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Books of the Month

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 her novels it is so much more. An exploration of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 the girl’s family on board (parents and twin sister). The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
Pleasantville
Attica Locke
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means and class”, home now...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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, Mandel's earlier novels are finally being released in the UK...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about a murder investigation during the Second World War. This isn't...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing to solve here - or is there! The first chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 it, this turns into a deeply traumatic, psychological thriller. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 younger sidekick Carla Windermere (earlier volumes were The Professionals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 robust tale initially set in the turmoil of South Africa's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Hush Hush A Tess Monaghan Novel
Laura Lippman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Laura Lippman has, for a couple of ecades, been one of the most consistent and rewarding crime writers around, garnering acclaim but somehow never getting fully into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 the Cold War ands weaves an intriguing web of intrigue,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2015
     
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 dealer of a birth father. A dark, poetic and unapologetic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 superiors and sees through the doctrine of Communist propaganda. Not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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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 the floor of his basement and then releases them into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 very distinguished list indeed. At the back of the book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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
     
Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth. Alice Salmon dies...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 launched a whole series of promising new talent, many of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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, wine loving soul with a wonderful cast of supporting characters;...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
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 here, instead there is a chilling case that offers Daley...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is dreadful and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
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 (she was also better known as the folk singer Charlotte...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 in the making.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
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 sister is released after thirty years and is now back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 at the same time, some are interwoven, some not. You’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 achieve more together than alone. The boys were working for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 with a shadowy background who, for a price, will locate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 include the ebola crisis and Snowden, the document leaker. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 past.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 it together but luck is not on their side until...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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 necessary for the enjoyment of this tale. It is classic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 and Abel, followed by the creation of a Golem in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 and moves along at a good steady pace. We are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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
     
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 to read the first two (but you will!). She is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 existed today and Jesus lived now?’ And more than that:...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2015
     

Last Month'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
In the Scent of Death Andrew Taylor introduced us to Edward Savill, a young English clerk in British controlled Manhattan at the height of the American War of Independence in...
 
 
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
The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and is a great story even without the...
 
 
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
The Queen of the psychological thriller returns with her latest chilling novel.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Sea of Stone
Michael Ridpath
An intelligent, riveting read featuring murder, family feuds, seers and an enigmatic Iceland. It is possible to read this as a standalone crime thriller, however there are three previous novels...
 
 
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