Maxim Jakubowski is a London-based novelist and editor. He was born in the UK and educated in France. Following a career in book publishing, he opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop in London. He now writes full-time. He has two books of erotic photography, as well as many acclaimed crime collections. His novels include It's You That I Want To Kiss, Because She Though She Loved Me and On Tenderness Express, all three recently collected and reprinted in the USA as Skin In Darkness. Other books include Life In The Word of Women, The State of Montana, Kiss Me Sadly and Confessions Of A Romantic Pornographer. In 2006 he published American Casanova, a major erotic novel which he edited and on which fifteen of the top erotic writers in the world have collaborated, and his collected erotic short stories as Fools For Lust. He compiles two annual acclaimed series for the Mammoth list: Best New Erotica and Best British Crime. He is a winner of the Anthony and the Karel Awards, a frequent TV and radio broadcaster, a past crime columnist for the Guardian newspaper and Literary Director of London's Crime Scene Festival.
Dive in and discover 19 winning short stories by some of the greats in the crime writing world. You can sink in and totally immerse yourself in the writing, or pick and choose at your leisure. The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) was founded in 1953, and they have run their annual awards, The Daggers, since 1956. Take a look at the shortlists of each Dagger and you are set up with a beautifully meaty reading list, the Short Story Dagger is no exception. Maxim Jakubowski, the current chair, has assembled this collection and as he declares in his introduction: “Every story a winner!”. The first, Swiftwing 98 by Peter O’Donnell in 1985 was from a time when the Short Story Dagger had to submitted and include certain ingredients. He had to work in a bottle of champagne, a cryptic message on a micro computer screen, a beautiful blonde Hungarian pianist and Victoria Station, and it is fascinating to see how these feature in the story. Maxim explains that not long after, the rules changed, and the award was given to what was judged to be just the best crime short story of that year. Particular stand outs for me were the amusing intrigue of Herbert in Motion by Ian Rankin, the slicing horror of the Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing by Danuta Reah, and the heartbreak of Martha Grace by Stella Duffy. Chosen as one of my Liz Picks of the Month, Daggers Drawn is a perfect gift for any crime fiction lovers and short story aficionados out there.
A fascinating take on an age old story that led me on a compelling and unique dance. Two of the children spirited away by the Pied Piper of Hamelin escape his clutches centuries later and find themselves attempting to survive in a world they no longer recognise. Maxim Jakubowski has previously written novels that span various genres, here The Piper’s Dance spins between legend and myth, fantasy and relationship (and contains moments of erotism), with Maxim himself describing it as: “hardboiled fantasy”. What awaits is an absorbing, delicious feast of a read. From the first sentence I was hooked, I truly loved where this tale took me, it’s a journey of discovery and I found myself exploring alongside Tristan and Katerina. The brilliant vivid characters feel entirely real, I didn’t stop to question, I just believed. Innocence, experience and knowledge join together in a heady mix that sent my thoughts in new directions. A different, potent and exhilarating read, I’ve chosen The Piper’s Dance to feature as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month. Pre-order the signed hardback or the paperback of Piper's Dance from telos.co.uk and get a 20% discount using the code: lovereading
A bold, hugely original, multi-genre, cracking read. A private eye in a reimagined New York, where the internet and electronic data is as dead as a dodo, is asked to trace a woman. Within the first few words Maxim Jakubowski thoroughly set the scene, within a short time I felt a part of this world, could stand in the streets and take a gawking look around me. The clipped sentences of the investigator hark back to private eye novels, yet this is no caricature. The characters sing with intensity, sitting on the edge of larger than life, they feel as real as real can be. I smirked, raised my eyebrows, and flinched (oh how I flinched), as we cleaved through dystopian, slipped inside erotica, and smashed into supernatural. Right up my street, I absolutely adored this read. ‘The Louisiana Republic’ is a tale that refuses to be labelled, it is quite simply a raw, provocative, unique experience for lovers of the written word. ~ Liz Robinson
We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.
With this collection Maxim Jakubowski showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of British society, but, above all, there are over 40 wonderful, gripping stories to shock, delight and make you think twice, if not three times. Contributors include Simon Kernick, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, John Lawton, Tim Willocks, Lee Child, Stephen Gallagher, Christopher Fowler, Peter Lovesey, David Hewson. New to this series are Will Carver, Christopher J. Simmons, Susan Everett, Tim Willocks, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Rhodes, Rhys Hughes, Paul Charles, Howard Linskey, Peter Guttridge, Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith. Full list of contributors: Lee Child; Kevin Wignall; Will Carver; Paul Charles; Val McDermid; Paul Johnston; Alison Bruce; Tim Willocks; Maxim Jakubowski; Rhys Hughes; Edward Marston; N. J. Cooper; Michael Z. Lewin; Peter Guttridge; Mary Hoffman; Peter Tremayne; Kate Rhodes; Paul D. Brazill; Ros Asquith; Amy Myers; Alexander McCall Smith; Nina Allan; Peter Turnbull; Jay Stringer; Martin Edwards; Zoe Sharp; Col Bury; David Stuart Davies; Howard Linskey; Susan Everett; Christopher Fowler; Dreda Say Mitchell; Roger Busby; Simon Kernick; Peter Lovesey; David Hewson; Gerard Brennan; Jane Casey; Christopher J. Simmons; Stephen Gallagher; John Lawton.
