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Books of the Month


Reader Reviewed Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family
Julie Shaw
December 2014 Book of the Month. A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes crime with romance and rattles along at a cracking pace. It is long and being a romance, there are some pretty explicit sex scenes which is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
December 2014 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: - Released: 01/12/2014
     

Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity. This is subtle clever writing, you’re encouraged to fully invest in the characters before the tension really starts to increase. Layers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed My Mam Shirley
Julie Shaw
An engaging and compassionate view into the world of the Hudson women, some of whom are just as infamous as their men. You can actually read the ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ in any order, however it feels right...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Reader Reviewed My Uncle Charlie
Julie Shaw
Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn't just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’, almost feels as though it should have been the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This is a great read, especially astute, and indeed amusing, about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

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 the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

No Mercy
Roberta Kray
Maddie Layne's life hasn't been the same since her sister was murdered. The police never found Greta's body so all Maddie was left with was unanswered questions - and her orphaned nephew, Zac, to look after. She works hard to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Dying Place
Luca Veste
Once inside...there's no way out A fate worse than death...DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Cold Blooded
Lisa Jackson
A woman's slashed, incinerated corpse is found in a seedy New Orleans apartment. From her bed in a bayou cottage on the outskirts of town, Olivia Bechet has a terrifying vision of the murder. Weeks later, another violent vision shatters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
Winner of the Crime/Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. A smashing first novel from the screenwriter of DEAD CALM and the MAD...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
     


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


This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Easter Quillby: Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again...
 
 
 


Don't Look Back
Erica Spindler
Ten years ago, Kat McCall left her home town in Louisiana after being accused of murdering her sister. Now, despite the fact there are those in the town who are...
 
 
 


The Informant
Susan Wilkins
Set in London and Essex, The Informant is a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law. As a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Detective
Martha Ockley
A good old fashioned whodunit - but one stuffed full of warm affection for traditional village life; the gossip, community spirit, curtain twitching, the steadfast and stalwart… There are clues...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Enemies at Home Falco: The New Generation
Lindsey Davis
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome....
 
 
 


Girl Seven
Hanna Jameson
Jameson's London Underground series began explosively with her CWA Dagger shortlisted Something You Are which fizzled with energy and dark undertones. Her new novel is similarly turbo-charged, the...
 
 
 


The Hawley Book of the Dead
Chrysler Szarlan
In the tradition of The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, The Hawley Book of the Dead is the kind of novel that makes you believe that magic really...
 
 
 


Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
The eagerly anticipated new Shardlake novel from the number one bestselling author. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a...
 
 
 


Ruthless
Cath Staincliffe
A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Advent of Murder A Faith Morgan Mystery
Martha Ockley
Traditional, warm and cosy, if such a thing can be said about a book where a murder has been committed in the first few pages… Two months on...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Saintly Killing
Martha Ockley
The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the...
 
 
 


Dead Gorgeous
Elizabeth Flynn
A winning design of a murder mystery that takes a peek into the darker side of the world of fashion. This is the second in the ‘Mystery for DI Costello’...
 
 
 


Moriarty
Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Blacklight Blue An Enzo Macleod Investigation
Peter May
FRANCE. A death sentence. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Enzo Macleod is running out of time to crack the most confounding of unsolved French murders. A death threat. His daughter...
 
 
 


The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet...
 
 
 


Descent
Ken Macleod
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH? Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft. Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the...
 
 
 


How the Light Gets in
Louise Penny
The number one New York Times bestseller. A DETECTIVE As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have...
 
 
 


No Regrets, Coyote
John Dufresne
It's Christmas Eve in Eden, Florida, and Wylie 'Coyote' Melville, professional therapist and hobbyist forensic consultant, is called to the scene of a horrific crime at a quiet suburban address....
 
 
 


Second Watch
J. A. Jance
From New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance, a suspenseful mystery from the creator of Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady and Seattle homicide detective J. P. Beaumont. Getting old is...
 
 
 


Tell Me You're Sorry
Kevin O'Brien
First you'll say you're sorry...then you'll say goodbye. A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. An executive accused of embezzling kills himself and his loved ones. A...
 
 
 


Vendetta
Dreda Say Mitchell
A terrific murder mystery full of twists and turns. Undercover cop McDonagh wakes up in a London hotel with a gunshot wound in his head, a dead woman in the...
 
 
 


The Detection Collection
The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill
Ten years since it was first published, this volume of short stories by the cream of British crime writing talent celebrates 75 years of the quintessential Detection Club. The Detection...
 
 
 


A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen;...
 
 
 


The Silversmith's Wife
Sophia Tobin
The year is 1792 and it's winter in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets and another eye in the back doors...
 
