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Books of the Month

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 Thriller’ series. Captain Ben Callan investigates a suspicious death on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Ice by Laline Paull
The Ice
Laline Paull
May 2017 Book of the Month. Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work of speculative fiction, a stunning novel. This, her second, is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 children's book author, Sweet Pea hits all the right buttons....
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
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 on the wall, now in 2016, she is a forensic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
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 McGregor. He is a man under internal investigation as he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi
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 Sopha are on holiday on the island of Reunion in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2017
The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
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 woodland on the edge of Oslo Fjord, with her body...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
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 she had some tough choices to make after a dreadful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 it was The Pip that brought Malory and maths genius...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 travel book they both have. Executed with intellectual and sensual...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
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 - of the abduction, rape and strangulation of a thirteen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut both powerful and disturbing by a UK-based French author, set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2017
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 years ago Ava vowed never to speak to her twin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan
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 me, I found myself bewitched and reaching out to touch...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2017
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 watching her, waiting. The story is set over 20 days,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 the unique perspective of an unforgettable narrator. An unnamed 21-year-old...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 in the past and how they have forged the lives...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 better as he insidiously keeps on reducing the mystery element...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 Chevy Chase in those awful self-satisfied movies, DO go back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2017
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 something of a departure for Lehane. Rachel Childs, a former...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/05/2017
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 future classic. Garcia initially appears to be the leader of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
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
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
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 this 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
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 until her aunt gets there? Clemence, a university student in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 reached the same level of success in the UK. Her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw
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 they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 plastic, Gunnarstranda gets help from an unexpected source, while things...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
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 Maestra. Her follow-up in the ruthless and often cynical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 as a standalone, you would be missing out if you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2017
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 skin tone that separates people but star signs. The obsessive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
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 conclusion and agreements were fudged to divide the country into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
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 politics of the time and an exotic landscape teeming with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 ‘Mr Mercedes’, followed by ‘Finders Keepers’. Although each book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
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 I found it could be read perfectly as a standalone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
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 court. Each of the three main characters, in their own...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Trophy Child by Paula Daly
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. Suffice to say that this is an involved family drama...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
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 fall-out following an unforgiveable lie.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley, Lee Child
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley, Lee Child
An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. Drawing upon conversations with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The White Road by Sarah Lotz
The White Road
Sarah Lotz
Death waits at the top of the world in this adrenaline-laced thriller from Sarah Lotz, perfect for anyone who loves the film The Descent or John Krakauer's book Into Thin Air.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
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, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/05/2017
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?
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
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

Last Month's Featured Books

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power
Naomi Alderman
Shortlisted for 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...

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
A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of Charlotte Ford whose life has proven a great disappointment...

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
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it. A...

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

The Pictures
Guy Bolton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The Wizard...

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
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2017 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A first British crime novel, albeit set...

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney

What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Maxim Jakubowski April 2017 Highly Recommended. 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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Long Firm by Jake Arnott

The Long Firm
Jake Arnott
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick...

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Reader Reviewed Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. The tale builds alarmingly, beginning with...

A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George

A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel
Elizabeth George
‘A Banquet of Consequences’ is a truly enjoyable, wickedly twisty family drama combined with a crime novel. This is the 19th book in the ‘Inspector Lynley series’, and my first...

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Man
Gregg Hurwitz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the initial, bestselling book of the series, ORPHAN X, Hurwitz introduced Evan Smoak, a cross between Jason Bourne and...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in...

Spook Street by Mick Herron

Spook Street
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Herron's Slough House series just keeps on getting better and better, both on the sly humorous front and with the Machiavellian...

Saturday Requiem by Nicci French

Saturday Requiem
Nicci French
Oh my word, ‘Saturday Requiem’ is another stunning, provocative and captivating addition to the ‘Frieda Klein’ series. Frieda Klein is asked to assess a woman who was found guilty...

The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim

The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and...

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection ... but can you pay the price? For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone...

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
March 2017 eBook of the Month. Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth...

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Reader Reviewed The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed I Found You
Lisa Jewell
March 2017 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet...

Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn

Her Perfect Life
Sam Hepburn
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Stuffed full of intrigue, suspicion, and mistrust, this is a dramatic psychological thriller. Gracie, balancing her career and home with...

Born Bad by Marnie Riches

Born Bad
Marnie Riches
A gritty, darkly fascinating story set inside two repugnant yet compelling organised crime gangs in Manchester. The O’Briens and the Boddlington gang find themselves at war after Paddy O’Brien, notorious...

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Let the Dead Speak
Jane Casey
March 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series....

Home by Harlan Coben

Home
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...

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories
Matt Wesolowski
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This is startling, clever, and quite, quite different. ‘Six Stories’ isn’t that long, but it packs a mighty wallop. In...

No Second Chance by Harlan Coben

No Second Chance
Harlan Coben
Marc Seidman's idyllic world is brutally ripped apart when he is gunned down in his home. Twelve days later he wakes up in hospital to learn that his wife is...

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
March 2017 eBook of the Month. Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle...

Cursed by Thomas Enger

Cursed
Thomas Enger
This fourth fiercely gripping novel featuring crime reporter Henning Juul sees Henning’s ex-wife Nora (also a journalist) investigating the disappearance of her college friend, Hedda. Following the death of her...

Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Black Widow
Christopher Brookmyre
Twists abound in the brilliant multi-award-nominated psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre - perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train and Disclaimer.

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions
Sara Flannery Murphy
At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.

Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Say Nothing
Brad Parks
Hugely suspenseful - with its fascinating insight into the US judicial system and its politics of influence and nepotism - Say Nothing is, above all, the poignant story of the...

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Undertow
Elizabeth Heathcote
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...

The Method by Shannon Kirk

The Method
Shannon Kirk
A chilling tale of kidnap and implacable revenge, this is a striking debut by a young American lawyer which goes in the absolute opposite direction you thought it would and...

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...

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Desperation Road
Michael Farris Smith
Maxim Jakubowski March 2017 Highly Recommended. In the hinterlands of America, a man completes his jail sentence for accidental murder and returns to his home town,...

Agents of the State by Mike Nicol

Agents of the State
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his grittily realistic South African set cop procedurals, Mike Nicol relaunches himself as an outstanding purveyor of the...

Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

Everything but the Truth
Gillian McAllister
Everything but the Truth is an addictive novel packed with suspense that pulls such an emotional punch it is hard to believe it's a debut. You will be totally drawn into...

The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin

The Ashes of Berlin
Luke McCallin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third in a so far underrated series featuring Berlin cop and ex-soldier Gregor Reinhardt, following on from THE MAN...

Never Never by James Patterson

Never Never
James Patterson
Detective Harriet Blue needs to get out of town, fast. With her brother under arrest for a series of brutal murders in Sydney, Harry's chief wants the hot-headed detective kept...

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay
The third spellbinding thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls

The Escape by C. L. Taylor

The Escape
C. L. Taylor
Praise for C.L. Taylor: 'A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller' Clare Mackintosh 'Absorbing and disturbing' Alex Marwood 'Loved it' Fiona Barton 'Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling' Elizabeth Haynes

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