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Books of the Month

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Fierce Kingdom
Gin Phillips
June 2017 Book of the Month. We are in America. Joan takes her four year old son Lincoln to the zoo regularly. She knows the layout, the areas, the animal enclosures and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
June 2017 Book of the Month. Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne
The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
June 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
June 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting expedition down the Allagash river...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it causes you to question the reliability of both women. Smart,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin
Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
June 2017 Book of the Month. A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie and the heyday of the British cozy school of crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker
The Fourth Monkey
J. D. Barker
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Highly Recommended. A humdinger of a serial killer thriller in sheer overdrive, The Fourth Monkey is a winner from the get go, even if some of the explicit, gory violence inevitably scattered...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/06/2017
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
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 we followed Jane as a probationer with the Met in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Obsession by Amanda Robson
Obsession
Amanda Robson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Two seemingly happy couples: Rob and Carly, Jenni and Craig. But one fateful day, one happens to ask her husband who else he might prefer to be with and unwittingly unleashes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Defectors by Joseph Kanon
Defectors
Joseph Kanon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ex-American publisher Joe Kanon is a much underrated master of the classic espionage tale, best known for The Good German which was filmed with George Clooney in the eponymous part,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
Wolves in the Dark
Gunnar Staalesen
A ferociously gripping read from a Norwegian writing legend. Private investigator Varg Veum is in serious trouble, child pornography is found on his computer, from prison he starts to pull all the pieces together in a quest to discover who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
June 2017 Debut of the Month. An absolutely riveting walk through time. The moment I heard about ‘The Outcasts of Time’ I knew I had to read it, the premise is just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Reconciliation for the Dead
Paul E. Hardisty
This third explosive political page-turner featuring Claymore Straker sees the justice-driven protagonist back in South Africa testifying before Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Gripping disclosures reveal why Clay was discharged as a paratrooper some fifteen years earlier, in 1980,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2017
The One by John Marrs
The One
John Marrs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An ingenious and quite gripping psychological thriller based on the use of DNA matching for a new style of dating, this was originally self-published and we must be grateful it came...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The White Road by Sarah Lotz
The White Road
Sarah Lotz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. South Africa author Lotz has a devious talent for claustrophobic tales that balance precariously between thriller and sheer horror and her new novel is no exception, a worthy follow-up to
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later, Cece moves into the area, her two youngest start at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey
Hunting the Hangman
Howard Linskey
A truly fascinating and totally engrossing read about the assassination plot against one of the most feared and hideous Nazi leaders of the Second World War. This may be classed as a work of fiction, yet it is seeped, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman
Joe Hill
Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like a plague, they all emerge at the same time. Recent months have witnessed, among others, the Cronin trilogy reach its...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Troll by D. B. Thorne
Troll
D. B. Thorne
A macabre miss-your-tube-stop thriller in which online trolling turns into real-life terror for a young investigative journalist. By day, Sophie works for a celebrity scandal magazine. By night she’s a lifestyle blogger with a dedicated following, including an abusive troll....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power
Naomi Alderman
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Home by Harlan Coben
Home
Harlan Coben
'ANOTHER INSTANT COBEN BOLITAR CLASSIC' Michael J Fox For ten long years two boys have been missing. Now you think you've seen one of them. He's a young man. And he's in trouble. Do you approach him? Ask him to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Bullseye by James Patterson
Bullseye
James Patterson
As the most powerful men on earth gather in New York for a meeting of the UN, Detective Michael Bennett receives intelligence warning that there will be an assassination attempt on the US president. Even more shocking, the intelligence suggests...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Lying Game
Ruth Ware
Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware. The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It's just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Dry
Jane Harper
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick
Shepherds and Butchers
Chris Marnewick
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis
The Honeymoon
Tina Seskis
Oh my, this is intense, shocking, and an absolute winner. Jemma is on an island in the Maldives, her husband of just one week is missing, is he alive, or has the unthinkable happened? Tina Seskis encourages an almost unbearable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp
Marked for Life
Emelie Schepp
A dramatic, sinister and deeply tense tale set in Sweden. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius works with police investigators after a man is found murdered in his home. He is the head of a department dealing with asylum cases, and when a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Girl Who Ran by Nikki Owen
The Girl Who Ran
Nikki Owen
June 2017 eBook of the Month. The final book in the ‘Project Trilogy’ and it’s an absolute belter as the story surges to a fittingly dramatic conclusion. In the present day Maria finds herself back at...
Format: Ebook - Released: 15/06/2017
Rebus Anniversary Box Set by Ian Rankin
Rebus Anniversary Box Set
Ian Rankin
A must for collectors, a beautifully designed collector's hardback set of Knots & Crosses, Black and Blue and Exit Music with exclusive extra material only available in this box set.
Format: Multiple copy pack - Released: 22/06/2017
Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake
Forever and a Death
Donald E. Westlake
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sadly missed US crime legend Westlake's books were often the object of many classic Hollywood adaptations, but he is also remembered as the screenwriter for The Grifters as a result of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/06/2017
Burning Angels by Bear Grylls
Burning Angels
Bear Grylls
Fresh from fighting death in Ghost Flight, Will Jaeger - The Hunter - returns for his second high-octane adventure.1942, and SS Lieutenant Herman Wirth uncovers an ancient body in a Greenland glacier. But, considering its monstrous state,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl

