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Books of the Month

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
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 clinging to the very edge of my seat. Annie’s mother...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
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 family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
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 the bird watcher protagonist, Lily, and her people watching is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
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 have Hannibal Lecter flinching and proves a worthy addition to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Kings of America by R. J. Ellory
Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in some time. Fleeing his home soil folllowing a momentous crime,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolas Obregon
A beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by a new British author, this wonderfully crafted suspense sees a pair of police investigators with highly troubled pasts of their own brought on board to examine a series of strange murders...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2017
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 bittersweet thriller romance set in Venice and the notorious Republic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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 obviously twisted at first sight and sports a Rear Window...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books by Shirley McKay
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
Shirley McKay
St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full of life… and death. If you adore the ‘Hew Cullan...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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
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 making you turn the pages at speed. It is a...
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
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
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
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 a potentially catastrophic IRA attack during the peak of The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/08/2017
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
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
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
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. I love a good short story, and I adore this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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...
Format: eBook - Released: 11/07/2017
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 in blood, Maeve, in her new role as a DS,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
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 uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
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 running high, and the force coming under national scrutiny, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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 Takes an Eye for an Eye are inspired by Stieg...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Death Knocks Twice by Robert Thorogood

Death Knocks Twice
Robert Thorogood
The new Death in Paradise mystery. Two dead bodies. A family of suspects. One grumpy detective.

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...

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 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...

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths
Emma Flint
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A thoroughly perturbing, provocative, yet riveting...

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...

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie
Mary Kubica
August 2017 Book of the Month Memorable and riveting, anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers will love this book.

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to...

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 Month Before's Featured Books

The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler
John Grisham
The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his electrifying number one...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich

The Good Assassin
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba...

Cast Iron Enzo Macleod 6 by Peter May

Cast Iron Enzo Macleod 6
Peter May
Peter May's new thriller, and the red-hot finale to the cold-case Enzo series. In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the...

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

The Chalk Pit
Elly Griffiths
Something evil is waiting in the dark tunnels under Norwich - forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway had better watch her step...

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel by Nicci French

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
It's always darkest before the light. In the chilling seventh instalment of the bestselling, critically acclaimed Frieda Klein series, evil circles close to home. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein's home is her...

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

An Act of Silence
Colette McBeth
A powerful psychological thriller about a mother faced with an impossible choice, and the consequences of her decision for years to come. Perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard,...

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Chaos
Patricia Cornwell
The twenty-fourth engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. One summer evening in New England, two young girls stumble upon a body. Forensic pathologist Dr....

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts...

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
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...

Mile High by Rebecca Chance

Mile High
Rebecca Chance
It's no secret that behind the Chance pseudonym stands mystery writer Lauren Henderson, and this background explains why her tremulous bonkbusters move along with such tremendous pace and verve. Set...

Betrayal by Martina Cole

Betrayal
Martina Cole
Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds...

Corpus by Rory Clements

Reader Reviewed Corpus
Rory Clements
1936 and the huge canvas of Europe in chaos is superbly portrayed by this renowned author of historical fiction. Previously writing about the spy world of the Tudor period we...

You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison

You Belong to Me
Colin Harrison
Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Highly Recommended. It's been too long since Harrison, very much a writer's writer whose sinuous and hypnotic, obsessive plots always leave their...

From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters

From Darkest Skies
Sam Peters
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Both a spy story and a splendid space opera, this strong science fiction debut by a young British author is mighty...

Kings of America by R. J. Ellory

Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in...

Soot by Andrew Martin

Soot
Andrew Martin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until now Andrew Martin has been better known for his pleasant if traditional Jim Stringer series of novels, about a...

The Force by Don Winslow

The Force
Don Winslow
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A doorstopper saga of a novel by Winslow, who has now moved away from his triumphant and award-winning novels about the...

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