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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
March 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
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 series, featuring an endearing railway detective in the 1950s. Again,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 with a public vote) or hideously disfigured (eyes gouged out,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 on firmly to your horses and enjoy the wild ride....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 he's ever read, this is an indispensable reissue. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about a murder investigation during the Second World War. This isn't a gore-fest, even though death is afoot and there are a sack full of motivations for murder. Jago, ‘The Blitz Detective’ is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
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 War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2015
     
No Name Lane
Howard Linskey
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 whom should last the course: James Oswald's traditional country thrills, M....
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 police policies and procedures that are in her way. You...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 territory and the Cold War and jumps with a vengeance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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, told from two points of view. That in itself is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 stationed in Crediton, Devon. He has a reputation for solving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 then the inevitable murder. The Venetian colour is as good...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 ravens have gone from the Tower of London and there...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 crime novels starring pathologist/coroner Quirke which are shortly to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
     
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 then, the investigation into the death of his mistress twenty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 days of each other. Both are discovered by Pearl, local...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 murder squad in one of the recently freed Balkan...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 as a Christmas family gathering on an island leads to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 third series (with a few unexpected extra twists) though of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 make good in the city. Mollel becomes a policeman with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, leads not followed up, information incorrectly filed and a glaring...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 Absolution by Murder. The author is an authority on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 and keeps you furiously turning the pages. Here the disappearance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Cemetery Girl
David Bell
David Bell's gripping psychological thriller will have readers biting their nails. A real treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane and Heather Gudenkauf.
 
 
Reader Reviewed Taking the Fall
A. P. McCoy
The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on...
 
 
The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
PI Cormoran Strike and his sidekick Robin follow The Cuckoo's Calling with a murder involving an author and so Galbraith (aka J K Rowling of Potter fame, in case...
 
 
The Sins of the Father
Graham Hurley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Despite twelve sterling titles in his Faraday and Winter gritty and atmospheric Portsmouth-set cop series, Graham Hurley...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
January 2015 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in the first person by the three main characters, one...
 
 
Abattoir Blues The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full...
 
 
An Appetite for Violets
Martine Bailey
An enticing and irresistible 18th century mystery, stuffed full of historical treats. The first chapter jumps six months ahead of the main story and hints at the spicy intrigue to...
 
 
Before You Die
Samantha Hayes
A sad, dark tale of teenage suicides/murder(?) that Birmingham-based DI Lorraine Fisher accidently becomes involved with while visiting her sister in a village in Warwickshire. It starts with a tragedy...
 
 
Border Angels
Anthony 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...
 
 
The Burning
M. R. Hall
A great, rather horrific tale with perhaps a tad too many red-herrings and characters so keep your wits about you. It stars Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper of past books (all...
 
 
A Meditation on Murder
Robert Thorogood
The author has written the scripts for a BBC TV series, Death in Paradise, but this is his first novel. The new TV series is to feature a new Detective...
 
 
East of Innocence
David Thorne
A tough, gripping and at times graphic thriller. David Connell, isn’t your typical crime thriller hero, he’s not a cop, an ex-cop or has any hard-nosed background, but as a...
 
 
The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters, it is the Devon seaside village of Limeburn and its inhabitants that dominate....
 
 
Cry Wolf: a Mafia Thriller Set in Rural Italy
Michael Gregorio
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 'Gregorio' is in fact an Anglo-Italian married couple who write as Michael Gregorio and were, until now,...
 
 
The Girl Who Wasn't There
Ferdinand von Schirach
A clever murder mystery where we follow the life of a very controversial German photographic artist who creates complex, shocking images, some based on known artists’ work. The first section,...
 
 
Night Heron
Adam Brookes
A splendid debut spy thriller about a British journalist in Peking who unwittingly becomes involved in a huge conspiracy plot when he is approached by a local dissident and labour...
 
 
If I Should Die
Matthew Frank
An exciting start to a South London-based crime series starring damaged Afghan army veteran training to be a detective. There is a lot about returning soldiers and their problems woven...
 
 
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...
 
 
Tell No Tales
Eva Dolan
Set round Peterborough and featuring the detectives Ferreira and Zigic of The Hate Crime Unit introduced to us in Long Way Home, this follows a hit-and-run case, a violent racial...
 
 
Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
Maxim Jakubowski January 2015 Highly Recommended. A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica...
 
 
A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which...
 
 
The Winter Foundlings
Kate Rhodes
A creepy, psychological thriller, a lesson on the effects of strong minds influencing weaker ones. Alice Quentin takes a break from her job and takes a post in a North...
 
 
The Wolf in Winter
John Connolly
A Charlie Parker mystery, for fans I’ve said enough, you know you have to have it and will be rewarded with more on Angel and Louis still chasing the Collector....
 
 
You Will Never Find Me
Robert Wilson
“You will never find me” is the note 17-year old Amy leaves when she disappears to Madrid. Her separated parents are members of a police kidnap department so well placed...
 
 
Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
January 2015 Debut of the Month. A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the...
 
 
Private India
James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
The Private Investigation Agency now opens a branch in India. Not knowing how the India police operate it’s difficult for me to comment on but I did feel it was...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Mind of Winter
Laura Kasischke
Clever, persuasive writing where the ending has you reaching for the beginning. The first few sentences grab your attention and from then on, you find yourself analysing, speculating, wondering. This...
 
 
The Glass Cell A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological...
 
 
A Suspension of Mercy A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological...
 
 
Those Who Walk Away A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological...
 
 
Gun Street Girl
Adrian McKinty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth...
 
 
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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