Faithless
Kjell Ola Dahl
An assured, chilling, and intense piece of crime fiction set in Oslo. Detectives Frolich and Gunnarstranda investigate the murder of a woman who has been found scalded and wrapped in...

Zodiac by Sam Wilson

Zodiac
Sam Wilson
An excellently twisting thriller where cop tracks killer through a turbulent city. Prejudice is rife and violence is in the air. In Sam Wilson's world it is not religion or...

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Reader Reviewed Crimson Lake
Candice Fox
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted...

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork

Reader Reviewed The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
May 2017 Book of the Month. A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in...

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Reader Reviewed Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut...

Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi

Reader Reviewed Don't Let Go
Michel Bussi
May 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter...

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

Reader Reviewed What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
May 2017 Debut of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG...

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
May 2017 Book of the Month. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When...

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Reader Reviewed A Dark So Deadly
Stuart MacBride
May 2017 Book of the Month. Author famous for his excellent Logan McRae series presents a new police constable, one DC Callum...

The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh

Reader Reviewed The Killer on the Wall
Emma Kavanagh
May 2017 Book of the Month. What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies...

Night Market by Daniel Pembrey

Night Market
Daniel Pembrey
Another commanding, powerhouse of a read from Daniel Pembrey. Night Market continues on from the first in the series, diving straight into part IV, and while you could enjoy this...

Domina by L. S. Hilton

Domina
L. S. Hilton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Not that reviews have much of an influence on the bestseller lists, but the critics went to war with Hilton's debut...

Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
May 2017 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed...

The Ice by Laline Paull

Reader Reviewed The Ice
Laline Paull
May 2017 Book of the Month. Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work...

Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when...

Scared to Death by Kate Medina

Scared to Death
Kate Medina
May 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Another wonderfully twisty and chilling case in the ‘Jessie Flynn Crime...

You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood

You Don't Know Me
Imran Mahmood
May 2017 eBook of the Month. At once a captivating courtroom drama, and a poignant personal story that explores social disadvantage and London gang culture from...

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Wilde Lake
Laura Lippman
Having achieved a full sweep of most of the crime genre's major awards, Lippman has recently also entered the US bestseller list on a regular basis, but has undeservedly not...

The Second Sister by Claire Kendal

The Second Sister
Claire Kendal
A sublimely intense, and heart-pumping psychological thriller. Ten years on from the disappearance of her older sister, Ella begins to uncover some potential leads, yet she feels that someone is...

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath

Amnesia
Michael Ridpath
Clemence is contacted by her French great aunt in the States to care for an elderly man, Alastair, suffering amnesia after an accident in Scotland. Can she hold the fort...

