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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
April 2015 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
April 2015 Book of the Month. In Iceland grandparents and a young child go to the port to meet a yacht with the girl’s family on board (parents and twin sister). The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
Pleasantville
Attica Locke
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means and class”, home now...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about a murder investigation during the Second World War. This isn't...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing to solve here - or is there! The first chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Line of Blood
Ben McPherson
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Starting as a murder mystery with a certain amount of police procedure running through it, this turns into a deeply traumatic, psychological thriller. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Detective's Secret
Lesley Thomson
April 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Lady from Zagreb
Philip Kerr
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Cynical Berlin cop Bernie Gunther who has, through a series of captivating novels, engineered his way through the pitfalls and abysses of Nazi-times Germany and the opening...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2015
     
Kill Fee
Owen Laukkanen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third successful outing for Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional FBI special agent and younger sidekick Carla Windermere (earlier volumes were The Professionals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
The Serpentine Road
Paul Mendelson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Mendelson's debut thriller The First Rule of Survival, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, was a robust tale initially set in the turmoil of South Africa's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Hush Hush A Tess Monaghan Novel
Laura Lippman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Laura Lippman has, for a couple of ecades, been one of the most consistent and rewarding crime writers around, garnering acclaim but somehow never getting fully into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
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Graeme Cameron
Our narrator serial killer randomly selects his female victims, killing without compunction, dismembers the bodies and buries the parts. Sometimes he incarcerates them in a purpose-built cage bolted to the floor of his basement and then releases them into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Detection Collection
The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill
This was first published ten years ago when it celebrated 75 years of the founding of the “Detection Club”, a club comprising the cream of British crime writers, so a very distinguished list indeed. At the back of the book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth. Alice Salmon dies...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
No Name Lane
Howard Linskey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Over the past couple of years, Penguin have been renewing their local crime stable with enterprise and launched a whole series of promising new talent, many of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
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 a capable, warm-hearted, wine loving soul with a wonderful cast of supporting characters;...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Whisky from Small Glasses A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
An authentically atmospheric and gutsy crime novel where the lurking tension and suspense gangs up to menace and harass your senses. There are definitely not any mundane murders on offer here, instead there is a chilling case that offers Daley...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is dreadful and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
The Killing Season
Mason Cross
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 a professional with a shadowy background who, for a price, will locate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication (she was also better known as the folk singer Charlotte...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Third Voice
Cilla Borjlind, Rolf Borjlind
Crime fiction at its most vivid and harrowing. This is the second novel from Swedish scriptwriters Cilla & Rolf Borjlind. Their first, Spring Tide is now a television series in the making.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
This is magnificent. It’s a gothic tale of murder, superstition and mystery that will really keep you glued to your seat. Four gentlemen gather and something happens. Now ten years later, in 1912, they must pay for that night. You,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running at the same time, some are interwoven, some not. You’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Escape
David Baldacci
Great story well told and even worth reading a second time. I say this for it does feel a lot like an earlier book only brought up to date to include the ebola crisis and Snowden, the document leaker. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Theft of Life
Imogen Robertson
London 1785. The effects and cruelty of the slave trade appals many but there are those who will kill to protect their reputation. This is the heart of this wonderful crime novel. It is part of a series featuring Captain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Plague
C. C. Humphreys
A horrific tale not only of the plague (1665) but also of the crimes taking place under its cover. Gruesome and bloody, it tells of a series of murders where the victims are dismembered and carved up like cattle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Otherwise Engaged
Amanda Quick
Amanda Quick is one of the pseudonyms of Jayne Ann Krentz, one of the bestselling romance writers in the world. Many of Krentz’s books have a supernatural element but this one is simply a good historical crime romance romp. Amity...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2015
     
The Doll Maker
Richard Montanari
Although part of a series that features Byrne and Balzano there is no need to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. The story is tightly plotted and moves along at a good steady pace. We are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
Two old cases form the centre of this new Harry Bosch thriller, one from ten years previously, the other 25. So ten years ago a musician was shot while playing a gig. The bullet lodged in his spine but did...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
Harry Bingham
Fiona has Cotard’s Syndrome, an illness fully explained in her first book. This is book three and once again we are given essential back-story information so you do not need to read the first two (but you will!). She is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to...
 
 
14th Deadly Sin
James Patterson
Another ace in one of his best series with one of his best co-authors, Maxine Pietro. It is a Women’s Murder Club which, if this is your first, fear not,...
 
