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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture of a house fire, of the naked female narrator escaping,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
February 2016 Book of the Month. An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to baffle Sergeant Sean Duffy in his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/12/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Alone in the Dark
Karen Rose
February 2016 Book of the Month. Alone in the Dark is quite simply, a wonderful hit of escapism with a great mix...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Tainted Love
Kimberley Chambers
An audacious, fast moving, dark but oh so entertaining tale. Prepare yourself… the Butler Family are back, and we observe as they battle their way through life from 1986 to 2001. From the unwavering matriarch Queenie, to her hard as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment.
Andrew Croker
February 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A Bed’ is a fast moving, immensely enjoyable and riveting tale...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of Slough House is another sheer delight. Following on from '
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Gold Fame Citrus
Claire Vaye Watkins
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Gold mines, the fame of Hollywood, the orange groves, three great symbols of California, three reasons to go...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
February 2016 Debut of the Month. A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’ sucks you in whole and refuses to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller, where for a fairly short novel, there’s an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety
Julie Shaw
‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series, namely that the Hudson’s do not make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
I'm Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
French Concession
Xiao Bai
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime and thriller fiction. Based in Shanghai in 1931 it provides us with an invaluable historical perspective and sense of period...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Cut Me in
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The late (and much missed) Ed McBain is best remembered for his classic 87th Precinct police procedural novels, but this timely reissue by the innovative Hard Case...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2016
     
Honky Tonk Samurai
Joe R. Lansdale
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard are a classic pairing: Hap, an ebullient white trash rebel and former leftie, and Leonard a tough as nails and pugnacious, black and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
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 to read it all over again… this is an explosive and riveting novel. You...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
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: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere and cleverly dissects deep layers of the human mind with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Palace of Treason
Jason Matthews
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this sequel to the electric Red Sparrow reads like pure...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Narrow Bed
Sophie Hannah
I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the read. ‘Billy Dead Mates’ is at the centre of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
This is a thriller with a very dark edge, sinister and gripping. Was Libby’s brother, Ben, really responsible for the murder of their parents and will the truth be more painful to bear? A compelling read. Now a major motion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Coffin Road
Peter May
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable. If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even better. We are still in the Outer Hebrides, now on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
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
     
Black Feathers
Joseph D'Lacey
A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future. Set in an alternate England, so very similar to our own, volume one of ‘The Black Dawn’ focuses on two teenagers in two different...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2013
     
Canary
Duane Swierczynski
Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall of and forced to become an informer by narcotics cop Wildey. Unwilling to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Night Manager
John le Carre
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted. This is a special edition of le...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/02/2016
     
Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller
David Young
A murder in the shadow of the Berlin Wall - in a world of conspiracy and espionage, can Karin Muller find the truth? Stasi Child is David Young's brilliant and page-turning debut novel.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Shut Eye
Belinda Bauer
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel. But in one careless moment everything changed. A front door accidentally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel
David Mark
‘Dead Pretty’ is a distinctive, stimulating and provocative read. This is the fifth DS McAvoy novel, but my first, it’s wonderful when you come across a new author and find their books are right up your ever so slightly twisted...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Stranger
Harlan Coben
The Sunday Times number one bestselling author delivers a shocking thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life - and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The 3rd Woman
Jonathan Freedland
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of Sam Bourne, the author Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
January 2016 Book of the Month. Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological...
 
 

No Mortal Thing
Gerald Seymour
January 2016 eBook of the Month....
 
 

Zero World
Jason M. Hough
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Peter Caswell is a killer without a conscience as after every mission his mind is wiped and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Try Not to Breathe
Holly Seddon
January 2016 Debut of the Month. Penetrating and intense, ‘Try Not to Breathe’ is...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Highbridge
Phil Redmond
January 2016 Debut of the Month. An intriguing start to a new series by...
 
 

The Widow
Fiona Barton
Jean Taylor is the wife of a man labelled a monster. Glen Taylor was accused of heinous crimes, implicated in the disappearance of two-year-old Bella Elliot, snatched from her front...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Gates of Evangeline
Hester Young
When grieving mother and New York journalist Charlie Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children after her only son passes away, she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet...
 
 

Hidden Bodies
Caroline Kepnes
For Joe Goldberg, the line between love and murder, desire and obsession, is a narrow one...
 
 

The Great Zoo of China
Matthew Reilly
Modern-day China not only wants to dominate the financial markets but the leisure world too. They want something bigger and better than Disneyworld and so the Great Zoo is born....
 
 

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Maxim Jakubowski January 2016 Highly Recommended. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author...
 
 

The Bottom of Your Heart Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi
Maurizio de Giovanni
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another sterling mystery from one of the leading, and most consistent, of Italian crime authors, this is...
 
 

Silent Nights Christmas Mysteries
Martin Edwards
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The British Library series of resurrected crime classics, with its elegant retro covers and splendid revivals has...
 
 

The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
It's not the first time a book is partly narrated by a dead person observing the chaos his or her own murder has created amongst the living, but this twisty...
 
 

The Whispering City
Sara Moliner
Since the deserved worldwide success of Zafon's cultured thrillers, Barcelona has been the place to go for elegant mysteries shrouded in shades of darkness. And why not? In real...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
January 2016 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2015....
 
 

Disclaimer
Renee Knight
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a...
 
 

Private Sydney
James Patterson
Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Not Single Spies
Robin Duval
An intriguing thriller based in a shady hidden world of cyber-hackers. Bryn writes alternative histories and is perplexed when he discovers his bank account emptied and computer wiped, a research...
 
 

The Stealers
Charles Hall
A full on, action packed, easy reading novel about 46 year old (retired SAS) Jack Crane’s run in with a gang of car stealing crooks. This is the third Jack...
 
 
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