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Crime / Mystery Crime and Mystery Books

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Books of the 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

Other Featured Books this Month

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 tough as nails and endearing character in the successful TV...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
October 2015 Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Little Girl Gone
Alexandra Burt
October 2015 Debut of the Month. This riveting and perturbing thriller thoroughly turns preconceptions and thought process inside out. Lying in hospital with amnesia,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
Reader Reviewed The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
October 2015 eBook of the Month. From the plague-ruined villages of Kent to the thief-infested streets of London and the luxurious bedchamber of a bewitching lady, Oswald de Lacy's journey...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 and making you feel compassionate for its harried heroine, Heaberlin's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
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 quickly captured the imagination. His reappearance in the second novel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/07/2015
Tania Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carver conceals the identity of gritty crime writer Martyn Waites writing with his wife and their series featuring DI Phil Brennan and his psychologist wife Marina Esposito...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
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 Secret’ is the third in this series, although you can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Ghost Fields A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Those new to this author would do well to start with her first forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway book The Crossing Places for else you will be mystified by the convoluted lives and interlinking relationship of many of the characters....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed What Remains
Tim Weaver
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 seem to get better with each. This brings back Colm Healy from The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 surrounded by a writhing vibrant cast of often unscrupulous or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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
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 translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 rave reviews, this is the most original, compelling thriller you'll...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
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
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 to infiltrate a very nasty paedophile ring. There are several...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 fireman who attempted to rescue them, the 17-year old ‘get-away’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 the rest. Here Henry VIII is in his final days...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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!
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015

Last Month'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 smart, chilling tale of truth, deception and the reach of the law, THE GIRL WHO WASN'T THERE is the latest crime thriller from the acclaimed author of The Collini...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Vaseem Khan
August 2015 Debut of the Month. Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed in...
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