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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Too Close to Home
Susan Lewis
August 2015 Book of the Month. A page-turner of a family drama that twists and wrenches at your heart strings. The author sets in motion a series of harrowing events and allows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
August 2015 Book of the Month. Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological mystery that encourages reading well past bed time and keeps minds ticking over and searching for rational (and perhaps not...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to unravel the whole mess, this is a fast read where you will probably guess the villain of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
Without the Moon
Cathi Unsworth
Maxim Jakubowski August 2015 Highly Recommended. Novel by novel, Unsworth is proving herself a unique talent in her power of evocation of time and place and this fifth outing set in London...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/07/2015
     
Every Night I Dream of Hell
Malcolm Mackay
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another Scottish slice of realistic noir from the author of the acclaimed and trailblazing Glasgow trilogy of hard men, gangs and double dealings, Mackay's new novel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
So Nude, So Dead
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2015
     
The House on the Hill
Kevin Sampson
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 into trouble by the arrival of a runaway on his doorstep. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
The Murder Road
Stephen Booth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. So many of Britain's regions have proven the background to outstanding crime series and the Peak District is no exception, with Stephen Booth as its prominent voice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
The Killing Kind
Chris F. Holm
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked from page to page, THE KILLING KIND features an uncommon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
In Bitter Chill
Sarah Ward
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Assured classic British crime which feels like anything but a debut novel. In small town Derbyshire, two eight year old schoolgirls are kidnapped by a stranger in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand....
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
Pretty Baby
Mary Kubica
Convincing and commanding, this is a successfully emotional and haunting read. There are similarities to the style of Mary Kubica’s impressive debut ‘The Good Girl’, three main characters again tell their story, however this is an entirely different and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Woman in the Picture
Katharine McMahon
Evelyn Gifford, our first-person narrator, is a lawyer in the 1920s. She is on the rebound from a relationship with a young barrister and accepts a proposal from her employer, Daniel. In the midst of this comes the General Strike...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Line of Blood
Ben McPherson
Starting as a murder mystery with a certain amount of police procedure running through it, this turns into a deeply traumatic, psychological thriller. The discovery by the narrator and his 11-year old son, Max, of the next door neighbour...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014. Set between the death of George I and the coronation of George II when the South Sea Bubble...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
Runaway
Peter May
Once started you will find this almost impossible to put down. Jumping between 1965 and 2015 it beautifully illustrates the differences in the periods; fascinating. Back in 1965 a bunch of lads from Glasgow formed a band and took themselves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Post Mortem
Kate London
An intricate, gritty and believable crime novel from a serving detective in the Met's murder squad.Grounded in the terrifying realities of life on the force in city where the affluent middle-classes live cheek-by-jowl with the poorest immigrants, this is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
Jigsaw Man
Elena Forbes
More of a who-did-what-and-why than a whodunit. Divided very much into two stories, one of which follows on from a previous book. This is the fourth to feature London-based DI Mark Tartaglia and although it does stand-alone I do...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
The Dangerous Game
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 and given much detail and background of their lives, no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
Border Angels
Anthony J. Quinn
Tension and foreboding seem to ooze from every page of this beautifully written thriller. Set mostly in the Irish border country, it displays a dark, bleak area of poverty and despair. Centring on the trafficking of Eastern European young women,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
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, you’ll be fine reading it without having read the others....
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Ways of the Dead
Neely Tucker
Racial hatred, local gangs, bad boys, corruption and cover-up, that’s the route of this debut novel the Americans are impressed by. It’s written in a colloquial style which takes a moment or two to get used to. You need to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
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 was going to be murdered and invited a detective to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Stranger Child
Rachel Abbott
With an unusual focus, this stimulating, taut thriller hinges on a knife edge of secrets, lies and the innermost thoughts of a family in despair. This isn't about whether you can solve the case, this is about the suspense, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed No Other Darkness
Sarah Hilary
August 2015 Book of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of Someone Else’s Skin investigating her second case after the bodies...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of...
 
 

The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. The next in the Norfolk-based Ruth Galloway, DCI Nelson cases. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and here...
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the...
 
 

You
Caroline Kepnes
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger...
 
 

The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters,...
 
 

The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real events...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Whispering Shadows
Jan-Philipp Sendker
‘Whispering Shadows’ may be classed as a murder mystery, however it is one with true heart and soul, and is a sincerely beautiful read. The first in a trilogy, Jan-Philipp...
 
 

Gray Mountain
John Grisham
Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the...
 
 

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The 3rd Woman
Jonathan Freedland
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of
 
 

Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not...
 
 

Friday on My Mind
Nicci French
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is...
 
 

What Remains
Tim Weaver
Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins....
 
 

This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Powerfully penetrating and intelligently observed, this intense thriller captures, holds and provokes your interest. The...
 
 

Crash & Burn
Lisa Gardner
A psychological thriller with a very clever plot line. You, the reader, will formulate many different scenarios and theories which will ‘crash and burn’ one by one as a new...
 
 

Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist not averse to breaking the rules to get to the truth and expose corruption in high places. He’s a familiar character has now served...
 
 

Flesh and Blood
Patricia Cornwell
In Scarpetta’s twenty-second case it’s her birthday when she discovers shiny copper coins on her garden wall all bearing the date 1981. So begins a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with a...
 