This is an unputdownable short erotic fiction from the most outstanding writers in the field. Once again, Maxim Jakubowski has put together a masterful selection of over 40 stories of sexual encounters from every corner of the world.
The perfect book for any lover of Crime Fiction, featuring a captivating group of authors; from Alexander McCall Smith (of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series), to Lee Child (Jack Reacher series) and adding a different energy, the occasional ace of a wild card. Edited by the renowned Maxim Jakubowski (keep your eyes peeled for his story), announces you are in safe hands and in for a real treat. There’s a host of diverse dynamic short stories, you can choose to dip in and out or devour the entire book in one sitting. Each story packs a different punch; prepare for feints, look out for snares, expect to be walloped.
A young Italian woman flees her home in Rome and gets involved with the wrong man in ParisCornelia, the fearless stripper and killer for hire, who proved such a hit in previous novels, is back and on another mission to kill.As the two women’s paths intersect, an English crime writer down on his luck is mistaken for a private eye and goes on a quest for a missing personFrom New York to Paris, and then on a thrilling journey through Barcelona, Tangiers, Venice and then finally to a small medieval town outside Rome, the waltz with darkness of the three characters in search of love, lust and redemption becomes ever more poignant and mysterious.
An fascinating, detailed collection put together by our very own crime editor, Maxim Jakubowski. Crime writers, journalists and critics investigate the cities where crime writers have set their books. Wonderful for the literary tourist and a fascinating read for the armchair traveller too.
The next volume in this series where the theme for each is a particular city. Paris, known as the most romantic city in the world, gets the sexy treatment.
The next instalment of stories and this time all have a Dublin based theme. Fun sexy and erotic stories for you to enjoy.
The first in a new series of anthologies, each devoted to a specific city and its concealed, hidden side, unleashes some of the best writers in the genre on London, its charms and sexual secrets. Features Kristina Lloyd, long listed Booker prize author Matt Thorne, Justine Elyot, Evening Standard film critic Neil Norman and many others. More educational and varied than the A to Z!
The latest volume in the bestselling series that annually gathers the best stories of the year garnered from all over the world in print and online. Over 500 pages of the most red hot tales around of lust and love. The 45 stories feature every single sexual variation and combination from the best authors in the field. Features Laurence Klavan, Nikki Magennis, Alison Tyler, Rachel Kramer Bussel, EllaRegina and countless others.
A World of Sexy Sleuths, Mysterious Missus, and Female VillainsFlip through tales of beautiful women, female villains, and clever consorts. Delight in crime, mystery, and suspense in story after story featuring femme fatales. A delightful menu of villainy and seduction. Dangerous women are a steadfast tradition of crime and mystery books. Choose between stories that compare to mystery best sellers, tales that feature the smart sleuth, the daring detective, the mystery date-turned-nemesis, or the baby-faced beauty. Perfect for fans of crime novels, fiction, strong female characters, or mystery and suspense books, The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales honors its heritage with stories featuring strong women and female villains who have mastered the art of seduction. Marvelous mysteries, hand-picked by an expert. Maxim Jakubowski, one of the top best selling authors in mystery fiction books, has scoured the genre for the best new mystery and thriller stories featuring femme fatales. In The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales, he presents the best of the best in mystery literature featuring strong women, fiction, and good for her stories. Inside The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales, you'll find: Stories with strong female leads, female villains, and more Crime, seduction, and adventure A look at what happens when women are the big bad heroes If you liked The Maidens, The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, or The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021, you'll love The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales.
