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Books of the Month

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons
The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
May 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Tenacity by J. S. Law
Tenacity
J. S. Law
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A fascinating and captivating start to the new ‘Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series’ by a debut author who introduces in ‘Tenacity’, the stimulating and challenging world of a nuclear submarine. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Last Good Kiss
James Crumley
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2016 Book of the Month. Crumley, the much-revered US author who died in 2006 brought a new vigour to the crime novel and reinterpreted the tropes of Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Madam by Jaime Raven
The Madam
Jaime Raven
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A fierce and provocative read, where a young woman released from prison is hellbent on revenge. 27 year old Lizzie was framed for a murder she didn't commit, in prison...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home
The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
May 2016 eBook of the Month. The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Travelers by Chris Pavone
The Travelers
Chris Pavone
Maxim Jakubowski May 2016 Highly Recommended. When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit
The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
May 2016 eBook of the Month. This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Swimming with Sharks by Anna Legat
Swimming with Sharks
Anna Legat
May 2016 eBook of the Month. This is the first in a new series, and introduces DS Gillian Marsh as she focusses on a missing person enquiry. The novel begins with 40 year old Nicola jet-setting...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
Spare Me the Truth An Explosive, High Octane Thriller by C. J. Carver
Spare Me the Truth An Explosive, High Octane Thriller
C. J. Carver
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Caroline Carver, as she was once known when she won the CWA Debut Dagger for 'Blood Junction', is undoubtedly the most macho of British thriller writers, with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea
Mark Douglas-Home
Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of ‘The Sea Detective Series’. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26 year old mystery. Violet was abandoned as a baby, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
The Sea Detective
Mark Douglas-Home
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
Chronicles of the Secret Service by Alexander Wilson
Chronicles of the Secret Service
Alexander Wilson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already the ninth (and final) volume in a series of fascinating vintage reissues from the 1930s, featuring the exploits of Sir Leonard Wallace and his hardy British...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim
The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Disappearance by Annabel Kantaria
The Disappearance
Annabel Kantaria
‘The Disappearance’ is a wonderfully tense and readable family tale, capable of delivering sharp shocks as you sink into the story. 70 year old Audrey vanishes during a cruise after telling her two children that they are set to receive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
A Time of Torment by John Connolly
A Time of Torment
John Connolly
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Irish crime writer Connolly's Charlie Parker series has now reached its 14th volume and never fails to impress. Indeed, it just keeps on getting better and better...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons
The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’ series is a distinctive and stimulating read. Simple punchy sentences don't flinch from the cruel and gruesome side of life, in fact the uncomplicated...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Murder Road by Stephen Booth
The Murder Road
Stephen Booth
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, with every successive title wedding his indomitable cops Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Butcher Bird by S. D. Sykes
The Butcher Bird
S. D. Sykes
A captivating and wonderfully evocative historical crime novel based in 1351, this is the second in the series, set after ‘Plague Land’. While it’s best to start at the beginning, ‘The Butcher Bird’ can actually be read as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in unexpected directions, yet encouraging reflection in every day issues, the author explores loss, death and guilt with a skilful hand. After the captivating first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Love You Dead by Peter James
Love You Dead
Peter James
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Death at Whitewater Church An Inishowen Mystery by Andrea Carter
Death at Whitewater Church An Inishowen Mystery
Andrea Carter
Death at Whitewater Church is the first in a series of Ben O'Keeffe mysteries set on the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Negotiating between the official investigation, headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy, and obstructive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Redemption Road by John Hart
Redemption Road
John Hart
Good cop Adrian Wall is serving time for a murder he didn’t commit that his colleague Elizabeth is keen to clear him of. Adrian serves his thirteen years of pure hell only to be let out in to a fist...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
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 new 'hot' genre. The author was best known under another name for chick...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Die of Shame by Mark Billingham
Die of Shame
Mark Billingham
From number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series - comes the year's most surprising crime novel, a compelling story of betrayal, deceit and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil
Robert Galbraith
The third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
When She Was Bad
Tammy Cohen
A happy relaxed team in a recruitment office have a rude awakening when a new head of department is employed to improved their profitability. She certainly shakes them up, setting one against another, playing ruthless games and manipulating them mercilessly....
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Black Water Rising
Attica Locke
An atmospheric and stylish thriller from a new author, with comparisons to John Grisham. A tightly woven plot will keep you involved and intrigued until the end. "If you...