 

The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the...
 
 

Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery
Barbara Nadel
The third case to feature Private Investigator Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim operating in London’s East End. These are a lot grittier than her lovely Turkish based...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to have read the...
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans will not be...
 
 

The Gang of Lovers
Massimo Carlotto
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carlotto is one of Italian crime fiction's best exponents of noir and the dark heart of things....
 
 

Those We Left Behind Jack Lennon
Stuart Neville
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neville introduced Belfast cop DCI Serena Flanagan in his last novel THE FINAL SILENCE in which...
 
 

The Replacement
Patrick Redmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An accomplished psychological thriller that uncovers the layers of deceit and human delusion at the heart of...
 
 

A Perfect Crime
A Yi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime fiction, this harrowing but precise tale carries echoes of Dostoyevsky...
 
 

Gun Street Girl Sean Duffy
Adrian McKinty
Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth volume featuring his fascinating Catholic cop Sean Duffy, at the time of the...
 
 

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new thriller from international bestseller Michael Robotham.
 
 

The Devil's Moon
Peter Guttridge
Something strange is in the Brighton air. Old Religion and New Age collide and the body count mounts as the Devil's Moon slowly rises...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...
 
 

Angelica's Smile
Andrea Camilleri
Many burglaries tax Montalbano in this, his seventeenth outing, but they all pale into insignificance when he meets Angelica, one of the victims, who reminds him of a schoolboy crush...
 
 

Canary
Duane Swierczynski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept...
 
 

Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase....
 
 

Perfidia
James Ellroy
Ellroy is most famous for two exquisite series. The LA Quartet (including LA Confidential) set in the 40s and 50s and centred on the LAPD; and the Underworld USA...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Spider in the Corner of the Room
Nikki Owen
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
June 2015 Book of the Month. Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’...
 
 

The Monogram Murders The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the...
 
 

The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
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 a true...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Antonia Hodgson
June 2015 Book of the Month. This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘
 
 

Reader Reviewed All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month. All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy...
 
 

Blood Med
Jason Webster
The fourth Spanish-based detective novel starring Max Cámara. These are steeped in Spanish history but this one concentrating on the present recession. There is a murder and a suicide and...
 
 

The Corpse Bridge
Stephen Booth
The action all takes place between Halloween and Guy Fawkes which gives you an idea of the ghostly atmosphere created in this crime. It actually takes a long time for...
 
 

The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
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 assistance is...
 
 

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin
Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated...
 
 

The Nightmare Place
Steve Mosby
A scary, well-written frightener not for young women living alone, especially if they have a vivid imagination. It involves a killer who is able to enter houses undetected. The press...
 
 

Savage Magic
Lloyd Shepherd
The third in this excellent series featuring Constable Charles Horton of the River Police. He is investigating strange goings-on in a grand house in Surrey where the locals fear witchcraft...
 
 

The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
A chilling psychological thriller with two distinct strands. The detection of a murder for Lucy’s friend Cheri’s body is discovered and Lucy’s mother’s tale, a woman who disappeared years earlier....
 
 

Broken Chord
Margaret Moore
A fascinating and captivating blend of a traditional murder mystery set in the stunning surroundings of Lucca and Florence. The prologue sets Jacopo Dragonetti, a State Prosecutor, at the scene...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Plague Land
S. D. Sykes
June 2015 Debut of the Month. The fourteenth century is widely believed to be...
 
 

The Good Life
Martina Cole
June 2015 Book of the Month. The Good Life is an audacious, irresistible love story snuggling up to a ferocious crime drama....
 
 

Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters...
 
 

The Man Who Watched Women
Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
Scandinavian crime fiction is well know for being dark, gritty and full of complex characters, The Man Who Watched Women sits confidently alongside its associates. The author pairing of Michael...
 
 

Cobra
Deon Meyer
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. You’ve got to push through the bitty start, sort out the difficult names and allow the book to get going for then...
 
 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and...
 
 

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...
 
 

Jemima Shore at the Sunny Grave A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
An atmospheric and gripping collection of short stories from Lady Antonia Fraser, many of which feature Jemima Shore. A tantalising and varied excursion round motives and methods in the realm...
 
 

Jemima Shore's First Case A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
From murders and ghostly visitors to devious plots and family feuds, Antonia Fraser's first collection of short stories is a feast of mingled delight and suspense.
 
 

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...
 
 

Moriarty
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,...
 
 

The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2015 Book of the Month. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian...
 
 

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
Laurie R King, Leslie Klinger
Maxim Jakubowski June 2015 Highly Recommended. The attraction of the Baker Street master of detection never wains and hordes of writers keep...
 
 

Head or Hearts: The New Quint Dalrymple Mystery
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish author Johnston returns to a previous series featuring pig-headed, blues-loving ex-cop Quint Dalrymple who treads the...
 
 

The Invisible Man from Salem
Christoffer Carlsson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another Nordic noir revelation, the first novel in the Leo Junker series introduces a disgraced Stockholm Internal...
 
 

Snowblind
Ragnar Jonasson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of...
 
 

Gangsterland
Tod Goldberg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderfully sprawling thriller of mafia life and aftermath, in which Sal Cupertino, a notorious Chicago hitman...
 
 

Asylum City
Liad Shoham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other...
 
 
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