 
Behind Closed Doors
Susan Lewis
The English Jodi Picoult who has always written a good plot has suddenly taken a leap forward with her writing too. She tackles nutty issues, winds a crime round them...
 
 
The Devil's Seal
Peter Tremayne
The 25th in Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fedelma series, murder mysteries set in 7th Century Ireland. If you’ve not read the series before you should absolutely start at the beginning with...
 
 
Falling Freely, as If in A Dream
Leif G. W. Persson
Near retiring, Lars Martin Johansson investigates the unsolved murder of the Swedish prime minister, Olaf Palme in 1986. It is now 2007. It transpires the original investigation was deeply flawed,...
 
 
Hell's Gate
Richard Crompton
An African Kenyan-based police novel. It is the second outing for former Maasai Warrior Mollel who has a strange and volatile brother. In book one they leave the reservation to...
 
 
The Killing 3
David Hewson
Fans of the TV series should also love these books as, to be honest, should any fan of excellent crime fiction. This one pretty faithfully follows the plot of the...
 
 
The Scent of Almonds and other stories
Camilla Lackberg
This is a collection of stories previously released individually in digital editions, available together for the first time. The title story is very much in the style of Agatha Christie...
 
 
A Killing Winter
Tom Callaghan
This is very special, a cut-above the norm and it starts a new series which is really exciting. Our series hero is Inspector Akyl Borobaev, a recently widowed chief of...
 
 
The Sandman
Lars Kepler
This is a powerhouse of a read, it will tempt and cajole you into reading faster and faster, the last page will whisper seductively to you but hold...
 
 
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery
Julie Wassmer
Who would have thought Whitstable was such a centre of crime? First it seems there is some mystery surrounding the oyster beds, then two connected dead bodies turn up within...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Jackdaw
Luke Delaney
March 2015 eBook of the Month. A dark, psychological, crime procedural tale in which city people are kidnapped, murdered (one on line...
 
 
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...
 
 
Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
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. It is fast-paced,...
 
 
After I'm Gone
Laura Lippman
A wife, three daughters and a mistress, Felix has it good. But then he is confronted with a racketeering scam, he can’t face prison and disappears. The novel fluctuates between...
 
 
The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel
Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black is the pseudonym for one of Ireland’s foremost writers and Man Booker prize winner under his name John Banville. As Benjamin Black he writes a series of 1950’s...
 
 
Bryant & May - the Bleeding Heart
Christopher Fowler
I believe this is the eleventh in the amazingly quirky Bryant and May detective series. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is in yet more trouble. Graves are being dug up, the...
 
 
By its Cover
Donna Leon
Commissario Brunetti is getting older and slowing down so it seems inevitable that his cases are too. This one concerns the theft of ancient books from the Venice library and...
 
 
The Cairo Affair
Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer is, in my opinion, one of the unsung masters of the murky Mittel-Europa spy thriller but his new book abandons the penumbra of Furst and le Carre...
 
 
A Man Lies Dreaming
Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and...
 
 
The Royalist
S. J. Deas
The 1640s, the Royalists have lost, dragoon officer Falkland awaits execution but is offered his freedom in return for sorting out some strange goings on in Cromwell’s New Model Army...
 
 
The Case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste The Case Files of Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective
Malcolm Pryce
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2015 Book of the Month. Best known for his quirky P.I. series set in Aberystwyth, Pryce debuts a new...
 
 
Kolymsky Heights
Lionel Davidson
Maxim Jakubowski March 2015 Highly Recommended. Lauded quite rightly by Philip Pullman, who supplies a new introduction, as the best thriller...
 
 
The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

His Majesty's Hope
Susan Elia MacNeal
The third in a fun melodramatic historical spy series, readers may want to start withMr Churchill’s Secretary. Maggie Hope has completed her spy training and is being sent on...
 
 
Mean Streak
Sandra Brown
Hayes Bannock is a Texas Ranger, a natural lawman who is tough, taciturn, perceptive, and guarded. Several years ago, his life was derailed by a tragic chain of events, including...
 
 
Spark
John Twelve Hawks
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A new anti-hero for Hawks, author of the semi-mystical dystopian adventures of the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Jacob...
 
 
The Murder Bag
Tony Parsons
Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy, with his first crime novel which is interesting. He introduces DC Max Wolfe who tells the story. He kills and disarms a terrorist...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father...
 
