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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Killing Ways
Alex Barclay
Dark times lie ahead for Special Agent Ren Bryce and the Rocky Mountains Safe Streets Task Force in the heart-stopping new thriller from the bestselling author of DARKHOUSE and BLOOD LOSS. Full Lovereading view to appear soon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
Cross Justice
James Patterson
November 2015 Book of the Month. The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Reader Reviewed What Remains
Tim Weaver
November 2015 Book of the Month. A crime novel with an ending that you do not see coming – terrific. Now into his sixth mystery missing persons investigator, David Raker thrillers just...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel
Elizabeth George
November 2015 Book of the Month. ‘A Banquet of Consequences’ is a truly enjoyable, wickedly twisty family drama combined with a crime novel. This is the 19th book in the ‘Inspector Lynley...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2015
The Crossing
Michael Connelly
November 2015 Book of the Month. Harry Bosch no longer works for the LAPD having retired six months ago. He hired his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller, to sue the department for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

Get Even
Martina Cole
October 2015 Book of the Month. Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2015
Reader Reviewed After Anna
Alex Lake
A stirring and thrilling plot ensures 'After Anna' just gallops along for your dramatic reading pleasure. When Julia’s daughter disappears at the school gates, the nightmare that follows, threatens to swallow her whole. The prologue is a three page little...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/11/2015
The Mulberry Bush
Charles Mccarry
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2015 Book of the Month. Veteran thriller writer McCarry returns with a poignant spy tale of mixed loyalties, betrayal and the collapse of political idealism in which the conflict...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/11/2015
Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
November 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Reader Reviewed Alone in the Dark
Karen Rose
November 2015 eBook of the Month. Alone in the Dark is quite simply, a wonderful hit of escapism with a great mix of crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Reader Reviewed The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
November 2015 eBook of the Month. A captivating and wonderfully evocative historical crime novel based in 1351, this is the second in the series, set after ‘Plague Land’. While...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Dust and Desire (A Joel Sorrell Thriller)
Conrad Williams
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his superlative award-winning writing in the horror field, Conrad Williams now showboats his sparkling talent in his debut crime novel, the first in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2015
Savage Lane
Jason Starr
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Once lauded as the prominent exponent of white collar noir, US author Starr now turns his attention with searing effect to domestic unease and attendant thrills. Recently...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Romanzo Criminale
Giancarlo De Cataldo
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A massive Italian bestseller, this epic saga of crime and retribution set against decades of Roman turmoil, has already been the object of a major movie and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
A Taste of Ashes
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish writer Black has made a strong impact with his gritty Gus Dury series but his second novel featuring Ayr cop DI Bob Valentine proves his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
The Santa Monica Suicide Club
Jeremy C. Thomas
An intricate and entertaining debut crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Mandy, a male, British, ex actor, ex cop, now private investigator has little regard for the sanctity of crime scenes and all too easily falls in love with a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2015
Reader Reviewed Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist. Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital. Not only does it jump viewpoints,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Dark Corners
Ruth Rendell
A stand-alone thriller, insightful and with wry humour, it portrays the psychological downward spiral of the main character, budding author Carl, as a result of his actions and then “non” actions. A simple act has devastating consequences and Carl is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Ghost Fields The 7th Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery
Elly Griffiths
November 2015 eBook of the Month. Those new to this author would do well to start with her first forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway book The Crossing Places for else...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2015
Harry's Game
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is one of our greatest thriller writers - a reputation established with his first novel, Harry's Game, published in 1975 and still as fresh, vibrant and exciting 40 years later. Set in Belfast at the height of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Black Mass Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal
Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neil
A gripping and chilling true story of violence, double-cross and corruption, Black Mass takes us deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history. The film adaptation of Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, is due to be released...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Career of Evil
Robert Galbraith
The third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2015
Playing with Fire
Tess Gerritsen
What if your child wanted you dead? Julia doesn't understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what's causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham
Brilliant. Quite different from Grisham’s norm. The Rogue Lawyer of the title, one Sebastian Rudd, is a wonderful creation, a true oddball of a lawyer who defends those no-one else wants to touch. He works out of a bullet-proof van...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2015
Numero Zero
Umberto Eco
Fuelled by media hoaxes, Mafiosi, love, gossip and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since World War II. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Anthony Horowitz
Author of the global bestseller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breathtaking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Lake House
Kate Morton
The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper .
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Memory Man
David Baldacci
His family was murdered. The hunt for the killer begins.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Even Dogs in the Wild The New John Rebus
Ian Rankin
Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires. It's a game of dog eat dog - in the city, as in the wild...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
Alexander McCall Smith
The new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe's sixteenth wonderful adventure.
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/09/2015
22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories
Stuart MacBride
They say 'small is beautiful', but as Stuart MacBride demonstrates in these four tales, it can also be dark, violent, disturbing, and sometimes really quite rude. So pour yourself a wee dram, curl up on the sofa and enjoy DS...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/11/2015
Midnight Sun Blood on Snow
Jo Nesbo
Hiding out in a shepherd's cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between Jon and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis - 37 Short Stories
Maxim Jakubowski
The secret life of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty ... This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, Jurgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph and Peter Guttridge reveals not just the evil side of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2015
Narrowing the Field
A. P. McCoy
From the multi-award winning Champion jockey, recently retired, a terrific racing thriller that will have racing enthusiasts devouring it in a sitting.
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/02/2016
The Killer Next Door
Alex Marwood
Winner of The Mcavity Awards Best Mystery Novel 2015. Told through the various voices of the inhabitants of a London house of bedsits, this suspenseful, fast-paced read really makes your flesh crawl. The landlord and the mad...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014

