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Books of the Month

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
February 2015 Book of the Month. An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
February 2015 Book of the Month. No. 5 in the Lovereading top 10 'Readers’ Choice' Books of the Year 2014. This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
February 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the desperation...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Doll's House Di Helen Grace
M. J. Arlidge
Helen Grace’s third case. She is an interesting character coming from an abused childhood but although that and her two earlier cases are referred to here you don’t really need the knowledge. What is far more intriguing is the relationships...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month. US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Touch
Claire North
Maxim Jakubowski February 2015 Highly Recommended. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Whites
Harry Brandt
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Major US novelist and screen writer Richard Price (Clockers, The Wanders, Sea of Love) lies behind the Brandt pseudonym, but this New York cop novel proves...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Guns of Brixton
Paul D. Brazill
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Poland-based British author Brazill is one of the leading lights of a burgeoning independent crime publishing landscape in which he has been a prolific pen as well as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     
Quarry's Choice
Max Allan Collins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another fast-paced tale featuring a hitman as its hero, Quarry's Choice is actually the eleventh volume in a highly popular series by one of US crime fiction's most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/01/2015
     
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
     
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 on firmly to your horses and enjoy the wild ride....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Exit
Helen FitzGerald
I am a huge fan of this author whose work is frequently categorised as crime but although her books do have a crime element, often sinister, they are so much more. Here 23-year old Catherine, unable to get a job...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
The Girl in 6E
A. R. Torre
Obsessed with internet sex, a self-imposed prisoner, Jessica, has a fear of human contact for she fantasises about hurting, even killing, people. She does not trust herself; she has reason not to! Everything she needs is obtainable online and when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Skin Collector
Jeffery Deaver
This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case. He is an interesting character surrounded by a great team so fans will be among old favourites. Newcomers will be fine for Jeffery Deaver is very good at introducing you to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
The Secret of Magic
Deborah Johnson
This story is amazing as indeed is its lyrical writing. From the Southern American dialect to Mr Willie Willie’s made up words to wonderful descriptions of the country, forest and close-knit community full of secrets, this terrific tale is based...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Dangerous
Jessie Keane
No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Happiness Is Easy
Edney Silvestre
A small package, but one containing a forceful wallop of an impact. The short sharp chapters flit around in time; enabling you to catch up, tripping you so you fall behind again,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Cold, Cold Heart
Tami Hoag
A powerful, truly compulsive tale of two brain-damaged people, one, Dana, through a terrible ordeal when, kidnapped, she was severely beaten but managed to kill her captor, the other, John, through injuries received in the Afghan war. In the notes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
You
Zoran Drvenkar
The chilling new thriller by the author of SORRY
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
White Lies The 11th Spider Shepherd Thriller
Stephen Leather
A Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd thriller. He is a great character, an old-fashioned gung-ho hero with knowledge of modern procedures and weapons. This is his eleventh adventure. It all revolves around the Bin Laden killing and a possible conspiracy involving the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Second Life
S. J. Watson
It must be exceedingly difficult for an author to follow a hugely successful debut but S J Watson has risen to the task. Very different from his sensational Before I Go to Sleep this is nonetheless a terrific, tense read...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Obsession in Death
J. D. Robb
There's a thin line between hero worship and dangerous obsession ... the explosive new Eve Dallas and Roarke thriller
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Missing You
Harlan Coben
A fast-paced thriller with intertwining plots that keep you guessing almost to the end. The pace is relentless and very topical as it highlights the dangers that can lurk behind online dating encounters. It stars Kat Donovan, a NYPD detective,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Ship
Antonia Honeywell
A horrifying look at our future! The environmentalists were right, the seas rose and floods wiped out many areas, everything wild died out, the land and sea were polluted, pets were eaten, society broke down. Michael developed a programme intending...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/02/2015
     
Influx
Daniel Suarez
A science-heavy text with a US Government department set up to monitor new developments in technology, the BTC. It goes rogue and starts taking out anyone who makes a significant step forward in science. Why? Our hero, Grady, invents anti-gravity...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
Crash & Burn
Lisa Gardner
A psychological thriller with a very clever plot line. You, the reader, will formulate many different scenarios and theories which will ‘crash and burn’ one by one as a new detail is revealed by Nicky’s returning memory. She, poor girl,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
Canary
Duane Swierczynski
Grad student by day; criminal informant by night - Sarie Holland is a new breed of action hero.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
If I Fall, If I Die
Michael Christie
Will’s mother suffers from agoraphobia and after she lost her father, her brother and her husband she took baby Will back to her home town to protect him and shut the door on the world. Will is now 12-years old...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Accident
Chris Pavone
With his first novel The Expats, Pavone introduced himself as a clever spinner of tales of treachery and intrigue, alongside a forensic dissection of the dark side of married life, which made for a unique combination. In his new novel,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2015
     