 
Ripper
Isabel Allende
If you are a fan of this author’s magical tales then this is not for you. It is her first foray into crime fiction. A series of gruesome, ritualistic murders...
 
 
The Skin Collector
Jeffery Deaver
This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case. He is an interesting character surrounded by a great team so fans will be among old favourites. Newcomers will be fine...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
February 2015 Book of the Month. No. 5 in the Lovereading top 10 'Readers’ Choice' Books of the Year 2014. This is...
 
 
The Hourglass Factory
Lucy Ribchester
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendid debut for a new Scottish author until now best known for her short stories, this...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
February 2015 Book of the Month. An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background,...
 
 
Death of a Liar
M. C. Beaton
By page 24, we have three dead bodies, one of which appears to be a compulsive liar. She cried rape on the phone to the police and wasn’t, so when...
 
 
The Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month. US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with...
 
 
The Farm
Tom Rob Smith
Fans of Russian thriller Child 44 and familiar with this author will find this new one very different. It is not a thriller and not what I was expecting at...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
February 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book...
 
 
Hour of Darkness
Quintin Jardine
The twenty-fourth Bob Skinner Scottish crime mystery and could it be his last? It certainly feels like it for the whole book seems like a review of his past life...
 
 
Fear the Darkness
Becky Masterman
The second in a series with an unusual older protagonist, Brigid Quinn, ex-FBI special agent now married to an ex-priest philosophy professor living a quiet life in Tuscon, Arizona. She...
 
 
Malice
Keigo Higashino
A cleverly written novel describing a murder and a confession, but the investigating police officer does not believe the motive stated. The first chapter is a witness statement, the second...
 
 
Missing You
Harlan Coben
A fast-paced thriller with intertwining plots that keep you guessing almost to the end. The pace is relentless and very topical as it highlights the dangers that can lurk behind...
 
 
Satellite People
Hans Olav Lahlum
A lovely, old fashioned whodunit. A very rich Norwegian invites ten people to dinner and dies, powdered nuts contaminated his meal – he was very allergic. Interestingly he knew he...
 
 
The Strings of Murder
Oscar de Muriel
A locked room murder and more which has the Victorian detective fearing the supernatural. It begins a series to star London detective Frey pairing up with Scottish McGray whose first...
 
 
Tell Tale: a DI Charlotte Savage Novel
Mark Sennen
DI CHARLOTTE SAVAGE KNOWS WHO KILLED HER DAUGHTER.
 
 
The Dangerous Game Anders Knutas Series 8
Mari Jungstedt
A multi-charactered crime tale centring on the fashion industry and the dreadful effect it can have on young girls prone to anorexia. We are introduced to a host of people...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Doll's House Di Helen Grace
M. J. Arlidge
Helen Grace’s third case. She is an interesting character coming from an abused childhood but although that and her two earlier cases are referred to here you don’t really need...
 
 
The Secret of Magic
Deborah Johnson
This story is amazing as indeed is its lyrical writing. From the Southern American dialect to Mr Willie Willie’s made up words to wonderful descriptions of the country, forest and...
 
 
Herring Girl
Debbie Taylor
A surprising and hauntingly insightful story, that takes you gently by the hand on an intimate journey; emotionally, reflectively and in time. The author has the ability to weave the...
 
 
The Boy in the Shadows
Carl-Johan Vallgren
A little boy vanished. A troubled man on the hunt for the truth.
 
 
Quarry's Choice
Max Allan Collins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another fast-paced tale featuring a hitman as its hero, Quarry's Choice is actually the eleventh volume in...
 
 
Guns of Brixton
Paul D. Brazill
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Poland-based British author Brazill is one of the leading lights of a burgeoning independent crime publishing landscape...
 
 
A Study in Murder
Robert Ryan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third solo case for Doctor Watson (following Dead Man's Land and The Dead Can...
 
 
The Whites
Harry Brandt
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Major US novelist and screen writer Richard Price (Clockers, The Wanders, Sea of Love) lies...
 
 
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese...
 
 
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P D James 
Ruth Rendell 
Peter Robinson 
Ian Rankin 
Reginald Hill 
Christopher Fowler 
Stephen Booth 
James Ellroy 
George P Pelecanos 
Mark Mills 
Lindsey Davis 
David Wishart 
Candace Robb 
Ellis Peters 
C J Sansom 
Dick Francis 
Lyndon Stacey 
Janet Evanovich 
Colin Bateman 
Christopher Brookmyre 
Robert Goddard