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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

Thursday's Children A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
April 2014 Book of the Month. Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Book of You
Claire Kendal
April 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A tale of stalking, date rape and fear, all set against the backdrop of a trial of which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

Ox Crimes Introduced by Ian Rankin
Peter Florence, Mark Ellingham, Ian Rankin
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Peter Florence & Mark Ellingham, editors/OXCRIMESA milestone charity anthology curated for Oxfam, with an introduction by Ian Rankin, this collection gathers 27 brand new stories donated...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014

Reader Reviewed The First Rule Of Survival
Paul Mendelson
April 2014 Debut of the Month. In Cape Town seven years ago three white boys disappeared, now two emaciated and abused bodies are discovered wrapped...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014

Gordon Ferris
This is an excellent series. It stars a former World War II soldier now a crime reporter in Scotland, one Douglas Brodie. He becomes involved in some pretty big stories, here uncovering Nazi loot on its way to South America....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
April 2014 eBook of the Month. An intriguing mystery with a difference - it’s also a fabulously affectionate glimpse into village life in all it’s scandal and glory. The Good Priest himself is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/04/2014

England Expects A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
April 2014 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/03/2014

Buried Angels
Camilla Lackberg
April 2014 eBook of the Month. This is a huge, complex, dark Swedish psychological thriller which you need to pay attention to in order to sort out the names if nothing else! It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

The Hanging Shed
Gordon Ferris
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011

Just One Evil Act
Elizabeth George
Inspired by the Amanda Knox case, Elizabeth George has her series character Dr Barbara Havers whipping up tabloid support over the kidnapping of a teenage girl in Italy. Her boss, Inspector Lynley, then goes to Italy and the huge difference...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

The Dying Hours
Mark Billingham
Tom Thorne is one of the most enjoyable detectives to read: a troubled and troubling man, obsessed with finding the truth at any cost whether to his relationships, his career or that of his friends. Recently demoted after a bungled...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014

The Bones Beneath
Mark Billingham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014

Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
Rebus is back on the force after his time in cold case investigations but he has been demoted to Detective Sergeant. He has also mellowed, lost his spark so do not look for the old Rebus, just enjoy Rankin’s involved,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

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. We follow the narrative of the “jealous” woman as she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014

Morning Frost DI Jack Frost Series 3
James Henry
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. DI Jack Frost is best-known for his small screen portrayal by David Jason. Created by the late R.D. Wingfield,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014

The Corpse on the Court
Simon Brett
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The urbane, witty Brett is being rewarded this year with the Crimewriters' Association Diamond Dagger for life achievement, a long overdue kudo. This latest 14th cosy and traditional...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2014

Dead Line
Chris Ewan
Daniel Trent is a highly trained specialist in hostage negotiations so when his wife disappears he assumes she has been kidnapped and goes out to find her. When his suspect is abducted he’s in big trouble. Full of surprises, especially...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014

The Beauty of Murder
A. K. Benedict
A time-travel serial killer tale set in Cambridge. Complex, fascinating and highly inventive, it is narrated by three very different voices one being the murdered which is shown in italics and written in a 17th century flowery style. The other...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

Tell No Lies
Gregg Hurwitz
This is Hurwitz’s 13th thriller and fans are likely to put it up there with his best. Daniel Brasher is a perfectly ordinary man who’s given up a life of privilege to work as a therapist with violent criminals. He’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014

Truth Dare Kill
Gordon Ferris
Fast paced, punchy and chilling in its intensity, this is a compelling and fascinating novel. Enter London just after the Second World War, a London without; torn, broken, perplexed but surviving. Ferris describes thoughts, feelings and surroundings with such depth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2012

The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In Iceland, Sigurdardottir is crime royalty, alongside Arnuldur Indridason and her series featuring local lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir has always been a personal delight. Offsetting the sometimes grim northern...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014

The Unquiet Heart
Gordon Ferris
Gutsy Danny McRae returns ready for action in this dynamic and riveting read, set a few months on from Truth Dare Kill. This can be most definitely be read as a stand alone novel, however you will understand so much...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2012

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 of London' series is a perfect amalgam of police procedural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014

Poirot - After the Funeral
Agatha Christie
A 2014 World Book Night selection. 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it? But he was murdered, wasn't he?' There are certain things that are best left unsaid. Though tragedy had touched the life of the wealthy Richard Abernethie, his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014