Last Month's Featured Books

Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Keigo Higashino
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the...

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Winner of the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new novel from international bestseller Michael Robotham -- already receiving...

Little Girl Gone
Alexandra Burt
October 2015 Debut of the Month. This riveting and perturbing thriller thoroughly turns preconceptions...

Reader Reviewed Holy Spy The New John Shakespeare
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...

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
October 2015 Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a...

The Detective's Secret
Lesley Thomson
With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under your skin. ‘The Detective’s...

Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt
M. C. Beaton
The eagerly-awaited new Agatha Raisin novel from international bestseller M.C. Beaton. In Agatha's newest adventure she must prove her own innocence when a love rival turns up dead!

C. J. Sansom
This magnificent series continues with one of the best. New readers will miss out a little on the character development but still be captivated by the tale … then read...

See How Small
Scott Blackwood
The dreadful effect of the murder of three teenage girls on the inhabitants of a Texas town. There are five main characters: the mother of two of the victims, a...

The Soul of Discretion
Susan Hill
Fictional cathedral city, Lafferton, is home to some truly dreadful crimes involving young children in ‘snuff’ movies. Simon Sennailler is called in, goes undercover and ends up in prison hoping...

Tania Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carver conceals the identity of gritty crime writer Martyn Waites writing with his wife and their series...

Lynda La Plante
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2015 Book of the Month. DCI Jane Tennison is of course endurably associated with Helen Mirren who embodied the...

Vanishing Games
Roger Hobbs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In his dazzling, award-winning debut GHOSTMAN , Hobbs introduced a fascinating lone wolf criminal anti-hero who...

Black-Eyed Susans
Julia Heaberlin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A powerful thriller with a knack for riding the tightrope between scaring the hell out of you...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Clare Francis
It's been 4 yrs since her last novel and definitely worth the wait. Unforgottenis a crime thriller but its also a really involving family drama with engrossing real life characters....

You Think You Know Me
Clare Chase
September 2015 Debut of the Month. A short, easy to read Choc-Lit romantic mystery...

Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard
When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of...

A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become...

The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of...

Into the Fire
Manda Scott
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why...

Lauren Oliver
A fast-moving mystery with each character telling their side of the story per chapter. Some may well be unreliable narrators! We even get the ghost’s perspective which is enlightening but...

Liar Liar Di Helen Grace
M. J. Arlidge
September 2015 Book of the Month. The fourth DI Helen Grace crime thriller is a gritty, gutsy and gloriously enthralling read. This...

Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in...

Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley McKay
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Another wonderfully readable mystery plunging you into the final years of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots....

Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...

Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and...

An Event in Autumn
Henning Mankell
Fans of Kurt Wallander are in for an unexpected treat as they probably thought they had read the last about this popular detective. This short book was published many years...

Rebecca Muddiman
Fluctuating between 2010 and 1999 this is the tale of missing teenager Emma who may or may not be dead, of Lucas an evil, manipulative psycho, Ben a young adult...

The Girl Who Wasn't There
Ferdinand von Schirach
A clever murder mystery where we follow the life of a very controversial German photographic artist who creates complex, shocking images, some based on known artists’ work. The first section,...

Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father and a fellow school chum, Tom, to the Orkneys to ‘keep an eye’...

The Girl in the Spider's Web Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
David Lagercrantz
The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Dark Tides
Chris Ewan
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of...

The Perfect Crime The Big Bow Mystery
Israel Zangwill, John Curran
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A reissue of THE BIG BOW MYSTERY, a classic locked room mystery originally published in 1892 by...

Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid...

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes
Lawrence Block
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2015 Book of the Month. A gleeful exercise in over the top noir from one of the field's foremost...

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...

The Ghosts of Altona
Craig Russell
Winner of the Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2015. Fabel is back: scarred by an experience that has changed him for ever and haunted by his past, he investigates...
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