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Crime / Mystery

Crime and Mystery Books

If you love Crime and Mystery Fiction then look no further than our hand-picked selection of the best around. You might also like to browse our Thriller and Suspense category.

Books of the Month


Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
July 2014 Book of the Month. 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....
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

All Day and a Night
Alafair Burke
July 2014 Book of the Month. This novel feels as though you are involved in an actual case; it’s full of clever, clear, concise writing without an annoying overload of background noise. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


The Night Watchman
Richard Zimler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A chilling psychological mystery set in Lisbon that follows the dogged path of local Chief Inspector Henrique Monroe through striking crime scenes, political corruption and sexual violence to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes as a pleasant surprise: a quirky historical mystery, based on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Carnal Acts
Sam Alexander
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A mixed blood female London homicide detective, wounded in a botched operation, is sidelined to a newly-formed police force in North East England. Paired with a cancer survivor,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2014
     

Girl Seven
Hanna Jameson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Toy Taker
Luke Delaney
With strong, believable characters, clever twists and lots of edge-of-the-seat moments The Toy Taker is the third novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series. Young Children are being abducted and there’s no evidence to help find them. DI Corrgan’s ability...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Irish cop DCI Jack Lennon returns for another searing thriller. Suspended from the force following the decidely traumatic events of the previous novels in which he appeared, his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The House on the Hill
Kevin Sampson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. DCI Billy McCartney first appeared in The Killing Pool, a wonderfully twisted slice of Scouse Noir. Disillusioned by his job and the world, he is drawn back...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly
Mickey Haller’s fifth case has the murder of a prostitute Mickey believed he had ‘saved’ at its core. Fans will know that Mickey is Harry Bosch’s half-brother, newcomers will find Mickey an interesting character and the courtroom scenes particularly well...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

No Man's Nightingale (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
No Man's Nightingale: the eagerly anticipated twenty-fourth title in Ruth Rendell's bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series. The woman vicar of St Peter's Church may not be popular among the community of Kingsmarkham. But it still comes as a profound...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3
Adrian McKinty
Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain, but only if you want it. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, but he hasn't got the first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
     

Dead Men's Bones
James Oswald
Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector Mclean series set in Edinburgh. For Inspector Tony McLean, an apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Critic An Enzo Macleod Investigation
Peter May
The Enzo Files: Book Two. GAILLAC, SOUTH-WEST FRANCE. A bottled-up secret. Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
This is a gripping debut psychological crime novel about family lies and dark secrets in an isolated community as a series of women go missing. People still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother who vanished years ago from the town of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Verdict
Nick Stone
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead
Sean Thomas Russell
Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead is masterful maritime fiction - Sean Thomas Russell's latest Charles Hayden voyage. Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS Themis is sent across the Atlantic to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Tilted World
Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
From the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year April 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Shots Fired
C. J. Box
'One of the most talented thriller writers at work today.' Ten stories from international bestseller C.J. Box, full of dark deeds and dangerous impulses. In 'Shots Fired', one of four Joe Pickett stories, Joe's investigation into a radio call threatens...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Second Honeymoon
James Patterson
FBI agent John O'Hara receives a call from a man desperate for his help. His son and daughter-in-law have been found murdered on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. The grieving father wants justice, and will pay O'Hara handsomely to hunt...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Respect
Mandasue Heller
Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she grew up. But now her feckless mother has taken off...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon
Linda Newbery
It was the day when everything stopped. At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna's beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears. Twenty years later, Anna still doesn't know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Omens
Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Jones has lived a life of privilege and good fortune. But on the eve of her wedding she discovers two shocking facts. One - she was adopted. Two - her biological parents are notorious serial killers. A young woman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Norfolk Mystery
Ian Sansom
Love Miss Marple? Adore Holmes and Watson? Professor Morley's guide to Norfolk is a story of bygone England; quaint villages, eccentric locals - and murder! It is 1937 and disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton is stony broke. So...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

Letters To My Daughter's Killer
Cath Staincliffe
Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Lawless
Jessie Keane
Only the lawless will survive ...It is 1975 and Ruby Darke is struggling to deal with the brutal murder of her lover, Michael Ward. As her children, Daisy and Kit, battle their own demons, her retail empire starts to crumble....
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Killing Room
Christobel Kent
When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into. Behind the ancient and luxurious facade of Palazzo San...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

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 drug-fuelled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

His Majesty's Hope
Susan Elia MacNeal
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
     

Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
A KILLING. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn't leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed....
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Girl in 6E
A. R. Torre
Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn't touched another person in three years. She hasn't left her apartment. She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time. She's doing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Ghostman
Roger Hobbs
Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately! (Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher novels)). I make things disappear. It's what I do. This time I'm tidying up the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The G File Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10
Hakan Nesser
1987. Verlangan, a former cop turned private detective is hired by a woman to follow her husband Jaan 'G' Hennan. A few days later, his client is found dead at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Maardam police, led...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Flesh Wounds
Christopher Brookmyre
One crime brought them together ...Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead. Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Edge of Normal
Carla Norton
Reeve LeClaire was abducted when she was twelve years old and held in captivity for four years. Now, in her twenties, she has a fragile stability. With the help of her psychiatrist, she has started to build a life of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings
Catriona McPherson
On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops while, out in the bay, the herring drifters brave the storms to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Corners of the Globe
Robert Goddard
Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder and treachery he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Concealed in Death
J. D. Robb
There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property - but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Cobra
Deon Meyer
Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan 16)
Kathy Reichs
This is the gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx
Simon Brett
The curse of Pharaoh Sinus Nefertop is upon Blotto so it's up to Twinks to banish it! Yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! So this time the Dowager Duchess decides to sell off the less important family possessions, which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Big Bad Wolf
Nele Neuhaus
On a hot day in July, the body of a sixteen-year-old girl is pulled from the river Main near Frankfurt. She has been brutally attacked and murdered, but no one seems to miss her and no one seems to know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Art of Deception
A. J. Cross
The New Year brings a gruesome discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham's Unsolved Crimes Unit: a mummified body. The victim is Nathan Troy, an art student who has been missing for 20 years. As Kate begins to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Refusal
Felix Francis
After Dick’s death Felix took on his mantle and is doing sterling work. Not quite up to Dad’s standards yet but stay with him for these thrillers are good. This concerns race fixing, blackmail, fraud and gangsters. It stars an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley Mckay
The fourth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series spins a crooked web of devious plotting and deceit. It comes as no surprise to discover the author studied linguistics at the University of St Andrews, as a lot of love, care...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2014
     

Night Train to Jamalpur
Andrew Martin
Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was first introduced to us in 2002 in The Necropolis Railway. This is now his ninth adventure and as you can see, we are in India. So there is murder to contend with, and snakes,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

England Expects A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
A classically arresting mystery, overflowing with good old fashioned pluck, courage and perseverance. The third in the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, this can also be read as a vintage standalone novel. In a bygone era, Mirabelle and her feisty cohort Vesta...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     


Welcome to a meeting of the greatest criminal minds in the world. The world of Fiction, that is, because this is where you will find all the information, reviews and the opening extracts for our featured novels in the Crime & Mystery category. Whether you’re looking for more books by a favourite author or broadening your experience of this thrilling genre, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.


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There’s such a great culture of detective stories in Britain, it’s a wonder anyone enters a life of crime! All the best loved detectives are here: Dalziel and Pascoe (Reginald Hill) Rebus (Ian Rankin), Dalgliesh (PD James), Marple & Poirot (Agatha Christie) and Morse (Colin Dexter) to name but a few. But why not try something new, like Christopher Fowler’s wonderfully cantankerous Bryant & May?

 

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Last Month's Featured Books
The Month Before's Featured Books 


Murder as a Fine Art
David Morrell
An artist of death is stalking Victorian London, recreating earlier masterpieces of murder. Police suspicion falls on the notorious 'opium-eater' Thomas De Quincey, recently returned to the capital, who wrote...
 
 
 


Private LA (Private 7)
James Patterson
Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack's clients has...
 
 
 


The Murder of Harriet Krohn
Karin Fossum
Charlo Torp has problems. He's grieving for his late wife, he's lost his job, and gambling debts have alienated him from his teenage daughter. Desperate, his solution is to rob...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. However, an impulsive affair sets in...
 
 
 


The Late Scholar
Jill Paton Walsh
Peter Wimsey is pleased to discover that along with a Dukedom he has inherited the duties of 'visitor' at an Oxford college.When the fellows appeal to him to resolve a...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Killer Next Door
Alex Marwood
In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette...
 
 
 


A Darker Shade 17 Swedish Stories of Murder, Mystery and Suspense Including a Short Story by Stieg Larsson
John-Henri Holmberg
Original Swedish crime stories from the masters of Nordic noir including a never before published story by Stieg Larsson. Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An historical dual-narrative tale set in Iceland in 1829 where three, two women and a man, are sentenced for killing two men....
 
 
 


Long Way Home
Eva Dolan
Silence hides the worst crimes. A man is burnt alive in a suburban garden shed. No witnesses, no fingerprints - only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant...
 