Geezer Girls
Dreda Say Mitchell
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Fifteen-year-old Jade Flynn and three other girls were the sole occupants of the fourth floor of St Nicholas Care Home for Children. They were forced to take part in 'special community projects' - drug dealing,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/07/2009

Reader Reviewed Precious Thing
Colette McBeth
This is a seriously good, spooky book with great characterisation and a tremendous build of tension. It’s about revenge and deceit and centres on two girls brought up by single parents, one advantaged, one sadly not. The girls were school...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

Roberta Kray
Ava Gold's employment options are rapidly shrinking and, not wanting to go back to driving minicabs, she lands herself a trial run at being nightclub owner Chris Street's personal driver. Chris is one of the men about town in Kellston,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014

By Its Cover
Donna Leon
By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra....
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014

A Wolf in Hindelheim
Jenny Mayhew
This is an atmospheric and gripping novel from an exciting new voice for fans of The Snow Child and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. South-West Germany, 1926. The disappearance of a baby girl calls...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014

Thankless in Death
J. D. Robb
He looked at his hands, covered with her blood, at the wild spatters of it on the walls. An artist, he mused. Maybe he should be an artist. Murder doesn't stop for Thanksgiving. As NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2014

Michael Morley
The heat is on Jake Mottram, head of the FBI's new Spree Killer Unit, and psychological profiler Angie Holmes to find the madman responsible. Until now, they've been great together. Both at work and in bed. But a killer is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014

Jacqui Rose
She trusted the man she loved. It was the most dangerous things she had ever done ...A gripping story of gangs, drugs, girls and unbreakable bonds. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Mandasue Heller. No one can touch Del...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014

The Target
David Baldacci
The mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The target is one of the toughest to reach. The result could be momentous - or it could be Armageddon. There is no margin for error....
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014

The Son
Jo Nesbo
Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

The Second Life of Amy Archer
R. S. Pateman
On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

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: Hardback - Released: 17/04/2014

The Perfect Murder
Peter James
Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for nearly twenty years. Victor secretly loathes Joan more and more each day. Joan is bored by Victor, and his snoring drives her mad. Their marriage has reached a crisis point...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
P. D. Viner
Something very bad happened to Dani Lancing. Twenty years later, her father is still trying to get her to talk. Her best-friend has become a detective, the last hope of all the lost girls. And her mother is about to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

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 emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her....
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

King and Maxwell
David Baldacci
Former Secret Service Agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. King and Maxwell encounter teenager Tyler Wingo when he has just received the tragic news that his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

After I'm Gone
Laura Lippman
New York Times best seller Laura Lippman returns with a classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters - and mistress. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014

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. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

Though Not Dead
Dana Stabenow
Kate's uncle Sam dies, leaving her a letter instructing Kate to 'find his father'. The problem is Sam's father disappeared nearly 90 years ago with a priceless tribal artefact. As Kate delves into the old man's life, she unearths some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

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 to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014

Stone Cold
C. J. Box
Everything about the man is a mystery: the secluded ranch in the Black Hills, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And the persistent rumors that his wealth comes from killing people....
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/03/2014

Thomas H. Cook
How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

Red Moon
Benjamin Percy
Every teenage girl thinks she's different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

Ken Bruen
Someone is scraping the scum off the streets of Galway, and they want Jack Taylor to get involved. A drug pusher, a rapist, a loan shark, all targeted in what look like vigilante attacks. And the killer is writing to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

Never Go Back (Jack Reacher 18)
Lee Child
Fast-paced, taut and punchy . (Sunday Mirror). Drop-out military cop Jack Reacher has hitchhiked his way to Virginia. His destination, the closest thing to a home he ever had: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th Military Police. Reacher...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014

Keep Your Friends Close
Paula Daly
Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty's oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears - just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France - Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014

Ghost Girl
Lesley Thomson
It is a year since her father's death, but Stella Darnell has not moved on. She still cleans his house every day, leaving it spotless as if he might return. Terry Darnell was Detective Chief Superintendent at Hammersmith police station,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

Patricia Cornwell
After working on one of the worst mass killings in US history, Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta returns home to recover, but an unsettling call drives her straight back to work. The body of a young woman has been discovered...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

