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Books of the Month

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home
The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
October 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill investigating the disappearance of a 14 year old boy from a small...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Secret by Katerina Diamond
The Secret
Katerina Diamond
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you're on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into another desperate search...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
Deep Water by Christine Poulson
Deep Water
Christine Poulson
A quietly dramatic novel, ‘Deep Water’ thrusts questions forward, and I found myself asking ‘what would I do?’ as I read. Several interlinked stories weave their through and around a clinical trial into obesity, and the search for a cure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/10/2016
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
October 2016 eBook of the Month. Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Betrayal by Martina Cole
Martina Cole
Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving you breathless and probably shattered. We are introduced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2016 Book of the Month. New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Only Daughter
Anna Snoekstra
October 2016 Debut of the Month. A girl is picked up for shoplifting and not wanting to give her real name, we know not why, she picks the name of a girl who disappeared ten years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland
Beneath the Skin
Sandra Ireland
October 2016 Debut of the Month. Powerful, unsettling, beautifully written and wonderfully captivating, this a thought-provoking debut. Walt is skimming through life, barely existing, attempting to cope with combat post traumatic stress disorder. He takes a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent
The Loving Husband
Christobel Kent
A darkly mesmerising tale exploring trust, love and deeply hidden secrets. Fran’s life is thrown into turmoil, causing her to question her husband, her love and herself, just what is the truth? The prologue emits chills of disquiet, certain words...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech
The Mountain in My Shoe
Louise Beech
An intriguing, moving, and absolutely captivating family drama. Bernadette has to face her fears and start to take back control of her life when she decides to leave her husband. However on the night she plans to tell him, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2016
A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone
A Suitable Lie
Michael J. Malone
Unsettling, thought-provoking, and absolutely riveting. He's not even 30, yet Andy is a widower, he has a young son and a loving support network around him. When Andy meets Anna, he can’t believe that he will get a second chance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto
The Exiled
Kati Hiekkapelto
A compelling, assured and gutsy crime thriller set in Serbia among the refugee crisis. Anna returns to the borders of Hungary and Serbia for a holiday, there she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous investigation with chilling links...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2016
Strangers by Paul Finch
Paul Finch
Whoohee, this is a fierce, adrenaline rush of a read, and it packs a huge punch of attitude. PC Lucy Clayburn is desperate to get onto CID, she finds herself undercover and in danger when she joins the Serious Crime...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
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: 08/09/2016
Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) by Susie Steiner
Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1)
Susie Steiner
If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed. It's Steiner's first venture into the crime genre - her debut, Homecoming, was more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Black Path by Paul Burston
The Black Path
Paul Burston
‘The Black Path’ is absorbing and clever, with several stories and strands weaving into one thrilling and dramatic tale. Helen fights a feeling of abandonment, her father Richard was murdered on the nearby Black Path when she was a child...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A subtle, quietly sinister tale, where the tension slowly creeps and coils around the edge of your understanding. Allis removes herself from her previous life to become a housekeeper for Sigurd. On the edge of a fjord in a lonely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir's savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish trilogy by a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/04/2016
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
Where Roses Never Die
Gunnar Staalesen
A truly tenacious and back to basics Nordic crime novel featuring private investigator Varg Veum. Staalesen has been writing about Veum since 1977, however this is my first foray into the series, and found it could easily be read as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2016
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Ragnar Jonasson
It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of Ragnar Jonasson in English translation (itself a fluid adaptation by British mystery writer Quentin Bates) is cause for celebration. Previously known as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2015
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 popular! But this does enable Connelly to mix his two...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Cross Justice by James Patterson
Cross Justice
James Patterson
The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on and just sank into the depths of the story. A character makes a beguiling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
The Mine by Antti Tuomainen
The Mine
Antti Tuomainen
A startling, intense and clever tale of destructive, chilling corruption. 30 year old journalist Janne tells his own story after he is offered information about an environmental catastrophe, another similarly deadly tale is revealed at the same time, and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2016
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay
Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the next, and I was literally dancing in my seat when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah
The Narrow Bed
Sophie Hannah
I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the read. ‘Billy Dead Mates’ is at the centre of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly trained killer with his humanity surprisingly intact. Smoak has left a top secret programme, he is prepared to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem she predicted, however perhaps not quite in the way she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Bill Beverly
Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
Cold Kill by P. J. Tracy
Cold Kill
P. J. Tracy
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's always pleasant to revisit a series after skipping a few books to see if the appeal of the main characters still holds you in thrall and American mother and daughter...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich
An Honorable Man
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. On one hand you have the spy adventures which run along in overdrive and combine adventure and exotica a la James Bond and, on the other, are the sometimes deliberatly drab...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Ice Beneath Her The Most Gripping Psychological Thriller You'll Read This Year by Camilla Grebe
The Ice Beneath Her The Most Gripping Psychological Thriller You'll Read This Year
Camilla Grebe
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A debut solo novel for a leading Swedish crime author who had, until now, collaborated with other writers on various series. A young woman is found beheaded inside the house of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey
The Harbour Master
Daniel Pembrey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Setting a detective series in Amsterdam is necessarily having to compete with striking memories of books by Nicolas Freeling and Janwillem van de Wetering who made this particular, rich in possibilities...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/11/2016
Murderabilia Everyone Has a Hobby. Some People Collect Death. by Craig Robertson
Murderabilia Everyone Has a Hobby. Some People Collect Death.
Craig Robertson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. If Ian Rankin controls the crime scene in Edinburgh, it's becoming clear that Craig Robertson has a firm grip on matters murderous in Glasgow and this outstanding and disturbing stand alone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi
The Ice Lands
Steinar Bragi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Nordic noir meets arctic horror in this powerful Icelandic novel which packs a mean punch. A group of Reykjavik thirty somethings who've been devastated by the economic crash take a hiking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
For All Our Sins by T. M. E. Walsh
For All Our Sins
T. M. E. Walsh
An intricate and provocatively stormy tale of twisted, savage revenge. Fiercely driven DCI Claire Winters, needs to be on top form when a fearsomely gruesome murder takes place in a religious community. The first chapter tugged at my emotions, sending...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and unsurprisingly already snapped up by Hollywood. After a serious assault...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Cartel by Don Winslow
The Cartel
Don Winslow
Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller by David Young
Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller
David Young
Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2016. East Berlin, 1975. When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Wall, she imagines she's seen it all before. But when she arrives...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Love You Dead by Peter James
Love You Dead
Peter James
Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Film Tie In) by Lee Child
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Film Tie In)
Lee Child
NOW FILMED AS THE SECOND JACK REACHER MOVIE, STARRING TOM CRUISE. Drop-out military cop Jack Reacher has finally hitch-hiked his way to Virginia. His destination, the closest thing to a home he ever had: the headquarters of his old unit,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Inferno (Film Tie In) by Dan Brown
Inferno (Film Tie In)
Dan Brown
If there’s one thing you can guarantee with Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon thrillers it’s that they’re so fast paced you’ll almost get dizzy keeping up. Opening in Florence, travelling to Venice and ending up in Istanbul this is as full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Detonator by Andy McNab
Andy McNab
Betrayed and left for dead high in the Alps, Nick Stone is in trouble. The blood on his hands tells of a head wound he can't see and his foggy memory confirms it. He knows only one thing for certain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Dead Lions by Mick Herron
Dead Lions
Mick Herron
Sharp, biting and hugely enjoyable. The series focuses on Slough House where MI5 agents who are out of favour, who’ve screwed up one too many times, are assigned for light duties but inevitably end up outshining their ‘proper’ MI5 colleagues....
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
Playing Dead
Julia Heaberlin
A riveting debut novel from a thrilling new voice, Playing Dead is a mesmerizing story of family, identity and secrets that can kill. The Letter: A few weeks after her father's death, Tommie McCloud receives a letter in the post...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Wonder
Emma Donoghue
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Woman of God by James Patterson
Woman of God
James Patterson
St Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope. It's a turning point that could change the Catholic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Conclave by Robert Harris
Robert Harris
The best-selling author of An Officer and a Spy, The Ghost and Fatherland turns to today’s Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet–where the power of God is nearly equalled by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Home by Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben
Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. For ten long years two boys have been missing. Now you think you've seen one of them. He's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Liz Jensen
A spellbinding tale about what the human heart can inflict and the mind endure Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Ottessa Moshfegh
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads. Is she fleeing from a misdemeanour? Is she on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2016
The Fourth Victim by Mari Jungstedt
The Fourth Victim
Mari Jungstedt
An armed robbery is over in minutes, leaving a little girl on the road, hit by the getaway car. Desperate to find those responsible, the police track down one of the culprits. But he is dead, brutally murdered at a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The writing is poetically punchy. Exquisitely formed sentences are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

The Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation by Asa Larsson

The Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation
Asa Larsson
An engrossing and poignant crime tale that is far more complex than just a murder story. Family inheritance, past history, strong believable characters and the wonderful scenic descriptions make for...

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball

Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field are doing, having...

Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and quite, quite wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not...

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Reader Reviewed Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before, please don't be put...

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Reader Reviewed Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A most unexpected, if gripping thriller from the author of the much-admired LAST POLICEMAN trilogy. The book takes place in an...

Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

Ragnar Jonasson
This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions. ‘Blackout’ takes place in June 2010, following on from ‘Snowblind’,...

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
September 2016 Book of the Month. This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie Rome’ series, and is just as distinctive, powerful and enthralling as the...

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Keep You Close
Lucie Whitehouse
Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced her. Then Seb, the father, is killed in...

Fellside by M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl...

Zodiac by Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson
September 2016 Debut of the Month. An excellently twisting thriller where cop tracks killer through a turbulent city. Prejudice is rife and violence is in the...

Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker

Death in the Shadows
Paul McCusker
Raw and gritty with dark undertones, this is a mystery steeped in the church, the supernatural, and the most savage and brutal aspects of the time we live in. This...

The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen

The Last Lullaby
Carin Gerhardsen
From the Swedish publisher of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy comes a sensational new crime writing talent - and one of the best new Scandinavian crime series since Jo Nesbo's Harry...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web...

Night Train to Berlin by Margaret de Rohan

Night Train to Berlin
Margaret de Rohan
A chance encounter, a case of mistaken identity and a seemingly innocent train journey all come together to place the lives of international leaders and family members of the central...

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow
Fiona Barton
Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front...

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

The Travelers
Chris Pavone
September 2016 Book of the Month. When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his whole...

The Unravelling by Thorne Moore

The Unravelling
Thorne Moore
Thorne Moore delves deep into the dark corners of a mind disturbed by the wicked acts of childhood that refuse to stay hidden in this edgy psychological thriller. A simple,...

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Elizabeth Heathcote
September 2016 Debut of the Month. A tension-filled family drama, which encourages thoughts to twist and turn. The prologue sets questions in motion, trapping them in...

Far from True by Linwood Barclay

Far from True
Linwood Barclay
A wonderfully stimulating and thrilling read, hold on tight as you dive in! This is the second in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy and I really do recommend starting with ‘

Between the Crosses by Matthew Frank

Between the Crosses
Matthew Frank
A tight, clever, fiercely driven slice of crime fiction. This is the second in the ‘Joseph Stark’ series. Damaged and almost broken DC Stark, and his Met Police colleagues in...

My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry

Reader Reviewed My Husband's Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my...

The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson

The Dying Detective
Leif G. W. Persson
The inimitable style, distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson, along with the fascinating exploration of a long-cold murder case, serves to make The Dying Detective a true...

The Final Word by Liza Marklund

The Final Word
Liza Marklund
With the stakes rising by the day, Annika Bengtzon is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister's...

And When I Die by Russel D. McLean

And When I Die
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A tense Glasow gangland thriller laced with family saga elements with pace and strong characterisation to boot, McLean's latest novel raises...

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A gripping thriller with a touch of the impossible, if not outright leap into science fiction, the new novel by the...

The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man
Andrew Gross
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944...

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Reader Reviewed Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...

The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr by Peter Murphy

The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr
Peter Murphy
A thought-provoking, intriguing unmasking of court room sparring and Welsh nationalism in this novel set in the 1960’s. The author, former Crown Court Judge Peter Murphy, most certainly knows his...

And is There Still Honey for Tea? by Peter Murphy

And is There Still Honey for Tea?
Peter Murphy
The third in the Ben Schroeder Legal Thriller series. It's 1965, the British Establishment is reeling after a series of defections and acts of treachery by high-ranking intelligence officers. At...

A Higher Duty by Peter Murphy

A Higher Duty
Peter Murphy
A worthwhile look at the UK's justice system from an author who really knows the system. Ben Schroeder, a talented young man from an East End Jewish family, has been...

A Matter for the Jury by Peter Murphy

A Matter for the Jury
Peter Murphy
Travel back in time, to the 1960's, and the fascinating world of the court room. It is 1964 and Ben Schroeder, first introduced in A Higher Duty, is building his...

The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson

The Child Garden
Catriona McPherson
In a deep dark Scottish wood there stand two houses, a mile apart. Between them stands a hallowed building. A chapel? A crypt? And close by runs a river with...

The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces
Laure Eve
In a nutshell: be careful if you’re what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister Summer, seem to have everything: attractive, popular,...

Private Paris by James Patterson

Private Paris
James Patterson
When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into...

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
Already something of a cause celebre, this strongly erotic, or should I say explicit, thriller by an art historian takes the likes of Patricia Highsmith's ambiguous killer figure Tom Ripley...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to...

