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Books of the Month

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 textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
February 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the desperation...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 knowledge. What is far more intriguing is the relationships...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
The Whites
Harry Brandt
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Major US novelist and screen writer Richard Price (Clockers, The Wanders, Sea of Love) lies behind the Brandt pseudonym, but this New York cop novel proves...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 Wait). Holmes' sidekick's life away from Sherlock sees him as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 in which he has been a prolific pen as well as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     
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 a highly popular series by one of US crime fiction's most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/01/2015
     
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 past, present and place in a beautiful, heartfelt dance. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     
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 here, instead there is a chilling case that offers Daley...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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
     
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 University of St Andrews, as a lot of love, care...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2015
     
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 is a bracing tale of teeming 1912 London set in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 Underwood, following a bad motorcycle accident from which he was brought...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     
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 for Jeffery Deaver is very good at introducing you to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 close-knit community full of secrets, this terrific tale is based...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Boy in the Shadows
Carl-Johan Vallgren
A little boy vanished. A troubled man on the hunt for the truth.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 and given much detail and background of their lives, no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Tell Tale: a DI Charlotte Savage Novel
Mark Sennen
DI CHARLOTTE SAVAGE KNOWS WHO KILLED HER DAUGHTER.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 case is Edinburgh based and concerns a cursed violin. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 online dating encounters. It stars Kat Donovan, a NYPD detective,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 the police officer’s analysis and then we get more information...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 does a little private investigative work to keep her hand...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 starting with his dying father warning him that blood will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 all but I’m very glad I read it. It takes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 and, this being California, a bunch of weird characters form...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 suspect and is promoted. He has a five year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 the death of his wife in a car accident. Now...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
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 a truly dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Mission complete and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     

Last Month'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 is...
 
 
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 dead,...
 
 
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, best...
 
 
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 Mayhew...
 
 
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 a...
 
 
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 lurking...
 
 
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 thriller...
 
 
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 thriller...
 
 
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 thriller...
 
 
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 volume...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This is the first in a...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
Cold Blooded
Lisa Jackson
A reissue of one of Lisa Jackson’s classic supernatural romance suspenses, the second in her New Orleans series featuring detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. When Olivia Bechet has a...
 
 
The Dying Place
Luca Veste
Launching onto the crime writers’ scene with Dead Gone which introduced troubled DI David Murphy and eagle-eyed DS Laura Rossi, the author continues his series with another gritty Liverpool-based...
 
 
No Mercy
Roberta Kray
This is the tenth London gangland thriller from an author who obviously knows her stuff. She was married to Reggie Kray, albeit only for three years until he died, but...
 
 
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13)
James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club series of which this is one vies with Alex Cross as the best books Patterson puts out. This one knocks spots off the last few Cross’....
 
 
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...
 
 
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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 
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