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Books of the Month

The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
February 2016 Book of the Month. An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to baffle Sergeant Sean Duffy in his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/12/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Alone in the Dark
Karen Rose
February 2016 Book of the Month. Alone in the Dark is quite simply, a wonderful hit of escapism with a great mix...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Tainted Love
Kimberley Chambers
An audacious, fast moving, dark but oh so entertaining tale. Prepare yourself… the Butler Family are back, and we observe as they battle their way through life from 1986 to 2001. From the unwavering matriarch Queenie, to her hard as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment.
Andrew Croker
February 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A Bed’ is a fast moving, immensely enjoyable and riveting tale...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
February 2016 Debut of the Month. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller, where for a fairly short novel, there’s an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
I'm Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
French Concession
Xiao Bai
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime and thriller fiction. Based in Shanghai in 1931 it provides us with an invaluable historical perspective and sense of period...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Paul Temple and the Madison Case
Francis Durbridge
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating reissue program providing us with the rediscovery of an archetypal English sleuth created by Durbridge in 1938 and since made famous by a classic television...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
     
Pimp
Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. This transatlantic collaboration between two established masters of the genre, respectively from New York and Ireland, continues the dubious exploits of Max Fisher, a former drug kingpin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2016
     
Cut Me in
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The late (and much missed) Ed McBain is best remembered for his classic 87th Precinct police procedural novels, but this timely reissue by the innovative Hard Case...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2016
     
Honky Tonk Samurai
Joe R. Lansdale
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard are a classic pairing: Hap, an ebullient white trash rebel and former leftie, and Leonard a tough as nails and pugnacious, black and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely intimidating perpetrator, turn the final page and find yourself wanting to read it all over again… this is an explosive and riveting novel. You...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Black Run
Antonio Manzini
An enthralling murder investigation set in stunning Alpine scenery where the scheming, shrewd, mercenary of a man in command appears to have materialised from the Dark Ages. Don’t be too hasty to make up your mind though, this is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere and cleverly dissects deep layers of the human mind with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2016
     
The Narrow Bed
Sophie Hannah
I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the read. ‘Billy Dead Mates’ is at the centre of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
This is a thriller with a very dark edge, sinister and gripping. Was Libby’s brother, Ben, really responsible for the murder of their parents and will the truth be more painful to bear? A compelling read. Now a major motion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Coffin Road
Peter May
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable. If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even better. We are still in the Outer Hebrides, now on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Canary
Duane Swierczynski
Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall of and forced to become an informer by narcotics cop Wildey. Unwilling to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
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 she cried ‘intruder’ no one believed her. If they had...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
The Shut Eye
Belinda Bauer
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel. But in one careless moment everything changed. A front door accidentally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel
David Mark
‘Dead Pretty’ is a distinctive, stimulating and provocative read. This is the fifth DS McAvoy novel, but my first, it’s wonderful when you come across a new author and find their books are right up your ever so slightly twisted...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
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 Sam Bourne, the author Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
January 2016 Book of the Month. Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Try Not to Breathe
Holly Seddon
January 2016 Debut of the Month. Penetrating and intense, ‘Try Not to Breathe’ is...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Highbridge
Phil Redmond
January 2016 Debut of the Month. An intriguing start to a new series by...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
January 2016 eBook of the Month.
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Jazz Files
Fiona Veitch Smith
An entertaining historical mystery supplying oodles of 1920’s fizz and fun, alongside a firm foundation from the suffragette movement and scars of the First World War. It’s the summer of...
 
 

The Widow
Fiona Barton
Jean Taylor is the wife of a man labelled a monster. Glen Taylor was accused of heinous crimes, implicated in the disappearance of two-year-old Bella Elliot, snatched from her front...
 
 

The Gates of Evangeline
Hester Young
When grieving mother and New York journalist Charlie Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children after her only son passes away, she's sure that she's lost her mind. Yet...
 
 

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Maxim Jakubowski January 2016 Highly Recommended. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author...
 
 

The Lazarus Gate (The Lazarus Gate #1)
Mark A. Latham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Victorian-set adventures with a strong twist of steampunk. Captain John Hartdwick returns from captivity in Burma as...
 
 

The Bottom of Your Heart Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi
Maurizio de Giovanni
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another sterling mystery from one of the leading, and most consistent, of Italian crime authors, this is...
 
 

Made to Kill
Adam Christopher
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. This first in a planned ‘LA Trilogy’, this is a romp and a half. Set anachronistically in...
 
 

Silent Nights Christmas Mysteries
Martin Edwards
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The British Library series of resurrected crime classics, with its elegant retro covers and splendid revivals has...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Sea Music
Briege Brannigan
A family mystery lies dormant, awaiting discovery in this sorrowful family drama. 29 year old Jess journeys to Northumberland after suffering a tragedy in her life, when she visits a...
 
 
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