The Dead Ground
Claire McGowan
A month before Christmas, and Ballyterrin on the Irish border lies under a thick pall of snow. When a newborn baby goes missing from hospital, it's all too close to home for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, who's wrestling with the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

The Dark Heart of Florence
Michele Giuttari
After enduring years at the mercy of an infamous serial killer, the people of Florence rejoice at news of his death - until a senator is found brutally murdered. To Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara the case is very much alive....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014

Broken Angels
Graham Masterton
One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River: the mutilated corpse of a retired music teacher. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the mark of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014

Blood on the Water
Anne Perry
London, 1856. It is a time of progress, with the Empire's interests expanding and the Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain - and to lose - as the world rapidly changes. When a Thames pleasure boat is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014

An Act of Kindness A Hakim and Arnold Mystery
Barbara Nadel
Lee Arnold and Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's East End. But their latest case could have devastating consequences. A new client, Nasreen, has sought Hakim's help. Recently moved to a new house, and with a baby on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014

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 as Lars Kepler. The books, which began with The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)
John Harvey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The gripping cases of Nottingham sandwich-munching and jazz-loving cop Charlie Resnick began several decades ago with Lonely Hearts and finally come to a satisfying end with this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014

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 Jason Bourne, created by a new British author. Blake is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014

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

Rory Clements
A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age. The John Shakespeare series: 1. Martyr 2. Revenger 3. Prince 4. Traitor 5.

The Dead Can Wait
Robert Ryan
Dr John Watson is fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields and back home for some much needed R&R. But deep in England's green and pleasant land...

Dead Gone
Luca Veste
The young girl you have found isn't the first experiment I've carried out. She won't be the last. A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped,...

Bryant & May - the Bleeding Heart (Bryant & May Book 11)
Christopher Fowler
It's a fresh start for the Met's oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in...

The Strangler Vine
M. J. Carter
Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India - or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a down-at-heel junior...

The Frozen Dead
Bernard Minier
Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the Pyrenees. The kind of place where nothing happens. Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless body of...

Jim Crace
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...

The Mangle Street Murders
M. R. C. Kasasian
March 2014 eBook of the Month. Love him or hate him, this star ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice is certainly an interesting character. We...

Six Years
Harlan Coben
Fans of Harlan Coben may feel a slight sense of déjà vu in reading Six Years as this territory has been covered by him before, but it is, nonetheless, a...

The Stone Boy
Sophie Loubiere
When the elderly Madame Preau returns to her own house after several years spent in a convalescent home, she immediately notices that the neighbourhood has changed. A new family has...

Reader Reviewed The Hangman's Song
James Oswald
March 2014 Book of the Month. Part of a compelling Edinburgh-based series from James Oswald (which began with Natural Causes and continued...

Will Ferguson
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR REVENGE? A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in Africa. And...

Reader Reviewed Martyr
Rory Clements
Martyr is the first in the acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series by Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award. Click here to...

Reader Reviewed The Heretics
Rory Clements
Walsingham spy now in the service of Sir Robert Cecil, John Shakespeare, older brother of William, finds his trusted band of fellow spies are being picked off one by one,...

Ghost Child
Caroline Overington
This book is from the bestselling author of I Came to Say Goodbye. Can you ever escape the secrets of your past? It is perfect for fans of Susan Lewis....

Reader Reviewed The Madness of July
James Naughtie
March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A tale of spying and political machinations...

Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
March 2014 Debut of the Month. Do not be fooled into thinking that this...

Con Law
Mark Gimenez
John Bookman - Book to his friends - is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He's thirty-five, handsome and unmarried. He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces...

Emma Kavanagh
This is a brilliant debut psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. It is perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson. A plane falls out...

The Mystery Woman
Amanda Quick
A mad scientist has preserved his dead lover in an ancient Egyptian embalming formula, and has convinced himself that he can revive the dead woman, but he needs Beatrice Lockwood's...

Alex Kava
For years the defenceless, the weary and the stranded have been disappearing along the highways and byways, vanishing without a trace. When FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner,...

That Dark Remembered Day
Tom Vowler
One family, one town, devastated by one tragic event. Can you ever know what those closest to you are really capable of? When Stephen gets a phone call to say...

Trouble in Mind
Jeffery Deaver
A cunning collection of short stories from the master of misdirection, including original tales featuring the hugely popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. TENSION ...An aging actor attempts...

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....