Everyone's Favorite British Detective Is Back! Read the newest and most thrilling stories about the most famous super sleuth in this new novel by critically acclaimed author, Maxim Jakubowski. Revisit Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legacy. Sherlock Holmes and Watson have been household names and icons for generations. In this new anthology by Maxim Jakubowski, you can read all about the dynamic duo in a new light. From brand new stories, to deeper looks into famous Sherlock Holmes cases, you'll fall in love with these short detective stories. The perfect book for Sherlock and mystery fans alike. Whether you are a Sherlock super-fan, or an avid crime and mystery reader, The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the perfect novel for you. With brand new, mind-boggling stories, you can delve into the world of Sherlock Holmes and his crime-solving abilities. In this book, you can read: All new Sherlock Holmes stories The return of the world-famous British detective And so much more! If you enjoyed books like American Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection or Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collections & Stories, then you'll love The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes and Watson Return in These New Sherlock Holmes Stories Sometimes a brief zap of great writing is just what you're in the mood for or have time for. That's when anthologies like his are ideal....intellectually outstanding. -New York Journal of Books Recognized as the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year by Leonard Carpenter, Maxim Jakubowski presents a collection of never before seen fiction short stories from some of the best mystery and thriller writers today. Your favorite sleuths return. An icon of detective fiction, readers have come across Sherlock Holmes and his mythical stories of crime and adventure for generations. In this new short story anthology, literature reunites with the beloved British detective, his powers of deduction, and his unerring quest for the truth. A cornucopia of British detectives, dark deeds, and derring-do. Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories features the timeless detective alongside favorite Sherlock Holmes characters, like Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson. Bringing together some of the most renowned American and British authors of crime today, this bumper volume of short stories for adults features: Jon Courtenay Grimwood Lavie Tidhar David Stuart Davies John Grant Rose Biggins David N.Smith O'Neil De Noux Rhys Hughes Catherine Lundoff Mark Mower Matthew Booth Martin Daley Jan Edwards Ashley Lister Keith Brooke Naching T.Kassa Phillip Vine Bev Vincent Keith Moray and Nick Sweet If you're looking for British historical mysteries, detective mystery books, or anthology bookss-or enjoy Anthony Horrowitz novels The Complete Sherlock Holmes or The Best American Mystery Stories 2019-then you'll love The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
Some of the Latest and Best from the Whodunnit Genre ...simply the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year and a real treat for crime-fiction fans. Leonard Carpenter, author of the Conan the Barbarian books and Lusitania Lost The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page. Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer. Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon? Fresh innovative murder stories. Maxim Jakubowski's latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees. A fan of Maxim Jakubowski's The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories and The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories? Reader of books such as Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Her Body and Other Parties, or The Big Book of Female Detectives? A movie goer who liked Clue or Knives Out? Jakubowski's latest book is for you.
A Collection of the Best and Newest Private Eye Mysteries I have been a fan of Maxim Jakubowski for years. There just is no finer mystery writer and editor anywhere. Alexander Algren, author of Out in a Flash: Murder Mystery Flash Fiction Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski. Dive right into the mysterious and thrilling world of amateur sleuths and private eye stories! One of the best mystery books of this century, this volume features outstanding new stories of crime, derring-do, fast-paced adventures, and puzzles, featuring hardy amateur sleuths ranging from young to old and grizzled private eyes whose patches cover the city streets, all in the hallowed tradition of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Philip Marlowe and more. Never-before-seen stories from your favorite mystery authors. Jakubowski's many anthologies, like The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories, have attracted plenty of attention and awards. His newest collection, The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stories, features never-before-seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today. Whether the victim was done in at the party uptown or discovered in the other room of a particularly difficult individual, these mysteries will have you gripping at the edge of your seat. Also don't miss other mystery books by Maxim Jakubowski: The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories The Return of Sherlock Holmes If you're a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, The Dead Daughter series by Thomas Fincham, or Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, you'll love The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stories.
Crime and mystery aficionado Maxim Jakubowski has gathered 17 short stories from an oh so talented bunch of writers for your reading pleasure. In his introduction, Maxim explains that each author has offered: “a brand new story to celebrate the genre, irrespective of theme, period, or style… every one came up trumps with a tale that epitomises their storytelling talent”. Shall I tease you by saying a new Jack Reacher story features, or let you know that authors from the US, UK, France and Israel have contributed? I love anthologies and just adored Invisible Blood. I threw caution to the wind, let the book open where it wanted, and jumped in. I found and adored the stories from some of my favourite authors. I met a couple of new writers, whose words really connected, and left me wanting more. I particularly love a satisfying short story, there really is nothing like that intense burst of gratifying pleasure. So, if you need a crime and mystery fix, look no further, as Maxim himself says: “we are experiencing a Golden Age of crime and mystery writing”. Invisible Blood slips so easily into being one of my picks of the month, I was absolutely wowed by it!
Your New Favorite Book of MysteriesIf you are a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, you'll love The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories. Some of the Best New Mysteries: The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features outstanding new stories of crime, dering do, fast-paced adventures and puzzles set in the past, ranging widely over the centuries and offering a cornucopia of mysteries, dark deeds, investigations and a fascinating array of investigators both professional and amateur. Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski, whose many anthologies like The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty have attracted attention and awards, The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, and includes Linda Stratmann, Amy Myers, Lavie Tidhar, Jane Finnis, O'Neil de Noux, Ashley Lister, Eric Brown, Kate Ellis, A.K. Benedict and many others.
