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This Month's Featured Books

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Caroline Kepnes
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Joe, a bookshop manager in Manhattan, seems an average sort of guy but when the beautiful Beck walks...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Stranger Child
Rachel Abbott
With an unusual focus, this stimulating, taut thriller hinges on a knife edge of secrets, lies and the innermost thoughts of a family in despair. This isn't about whether you can solve the case, this is about the suspense, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
A Perfect Crime
A Yi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime fiction, this harrowing but precise tale carries echoes of Dostoyevsky and offers often disturbing insights into what makes Chinese society...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Replacement
Patrick Redmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An accomplished psychological thriller that uncovers the layers of deceit and human delusion at the heart of families and which at times reaches the sharp brilliance of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Those We Left Behind Jack Lennon
Stuart Neville
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neville introduced Belfast cop DCI Serena Flanagan in his last novel THE FINAL SILENCE in which she appeared as a firm but empathetic antagonist to his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
The Gang of Lovers
Massimo Carlotto
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Carlotto is one of Italian crime fiction's best exponent of noir and the dark heart of things. No surprise as he once spent time in jail as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
Damage
Felix Francis
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans will not be disappointed. Felix was not involved directly in the racing world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
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 have read the previous four novels in ‘The Inspector McLean’ series although there...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     
Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate to find the truth about the disappearance of her mother...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery
Barbara Nadel
The third case to feature Private Investigator Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim operating in London’s East End. These are a lot grittier than her lovely Turkish based Inspector Ikmen series, or indeed her atmospheric World War II...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist not averse to breaking the rules to get to the truth and expose corruption in high places. He’s a familiar character has now served a jail sentence for his alleged malpractice. His marriage is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Crash & Burn
Lisa Gardner
A psychological thriller with a very clever plot line. You, the reader, will formulate many different scenarios and theories which will ‘crash and burn’ one by one as a new detail is revealed by Nicky’s returning memory. She, poor girl,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Into the Fire
Manda Scott
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why she is one of the most exciting, innovative and highly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Powerfully penetrating and intelligently observed, this intense thriller captures, holds and provokes your interest. The story is told by three people who become entangled in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
What Remains
Tim Weaver
Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. His failure to find an elusive killer - or even...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Friday on My Mind
Nicci French
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become famous for his Roy Grace detective series and indeed Roy’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real events that took place in New Orleans during 1919, weaves a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. The next in the Norfolk-based Ruth Galloway, DCI Nelson cases. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and here believes she has found the grave of a notorious Victorian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     
Gun Street Girl Sean Duffy
Adrian McKinty
Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth volume featuring his fascinating Catholic cop Sean Duffy, at the time of the 'Troubles'. It's 1985 and Duffy is barely holding on to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Flesh and Blood
Patricia Cornwell
In Scarpetta’s twenty-second case it’s her birthday when she discovers shiny copper coins on her garden wall all bearing the date 1981. So begins a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer. There are a few red herrings filling out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Gray Mountain
John Grisham
Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the tensions between what happens when a young aspirational New York...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...
 
 

Angelica's Smile
Andrea Camilleri
Many burglaries tax Montalbano in this, his seventeenth outing, but they all pale into insignificance when he meets Angelica, one of the victims, who reminds him of a schoolboy crush...
 
 

Canary
Duane Swierczynski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept...
 
 

Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but...
 
 

Perfidia
James Ellroy
Ellroy is most famous for two exquisite series. The LA Quartet (including LA Confidential) set in the 40s and 50s and centred on the LAPD; and the Underworld USA...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Spider in the Corner of the Room
Nikki Owen
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
June 2015 Book of the Month. Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes as a pleasant surprise: a quirky historical mystery, based on a true...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Whispering Shadows
Jan-Philipp Sendker
‘Whispering Shadows’ may be classed as a murder mystery, however it is one with true heart and soul, and is a sincerely beautiful read. The first in a trilogy, Jan-Philipp...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Antonia Hodgson
June 2015 Book of the Month. This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘
 
 

Reader Reviewed All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month. All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy...
 
 

Blood Med
Jason Webster
The fourth Spanish-based detective novel starring Max Cámara. These are steeped in Spanish history but this one concentrating on the present recession. There is a murder and a suicide and...
 
 

The Corpse Bridge
Stephen Booth
The action all takes place between Halloween and Guy Fawkes which gives you an idea of the ghostly atmosphere created in this crime. It actually takes a long time for...
 
 

The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
Irish cop DCI Jack Lennon returns for another searing thriller. Suspended from the force following the decidely traumatic events of the previous novels in which he appeared, his assistance is...
 
 

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin
Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated...
 
 

The Nightmare Place
Steve Mosby
A scary, well-written frightener not for young women living alone, especially if they have a vivid imagination. It involves a killer who is able to enter houses undetected. The press...
 
 

Savage Magic
Lloyd Shepherd
The third in this excellent series featuring Constable Charles Horton of the River Police. He is investigating strange goings-on in a grand house in Surrey where the locals fear witchcraft...
 
 

The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
A chilling psychological thriller with two distinct strands. The detection of a murder for Lucy’s friend Cheri’s body is discovered and Lucy’s mother’s tale, a woman who disappeared years earlier....
 
 

Broken Chord
Margaret Moore
A fascinating and captivating blend of a traditional murder mystery set in the stunning surroundings of Lucca and Florence. The prologue sets Jacopo Dragonetti, a State Prosecutor, at the scene...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Plague Land
S. D. Sykes
June 2015 Debut of the Month. The fourteenth century is widely believed to be...
 