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

The Cutting Season
Attica Locke
Gripping, atmospheric and tragic. Top class literary crime fiction from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Black Water Rising. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie,...

World Gone by by Dennis Lehane

World Gone by
Dennis Lehane
Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life witnessed through the eyes of an Irish mob 'consigliere' whose loyalties are caught up in the...

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Reader Reviewed The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Just fabulous. This is one of those wonderfully rare books that sets you in the middle of a familiar location...

Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author despite its sprawling American background and themes. Baker has the audacity to...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Reader Reviewed Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
April 2016 Book of the Month. An outrageously stunning read, that takes...

Fire Damage by Kate Medina

Reader Reviewed Fire Damage
Kate Medina
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Captivating from the outset, this is the first...

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
April 2016 eBook of the Month. This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie...

Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid

Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid trademarks of breathless tension, unsettling graphic criminal details and a plot engineered inch...

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of...

The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed The Rat Stone Serenade
Denzil Meyrick
A galloping good crime thriller, with plenty of action, set in the beautifully described surroundings of the west coast of Scotland. ‘Rat Stone Serenade’ is the fourth in the ‘DCI...

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. April 2016 Debut of...

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing...

The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore

The Cantaloupe Thief
Deb Richardson-Moore
A striking and stimulating mystery, introducing a new series of novels set in Georgia, USA. Take a trip to the Deep South, to a town called Grambling, where the folk...

All Things Nice Never Forget. Never Forgive by Sheila Bugler

All Things Nice Never Forget. Never Forgive
Sheila Bugler
A readable and striking serving of crime fiction, where the investigation into a death uncovers a family overflowing with bitter secrets, lies and grudges. This is the third novel in...

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville
Attica Locke
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means...

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie

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 Girl in the Spider's Web Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's Web Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
David Lagercrantz
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in the bestselling continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery by Shirley McKay

Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley McKay
Another wonderfully readable mystery plunging you into the final years of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. This is the fifth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series, beginning in 1586, it...

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

The Crossing
Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch no longer works for the LAPD having retired six months ago. He hired his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller, to sue the department for forcing him out. Not...

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. April 2016 Debut of the Month.Maxim Jakubowski's...

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

The Poison Artist
Jonathan Moore
Maxim Jakubowski April 2016 Highly Recommended. Championed by Stephen King as in the tradition...

Maestra The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year by L. S. Hilton

Maestra The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year
L. S. Hilton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already...

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of...

The Ex by Alafair Burke

The Ex
Alafair Burke
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendidly-engineered thriller and stand alone novel by the crime writing daughter of the great James Lee Burke. Set in New...

The House of Fame by Oliver Harris

The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far...

Hunting Shadows An Obsession for Him... Life and Death for Her by Sheila Bugler

Hunting Shadows An Obsession for Him... Life and Death for Her
Sheila Bugler
A tense thriller that stalks the urban streets of southeast London and the bleak wilderness of the North Kent coast, Hunting Shadows introduces the forceful, compromised police detective, DI Ellen...

The Waiting Game You Never Know Who's Watching ... by Sheila Bugler

The Waiting Game You Never Know Who's Watching ...
Sheila Bugler
Sheila Bugler delivers a chilling psychological twister of a novel, laced with homespun horrors, a compelling central character in DI Ellen Kelly and a strong contemporary resonance. Fans of Nicci...

The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

The Dark Inside
Rod Reynolds
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Loosely based on true events, The Dark Inside is a compelling and pacy thriller that heralds a new voice in...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black
Ann Cleeves
Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to...

Dead Water Shetland Series 5 by Ann Cleeves

Dead Water Shetland Series 5
Ann Cleeves
The fifth in the Shetland series which is now the major BBC1 drama. It does stand alone but you really will enjoy it more if you are able to follow...