A collection of over 40 original, sensual and provocative sexual adventures, this thirteenth volume of The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica offers the very best new work of both deservedly well-known names and up-and-coming talents. The previous volume included stories by Peggy Munson; Elissa Wald; French author Emma Becker; award-winning SF writer Kij Johnson; an acclaimed crime author writing as Pat McStone; San Francisco photographer Charles Gatewood; and I. J. Miller. Here you will find an exciting diversity of erotic writing which explores the full breadth of human emotional, sensual and sexual experience - vanilla is emphatically not the only flavour - in stories which are by turns intriguing, shocking, fascinating and enchanting.
BDSM/Bondage and Dominance and Submission, recently brought to such extraordinary prominence by 50 Shades of Grey, are perennially popular erotic themes. This collection of over 40 outstanding new stories by some of the best writers of erotica and romance, including Kay Jaybee, K. D. Grace and Rachel Kramer Bussel - all shortlisted for the Erotic Writer of the Year award - Donna George Storey, Sunday Times bestseller Vina Jackson, Booker-shortlisted Matt Thorne, Portia da Costa and Kristina Lloyd.
122 fantastic stories from Britain's best crime writers For ten years the Mammoth Best British Crime series has been publishing an annual volume of the most outstanding crime and mystery short fiction published in the UK. Over 400 stories by the very best writers in the field have been published. Contributors have included, among many others, Mark Billingham, Liza Cody, Roger Jon Ellory, Reginald Hill, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, John Mortimer, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, Derek Raymond and Andrew Taylor. On several occasions, stories published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime have won some of the most prestigious awards in the field, including the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger, The Mystery Writers of America Edgar award and the Anthony award, while countless others have featured on the respective shortlists. This truly bumper collection of over 120 stories, an omnibus edition of Volumes 7, 8 and 9, showcases as ever the impressive breadth of crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of the society in which we live, but, above all, there is an abundance of first-class entertainment. Over 1600 pages of outstanding crime fiction by: Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Robert Barnard, Colin Bateman, Mark Billingham, Nigel Bird, Tony Black, Stephen Booth, Paul D. Brazill, Simon Brett, Gerard Brennan, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Col Bury, Tom Cain, Ann Cleeves, Liza Cody, Natasha Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Judith Cutler, Colin Dexter, Martin Edwards, Matthew J. Elliott, Kate Ellis, R. J. Ellory, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Kate Horsley, Peter James, Paul Johnston, L. Kennedy, Bill Kirton, John Lawton, Simon Levack, Michael Z. Lewin, Toby Litt, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Adrian Magson, Barry Maitland, Alexander McCall Smith, Keith McCarthy, Val McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Edward Marston, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Stuart Neville, Christine Poulson, Ian Rankin, Sarah Rayne, Peter Robinson, Nicholas Royle, Zo Sharp, Roz Southey, Sally Spedding, Jay Stringer, Andrew Taylor, Marilyn Todd, Peter Turnbull, L. C. Tyler, Simon Kernick, Nick Quantrill, Sheila Quigley, Louise Welsh, Marc Werner and Kevin Wignall.
The KC SuiteMemories of an affair in words and stolen dialogue, as a lover reconstructs the anatomy of lust and love and the dangerous ways in which they combine.A Map of The PainA married woman flees her past life and goes on the road. A sexual calvary of encounters and degradation which climaxes in a dangerous club in New Orleans.Hotel Room FuckTwo strangers meet and explore their limits in a torrent of passion which quickly spills over into the more extreme side of BDSM.Bottomless on BourbonLovers come together and come apart in the lusty atmosphere of New Orelans' French Quarter, with encounters of all sorts and a vocabulary of desire stretched to its very limits.Edward Hopper Doesn't Live Here Any MoreA hired assassin on a job in downtown Los Angeles comes across a submissive woman who witnesses his hit. Should he spare her or not.The Rise and Fall of The Burlesque EmpireA tale of time and travel and Times Square from the age of burlesque to the seedy years of peep joints and sex shows.
Reading and selecting the best from over 4000 submissions, Maxim Jakubowski has composed a new volume of the best erotic writing from 2001-2002. Contributors come from around the world and include a mixture of established writers and bright new talent. Although the final list has yet to be confirmed, outstanding works from the pens of Matt Thorne, Simon Sheppard, Lawrence Schimel, M. Christian, Neil Gaiman and Marilyn Jaye Lewis have already been chosen for inclusion in this volume.
Reading and selecting the best from over 4000 submissions, Maxim Jakubowski has composed a new volume of the best erotic writing of 2003. Contributors come from around the world and include a mixture of established writers and bright new talent.
This is a fabulous collection of new writing from all over the world during 2003-4, selected by bestselling editor Maxim Jakubowski. These tales explore the extraordinary variety of the erotic experience, as men and women play out the eternal rhythms of desire. Here is explicit sexual drama in all its forms from some of the best writers in the field.