 
 


Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the...
 
 
 


Of Cops & Robbers
Mike Nicol
South African crime fiction is definitely on the up. Following the breakthrough of Deon Meyer, Lauren Beukes and Margie Orford, it's about time the superlative talent of...
 
 
 


The Golem of Hollywood
Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
From Jonathan Kellerman, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of psychological suspense, and Jesse Kellerman, the international #1 bestselling author of The Genius, comes one of the most...
 
 
 


Hope to Die (Alex Cross 22)
James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively...
 
 
 


The Few
Nadia Dalbuono
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Leone is a Roman detective whose father once was a leading figure in the Mafia. When he is...
 
 
 


The Kill
Jane Casey
Their job is to investigate crime - not become the victims...A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendid and gripping slice of deep Americana, this extremely powerful first novel parachutes its author to the...
 
 
 


Two Eerie Tales of Suspense Breakfast at the Hotel Deja Vu and Theo
Paul Torday
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL DEJA VU Bobby Clarke arrives at a hotel on the Mediterranean shore. He is a former MP, unseated by the expenses scandal, who is now spending...
 
 
 


Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
James Runcie
A clever and charming series, cosy crime at its finest, with each book taking the form of six linked short mysteries and the entire series spanning from Elizabeth II’s coronation...
 
 
 


The Heretic 1536: Who Will Survive the New World Order?
Henry Vyner-Brooks
A novel of espionage, romance and intrigue set in 1536 amidst the dissolution of the monasteries. Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fuelled by greed...
 
 
 


One Kick
Chelsea Cain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A new series by the popular author of the chilling Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell novels introduces Kick...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
October 2014 eBook of the Month. If you're an armchair detective it’s always satisfying when you have a lightbulb...
 
 
 


Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Don't Look Back
Gregg Hurwitz
October 2014 Book of the Month. Fantastic from start to finish. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff. In the prologue Theresa is spying on a man...
 
 
 


The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories
Ian Rankin
Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on...
 
 
 


Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook...
 
 
 


Borderline
Liza Marklund
A mother is found dead along a snowy pathway after dropping her son off at nursery school. She is the fourth murder victim to be found in a short time...
 
 
 


Cross My Heart (Alex Cross 21)
James Patterson
Alex Cross' whole world is crashing down around him. He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill. Cross has devoted his life to protecting...
 
 
 


Cut Out
Fergus McNeill
Nigel never meant for it to happen. At first, he just wanted to be Matt's friend. But when he discovers he can hear what is going on in the flat...
 
 
 


Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel
Alafair Burke
Absolutely riveting...Burke delivers a first-rate thriller, as a rookie detective investigates the dark side of internet dating while trying to survive the mean streets of New York . (Lisa Gardner)....
 
 
 


Duffy
Dan Kavanagh
When Brian McKechnie finds his wife attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by a man with a suspiciously erratic accent, he engages the services of London's most unusual private...
 
 
 


Falling Freely, as If in a Dream (The Story of a Crime 3)
Leif G. W. Persson
From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction - and one of the best crime writers of our time - a new critically acclaimed novel centered around the unsolved murder...
 
 
 


Killer
Jonathan Kellerman
The latest addictive thriller from No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense, in his acclaimed series featuring Doctor Alex Delaware. Well-used to elevated...
 
 
 


Malice
Keigo Higashino
Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his...
 
 
 


The Returned
Seth Patrick
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED? Camille: A young girl wakes cold and alone on the side of a mountain, with no memory of how she got there -...
 
 
 


The Soul of Discretion Simon Serrailler Book 8
Susan Hill
The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same...
 
 
 


Spark
John Twelve Hawks
Jacob Underwood is not like other people. He has Cotard's Syndrome. He believes he is dead. Which makes his job as a hired assassin neutralising 'problems' for DBG, a massive...
 
 
 


Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men....
 
 
 


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 Good Life
Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month. Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never...
 
 
 


The Mysteries
Lisa Tuttle
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A Texan writer who has lived in Britain for many years, Lisa Tuttle is a secret treasure. Her...
 
 
 


The Drop
Dennis Lehane
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Begun as a wry story of low level crime set in Boston, Lehane's short novel is a rich...
 
 
 


Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
James Runcie
From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation...
 
 
 


Last Winter We Parted
Fuminori Nakamura
This is the third novel to be translated by cult Japanese writer Fuminori Nakamura and it's brilliant. Exquisitely written, taut and gripping, this is a clever, literary mystery, the genre...
 
 
 


Want You Dead
Peter James
IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN ...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new...
 
 
 


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