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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
March 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
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller that makes the reader question everything, and it will stay...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
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 series, featuring an endearing railway detective in the 1950s. Again,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 with a public vote) or hideously disfigured (eyes gouged out,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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
     
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 he's ever read, this is an indispensable reissue. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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, being kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and soon finding himself caught...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2015
     
Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about a murder investigation during the Second World War. This isn't a gore-fest, even though death is afoot and there are a sack full of motivations for murder. Jago, ‘The Blitz Detective’ is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
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 War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2015
     
No Name Lane
Howard Linskey
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 whom should last the course: James Oswald's traditional country thrills, M....
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 police policies and procedures that are in her way. You...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 for elegant mysteries shrouded in shades of darkness. And why...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 this sprawling and fascinating historical thriller, the first in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 obsessed with the reclusive mountain people fearing the end of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 reveal the location of a body buried a quarter of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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, told from two points of view. That in itself is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 is surrounded by a writhing vibrant cast of often unscrupulous...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 people in San Francisco in 1876 where a heat wave...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 of terrorism who wants to affect the world’s economy by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 background. Here Camille, having lost his beloved wife Irène, the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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
     
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, capable girl amongst the siblings. Set in North Canada mostly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 ship who rescues a man from the ice. This man...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 1778. 14 years later as the French Revolution rages he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 Cuban missile strike, alongside a carefree London full of young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 she has made this territory very much her own. With...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 into Mormon – and indeed presidential – history and Berry...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 fires. Interspersed between the investigation chapters are entries from the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 mostly set on the streets of London but truly international...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 has to get him in. It’s a brutal book as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 Architect. Both men have beautiful yet deadly undercover lovers who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 politics, full of familiar espionnage tropes but remains as ever...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
Canary
Duane Swierczynski
Grad student by day; criminal informant by night - Sarie Holland is a new breed of action hero.
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
February 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
You
Zoran Drvenkar
The chilling new thriller by the author of SORRY
 
 
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...
 
 
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 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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
Dangerous
Jessie Keane
No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Whites
Harry Brandt
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Major US novelist and screen writer Richard Price (Clockers, The Wanders, Sea of Love) lies...
 
 
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...
 
 
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