Stallo by Stefan Spjut

Stefan Spjut
Following the disappearance of a young boy from a remote cabin in a Swedish forest, his mother claims he was abducted by a giant to credulous reaction. He is never...

Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Shortlisted 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...

Freedom's Child by Jax Miller

Reader Reviewed Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A woman sheltered in the Witness Protection Programme for the almost justified murder of her cop husband twenty years ago...

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed. It's Steiner's first venture into...

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A couple of Exeter cops attempt to solve the mystery of a hanged teacher which was locally followed by a...

Wicked Game by Matt Johnson

Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A breathless and perfectly-paced thriller of a particularly explosive nature, introducing Royalty Protection Team cop Robert Finlay whose own SAS...

Make Me by Lee Child

Make Me
Lee Child
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote rail...

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 Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Reader Reviewed The Last One
Alexandra Oliva
The Post-Apocalyptic setting is so popular today that it is becoming annoying, so it is great to get a book like this one; not only well written but offering a...

Mr. Miller by Charles Den Tex

Mr. Miller
Charles Den Tex
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. An Amsterdam-set thriller by a Dutch author hitherto unknown in the UK, this has pace and intrigue to spare. Michael...

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads....

The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

The Dark Inside
Rod Reynolds
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. When a disgraced New York crime journalist is despatched to the rural wilderness of Texarkana, on the Texas and Arkansas...

Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod

Deadly Deceit
Jean Harrod
A thought-provoking and gripping tale set in the Caribbean, between the pages lurk murder, voodoo, and people smuggling. This is the second in the ‘Diplomatic Crime Series’ after ‘

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Local Girl Missing
Claire Douglas
A twisty, multiple layered thriller where the past and present clash in a maze of suspense. Best friends Francesca and Sophie tell their tales with nearly 20 years separating them....

The Damage Done Inspector Mclean 6 by James Oswald

The Damage Done Inspector Mclean 6
James Oswald
Haunting, dramatic and so very, very readable, Inspector Tony Mclean returns in his sixth book of the series, and in this novel, the supernatural doesn't just prowl in the background,...

Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Reader Reviewed Watching Edie
Camilla Way
August 2016 Book of the Month. In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read....

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed I Found You
Lisa Jewell
August 2016 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet...

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

No Turning Back
Tracy Buchanan
August 2016 Book of the Month. A tension filled, dramatically striking tale, where there is far more to discover than you may at first think. Anna...

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

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Louise Candlish
August 2016 Book of the Month. Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very...

Dance with the Dead A PC Donal Lynch Thriller by James Nally

Dance with the Dead A PC Donal Lynch Thriller
James Nally
An entirely captivating crime thriller, where occasional visitations from the fearsomely uncanny, adds an extra wallop of drama. The detective with a difference returns for a second outing in the...

The Body Under the Bridge by Paul McCusker

The Body Under the Bridge
Paul McCusker
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, as priest of a modest Anglican church in in a small Sussex town, he didn't expect it to show...

Front Runner by Felix Francis

Front Runner
Felix Francis
The latest addition to the ‘Francis Thriller’ series is an action-packed journey through the horse racing world. Jefferson Hinkley from ‘Damage’ has returned for another case, yet this can...

Tainted Love by Kimberley Chambers

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Kimberley Chambers
An audacious, fast moving, dark but oh so entertaining tale. Prepare yourself… the Butler Family are back, and we observe as they battle their way through life from 1986 to...

The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths

The Primrose Path
Rebecca Griffiths
For fans of I Let You Go and Black-Eyed Susans, The Primrose Path is a tense, atmospheric suspense thriller that will make sure you leave all your lights...

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

The English Spy
Daniel Silva
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes...

All the Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman

Reader Reviewed All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy read, it’s disturbing, sad, unsettling and… addictive. You are launched straight into the terrified...

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be...

Broken Heart by Tim Weaver

Broken Heart
Tim Weaver
A truly captivating and bold story that stings and provokes with fierce intensity. David Raker is back in his seventh missing person enquiry, a woman has apparently vanished into thin...

Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Black Widow
Christopher Brookmyre
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2016. Twists abound in the brilliant new psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre, starring his legendary character Jack Parlabane, and perfect for...

Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina

Blood, Salt, Water
Denise Mina
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2016. BLOOD, SALT, WATER is a gripping tale of greed, power and misconception from acclaimed two-time winner of the Theakston's Crime Award, Denise...

The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman

The Lady in the Lake
Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman
The Lady in the Lake is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime. Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a...

15th Affair by James Patterson

15th Affair
James Patterson
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Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

Playing with Fire
Tess Gerritsen
What if your child wanted you dead? Julia is terrified by her daughter's aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be...

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