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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.
Experienced author of supernatural thrillers turned tack with Dead Simple and began a crime series starring an intriguing character, DS Roy Grace, based in Brighton. It was terrific. Now we have the second, equally terrific. We get to know Roy better as he is faced with a particularly nasty case. Following several strands in short, cliff-hanger sections, the plotting is excellent as tension mounts alarmingly. I was completely gripped, albeit somewhat disturbed by the very unpleasant nature of the crimes. This is excellent stuff, highly recommended.Comparision: Peter Robinson, Graham Hurley, Ian Rankin
After inheriting her fatherâ€™s fortune the best seems to beckon for Lucy and her husband, Richard. He is determined to turn his hand to the running of a small engineering firm and with it a lucrative export opportunity. Soon though the project is fraught with peril and Lucyâ€™s role in the centre of it all is as surprising as it is intriguing. As Richard Briers says, â€œthe pace and tension never lets up once you have begun to read it. You wonâ€™t be able to put it downâ€.
Fast-paced and gripping as always. If you're a fan of James Patterson then you won't be disappointed. If you haven't discovered him yet then where have you been? Try him!
20 short stories from the cream of American mystery writers including Scott Turow and Dennis Lehane. Each story tends to explore a single idea, thought or situation. Rather like a literary liquorice all sorts pack, some may not be to your taste , but don’t worry there are plenty more to enjoy, all a little different, very distinctive and thought provoking. Go on – dive in!
Murder and literary ambition meet head on in this thrilling and well crafted novel set on a US college campus. Fact meets fiction when a real-life unsolved murder appears to have all the hallmarks of a murder in a novel written by one of the chief characters. The many strands of the cleverly wrought plot are brought together in a clever denouement.
A great new voice in the thriller genre, gripping and authentic and even when you get close to figuring out â€˜whoâ€™ you have to read to the end to understand â€˜whyâ€™. Ed Loy is the central character and we canâ€™t wait for the next in the series â€“ make sure you donâ€™t miss out.
This debut novel from Brian Freeman will send a shiver down your spine with excitement at having found another great crime novelist to compare with the likes of Patterson and Cornwell. He has great plot-lines, plenty of suspense and a great new detective in the form of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride. A great new addition to the genre. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Lieutenant Jonathan Stride; a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
Combining some terrific elements of superb detection and riveting mystery alongside a very inventive plot and set in Amsterdam’s art world. WW2’s Nazi looting is cleverly intertwined within a modern and accurate setting of the city today. You’ll relate to the characters and you’ll love the fast-paced and page-turning nature of the novel and the surprising conclusion.
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A dual-time tale, absolutely fascinating, mixing three periods, the Tudors, the child migrant scheme to Australia and the present and it succeeds on all levels. Itâ€™s a mystery, a whodunit, a psychological thriller, a historical adventure, a ghost story and a lovely, lovely read, far superior to his normal Dalziel and Pascoe crime tales. In fact I believe itâ€™s the best thing heâ€™s written. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Clare ClarkComparison: Robert Goddard, C J Sansom, David Hewson.
Ever wondered whether your partner is being less than honest and is leading another life? What would you do if you then found out? Here, Bonavero, a first time novelist, has written a disturbing yet riveting story that youâ€™ll find hard to put down.
I can not praise this author and his wonderful creation, Jack Reacher, enough. Every book (and there are nine) is top-rate. This starts with the brutal slaying of five ordinary people, a quick arrest and then the arrival of Jack Reacher … utterly self-sufficient, independent, defender of the weak, laconic, highly intelligent, in fact the ultimate male hero. The plot unfolds at a satisfying pace with plenty of unexpected yet highly plausible twists. Sinister villains lurk, then become fully developed characters, and the tension holds up right to the end of the final showdown, no loose ends anywhere. In fact, as I’ve said, top-rate but then I’m a committed fan. You’ve got to become one too.Similar this month: Craig Russell, Chris Cleave.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, A J Quinnell.
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!