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Books of the Month

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 world is about to be pulled apart and not just...
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
September 2016 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016
Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary
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 first two (Sarah Hilary’s debut won the Theakston’s Crime Novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home
The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
September 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

Other Featured Books this Month

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote
Undertow
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 the back of your mind, ready to pounce. A chance...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland
Beneath the Skin
Sandra Ireland
September 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
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Eileen
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 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
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 ‘Broken Promise’ as ‘Far From True’ is a full on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 and transforms him into a beautiful woman on the make,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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, rich, no wonder everyone wants to be their friend, or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
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 a rickety bridge, a Devil’s Bridge. In the garden of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 backdrop, this is his fourth novel in the ‘Ben Schroeder...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
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 and the American nuclear programme is stalling and the presence...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
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 creator of WAYWARD PINES is already fast-tracked for the big...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
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 him a fair few rungs up the crowded McMafia steps....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Strangers by Paul Finch
Strangers
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
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
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 the Murder Investigation Team have a double murder to solve,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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
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 is the second in the ‘Father Gilbert Mystery’ series,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/08/2016
Zodiac by Sam Wilson
Zodiac
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 air. In Sam Wilson's world it is not religion or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
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 America where the Civil War came to a different conclusion...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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 only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
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
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
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 mind racing, the few lines on the following page, proceeded...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Fellside by M. R. Carey
Fellside
M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl With All The Gifts is a gripping meld of prison...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
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
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 completed with this volume an intricate trilogy in which an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
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 characters at risk. Night Train to Berlin by Margaret de...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/06/2016
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
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 off by the genre. The first sentence, so simple and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 duty after a call from one of his most important...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 career at the Bar; juggling the demands of different challenging...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/07/2014
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 accepted as a pupil into the Chambers of Bernard Wesley...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/02/2013
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 first, it seems to be a simple case of libel,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
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 page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
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
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, innocent moment unlocks memories that have long been buried and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
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
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
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 of lies. Normal everyday life intermingles with the hidden, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
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 a car accident and something dramatic breaks up the girl's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
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 my favourite so far. Quinn and Alex tell their own...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson
Blackout
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’, the first in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series. A fascinating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2016
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
Snowblind
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 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 Hole. Inspector Conny Sjoberg and his police colleagues are perplexed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
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 mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 masterpiece of the genre.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 a great read. It is Swedish, dark, cold and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015

Last Month'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

Stallo
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...

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Shortlisted for 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...

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

Eileen
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...

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
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...

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Reader Reviewed The Swimming Pool
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

Reader Reviewed Tainted Love
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
Latest thriller from James Patterson

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark...

Second Life by S. J. Watson

Second Life
S. J. Watson
It must be exceedingly difficult for an author to follow a hugely successful debut but S J Watson has risen to the task. Very different from his sensational Before...

Subject 375 by Nikki Owen

Reader Reviewed Subject 375
Nikki Owen
A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page. Nikki Owen cleverly writes in the first person narrative in two different time frames,...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Reader Reviewed Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month. Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She's also the agony aunt for the local newspaper,...

A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter

Reader Reviewed A Quiet Life
Natasha Walter
July 2016 Debut of the Month. Wife. Mother. Spy. The publisher’s blurb tells us. Now Laura just wants a ‘a quiet life’ and so we follow...

A Game That Must be Lost by Alan Hunt

A Game That Must be Lost
Alan Hunt
A thriller with so many twists and turns, you may just bump into yourself as you do a rapid about turn. This is the second novel featuring Adam White, set...

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a...

The Killing Files by Nikki Owen

Reader Reviewed The Killing Files
Nikki Owen
A piercing, fast-paced and absolutely riveting read, the second book in ‘The Project Trilogy’ lives up to expectations. Having been gripped by the first in the series, I really do...

Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

Reader Reviewed Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
This is a terrific thriller that really keeps you on your toes. We are introduced to our charismatic hero Solomon Creed as he runs barefoot and skimpily dressed from an...

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Reader Reviewed Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes...

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

Reader Reviewed The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow-burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into...

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 Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ruth Ware
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from...

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery by Peter Robinson

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
July 2016 eBook of the Month. Challenging, disturbing, and utterly compelling, Peter Robinson has delivered a humdinger of a read. When you reach the 23rd novel...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Reader Reviewed Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end. Maya, a former Army Captain, finds herself caught up...

Get Even by Martina Cole

Get Even
Martina Cole
Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway through two marriages and eventually off...

The End of the Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn

The End of the Roadie
Elizabeth Flynn
Another thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, slinky sleuth of a whodunit, this is the third in the ‘A Mystery for DI Costello’ series, following on from ‘Dead Gorgeous’. The show must...

Try Not to Breathe Shocking. Page-Turning. A Breath-Taking Psychological Thriller by Holly Seddon

Reader Reviewed Try Not to Breathe Shocking. Page-Turning. A Breath-Taking Psychological Thriller
Holly Seddon
July 2016 Debut of the Month Penetrating and intense, ‘Try Not to Breathe’ is a chokingly dark debut thriller. Amy and Alex are the same age,...

The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis

The Moment She Left
Susan Lewis
Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search. Meanwhile, the town's beloved Rowzee Cayne...

Murder House by James Patterson

Murder House
James Patterson
No 7 Ocean Drive is a multi million-dollar beach front house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series...

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
Vendela Vida
Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humour, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller - an unforgettable novel that explores free...

Coffin Road by Peter May

Reader Reviewed Coffin Road
Peter May
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable. If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even...

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Reader Reviewed The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth...

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes
Lawrence Block
A gleeful exercise in over the top noir from one of the field's foremost award-winning authors and creator of, amongst others, classic characters like Matt Scudder and burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr,...

The Luzern Photograph A Noir Thriller by William Bayer

The Luzern Photograph A Noir Thriller
William Bayer
Best known for his New York detective Frank Janek series, Bayer is a writer's writer whose books have always shown an uncomfortable edge that has prevented him from attaining the...

Blame by Simon Mayo

Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of...

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Wilde Lake
Laura Lippman
Maxim Jakubowski July 2016 Highly Recommended. Having achieved a full sweep of most of the crime genre's major awards, Lippman has recently also entered the US...

Willnot by James Sallis

Willnot
James Sallis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Every single page is to be savoured in this new, economical short crime novel by the author of Drive. A...

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
Ezekiel Boone
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An old-fashioned and high concept novel, the first in a new series, this is destined for the bestseller lists and the...

Soho Sins by Richard Vine

Soho Sins
Richard Vine
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An impressive late life fictional debut by a major American art critic, this noir and evocative thriller plunges the reader into...

The Method by Shannon Kirk

The Method
Shannon Kirk
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A chilling tale of kidnap and implacable revenge, this is a striking debut by a young American lawyer which goes in...

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Iain Reid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking, unnerving debut literary thriller from Canada. A man and his girlfriend are on a road trip, on their way...

The Serendipity Foundation by Sam Smit

The Serendipity Foundation
Sam Smit
The Serendipity Foundation, bursting with the satirical deftness of a Douglas Coupland and the subversive intensity of an Owen Jones, is a thrilling yet endearing satirical novel for...

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Speaking in Bones
Kathy Reichs
When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel 'Lucky' Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman's claims that she's matched a previously unidentified...

The Guilty by David Baldacci

The Guilty
David Baldacci
The Guilty is the fourth thriller in the Will Robie series by David Baldacci, following on from The Innocent, The Hit and The Target.

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