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Books of the Month


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, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month


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 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
     

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 where areas of grey predominate. If all you know of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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 where areas of grey predominate. If all you know of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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 where areas of grey predominate. If all you know of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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
     

A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky crimes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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
     

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 the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Night Heron
Adam Brookes
A splendid debut spy thriller about a British journalist in Peking who unwittingly becomes involved in a huge conspiracy plot when he is approached by a local dissident and labour camp fugitive with bones to pick with the Chinese authorities....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Hourglass Factory
Lucy Ribchester
1912 and London is in turmoil...The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

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
     

You Will Never Find Me
Robert Wilson
YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME. When Charlie Boxer reads this note from his daughter in her empty room, the words only reinforce what he already knows: he's always got his priorities wrong. His ex-wife, DCI Mercy Danquah, and their daughter,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

The Wolf in Winter
John Connolly
The community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children's future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. The death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Winter Foundlings
Kate Rhodes
Ella Williams is ten years old. She loves her granddad and her sister and her shiny new red shoes. She's just been abducted by a killer - someone who kidnaps young girls, holds them for a few weeks then returns...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Tell No Tales
Eva Dolan
The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it. DS Ferreira and DI Zigic are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to handle the hit-and-run, but with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

See How Small
Scott Blackwood
A riveting novel about the aftermath of a brutal murder of three teenage girls, written in incantatory prose 'that's as fine as any being written by an American author today' (Ben Fountain) One late autumn evening in a Texas town,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

If I Should Die
Matthew Frank
If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it's murder...For...
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 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
     

East of Innocence
David Thorne
One man. On the hunt for the truth. On the edge of London. And way outside the law. Daniel Connell is a disgraced ex-City lawyer now scraping a living in Essex, a man trying to escape the long shadows of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

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
     

Border Angels
Anthony Quinn
On the Irish border, Inspector Celsius Daly investigates human trafficking and a victim to whom there may be more than meets the eye. Inspector Celcius Daly is hunting for a trafficked woman, Lena Novak, who mysteriously disappeared one winter's night...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/01/2015
     

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
     

An Appetite for Violets
Martine Bailey
That's how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you're invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. A writing desk lies open and you cannot help but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

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
     


Murderous, Mysterious, Machination

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From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.

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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 Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family
Julie Shaw
December 2014 Book of the Month. A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed My Uncle Charlie
Julie Shaw
Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn't just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed My Mam Shirley
Julie Shaw
An engaging and compassionate view into the world of the Hudson women, some of whom are just as infamous as their men. You can actually read the ‘Tales of the...
 
 
 


Cold Blooded
Lisa Jackson
A woman's slashed, incinerated corpse is found in a seedy New Orleans apartment. From her bed in a bayou cottage on the outskirts of town, Olivia Bechet has a terrifying...
 
 
 


The Dying Place
Luca Veste
Once inside...there's no way out A fate worse than death...DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church...
 
 
 


No Mercy
Roberta Kray
Maddie Layne's life hasn't been the same since her sister was murdered. The police never found Greta's body so all Maddie was left with was unanswered questions - and her...
 
 
 


Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13)
James Patterson
When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Easter Quillby: Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Informant
Susan Wilkins
Set in London and Essex, The Informant is a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law. As a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Detective
Martha Ockley
A good old fashioned whodunit - but one stuffed full of warm affection for traditional village life; the gossip, community spirit, curtain twitching, the steadfast and stalwart… There are clues...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Enemies at Home Falco: The New Generation
Lindsey Davis
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Hawley Book of the Dead
Chrysler Szarlan
In the tradition of The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, The Hawley Book of the Dead is the kind of novel that makes you believe that magic really...
 
 
 


Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
The eagerly anticipated new Shardlake novel from the number one bestselling author. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a...
 
 
 


Ruthless
Cath Staincliffe
A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Advent of Murder A Faith Morgan Mystery
Martha Ockley
Traditional, warm and cosy, if such a thing can be said about a book where a murder has been committed in the first few pages… Two months on...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Saintly Killing
Martha Ockley
The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the...
 
 
 


Dead Gorgeous
Elizabeth Flynn
A winning design of a murder mystery that takes a peek into the darker side of the world of fashion. This is the second in the ‘Mystery for DI Costello’...
 
 
 


Moriarty
Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Blacklight Blue An Enzo Macleod Investigation
Peter May
FRANCE. A death sentence. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Enzo Macleod is running out of time to crack the most confounding of unsolved French murders. A death threat. His daughter...
 
 
 


The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet...
 
 
 


Descent
Ken Macleod
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH? Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft. Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the...
 
 
 


How the Light Gets in
Louise Penny
The number one New York Times bestseller. A DETECTIVE As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have...
 
 
 


No Regrets, Coyote
John Dufresne
It's Christmas Eve in Eden, Florida, and Wylie 'Coyote' Melville, professional therapist and hobbyist forensic consultant, is called to the scene of a horrific crime at a quiet suburban address....
 
 
 


Second Watch
J. A. Jance
From New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance, a suspenseful mystery from the creator of Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle homicide detective J. P. Beaumont. Getting old is...
 
 
 


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 Detection Collection
The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill
Ten years since it was first published, this volume of short stories by the cream of British crime writing talent celebrates 75 years of the quintessential Detection Club. The Detection...
 
 
 


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;...
 
 
 


The Silversmith's Wife
Sophia Tobin
The year is 1792 and it's winter in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets and another eye in the back doors...
 
 
 


Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Golem of Hollywood
Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
From Jonathan Kellerman, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of psychological suspense, and Jesse Kellerman, the international #1 bestselling author of The Genius, comes one of the most...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Few
Nadia Dalbuono
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Leone is a Roman detective whose father once was a leading figure in the Mafia. When he is...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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