 
 


The Feast of Artemis
Anne Zouroudi
The olive harvest is drawing to a close in the town of Dendra, and when Hermes Diaktoros arrives for the celebratory festival he expects an indulgent day of food and...
 
 
 


The Magus of Hay
Phil Rickman
The castle was moonlight-vast, all its ages fused together by the shadows, chimney stacks like the backs of hands turned black...Hay-on-Wye: a eccentric medieval town known for its dozens of...
 
 
 


The Anarchist Detective (Max Camara 3)
Jason Webster
Sent on leave after his last, brutal, case, Max Camara returns to his home town in La Mancha, famous for producing the finest saffron in the world. There, the past...
 
 
 


Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen
When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't...
 
 
 


Blood Med (Max Camara 4)
Jason Webster
Spain is corrupt and crumbling. The king is ill, banks are closing, hospitals are in chaos, homes are lost, demonstrators riot and rightwing thugs patrol the street. The tunnels beneath...
 
 
 


Body Count
Barbara Nadel
On 21 January, a half-decapitated corpse in the poor multicultural district of Tarlabasi poses a particularly frustrating and gruesome mystery. But as the months pass and the violence increases, it...
 
 
 


The Telling Error
Sophie Hannah
Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen...
 
 
 


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm...
 
 
 


A Carnival of Shadows
R. J. Ellory
But when a man's body is discovered beneath the carousel, with no clue as to his identity, FBI Special Agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate. Led by the elusive...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


From Doon with Death A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition
Ruth Rendell
A 50th anniversary edition of the first Inspector Wexford novel, with an introduction by Ian Rankin and a new afterword by Ruth Rendell. An ordinary life. An extraordinary death. The...
 
 
 


Murder
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. A sequel to the outstanding Mayhem, in which Victorian police surgeon Thomas Bond came to grips with Jack...
 
 
 


The Last Refuge
Craig Robertson
You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself… When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties...
 
 
 


Wrongful Death
Lynda La Plante
June 2014 Book of the Month. An old case of suicide is reopened in the light of new information, albeit from a dubious...
 
 
 


The Sudden Arrival of Violence The Glasgow Trilogy Book 3
Malcolm Mackay
It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of...
 
 
 


Tatiana
Martin Cruz Smith
Inspector Arkady Renko was first introduced to us in Gorky Park back in 1981. Interestingly this is only his eighth outing. The style has changed a bit over the years,...
 
 
 


Twisted
Lynda La Plante
'Please don't let anything bad have happened to her, please don't let anything have happened to my baby…' Marcus and Lena Fulford are the envy of their friends. Wealthy, attractive...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Tap on the Window
Linwood Barclay
When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole snake's nest of intrigue, crime and deception which risks ruining...
 
 
 


Want You Dead
Peter James
IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN ...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new...
 
 
 


The Ways of the World
Robert Goddard
1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the...
 
 
 


The Corpse Bridge
Stephen Booth
The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed...
 
 
 


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 -...
 
 
 


Payback
Kimberley Chambers
This is a long, involved, complicated and very violent, multi-faceted family saga of London gangland through several generations ruling Whitechapel. Full of sadistic violence, torture, murder, abortions, deceit and addiction,...
 
 
 


Takedown Twenty
Janet Evanovich
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore 'Uncle Sunny' Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to...
 
 
 


Natchez Burning
Greg Iles
The first in a new series featuring attorney turned writer Penn Cage who Iles first introduced in The Quiet Game, though you don’t need to have read it or anything...
 
 
 


Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11
Maxim Jakubowski
The perfect book for any lover of Crime Fiction, featuring a captivating group of authors; from Alexander McCall Smith (of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series), to Lee Child (Jack...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
Sara Gran
There are quirky detectives and there are even quirkier sleuths, but Claire DeWitt is the most bizarre and endearing of them all. As a teenager she came across a bizarre...
 
 
 


Speaking from Among the Bones
Alan Bradley
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. The first thing I saw was a hand, and then the face, a ghastly inhuman mask...'I do believe we've found Mr...
 
 
 


Hell's Gate
Richard Crompton
It must have been someone's idea of a joke. Too many offended egos back at headquarters, too many influential people unhappy with him in Nairobi. And yet, with his record,...
 
 
 


The Day of the Dead
Maurizio de Giovanni
In this fourth instalment of the Commissario Ricciardi series, the Commissario is investigating the death of Matteo, one of the many street urchins who live hand-to-mouth in the dark alleys...
 