Ripper
Isabel Allende
If you are a fan of this author’s magical tales then this is not for you. It is her first foray into crime fiction. A series of gruesome, ritualistic murders and, this being California, a bunch of weird characters form...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
The Murder Bag
Tony Parsons
Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy, with his first crime novel which is interesting. He introduces DC Max Wolfe who tells the story. He kills and disarms a terrorist suspect and is promoted. He has a five year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Cemetery Girl
David Bell
David Bell's gripping psychological thriller will have readers biting their nails. A real treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane and Heather Gudenkauf.
 
 
Reader Reviewed Taking the Fall
A. P. McCoy
The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on...
 
 
Rasputin's Shadow
Raymond Khoury
The author is a screenwriter for the BBC series Spooks and Waking the Dead, and his ability to create fast-action mysteries is repeated in this, his fourth book starring FBI...
 
 
The Sins of the Father
Graham Hurley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Despite twelve sterling titles in his Faraday and Winter gritty and atmospheric Portsmouth-set cop series, Graham Hurley is...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
January 2015 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead,...
 
 
Abattoir Blues The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full...
 
 
Afraid
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...
 
 
After the Storm
Jane Lythell
Relationships shift and suppressed secrets are stirred up when two young couples spend ten days at sea.
 
 
The Apostle
J. A. Kerley
With a chill factor set at zero, this has everything you need in a crime novel; resolute detectives, a warped murderer and enough twists and turns to keep the readers...
 
 
Before You Die
Samantha Hayes
A sad, dark tale of teenage suicides/murder(?) that Birmingham-based DI Lorraine Fisher accidently becomes involved with while visiting her sister in a village in Warwickshire. It starts with a tragedy...
 
 
The Burning
M. R. Hall
A great, rather horrific tale with perhaps a tad too many red-herrings and characters so keep your wits about you. It stars Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper of past books (all...
 
 
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...
 
 
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 new TV series is to feature a new Detective...
 
 
Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist not averse to breaking the rules to get to the truth and expose corruption in high places. He’s a familiar character has now served...
 
 
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 Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters, it is the Devon seaside village of Limeburn and its inhabitants that dominate....
 
 
Fatal Impact
Kathryn Fox
The seventh in Kathryn Fox’s Anya Crichton series, about an Australian forensic pathologist. This one’s set in Tasmania and goes in to quite a lot of detail about the potential...
 
 
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...
 
 
Cry Wolf: a Mafia Thriller Set in Rural Italy
Michael Gregorio
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 'Gregorio' is in fact an Anglo-Italian married couple who write as Michael Gregorio and were, until now, best...
 
 
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,...
 
 
A Lovely Way to Burn
Louise Welsh
Wow, this is good. We have two stories in parallel. Stevie, a TV shopping channel presenter attempts to find her boyfriend’s killer; said boyfriend was a doctor researching into treatment...
 
 
The Martini Shot and Other Stories
George Pelecanos
A collection of stories, mostly gritty low-level crime stories set on Washington DC's mean streets.
 
 
Her
Harriet Lane
A psychological thriller that builds slowly as two women, in alternating chapters, tell of their lives. They overlap now and did years ago but one long forgotten. This is a...
 
 
The 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...
 
 
Runaway
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 Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation
Asa Larsson
An engrossing and poignant crime tale that is far more complex than just a murder story. Family inheritance, past history, strong believable characters and the wonderful scenic descriptions make for...
 
 
Skin
Tobias Hill
First published in 1998 this is a collection of short stories by an impressive storyteller, most famous for his complex literary novels. Moving effortlessly between cultures and ages Hill focuses...
 
 
The Son
Jo Nesbo
Originally hailed as ‘the new Stieg Larsson’, Jo Nesbo now sets the international standard for brilliant, heart-pumping, Scandinavian noir. Most famous for his Harry Hole series, this is a standalone...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
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 food and essentials in a constant state...
 
 
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,...
 