The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in Whisky from Small Glasses. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been killed in...

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Girl Waits with Gun
Amy Stewart
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A breezy read that brings turn of the 20th century New York to colourful life, this debut...

Whisky from Small Glasses A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

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...

Direct Hit by Mike Hollow

Reader Reviewed Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
March 2016 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about...

Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
May 2015 Book of the Month. Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast-paced, thrilling...

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month. If you're looking for a fresh,...

The Damage Done by James Oswald

The Damage Done
James Oswald
A present-day intrigue reawakens disturbing shadows from the past in this latest Inspector McLean thriller. When an Edinburgh Police Vice Squad raid goes embarrassingly awry, Inspector Tony McLean finds himself...

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment. by Andrew Croker

Three in A Bed The Shady World of the Tabloids. Sex. Spies. Entrapment.
Andrew Croker
March 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A...

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety
Julie Shaw
‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious...

First Response by Stephen Leather

First Response
Stephen Leather
March 2016 Book of the Month. Completely and brilliantly captivating, it all...

British Bulldog by Sara Sheridan

British Bulldog
Sara Sheridan
The ‘Mirabelle Bevan Mystery’ series continues to maintain the same convincing atmosphere and assured quality, yet with each book the author skilfully delivers a refreshingly different read. ‘British Bulldog’ is...

England Expects by Sara Sheridan

England Expects
Sara Sheridan
A classically arresting mystery, overflowing with good old fashioned pluck, courage and perseverance. The third in the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, this can also be read as a vintage standalone novel....

Vanishing Games by Roger Hobbs

Vanishing Games
Roger Hobbs
In his dazzling, award-winning debut GHOSTMAN , Hobbs introduced a fascinating lone wolf criminal anti-hero who quickly captured the imagination. His reappearance in the second novel in what looks...

The Serpentine Road by Paul Mendelson

The Serpentine Road
Paul Mendelson
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 post-Mandela release era,...

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Reader Reviewed Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a...

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono
Mark Henshaw
An allusive and at times terribly poetic novel, this debut by an Australian author innovatively balances events that take place in contemporary Paris, the near past in Japan and some...

London Calling by Sara Sheridan

London Calling
Sara Sheridan
We loved the first in this post WW2 series, Brighton Belle, and the second adventure is even better with a satisfyingly complex plot bubbling over with period detail. Mirabelle...

Fifth Column by Mike Hollow

Reader Reviewed Fifth Column
Mike Hollow
A fascinating and captivating trip into the bomb damaged (and occasionally crime-ridden) streets of London during the Second World War. ‘Fifth Column’ is the second in ‘The Blitz Detective’ series...

Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino

Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Keigo Higashino
A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT...

Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge

Reader Reviewed Little Boy Blue
M. J. Arlidge
March 2016 Book of the Month. Sit on the edge of your...

Box Nine by Jack O'Connell

Box Nine
Jack O'Connell
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2016 Book of the Month. Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the...

The Luzern Photograph: A Noir Thriller by William Bayer

The Luzern Photograph: A Noir Thriller
William Bayer
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his New York detective Frank Janek series, Bayer is a writer's writer whose books...

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Six Four
Hideo Yokoyama
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A massive doorstopper of a thriller at well over 600 pages and a million plus copies bestseller...

Thin Ice An Inspector Gunna Mystery by Quentin Bates

Thin Ice An Inspector Gunna Mystery
Quentin Bates
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. You don't actually have to be from Scandinavia to write a Nordic thriller these days. French author...

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed Susans
Julia Heaberlin
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. March 2016 Book...

The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Simon Kurt Unsworth
Welcome To Hell. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone...

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

White Nights
Ann Cleeves
Setting a detective novel in the Shetland Isles is a stroke of genius in itself as a close knit community such as that is the last place you would expect...

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

Red Bones
Ann Cleeves
Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. When an elderly woman is shot in...

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves
Blue Lightning is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. With the autumn storms raging, Fair Isle...

Thin Air (Shetland Series 6) by Ann Cleeves

Thin Air (Shetland Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
Thin Air is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez, Shetland. A group of old...

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England, blending true noir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley...

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