A Guide for the Perplexed by Jonathan Levi

A Guide for the Perplexed
Jonathan Levi
A flamboyantly fantastical literary voyage in which two strangers stranded at a Spanish airport during a strike are brought together by their mutual travel agent, whose Guide for the Perplexed...

Septimania by Jonathan Levi

Septimania
Jonathan Levi
An exuberantly entertaining magic realist quest that sees a Cambridge Organ Scholar travel to Rome in search of love, with extraordinarily unexpected results. It all started with a pip, for...

The Choice by Samantha King

The Choice
Samantha King
The Choice is a high-concept, hypnotic suspense debut from a remarkable new talent and explores every parent's worst nightmare: What if you had to choose between your children?

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water
Paula Hawkins
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train,...

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder
Emma Donoghue
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the...

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
Lee Child
Jack Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is one of the most iconic heroes for our age....

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend
Michelle Frances
A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the...

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Reader Reviewed The Trophy Child
Paula Daly
“How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?” the publisher’s shout line asks. Well how far indeed? Personally I find the line deceptive but I’m not telling you why. ...

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in...

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Reader Reviewed A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the third in the ‘Thomas Kell’ series, yet my first, and...

End of Watch by Stephen King

End of Watch
Stephen King
A wonderfully sinister and mind-bending end to the ‘Hodges trilogy’. Yes, ‘End of Watch’ can easily be read as a standalone novel, however I really do recommend starting with ‘

French Concession by Xiao Bai

French Concession
Xiao Bai
A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime and thriller fiction. Based in Shanghai in 1931 it provides us with an invaluable historical perspective and sense of period on both Chinese...

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Reader Reviewed Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
A most unexpected, if gripping thriller from the author of the much-admired Last Policeman trilogy. The book takes place in an America where the Civil War came to a different...

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan

Reader Reviewed The Dead House
Billy O'Callaghan
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A beautifully eerie tale, a feast for your eyes, a torment for your mind. The exquisite cover immediately called to...

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leach
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A dramatic and oh so readable family tale, with enough tension playing through the pages to sink a battleship. Two...

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Lola
Melissa Scrivner Love
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A superlative debut by a US author, set in the underbelly of gangland Los Angeles, with all the hallmarks of a...

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell
Dennis Lehane
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A stand alone psychological thriller by the author of the Gennaro and Kenzie novels, Mystic River and Shutter Island, this represents...

Snatch by Gregory McDonald

Snatch
Gregory McDonald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A reissue of two thrillers by the creator of that wonderful criminal rascal Fletch (and if you think of him as...

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

A Game of Ghosts
John Connolly
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. How time flies: already the fifteenth Charlie Parker novel from Irish author John Connolly! And they keep on getting better and...

The Two O'Clock Boy by Mark Hill

The Two O'Clock Boy
Mark Hill
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A strong first novel by a new British author about the troubling events that occurred in a children's home some years...

Need You Dead by Peter James

Need You Dead
Peter James
A humdinger of a read, the authenticity shines throughout this thrilling tale. Set in Brighton and the surrounding area over two weeks, Detective Superintendent Grace finds himself in the middle...

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is back in a fast-paced, action-packed, gripping new thriller from global bestseller Michael Connelly.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with...

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Reader Reviewed Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
A novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as...

Blood Ties by Jenny Francis

Blood Ties
Jenny Francis
Following on from Silent Passage, Blood Ties is the second in a series of easy to read whodunits featuring the cases of rule-breaker DI Charlie Moon, set in Birmingham...

Beyond All Doubt by Paige Elizabeth Turner

Beyond All Doubt
Paige Elizabeth Turner
Beyond All Doubt by Paige Elizabeth Turner opens with a murder - but will the murderer be caught? An absorbing and realistic crime ‘will they catch' whodunit with a juicy...

The House of Fame by Oliver Harris

The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or...

Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi

Reader Reviewed Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
April 2017 Book of the Month. Simply superb, ’Black Water Lilies’ has leapt straight into my heart and soul. Thirteen days in the heart of Claude...

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt...

Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Well of the Winds
Denzil Meyrick
A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil...

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

Reader Reviewed The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV...