 
The Ties That Bind
Erin Kelly
A wonderfully written tale of an investigative journalist, Luke, wanting to write a book about the criminal world of the 60s and in particular an ace safe cracker. You learn...
 
 
Touching Distance
Graham Hurley
A killing without mercy. A crime with no motive. A thriller from the author of the highly acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.
 
 
The Tournament
Matthew Reilly
The game in question is chess, the board Constantinople and the prize, a broader education for Elizabeth I! This imagines Princess Elizabeth, aged 13 (1546) being accompanied by her tutor,...
 
 
Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
Maxim Jakubowski January 2015 Highly Recommended. A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew...
 
 
Your Servants and Your People
David Towsey
In the wake of World War Z, the 28 Days movies and TV series The Walking Dead, we've been deluged by a surfeit of zombie trash, but The Walkin' Trilogy...
 
 
Written in the Blood
Stephen Lloyd Jones
The sequel to The String Diaries which you just have to read before tackling this, not necessarily to understand this, for you are given a lot of background, but...
 
 
Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
January 2015 Debut of the Month. A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking...
 
 
Atom Bomb Angel
Peter James
Originally published in 1982, fans of Roy Grace are in for a treat. This is James Bond territory, a terrific read of a global terrorist threat where nuclear power stations...
 
 
Private India
James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
The Private Investigation Agency now opens a branch in India. Not knowing how the India police operate it’s difficult for me to comment on but I did feel it was...
 
 
Curtain Call
Anthony Quinn
On a sultry afternoon in the summer of 1936 a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma:...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Mind of Winter
Laura Kasischke
Clever, persuasive writing where the ending has you reaching for the beginning. The first few sentences grab your attention and from then on, you find yourself analysing, speculating, wondering. This...
 
 
The Glass Cell A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological thriller...
 
 
A Suspension of Mercy A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological thriller...
 
 
Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological thriller...
 
 
Gun Street Girl
Adrian McKinty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth volume...
 
 

The Month Before'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 Noah...
 
 
I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
Winner of the Crime/Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. A smashing first...
 
 
The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This is the first in a...
 
 
The Job
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
He's a charming con man and she's a dedicated FBI agent, and they're about to drive each other crazy ...again!
 
 
Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option
Robert Ludlum
An action-packed tale involving Somali pirates, the mafia, oil, bombs, new gimmicks to baffle even Bond’s Q, and lots of fun. Paul Janson is a disenchanted US agent now out...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Queen's Man
Rory Clements
December 2014 Book of the Month. It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal...
 
 
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 Affairs of Others
Amy Grace Loyd
Celia, a young, still grieving widow, buys an apartment building in New York and chooses her tenants carefully so that they will blend but not encroach on her life. We...
 
 
And She Was
Alison Gaylin
PI Brenna suffers from a rare disorder called hyperthymestic syndrome which enables her to recall any day in her life in graphic detail except the one in which her sister...
 
 
The Convert's Song
Sebastian Rotella
A thriller with an Argentinian and a Lebanese forming a childhood friendship that carries through to their adult life. The problem is that one becomes a security guard, the other...
 
 
Hangman
Stephan Talty
Marcus Flynn, aka Hangman, is in prison for murdering three girls. When he was arrested he had a bullet wound in his head causing memory loss. A fourth girl is...
 
 
Hush
Karen Robards
In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a woman must track down her husband's murderer - or risk being the next victim of a...
 
 
Still Waters
Linda Kavanagh
Overflowing with intrigue and suspense this story just gallops along. You don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes aficionado to enjoy this tale, it is an easy and entertaining read,...
 
 
That Night
Chevy Stevens
A thriller told from the perspective of a young woman wrongly accused of her sister’s murder who serves her time then when finally freed goes home, looking for justice. Told...
 
 
Hush Little Baby
James Carol
If you enjoy HUSH LITTLE BABY then you might like to try the first eBook chronicle, PRESUMED GUILTY, or the full-length thrillers, BROKEN DOLLS and WATCH ME.
 
 
Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
December 2014 eBook of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father...
 
 
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Thomas Harris 
Michael Marshall 
Harlan Coben 
Dennis Lehane 
Karin Slaughter 
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Kathy Reichs 
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P J Tracy 
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Barbara Vine 
Mary Higgins Clark 
Nora Roberts 
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Mark Billingham 
Peter James 
John Connolly 
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