 
 


Borderline
Lawrence Block
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. First class pulp from the pen of acclaimed US author Lawrence Block, Borderline was a novel of blood...
 
 
 


The Cemetery of Swallows
Mallock
One day, Manuel Gemoni travels to the other end of the world to kill an old man in the Dominican Republic. When questioned by police, he can only explain his...
 
 
 


The Girl With A Clock For A Heart
Peter Swanson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a...
 
 
 


Mike Hammer - King of the Weeds
Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When legendary crime bruiser Mickey Spillane died, he left countless...
 
 
 


Bad Blood
Dana Stabenow
Bad blood comes to the fore when star-crossed love ends in murder...One hundred years of bad blood between two Alaskan villages come to a boil when a young Kushtaka man...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


A Little Murder
Suzette A. Hill
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. London, early 1950s. Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is discovered dead in her home, naked and covered with a coal...
 
 
 


A Killing of Angels
Kate Rhodes
At the height of a summer heatwave, a killer stalks the City of London. The avenging angel leaves behind a scattering of feathers with each body - but why these...
 
 
 


Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
M. C. Beaton
Light, witty and engaging this is the 24th case for the bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha. A do-gooder with an unfortunate habit is found dead and Agatha is employed to...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Devil and the River
R. J. Ellory
On a summer evening in 1954, 16-year-old Nancy Denton walked into the woods of her hometown of Whytesburg, Mississippi. She was never seen again. Two decades on, Sheriff John Gaines...
 
 
 


Fire and Brimstone
Colin Bateman
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. When billionaire's daughter Alison Wolff disappears following a massacre at a party, nobody knows if she has been kidnapped or killed....
 
 
 


Gone (Michael Bennett 6)
James Patterson
Forced into hiding from a mass murderer seeking vengeance, Detective Michael Bennett must decide whether to stay and protect his family, or hunt down the man who is hunting them....
 
 
 


Under a Silent Moon
Elizabeth Haynes
In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead,...
 
 
 


Two Soldiers
Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom
TWO SIDES. In the Stockholm suburb of Raby, tensions between the Swedish authorities and organised juvenile gangs are approaching critical mass. TWO SENTINELS. Investigators Jose Pereira and DCI Ewert Grens...
 
 
 


Wolf Jack Caffery Series 7
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...
 
 
 


Broken Homes
Ben Aaronovitch
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The blurry lines between crime and fantasy writing keep on getting ever more fluid, and Ben Aaronovitch's 'Rivers...
 
 
 


Margery Allingham's Mr Campion's Farewell: the Return of Albert Campion Completed by Mike Ripley
Mike Ripley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Albert Campion is one of the great characters of Golden Age British crime fiction. Following Margery Allingham's death,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Book of You
Claire Kendal
May 2014 Debut of the Month. A tale of stalking, date rape and fear, all...
 
 
 


Black Mail
Bill Daly
May 2014 Book of the Month. This has everything you would want in a crime novel; a gritty gutsy Glasgow as the setting,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Fire Witness
Lars Kepler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third case for controversial Swedish cop Joona Linna, by husband and wife Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril writing...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed After the Silence Inspector Rykel
Jake Woodhouse
May 2014 Debut of the Month. Energetic and stimulating, this edgy crime thriller is set...
 
 
 


The Killing Season
Mason Cross
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A suspenseful thriller debut introducing Carter Blake, a bullet-proof American hero in the mould of Jack Reacher and...
 
 
 


Already Dead
Stephen Booth
A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire's CID with a problem. They have discovered a man's body lying in shallow water, but torrential...
 
 
 


The Andalucian Friend The First Book in the Brinkmann Trilogy
Alexander Soderberg
When Sophie Brinkmann meets Hector Guzman, she knows everything that she needs to: he's handsome, he's charming and he makes her happy. But what she doesn't know is that Hector...
 
 
 


Bitter River
Julia Keller
Bell Elkins returns in the devastating follow-up to Pulitzer prize winner Julia Keller's highly acclaimed A KILLING IN THE HILLS. Acker's Gap, West Virginia: a high-school student - sixteen, full...
 
 
 


The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons
Lawrence Block
Everybody's favourite burglar returns in an eleventh adventure that finds him and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete...
 
 
 


Deadline
Sandra Brown
Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his...
 
 
 


The Good Children
Roopa Farooki
Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. 1940s Lahore, the Punjab. Two brothers and their two younger sisters are brought up to be 'good children', who do what they're...
 
 
 


The Good Suicides
Antonio Hill
Young, Free and...Dead Senior staff at Alemany Cosmetics come home with a secret after a team-building course in a remote country house. Now they are committing suicide, one by one....
 
