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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, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Other Featured Books this Month
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 story plays with your mind, encouraging it to turn one... Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2015
Someone Else's Conflict Alison Layland
January 2015 Debut of the Month.
A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity.... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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 and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
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 featuring his fascinating Catholic cop Sean Duffy, at the time... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
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 known for their astute five novel historical series set in... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2014
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 by Towsey succeeds in infusing the sub-genre with both empathy... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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 of fear. You can feel the atmosphere dripping off the... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
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 Inspector but fans will enjoy returning to DI Richard Poole... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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 of red herrings. Could it be a World War II... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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 still a sorely under-appreciated crime writer, whom I would personally... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
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 the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Runaway Peter May
In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
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 agent Sean Reilly. He here uses a nifty time-slip device... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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: she's not supposed to be at the hotel in the... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
Private India James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
When Santosh Wagh isn't struggling out of a bottle of whisky he's head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Atom Bomb Angel Peter James
A reissue of this early thriller from multi-million-copy bestselling author, Peter James. Terrorists are threatening to sabotage Britain's nuclear power plants. One nuclear explosive smuggled inside a reactor would turn the entire core into a massive atom bomb ...and bring... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Written in the Blood Stephen Lloyd Jones
High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer. A promise. Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Tournament Matthew Reilly
England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is in a dangerous position as her older siblings jostle for the throne. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her safe. So when he receives an unusual invitation from the... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
Touching Distance Graham Hurley
Three random killings. Or something much, much worse? DS Jimmy Suttle is trying to get his life back on track. His marriage has fallen apart and he rarely sees his young daughter, Grace. But then a murder shuts the door... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Ties That Bind Erin Kelly
Gripping, twisty and compelling, it confirms her as a mistress of psychological suspense. Could a soul, once sold, truly be redeemed? Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Liar's Chair Rebecca Whitney
Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business ...They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
The Son Jo Nesbo
Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
Skin Tobias Hill
In an isolated trailer home in the far north of Japan, an old criminal scrutinizes his tattooed skin while he waits for the past to catch up with him. A year later, the life of a young policeman breaks down... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Serpent Papers Jessica Cornwell
Barcelona, Summer 2003. Three women are sacrificed to an unknown purpose, skin carved with a cryptic alphabet, tongues cut from their mouths. Sent beautiful, sinister letters - clues, or confessions? - Inspector Fabregat cannot decipher the warnings within. As Barcelona... Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation Asa Larsson
At the end of a deadly bear hunt across the wilderness of Northern Sweden, the successful hunters are shaken by a grisly discovery. Across in Kurravaara, a woman is murdered with frenzied brutality: crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed,... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Ripper Isabel Allende
A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende. For Amanda Martin and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in the middle of a school gym, the murder presents a... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Jigsaw Man Elena Forbes
DI Mark Tartaglia spends a night in a west London hotel with a woman he has just met. When he is called out to the same hotel the next morning to investigate a murder, he realises it must have taken... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
Her Harriet Lane
Two women; two different worlds. Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Martini Shot and Other Stories George Pelecanos
THE MARTINI SHOT itself is set in the world of TV, featuring a scriptwriter on a popular cop show. When a member of the crew is murdered, the screenwriter decides to track down the perpetrators himself, to see if as... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh
As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime It doesn't look like murder in a city full of death. A pandemic called 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Girl Who Wasn't There Ferdinand von Schirach
Sebastian von Eschburg, scion of a wealthy, self-destructive family, survived his disastrous childhood to become a celebrated if controversial artist. He casts a provocative shadow over the Berlin scene; his disturbing photographs and installations show that truth and reality are... Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
