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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
The Tinder Box delves into strange goings on in a close-knit community following a particularly brutal murder. Small town prejudices lead the village to wage a hate campaign against an Irish family, believing labourer Patrick O'Riordan to be the culprit. Siobhan Lavenham is the only inhabitant of the village who believes in his innocence and protests loudly against the community's behaviour towards the O'Riordans. As more and more information is uncovered, even she starts to have her doubts about the events surrounding the murder. A fascinating examination of prejudice and loyalty.
More mysteries for Inspector Montalbano to investigate and in this third book we see slightly more of the personal side of our protagonist as his relationship with Livia develops. Still lots of food mentions to savour and if they make you peckish check out the notes at the back of the book describing some of the dishes further. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx
I liked this straight away. It is the second to feature P.I. Alex Rourke and has that eerie feel of sinister American wintry, bleak countryside where the unexpected can happen. It does â€“ quite early on. Rickards then weaves several different strands of plot together into a neat, intelligent pattern. Heâ€™s very good.Comparison: Michael Marshall, Andrew Pyper, John Connolly.Similar this month: G M Ford, Vena Cork.
The second in an exceptional series which, although stands on its own, I do urge you to read the first, Idlewild, first; itâ€™s stunning. Itâ€™s about a group of people rebuilding civilization after a dreadful plague. Itâ€™s brimming with ideas, itâ€™s hugely exciting with very real characters, itâ€™s edgy and fast and quite wonderful. Thriller readers will enjoy it too.Comparison: Richard Morgan, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson.Similar this month: Jon Courtenay Grimwood, also Daniel Priceâ€™s Slick because itâ€™s so clever.
A single-parent family in jeopardy, a teenage daughter being stalked and an explosive ending in a psychological thriller with humorous undertones, occasionally making light of the serious subject matter, she is definitely a talent to watch.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell.Similar this month: Pam Lewis, Louise Anderson.
A horrifying opening chapter where childhood innocence and friendship is completely destroyed and the terrible secret sealed, to resurface ten years later. It is psychological thriller stuff from a new author ripe for going places.Comparison: Nicci French, Barbara Vine. Similar this month: Vena Cork, Louise Anderson.
A very cleverly plotted serial killer tale with a difference and introducing Dexter Morgan who will star in many a tale to come. What makes these so different is that Dexter, who is an analyst for the Miami Police, has killed 36 people, not in the course of duty but because he is compelled to kill bad guys. He is a serial killer and we are drawn into his sad clandestine world, rooting for him not to be discovered. It reminds me of that wonderful book, Jules Hardy’s Mister Candid which you must also seek out. The Dexter novels have now been turned into a major TV series.Comparison: Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, Jules Hardy.Similar this month: None, but try Karin Fossum and Lynda La Plante.
What a terrific author and this, her fourth, gives you an interesting insight into her protagonist’s relationship. A good place to start if you haven’t read her, then go back to the beginning, Blindsighted. She is definitely one of my favourites in the fast-paced, gritty American crime tales. Totally addictive.Comparison: Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen.Similar this month: Vena Cork, Ian Rankin.
A Myron Bolitar novel which preceded his psychological thrillers and were published by a different publisher (Hodder) a few years back. This one was 1999 but unless you are an obsessive fan you probably missed it. It is classic Harlan Coben - powerful, moving and ultimately shocking. It tells of what a friend can sacrifice and how hard it is to save those you love - particularly from themselves.... Comparison: Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child.Similar this month: David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille.
I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip adventure, a grail-tale, a history lesson, and a thumping good read that effortlessly links medieval France with the present through two strong heroines. I loved it. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Winner of the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year at the British Book Awards 2006. I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip adventure, a grail-tale, a history lesson, and a thumping good read that effortlessly links medieval France with the present through two strong heroines. I loved it. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Labyrinth a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The spellbinding “Labyrinth" by Kate Mosse is one of the books that got me hooked on historical fiction...' - Claudia Stach. Scroll down to read more reviews. A brand new two-part adaptation of Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth starring John Hurt and Jessica Brown Findlay was shown over Easter weekend 2013. Click on the screen below to view the trailer. The Languedoc series. 1. Labyrinth 2. Sepulchre 3. Citadel Comparison: Dan Brown, Diana Gabaldon.
Stars John Corey of Plum Island and Lion’s Game, one of Mr DeMille’s best creations. It’s based on a real event, the TWA crash over Long Island that killed 230 people and culminates with 9/11 and it’s good. Mr Demille is a major American thriller writer who hasn’t quite made the same mark over here but he is well worth a read. Comparison: Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Silva. Similar this month: David Baldacci, Harlan Coben.
Dark, elegantly written with a fantastic supernatural twist, this is first rate. It is also indescribable, it hits you in that cold place of wonder where you are afraid yet compelled to read more. It keeps twisting and folding back, building layer upon layer. It concerns two authors, emails from the dead and a race to discover … but I’m not telling you any more.Comparison: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, James Herbert.Similar this month: None.
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!