 
 


The Highway
C. J. Box
There's a killer on the road. A predator who calls himself the Lizard King. And two young women are lost in his hunting grounds...It was Danielle and Gracie's secret. A...
 
 
 


Holy Orders Quirke Mysteries Book 6
Benjamin Black
She looked at him and smiled sadly. 'You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke,' she said. He nodded. 'Yes, I suppose I have.' She was not the first one...
 
 
 


The Murderbag
Tony Parsons
This is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter...
 
 
 


Restless in the Grave
Dana Stabenow
When Alaskan billionaire Finn Grant is killed after someone sabotages the engine on his Piper plane, the question is not who had the motive, but rather who did not...Grant was...
 
 
 


Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
James Runcie
1955. Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the...
 
 
 


The Treasure Hunt The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 16
Andrea Camilleri
Montalbano opened the door to step out. But Gallo held him back, putting one hand on his arm. 'What's in there, Chief?' 'If it's what I think, it's something so...
 
 
 


The Ties That Bind
Erin Kelly
Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up, the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss...
 
 
 


Time to Die
Alex Howard
Detective Inspector Hanlon. She'll break but she won't bend. A woman with a habit of breaking the rules and a fierce loyalty to the few people she respects. Her boss,...
 
 
 


The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set...
 
 
 


The Broken Places
Ace Atkins
A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him;...
 
 
 


A Dark and Twisted Tide Lacey Flint Series, Book 4
Sharon Bolton
Former detective Lacey Flint quit the force for a safer, quieter life. Or that's what she thought. Now living alone on her houseboat, she is trying to get over the...
 
 
 


Hour Of Darkness
Quintin Jardine
The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh;...
 
 
 


Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Keigo Higashino
When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case. He begins to piece together the connection of...
 
 
 


Kill and Tell
Adam Creed
A reformed Sicilian criminal, Carmelo Trapani, has been kidnapped and his search for the aged Carmello leads Staffe all the way back to a terrible act at the Battle of...
 
 
 


The Lost Ones
Ace Atkins
When Army Ranger Quinn Colson, the new sheriff of Tebbehah County, is called out to investigate a child abuse case, what he finds is a horrifying scene of neglect, thirteen...
 
 
 


The Nightmare Place
Steve Mosby
Or at least that's one theory for DI Zoe Dolan, tracking the Creeper - a stalker who's been breaking into women's homes and attacking them. But the Creeper's violence is...
 
 
 


The Hidden Girl
Louise Millar
Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start. Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child...
 
 
 


When Sorrows Come
Matt McGuire
Belfast, 2am, Tomb Street. A young man lies dead in an alley. Cracked ribs, broken jaw, fractured skull. With the Celtic Tiger purring and the Troubles in their death throes,...
 
 
 


The Abduction
Jonathan Holt
May 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A terrific book of which this is the second in a trilogy,...
 
 
 


Angel of Death A Steel City Thriller
Ben Cheetham
There is a fashion for detectives to be troubled, damaged souls and our archetype detective here, Jim Monahan, is suffering from the effects of his divorce. He is vulnerable, honest,...
 
 
 


Galveston
Nic Pizzolatto
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Finally available in the UK, the first (and so far only) novel by the screenwriter of the...
 
 
 


The Curiosity
Stephen Kiernan
For readers of Justin Cronin's The Passage, S J Watson's Before I go to Sleep and Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife, The Curiosity is a haunting love story in...
 
 
 


The Skin Collector
Jeffery Deaver
May 2014 Book of the Month. This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case. He is an interesting character surrounded by a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Eeny Meeny
M. J. Arlidge
May 2014 Debut of the Month. Introducing DI Helen Grace of the Southampton Constabulary, a...
 
 
 


The Killing Club
Paul Finch
Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. The perfect read for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But...
 
 
 


The Obituary Writer
Lauren St.John
Nick Donaghue, a handsome young obituary writer for THE TIMES, leads a charmed existence until he is caught up in one of Britain's worst ever train crashes. When he survives...
 
 
 


Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing
Shamini Flint
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. Inspector Singh is on a mission to China, against his better judgment. The son of a bigwig at the Singapore Embassy...
 
 
 


Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant...
 
 
 


The Sound of One Hand Killing
Teresa Solana
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. On assignment Eduard and Borja check out an exclusive meditation centre in the ritziest part of Barcelona, only to discover the...
 
 
 


The Axe Factor A Jimm Juree Novel
Colin Cotterill
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. On the gulf of Thailand, the Juree family are managing their run-down beach resort for the second year - still stalked...
 
 
 


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