The Final Minute Simon Kernick
Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, Tina Boyd, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive. 'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on, and... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
Fatal Impact Kathryn Fox
THE SEVENTH CRIME NOVEL IN THE BRILLIANT ANYA CRICHTON SERIES - A SERIOUS RIVAL TO PATRICIA CORNWELL'S DR KAY SCARPETTA. When forensic pathologist Dr Anya Crichton finds a dead child covered in blood and stuffed into a toy box, her... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Facts of Life and Death Belinda Bauer
Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader ...She makes you think a bit differently about the world . (Daily Telegraph). On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
Die Again Tess Gerritsen
THE VICTIMS - In Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles investigate a bizarre murder. A man has been found gutted and hanging in his home. When the remains of another victim are found, it is clear that... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
Dead Girl Walking Christopher Brookmyre
Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A... Format: Hardback - Released: 22/01/2015
The Crooked House Christobel Kent
Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties, no home, a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. She's a nobody; she has no-one and that's how she wants it. But once... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
The Burning M. R. Hall
A family tragedy. A buried secret. What lies hidden in the flames? A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
Before You Die Samantha Hayes
This is the gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You're Mine. Oh God, please don't let me die. It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
The Apostle J. A. Kerley
From the bestselling author of Her Last Scream, a chilling tale of ritual murder and corruption, featuring Detective Carson Ryder. The Reverend Honus Schrum, a nationally renowned minister and owner of a broadcasting empire, tells the media he has come... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2014
After the Storm Jane Lythell
A man who had no voice. A woman who helped him find it. Rob and Anna have only just met Owen and Kim. Now they've chartered their handsome old boat to take them to a far off island in the... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2015
Afraid Mandasue Heller
When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father;... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
Cemetery Girl David Bell
Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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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.
New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As...
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...
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! The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up...
Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option Robert Ludlum
Paul Janson has set a new mission for himself. In partnership with champion sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he rehabilitates disenchanted agents, helping them to create new lives outside the violent intelligence...
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...
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
Military CID investigator John Puller has returned from his latest case to learn that his brother, Robert, once a major in the United States Air Force and an expert in...
The Affairs of Others Amy Grace Loyd
In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another, but she has not moved...
And She Was Alison Gaylin
When Brenna Spector was a child, her older sister stepped into a strange car never to be seen again. This traumatic event triggered in Brenda a rare neurological disorder that...
The Convert's Song Sebastian Rotella
Valentine Pescatore has put a hazardous life in US law enforcement behind him, and started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. But dangers have followed him from home....
Hangman Stephan Talty
EVERYONE FEARS HANGMAN...When serial killer Marcus Flynn last haunted North Buffalo's streets, horror rippled in his wake. Though imprisoned, his legacy - and the mysterious fate of his last victim...
Hush Karen Robards
When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she's sure it's no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone's out for...
Still Waters Linda Kavanagh
There was a moment when Ivy could have told the truth. But she didn't. Now she's burdened with a terrible secret - something so awful that it could destroy her...
That Night Chevy Stevens
Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Seventeen years later, she's out on parole and back in her hometown, but she's...
Hush Little Baby James Carol
FBI profiler Yoko Tanaka is in Tampa, Florida helping the local PD with their 'Sandman' case. Three mothers and their daughters have been found murdered in their homes. The mothers...
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...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Better off Dead Tom Wood
Victor is the face in the crowd you don't see, a perfect assassin with nothing to live for. But when an old friend turns to him for help, he finds...
Don't Look Back Erica Spindler
Ten years ago, Kat McCall left her home town in Louisiana after being accused of murdering her sister. Now, despite the fact there are those in the town who are...
An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014.
Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style,...
The Betrayers David Bezmozgis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to...
The Contract Gerald Seymour
When a young Russian fakes his own death and defects from East Germany, his interrogators discover that his father, Otto Guttman, is a leading scientist working on Soviet missile systems....
Missing You Harlan Coben
It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as...
The Dead Can Wait Robert Ryan
Deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks...Dr John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh...
For Valour Andy McNab
When a young trooper is shot in the head at the Regiment's renowned Killing House, Nick Stone is perfectly qualified to investigate the mysterious circumstances more deeply. He has just...
