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Books of the Month

Damaged by Martina Cole
Damaged
Martina Cole
October 2017 Book of the Month DCI Kate Burrows is looking for a serial killer in her home town of Grantley. This has brought painful memories for her partner Pat as his daughter was killed by the Grantley Ripper. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017
Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
Maria in the Moon
Louise Beech
October 2017 Book of the Month A beautiful, and heart-achingly touching read, step outside of yourself, and into Catherine’s world. A world where a slice of Catherine has been missing since she was nine years old. Set after the devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers
Backstabber
Kimberley Chambers
Vinny Butler and his family from the East end of London are back for another, their fifth, 500-plus pages of murder, infidelity and family values. In this chapter Vinny is still bent on revenge after masked gunmen burst into his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2017
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Where Jennifer Egan's previous book A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was all brevity and ellipses in the way the varied short stories moved between genres and came together to form a whole, her much-awaited new opus is what one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017
The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
The Man Who Died
Antti Tuomainen
Ooh, this is a different offering from Antti Tuomainen, and I absolutely loved it! Short it may be, but boy does this novel pack a belter of a punch, and the blows just keep on being delivered. 37 year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017
A Litany of Good Intentions by Andrew Harris
A Litany of Good Intentions
Andrew Harris
An end to world poverty is more than just a dream for young Chinese philanthropist Jock Lim. Through his charity connections, Jock has discovered a way to release 2.6 billion people from the imminent threat of death and disease. Unpublished work by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2017
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
Snare
Lilja Sigurdardottir
A mesmerising, unconventional, and fiercely intense read set in Iceland. Sonja finds herself in an impossible position, firmly caught in a smuggling snare can she escape the clutches of the gang who hold her life in their hands? The moment...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
Don't Let Go
Harlan Coben
The brilliant new novel from the international bestselling author of Home and Fool Me Once. Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller. Now Nap is a cop - but he's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017
Haunted by James Patterson
Haunted
James Patterson
You can take Michael Bennett out of New York City, but you can't take the cop out of Michael Bennett. Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Arrowood
Laura McHugh
London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017
Hades by Candice Fox
Hades
Candice Fox
Homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Beneath the Skin by Caroline England
Beneath the Skin
Caroline England
This is a stimulating and provocative debut just bristling with attitude, We are introduced to four couples who are entwined in each other’s lives, and living with insidious secrets and lies. The first few pages set my antenna quivering, my...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary
Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of the deeds of a deviously twisted mind. Pain and suffering slyly join hands as the past haunts the present....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Deadlier by Sophie Hannah
Deadlier
Sophie Hannah
An incredible collection of short crime stories chosen by Sophie Hannah (of whom I’m a massive fan). This book is spectacularly enormous, with 1077 pages it needs to be seen to be believed. It feels as though you are about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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 variations it offers on the levels of deception that operate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
House of Spines by Michael J. Malone
House of Spines
Michael J. Malone
A haunting, sinister tale, where tension coils, ready to bite, to sting and provoke thoughts. Ranald McGhie finds himself in an entirely unexpected position, having inherited Newton Hall, a family mansion he had no idea existed, however a torturous journey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017
The Dancing Barber by AC Michael
The Dancing Barber
AC Michael
Set in 1963, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the Ukraine, this initially appears to be a story about everyday life for a family who have not had an everyday existence. The author states that the background to this tale is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2016
Open Arms by Vince Cable
Open Arms
Vince Cable
This is a near future, post Brexit, political-cum-business thriller where Britain is seeking strong trade deals outside Europe. The protagonist, or so we initially believe, is Kate Thompson, a new, charming and good looking Tory trade minister who is sent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz
As with The Magpie Murders so Horowitz also makes an appearance in this only here he is very much the star. In first person narrative he portrays himself as an author following a murder investigation. So we enter the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017
Death Message by Kate London
Death Message
Kate London
The second in a terrific series by a woman who really knows her stuff. She was a detective with the Metropolitan murder squad and has created two very real and likeable main characters, always a plus, and given them some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles
The Taste of Blue Light
Lydia Ruffles
In a nutshell: angry, witty and ultimately life-affirming coming-of-age story The Taste of Blue Light establishes Lydia Ruffles as an exciting and original new voice in YA. We first meet her central character Lux Langley at her school’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Robert B. Parker's Debt To Pay by Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker's Debt To Pay
Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker
It’s been a whopping twenty years since the first Jesse Stone novel was published, and this fifteenth outing for the police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, keeps the bar high when it comes to entertaining hard-boiled crime. With his ex-wife on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
The Frozen Woman
Jon Michelet
A sophisticated and elegantly entertaining shard-sharp slice of Nordic noir that will be surely be devoured by aficionados of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. Vilhelm Thygesen is a prominent left-wing lawyer and former cop, with a ponytail that “makes him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Best Day Ever
Kaira Rouda
Taking place in just over 24 hours, this exciting, disturbing, and oh so readable tale just roars along. Yet it begins quietly, with Paul Strom detailing his thoughts, his preparation for a romantic weekend away, alone with his wife. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Angel by Katerina Diamond
The Angel
Katerina Diamond
Another powerful and dynamic offering from Katerina Diamond. 19 year old Gabriel Webb finds himself as the central suspect of a horrific crime, is he innocent or guilty? If you haven't yet stepped into the world of DS Imogen Grey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
The One That Got Away by Annabel Kantaria
The One That Got Away
Annabel Kantaria
Another fabulously captivating and dramatic tale from Annabel Kantaria. 15 years after Stella and George last saw each other they meet at a school reunion, and a blazing attraction quickly begins to menace the order of their lives. Annabel Kantaria...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Munich by Robert Harris
Munich
Robert Harris
Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
October 2017 Debut of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in the middle of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler

Last Stop Tokyo
James Buckler
September 2017 Debut of the Month Hard to believe this is a debut for the writing is so assured, with an incredibly vivid sense of place and the characters draw...

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Reader Reviewed Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
September 2017 Book of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me...

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Reader Reviewed The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their...

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Let the Dead Speak
Jane Casey
An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. 18 year old Chloe returns home to find her mum missing and the house drenched...

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

Last Breath
Karin Slaughter
Razor-sharp and lightning-fast, this electrifying story - the prequel to The Good Daughter - from the #1 international bestselling author will leave you breathless. Lovereading comment to follow soon...

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

A Legacy of Spies
John le Carre
September 2017 Book of the Month Although unanimously heralded for featuring the return of spy master Smiley, this is more about his sidekick Peter Guillam, a sometimes melancholy tale revisiting the...

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Reader Reviewed The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so. Zoe and Ollie adopt baby Evie, the unwanted child of a drug addict, father...

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Reader Reviewed The Watcher
Ross Armstrong
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A clever first novel with a sinister setting in London where blocks of flats are being demolished. The juxtaposition of...

One Last Dram Before Midnight by Denzil Meyrick

One Last Dram Before Midnight
Denzil Meyrick
Seven captivating short stories set in the rather wonderful world of DCI Daley, which can either serve as a revealing introduction to the series, or be enjoyed by existing fans....

The Treatment by C. L. Taylor

The Treatment
C. L. Taylor
In a Nutshell: Edge-of-your-seat institutional indoctrination thriller Suspense, suspicion and sinister secrets abound in this accomplished YA debut from the bestselling author of four adult thrillers. Sixteen-year-old Drew’s troublesome brother,...

Good Friday by Lynda La Plante

Good Friday
Lynda La Plante
The queen of crime thrillers returns with this third quintessentially compelling novel charting the pre-Prime Suspect career of Jane Tennison, in which the young detective constable must race to prevent...

Find Me by J. S. Monroe

Find Me
J. S. Monroe
Rosa died five years ago. But is she really gone? This absorbing, intricately plotted thriller will keep you gripped and keep you guessing. Lovereading comment to follow soon.