We are Here
Michael Marshall
What is a ghost? How powerful is belief? Can something imaginary take on a life of its own? Michael Marshall’s new thriller asks these questions and more. Unconnected to his...

Love Story, with Murders
Harry Bingham
The first in this series, Talking to the Dead, introduced us to a most unusual police detective, Fiona Griffiths, who suffers from Cotard’s Syndrome and hides a dramatic past which...

Morning Frost (DI Jack Frost 3)
James Henry
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. DI Jack Frost is best-known for his small screen...

Of Cops & Robbers
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. South African crime fiction is definitely on the up....

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3
Adrian McKinty
Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll...

Deep Shelter
Oliver Harris
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Detective Nick Belsey, of Hampstead CID was first introduced in The Hollow Man. A fascinating...

Never Look Back DI Mike Lockyer Book 1
Clare Donoghue
A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson. Three women have been found brutally...

The Next Time You See Me
Holly Goddard Jones
An involved tale with bullying very much to the fore. Not strictly a whodunit for we know that early on but it’s how he covers, hides and copes that we...

The Resistance Man A Bruno Courreges Investigation
Martin Walker
In St Denis, Bruno, chef de police, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery...

Guilt Department Q 4
Jussi Adler-Olsen
Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian...

The Infatuations
Javier Marias
The Infatuations is a critically acclaimed novel by the great Spanish writer Javier Marias. Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys...

Dexter's Final Cut
Jeff Lindsay
I have loved the charming monster that is Dexter right from the start and must profess myself bitterly disappointed that there is no more. It is hard to enjoy the...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Bad Boy
Peter Robinson
Banks isn't back, and that's the problem. If DCI Alan Banks had been in his office when his old neighbour came calling, perhaps it would have turned out differently. Perhaps...

Anders de la Motte
The Game trilogy originated in Sweden, right now the home par excellence of crime writing, and has become an international phenomenon with sales to 27 countries. Written by a former...

Leaving Everything Most Loved
Jacqueline Winspear
A Maisie Dobbs period (1933) whodunit set in London and interestingly for the period involving the murder of Indian women from a hostel for those ill-treated by their employers. This...

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,...

Isabel Allende
A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende. For Amanda Martin and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in...

The Stolen Ones
Richard Montanari
Luther is everywhere and nowhere; he's is in your dreams - and your nightmares. Then Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man...

Cross and Burn
Val McDermid
Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds...

Dandy Gilver and a Deadly Measure of Brimstone
Catriona McPherson
Perthshire 1929 and the menfolk of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy. Dandy the devoted wife and mother decides it is time...

Natural Causes Inspector McLean Novel 1
James Oswald
Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss....

The Killing Hour
Lisa Gardner
HEADLINE'S LATEST AMAZING THRILLER ACQUISITION: New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner's backlist moves to Headline with the fourth book in the FBI Profiler series, THE KILLING HOUR.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Alexander McCall Smith
As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only...

The Toy Taker
Luke Delaney
Your child has been taken...Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There's no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing....

Watch Your Back
Karen Rose
Bestselling author Karen Rose is back with her fifteenth pulse-pounding thriller. UNFORGETTABLE Stevie Mazzetti knew she would never get over the murder of her husband and son. But with their...

Reader Reviewed The Red Road
Denise Mina
February 2014 Book of the Month. The fourth DI Alex Morrow mystery. It is believed that Denise Mina is doing for Glasgow what...

The Escape
Lynda La Plante
Bestselling author Lynda La Plante's tells a the tale of a daring escape from jail in this new novel for Quick Reads.

Blackout (Quick Reads 2014)
Emily Barr
A tense and chilling Quick Read from the queen of psychological suspense.

Pietr the Latvian
Georges Simenon
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2014 Series of the Month. Through countless TV and film incarnations and of course books, gruff Parisian cop Jules Maigret...

Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)
William Mcilvanney
Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the...

The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
You can count the priests who have also been sleuths in the history of mystery writing on the fingers of two hands but none have proved as endearing as Father...

Brother Kemal
Jakob Arjouni
Kemal Kayankaya is a Turkish-German private eye who operates in the seedy underworld of Frankfurt, on the margins of legality and gets deeply involved in cases which invariably summon up...

The Madness of July
James Naughtie
From Radio 4's James Naughtie, a sophisticated thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry deep in the Cold War, drawing on decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster...

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