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Books of the Month

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
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 thriller. We are told right at the start that baby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
Night Music: Nocturnes 2
John Connolly
October 2015 Book of the Month. From the bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mystery series comes a new anthology of chilling short fiction. Fans of The Book of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

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 tough as nails and endearing character in the successful TV...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
October 2015 Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Little Girl Gone
Alexandra Burt
October 2015 Debut of the Month. This riveting and perturbing thriller thoroughly turns preconceptions and thought process inside out. Lying in hospital with amnesia,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 explains why her tremulous bonkbusters move along with such tremendous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
Reader Reviewed The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
October 2015 eBook of the Month. From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald de Lacy's journey...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 are thrown into a world of the future beyond the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2015
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 and making you feel compassionate for its harried heroine, Heaberlin's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
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 quickly captured the imagination. His reappearance in the second novel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/07/2015
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 approach is innovative and seriously scary, which comes as no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Tania Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carver conceals the identity of gritty crime writer Martyn Waites writing with his wife and their series featuring DI Phil Brennan and his psychologist wife Marina Esposito...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
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 investigations with his increasingly popular Bryant and May series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 Secret’ is the third in this series, although you can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Ghost Fields A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Those new to this author would do well to start with her first forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway book The Crossing Places for else you will be mystified by the convoluted lives and interlinking relationship of many of the characters....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed What Remains
Tim Weaver
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 seem to get better with each. This brings back Colm Healy from The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 rave reviews, this is the most original, compelling thriller you'll...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
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 about the prejudices of the time and how much attitudes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
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 to return a near-feral lad to his family he becomes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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 always so much better, sharper, more gritty and full of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 fireman who attempted to rescue them, the 17-year old ‘get-away’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 and a Somalian who needs freedom for his family make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 duties but inevitably end up outshining their ‘proper’ MI5 colleagues....
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015

Last Month'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 smart, chilling tale of truth, deception and the reach of the law, THE GIRL WHO WASN'T THERE is the latest crime thriller from the acclaimed author of The Collini...

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.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Without the Moon
Cathi Unsworth
Maxim Jakubowski August 2015 Highly Recommended. Novel by novel, Unsworth is proving herself a unique talent in her power of evocation of...

Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for...

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...

All the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer
Maxim Jakubowski's August 2015 Book of the Month. A man and a woman meet for a drink in a conveniently empty California...

Reader Reviewed No Other Darkness
Sarah Hilary
August 2015 Book of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of

Trouble in Mind
Jeffery Deaver
August 2015 Book of the Month. Deaver’s third collection of short stories contains twelve pieces and every one one of them a...

Reader Reviewed Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
August 2015 Debut of the Month. With a hammer hitting hard prologue, this intensely...

Reader Reviewed A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
August 2015 Book of the Month. Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological mystery that encourages reading well past bed time and keeps...

The Invention of Fire
Bruce Holsinger
The richly atmospheric new historical thriller featuring John Gower, poet and trader of secrets. Against the backdrop of medieval London with its grand palaces and churches, dark alleys and mean...

The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's not the first time a book is partly narrated by a dead person observing the chaos...

The Ways of the Dead
Neely Tucker
Racial hatred, local gangs, bad boys, corruption and cover-up, that’s the route of this debut novel the Americans are impressed by. It’s written in a colloquial style which takes a...

Stranger Child
Rachel Abbott
With an unusual focus, this stimulating, taut thriller hinges on a knife edge of secrets, lies and the innermost thoughts of a family in despair. This isn't about whether you...

Pretty Baby
Mary Kubica
Convincing and commanding, this is a successfully emotional and haunting read. There are similarities to the style of Mary Kubica’s impressive debut ‘The Good Girl’, three main characters again...

Reader Reviewed Too Close to Home
Susan Lewis
August 2015 Book of the Month. A page-turner of a family drama that twists and wrenches at your heart strings. The author...

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...

Reader Reviewed The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to unravel the whole mess, this is a fast...

In Bitter Chill
Sarah Ward
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Assured classic British crime which feels like anything but a debut novel. In small town Derbyshire, two...

The Killing Kind
Chris F. Holm
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked...

The Murder Road
Stephen Booth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. So many of Britain's regions have proven the background to outstanding crime series and the Peak District...

Stefan Spjut
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the disappearance of a young boy from a remote cabin in a Swedish forest, his mother...

The House on the Hill
Kevin Sampson
DCI Billy McCartney first appeared in The Killing Pool, a wonderfully twisted slice of Scouse Noir. Disillusioned by his job and the world, he is drawn back into trouble...

Every Night I Dream of Hell
Malcolm Mackay
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another Scottish slice of realistic noir from the author of the acclaimed and trailblazing Glasgow trilogy...

Jigsaw Man
Elena Forbes
More of a who-did-what-and-why than a whodunit. Divided very much into two stories, one of which follows on from a previous book. This is the fourth to feature London-based...

Reader Reviewed A Line of Blood
Ben McPherson
Starting as a murder mystery with a certain amount of police procedure running through it, this turns into a deeply traumatic, psychological thriller. The discovery by the narrator and...

Post Mortem
Kate London
An intricate, gritty and believable crime novel from a serving detective in the Met's murder squad.Grounded in the terrifying realities of life on the force in city where the affluent...

Peter May
Once started you will find this almost impossible to put down. Jumping between 1965 and 2015 it beautifully illustrates the differences in the periods; fascinating. Back in 1965 a bunch...

The Summer of Secrets
Sarah Jasmon
A suspenseful, spell-binding coming-of-age story about how one simple action on a summer's day can echo through the years. When Helen is sixteen, the Dover family move in next door,...

Kelley Armstrong
In the first book in this series, Omens, Liv discovers she is the child of serial killers and embarks upon a journey to clear their names. She flees to a...

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller that makes the reader question everything, and it will stay with you - as all good thrillers do - long after you...

So Nude, So Dead
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big...

NYPD Red 3
James Patterson
New York's best detectives, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald, are on the case. But by getting closer to the truth, Zach and Kylie are edging ever closer to the firing...
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