 

The Good Life
Martina Cole
June 2015 Book of the Month. The Good Life is an audacious, irresistible love story snuggling up to a ferocious crime drama....
 
 

Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters...
 
 

The Man Who Watched Women
Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
Scandinavian crime fiction is well know for being dark, gritty and full of complex characters, The Man Who Watched Women sits confidently alongside its associates. The author pairing of Michael...
 
 

Cobra
Deon Meyer
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. You’ve got to push through the bitty start, sort out the difficult names and allow the book to get going for then...
 
 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and...
 
 

Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard
When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of...
 
 

Jemima Shore at the Sunny Grave A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
An atmospheric and gripping collection of short stories from Lady Antonia Fraser, many of which feature Jemima Shore. A tantalising and varied excursion round motives and methods in the realm...
 
 

Jemima Shore's First Case A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
From murders and ghostly visitors to devious plots and family feuds, Antonia Fraser's first collection of short stories is a feast of mingled delight and suspense.
 
 

Moriarty
Anthony Horowitz
Author of the global bestseller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breathtaking pace,...
 
 

The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2015 Book of the Month. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian...
 
 

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
Laurie R King, Leslie Klinger
Maxim Jakubowski June 2015 Highly Recommended. The attraction of the Baker Street master of detection never wains and hordes of writers keep...
 
 

Head or Hearts: The New Quint Dalrymple Mystery
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish author Johnston returns to a previous series featuring pig-headed, blues-loving ex-cop Quint Dalrymple who treads the...
 
 

The Invisible Man from Salem
Christoffer Carlsson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another Nordic noir revelation, the first novel in the Leo Junker series introduces a disgraced Stockholm Internal...
 
 

Snowblind
Ragnar Jonasson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of...
 
 

Gangsterland
Tod Goldberg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderfully sprawling thriller of mafia life and aftermath, in which Sal Cupertino, a notorious Chicago hitman...
 
 

Asylum City
Liad Shoham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Broken Monsters
Lauren Beukes
A truly sensational thriller; intelligent, pacey and unusually beautiful. It borders on the supernatural, taking you just as far as “suspension of disbelief” will allow, and is certainly not just...
 
 

The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
Two old cases form the centre of this new Harry Bosch thriller, one from ten years previously, the other 25. So ten years ago a musician was shot while playing...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist. Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident...
 
 

World Gone by
Dennis Lehane
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2015 Book of the Month. Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life...
 
 

Reader Reviewed I am in Blood Old Murders Never Die
Joe Murphy
A provocatively surprising read, at times graphically gruesome writing writhes from the pages, and a strong stomach is required to deal with some of the overtly descriptive and violent detailing....
 
 

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Cut Out
Fergus McNeill
An extraordinary, well-written, fast-moving and intelligent murder mystery. It is a tale of obsession and murder, both premeditated and unintentional, the contrasts are intriguing. The fine line between sanity and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Emma, who once was Susan, has...
 
 

Reader Reviewed No Other Darkness
Sarah Hilary
May 2015 eBook of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of
 
 

Reader Reviewed Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely...
 
 

Carnival of Shadows
R. J. Ellory
Senior Special Agent Travis was just 15 when his mother murdered his very violent father. He learnt very early on to keep his emotions to himself and believes totally in...
 
 

The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Thursday's Child: A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime writing and have...
 
 

The Crooked House
Christobel Kent
An atmospheric, creepy tale of a deeply traumatised girl, the sole survivor of her murdered family; mother, brother, twin sisters and then the father who turned the gun on himself...
 
 

A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky crimes with aplomb....
 
 

The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
Maxim Jakubowski May 2015 Highly Recommended. For a change, my highly recommended choice of the month is not a work of fiction,...
 
 

The Fifth Heart
Dan Simmons
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another mighty impressive doorstopper from American author Dan Simmons who seems as adept at large canvas galactic...
 
 

The Snow Kimono
Mark Henshaw
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An allusive and at times terribly poetic novel, this debut by an Australian author innovatively balances events...
 
 

After the Crash
Michel Bussi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Arriving so soon after the recent Barcelona-Dusseldorf sad plane disaster, this novel about the aftermath and consequences...
 
 

Dodger of the Dials
James Benmore
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The Artful Dodger is back! London streets' most vivacious thief, leaping through sewers onto roofs and down...
 
 

The Infidel Stain
M. J. Carter
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s...
 
 

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe
Alexander McCall Smith
Unusually for this lovely series the investigation at the centre is into a much darker mystery than is the norm. We encounter illegal immigration, albeit in a very genteel way!...
 
 

Hunting Season
Andrea Camilleri
Camilleri turns away from his famed Detective Inspector Montalbano series and gives us a tongue-in-cheek historical romp in 1880 Sicily. Don Filippo wants a son, his eccentric noble friends all...
 
 

Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. This magnificent series continues with one of the best. New readers will miss out a little on the character development but still...
 
 

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm and could well prove a similar phenomenon in its English language edition. The tale of a young writer and his...
 
 

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 TV series featured a new Detective Inspector but fans...
 
 

Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven years ago (first...
 
 

The Strangler Vine
M. J. Carter
Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century....
 
 

British Bulldog A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
May 2015 eBook of the Month. The ‘Mirabelle Bevan Mystery’ series continues to maintain the same convincing atmosphere and assured quality, yet...
 
 
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P D James 
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