Friends to Die For Hilary Bonner
Friends: can you really trust them? The next thrilling novel from Hilary Bonner. A group of friends living in London's Covent Garden are subjected to the whims of a dangerous...
Girl Seven Hanna Jameson
Jameson's London Underground series began explosively with her CWA Dagger shortlisted Something You Are which fizzled with energy and dark undertones. Her new novel is similarly turbo-charged, the...
Gray Mountain John Grisham
The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal...
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 Green Door Christopher Bowden
An absorbing and stimulating read with a slightly supernatural chill. Barrister Clare needs to keep her well known level head and her mettle about her when a meeting with a...
The Suicide Club Andrew Williams
For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells...
The Untouchable Gerald Seymour
Albert Packer is the supreme baron of London crime, ruling his domain with a ruthless fist and thinking of himself as the Untouchable. As yet another criminal case against him...
Archangel Gerald Seymour
When British Intelligence asks Michael Holly, a mechanical engineer, to run an errand for them in the Soviet Union, the consequences of capture are never mentioned. But what seems a...
The Glory Boys Gerald Seymour
THE TARGET: Israel's leading nuclear scientist, giving a lecture in London. THE ASSASSIN: A Palestinian terrorist, the lone survivor of a three-man hit squad ambushed by Israeli Intelligence in France...
Home Run Gerald Seymour
Mattie Furniss has run British Intelligence agents in Iran from his desk in London for two decades. But when he is ordered to the country himself, it is clear that...
Dead Man Walking Paul Finch
The fourth unputdownable book in the DS Mark Heckenburg series. A spine-tingling, suspenseful read for fans of Stuart MacBride and Luther, from the #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch. Beware the...
I Let You Go Clare Mackintosh
A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of...
Keep Quiet Lisa Scottoline
One decision. One family's future in ruins. When Jake Buckman decides to let Ryan, his sixteen-year-old son practice driving home along a deserted street, he has no idea of the...
Let Me Go Chelsea Cain
Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through the next few days, then his birthday and Halloween will be over. But with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose,...
The Lion's Mouth Anne Holt
Less than six months after taking office, the Norwegian Prime Minister is found dead. She has been shot in the head. But was it a politically motivated assassination or personal...
Most Wanted Chris Ryan
The third book in the Chris Ryan Extreme series. Disavowed. No one can escape their past forever. Ex-SAS operator John Bald knows that better than most. So when the Firm...
Murder 101 Faye Kellerman
The gripping new crime novel in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman. Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus have...
Nos4r2 Joe Hill
Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business. Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland...NOS4R2 is...
Portrait of a Man Georges Perec
Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of...
Tell Me You're Sorry Kevin O'Brien
First you'll say you're sorry...then you'll say goodbye. A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. An executive accused of embezzling kills himself and his loved ones. A...
Vendetta Dreda Say Mitchell
A terrific murder mystery full of twists and turns. Undercover cop McDonagh wakes up in a London hotel with a gunshot wound in his head, a dead woman in the...
The Zig Zag Girl Elly Griffiths
Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of...
Flesh and Blood Patricia Cornwell
No.1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta-a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic...
A Twist of the Knife Peter James
With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen;...
Amnesia Peter Carey
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
November 2014 Book of the Month.
A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a...
Of Cops & Robbers Mike Nicol
South African crime fiction is definitely on the up. Following the breakthrough of Deon Meyer, Lauren Beukes and Margie Orford, it's about time the superlative talent of...
Hope to Die (Alex Cross 22) James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively...
A Last Act of Charity Frank Westworth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A fast-paced, high-powered thriller featuring a Jack Reacher with balls of added steel character who was once a...
The Art of Robert E. McGinnis Robert E McGinnis
Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring...
The Kill Jane Casey
Their job is to investigate crime - not become the victims...A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of...