappah
Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that...

Mandasue Heller
A gritty tale of the dangers of chat-lines for naïve, vulnerable teenagers. Skye, after her mother stabs her father and she has been put into care, escapes and flees to...

Rebecca Muddiman
Fluctuating between 2010 and 1999 this is the tale of missing teenager Emma who may or may not be dead, of Lucas an evil, manipulative psycho, Ben a young adult...

The Girl Who Wasn't There
Ferdinand von Schirach
A clever murder mystery where we follow the life of a very controversial German photographic artist who creates complex, shocking images, some based on known artists’ work. The first section,...

Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father and a fellow school chum, Tom, to the Orkneys to ‘keep an eye’...

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 a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Dark Tides
Chris Ewan
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of...

The Dead Lands
Benjamin Percy
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In RED MOON, Percy reinvented the werewolf and made the monster both terrifying and sympathetic in...

Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid...

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes
Lawrence Block
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2015 Book of the Month. A gleeful exercise in over the top noir from one of the field's foremost...

The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Published alongside the author's second novel HOUSE OF THIEVES, an equally accomplished thriller set in New...

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...

The Missing and the Dead
Stuart MacBride
The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING.

The Ghosts of Altona
Craig Russell
Winner of the Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2015. Fabel is back: scarred by an experience that has changed him for ever and haunted by his past, he investigates...

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

From Russia with Love James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1957, Fleming's fifth 007 novel finds Bond enmeshed in a deadly game of cross and double cross. A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. Smersh has...

Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
A sublimely plotted novel of trust and betrayal, the Kind Worth Killing will keep you gripped and guessing late into the night.
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