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Reader Reviewed The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
April 2017 Book of the Month. Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so. Zoe and Ollie adopt...

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Reader Reviewed Quicksand
Malin Persson Giolito
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja...

The Auction by Justin Scott

The Auction
Justin Scott
In this blockbuster thriller from No.1 New York Times bestseller Justin Scott, one agent confronts the Russians, kidnappers, and the CIA, to rescue the most influential man in history.

Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Reader Reviewed Rather Be the Devil
Ian Rankin
A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a...

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolas Obregon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by a new British author, this wonderfully crafted suspense sees a pair of...

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
April 2017 Debut of the Month. An emotional, heart-stopping, and mesmerising debut novel. 34 year old retired banker and burgeoning artist Barry from New York, and...

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone
Amy Gentry
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, convincing, and unexpected tale. 13 year old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom eight years ago, her...

Deadly Game by Matt Johnson

Deadly Game
Matt Johnson
An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave...

Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Reader Reviewed Watching Edie
Camilla Way
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years...

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Wolf Road
Beth Lewis
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Uniquely voiced, elementally powerful literary thriller that crackles with page-turning tension. Aged seven, gutsy Elka ran away from her nana...

Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole

Dangerous Lady
Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This...

Blood Tide by Claire McGowan

Blood Tide
Claire McGowan
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in Blood Tide, the fifth novel in Claire McGowan's series. Paula is sent to investigate the disappearance of a couple from a remote island off...

Bryant & May - Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler

Bryant & May - Wild Chamber
Christopher Fowler
Tells a story that begins at the end of an investigation, as the members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit race to catch a killer near London Bridge Station in the...

The Spy of Venice A William Shakespeare Novel by Benet Brandreth

The Spy of Venice A William Shakespeare Novel
Benet Brandreth
Suspenseful, seductive and as sharp as an assassin's blade, The Spy of Venice introduces a major new literary talent. CJ Sansom meets Shakespeare in Love - a historical thriller...

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist
Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the...

A Traitor in the Family by Nicholas Searle

A Traitor in the Family
Nicholas Searle
In A Traitor in the Family, bestselling author, Nicholas Searle, tells a story of shocking, intimate betrayal. Can a treacherous act of the most personal kind ever be, in this...

Die of Shame by Mark Billingham

Die of Shame
Mark Billingham
From number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series - comes the year's most...

Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her. by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her.
Mary Torjussen
An addictive, twisty thriller for fans of C.L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh about a woman who returns home from work to discover her partner has vanished without a...

The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

The Ice Beneath Her
Camilla Grebe
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...

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...

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale...

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as...

The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit

Reader Reviewed The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed...

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

Reader Reviewed 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...

Fire Damage by Kate Medina

Reader Reviewed Fire Damage
Kate Medina
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie...

Murderabilia by Craig Robertson

Murderabilia
Craig Robertson
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...

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Based on a True Story
Delphine de Vigan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. With shades of Ingmar Bergman's film Persona and the 1992 Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh movie Single White Female, this...

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Sirens
Joseph Knox
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it....

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

The Pictures
Guy Bolton
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The...

Written in Bones by James Oswald

Written in Bones
James Oswald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish farmer and writer James Oswald is definitely prolific, to say the least, as this is already his seventh Detective Inspector...

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a...

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney

What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Serial killer novels come and go, mostly exploitative as well as repetitive, but this American debut rings the differences with...

An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich

An Honorable Man
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An assured cold war thriller set in the 1950s in paranoiac Washington D.C. at the height of the McCarthy hearings. The...

Boundary by Andree Michaud

Boundary
Andree Michaud
A chilling thriller as compulsive as Emma Cline's The Girls. Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the...

Night School by Lee Child

Night School
Lee Child
In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time...

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman
Karin Slaughter
A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be...

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door
Shari Lapena
You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she...

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

The Thirst
Jo Nesbo
A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. He's in your...

The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

The Moth Catcher
Ann Cleeves
'This case was different from anything Vera had ever worked before. Two bodies, connected but not lying together. And nothing made her feel as alive as murder.' The Moth Catcher...

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