Stockholm Delete by Jens Lapidus

Stockholm Delete
Jens Lapidus
In a stilted style with sparse descriptions which takes a bit of getting into, this is one of those dark Scandinavian crime tales that builds slowly and suddenly grips you...

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Her Every Fear
Peter Swanson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Swanson's follow up to the gripping and dark The Kind Worth Killing is equally suspenseful although its characters are less...

The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Girl From Venice
Martin Cruz Smith
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a...

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth Bess is in Newgate, as she tells her story via...

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Rattle
Fiona Cummins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Set in South London, Fiona Cummins' debut is insidious and icy in its depiction of a psychopath whose modus operandi could...

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
David Lagercrantz
The fifth in the Millennium series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the global publishing phenomenon. The tension, power and unstoppable force of The Girl Who...

Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan

Watch Her Disappear
Eva Dolan
YOU CAN RUN FROM YOUR PAST. BUT YOU CAN'T RUN FROM MURDER. Or has the person who has been targeting trans women stepped up their campaign of violence? With tensions...

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan
Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you...

The Month Before's Featured Books

You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

You Said Forever
Susan Lewis
A gripping, emotional and tension-filled family drama. Charlotte and Anthony live and work on an artisan vineyard in New Zealand with their three children. They may be in paradise, yet...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
August 2017 Book of the Month A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work! Nicolette returns home after...

The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry

Reader Reviewed The Ghost of Helen Addison
Charles E. McGarry
A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in...

Woman of State by Simon Berthon

Reader Reviewed Woman of State
Simon Berthon
July 2017 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A fascinating, intelligent and penetrating political thriller set in Belfast, Dublin and London. In 1991...

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
July 2017 Book 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...

The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

The Fourth Monkey
J. D. Barker
July 2017 Book of the Month. A humdinger of a serial killer thriller in sheer overdrive, The Fourth...

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen

Reader Reviewed They All Fall Down
Tammy Cohen
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional...

The Girl Who Ran by Nikki Owen

The Girl Who Ran
Nikki Owen
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...

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
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 fascinating. In 1348, brothers...

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes
Holly Seddon
A convincing, powerful, and dramatic psychological thriller. Twins Robin and Sarah are living separate lives, each face their own difficulties, yet danger beckons and life is about to get a...

The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Saw
Simon Toyne
Click here to view the page for the KOBO edition of this book. In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a...

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Persons Unknown
Susie Steiner
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 occurs close to the...

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...

Testimony by Scott Turow

Testimony
Scott Turow
Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of...

The Other Twin by L. V. Hay

Reader Reviewed The Other Twin
L. V. Hay
July 2017 Debut of the Month. Slickly suspenseful Brighton-set thriller in which the darkest recesses of human nature and social media are exposed following a young...

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child
Fiona Barton
Distant threads spin ever closer to create a compelling, emotional, and dramatic story. Set in 2012, with links to the 1970’s and 80’s, several women, for very different reasons find...

Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy...

The Boneyard by Mark Sennen

The Boneyard
Mark Sennen
A hair-raising, chilling and thrilling tale, full of drama and fast-paced action. A suspected serial killer arrives in the UK and settles in Devon, one step out of place and...

The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling

Reader Reviewed The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery...

Give Me the Child by Melanie McGrath

Reader Reviewed Give Me the Child
Melanie McGrath
August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell
August 2017 Book of the Month THEN - She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an...

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Reader Reviewed The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
August 2017 Debut of the Month Provocative and stimulating, this debut crime thriller set in Canada, slams with impact. Two detectives begin an investigation into the death of a man...

The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone

The Darkness Within
Lisa Stone
July 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply told, yet dramatic and readable tale about a young man whose behaviour changes beyond...

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Reader Reviewed Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante Torre and Captain Columba Caselli, both tortured souls, are enticed...

The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news by Christina Kovac

Reader Reviewed The Cutaway The gripping thriller set in the explosive world of Washington's TV news
Christina Kovac
A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is...

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reader Reviewed Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war,...

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