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Books of the Month

We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard
We Were the Salt of the Sea
Roxanne Bouchard
March 2018 Book of the Month What a beautifully written, captivating, and soulful read this is. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly transferred, begins to investigate the death of a women found in fishing nets out at sea. Catherine Day leaves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2018
Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5) by Sarah Hilary
Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome Book 5)
Sarah Hilary
March 2018 Book of the Month Simply superb, Come and Find Me is one hell of a clever, twisting, powerful story. This series is one of my favourites and DI Marnie Rome returns here in splendid...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
Bring Me Back
B. A. Paris
March 2018 Book of the Month A tale in three parts and dual-narrative. Part one gives you the before and after Layla disappeared, part two when her lover Finn is haunted by her and part three, obviously enough, the conclusion. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018
The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
The Liar's Girl
Catherine Ryan Howard
March 2018 Book of the Month An absolutely cracking, and thrillingly creepy read. Ten years after her first boyfriend Will confessed to five murders in Dublin and was imprisoned, Alison is still keeping the past at arms length. After several...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
While You Sleep
Stephanie Merritt
March 2018 Book of the Month Take an old house on the edge of a remote Scottish island, place an American artist running away from her marriage in it. She finds an old journal from 1869 written by Ailsa whose...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/03/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
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 school her adopted son attends. He is arrested for it. He is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
The Devil's Dice by Roz Watkins
The Devil's Dice
Roz Watkins
March 2018 Debut of the Month The first in the ‘DI Meg Dalton Thriller’ series is an addictive, absolute treat of a read. Meg recently moved forces and is now based in Derbyshire, she is thrown in the deep end...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/03/2018
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
The Dark Lake
Sarah Bailey
March 2018 Debut of the Month Told over a period of three weeks, with forays into the past, this thrilling debut gathers tension into a knotted tangled ball, before hurling it sky high. Set in Australia, a teacher is found...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
Hangman by Daniel Cole
Daniel Cole
Oh my word! This is knock-out of a read, punchy and raw, it made me flinch and yet I couldn’t stop, didn’t want to stop reading. If you haven’t yet read ‘Ragdoll’, do start there, mostly because it’s truly fabulous,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018
End Game by Matt Johnson
End Game
Matt Johnson
A fiery, fast-paced, bullet of a read, and the last in the Robert Finlay trilogy. Continuing on from ‘Deadly Game’, Robert Finlay and Kevin Jones find themselves in the middle of a whole heap of trouble. A Superintendent from the Complaints Investigation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2018
Perfect Match by D. B. Thorne
Perfect Match
D. B. Thorne
This is a heart in mouth, positively thrilling read, likely to scare you out of your wits if you've ever tried online dating and dating apps without putting safeguards in place. A serial killer is hunting down his victims as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
Friends and Traitors by John (Author) Lawton
Friends and Traitors
John (Author) Lawton
A book of very distinct halves, the first introducing (or familiarising if you’ve read Lawson’s Troy series before) his society and characters, the second a beautifully paced spy story. The Troy series, of which this is one, fluctuates between the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2018
Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman
Every Man a Menace
Patrick Hoffman
Riveting, raw and gritty, this is a story that rockets around like a ball in pinball wizard’s championship run. Focusing on some of the players in a drug smuggling ring, this tale crosses oceans, and proves how cheap life can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2018
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: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus
How Saints Die
Carmen Marcus
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

Anything You Do Say
Gillian McAllister
This book is currently being read by our editorial experts, so the reviews will be here soon...

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Reader Reviewed The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
February 2018 Debut of the Month. Oh my word, this is an absolutely cracking psychological thriller. Anna is unable...

Gravesend by William Boyle

William Boyle
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge....

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

Reader Reviewed The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from...

All-American Murder by James Patterson

All-American Murder
James Patterson
All-American Murder is the first book to fully investigate the shocking story of Aaron Hernandez - from his meteoric rise in the world of American football to his first-degree murder...

The Last Summer by Andree Michaud

The Last Summer
Andree Michaud
A provocative, disturbing, yet oh so readable and gripping story set on the Canadian, US border in 1967. Two girls run wild during the summer holidays, then one disappears, altering,...

The Break by Katherena Vermette

The Break
Katherena Vermette
Emily is subjected to a horrific attack where she is raped with a glass bottle that breaks inside her. This story, peopled by Native ~Canadians, part of a Métis community,...

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
A lovely psychological thriller where the unreliable narrator leaves you working hard following the facts and trying to figure out what really happened. One begins to wonder if this narrator,...

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow

The Prague Sonata
Bradford Morrow
A long book of 528 pages but very readable and a real page-turner. The writing is rich and thrilling and the story, swinging between the past and present, between Meta...

Killer Intent by Tony Kent

Reader Reviewed Killer Intent
Tony Kent
What a great start to a thriller that just gets better and better for the book opens with what appears to be an attempted assassination of the US President in...

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Reader Reviewed A Dark So Deadly
Stuart MacBride
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 has accepted the blame...

The Bachelors by Muriel Spark

The Bachelors
Muriel Spark
‘[The Bachelors] appeared at a time when, in the words of her biographer Martin Stannard, she ‘sensed the possibility of a radical change in the direction of her career –...

The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

The Girls of Slender Means
Muriel Spark
‘There is a palpable sense as The Girls of Slender Means opens of the curtain rising, catching people in mid-conversation, in half-spoken sentences, and banal acts that, ordinary though they...

A Game of Ghosts A Charlie Parker Thriller: 15. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Time of Torment by John Connolly

A Game of Ghosts A Charlie Parker Thriller: 15. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Time of Torment
John Connolly
The Number One bestseller. Fifteenth in the 'series of superb novels built around the haunted private detective Charlie Parker' (Daily Mail)

Scared to Death: A Gripping Crime Thriller You Won't be Able to Put Down by Kate Medina

Scared to Death: A Gripping Crime Thriller You Won't be Able to Put Down
Kate Medina
Another wonderfully twisty and chilling case in the ‘Jessie Flynn Crime Thriller’ series. Captain Ben Callan investigates a suspicious death on a base, as the case uncoils Dr Jessie Flynn...

Blue Night by Simone Buchholz

Blue Night
Simone Buchholz
This was a dream of a read for me, relatively short, different, beautifully written, and full of jarring, jolting impact. Blue Night is the first in the Chastity Riley series,...

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 Project...

House of Beauty  by Melba Escobar

House of Beauty
Melba Escobar
Set in the author’s home city of Bogotá, Colombia, this absorbing, pacey women-centered novel has a brutal murder at its core, and offers sharply observed insights into corruption and double...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Shadow Man by Alan Drew

Shadow Man
Alan Drew
January 2018 Debut of the Month A whole series of impressive endorsements leads one to believe this to be a highly suspenseful thriller when actually it is a well-written, character...

White Bodies by Jane Robins

Reader Reviewed White Bodies
Jane Robins
January 2018 Debut of the Month Terrific, a two-sitting read if you can give it the space. Twin sisters, chalk and cheese; Callie, the narrator, plain and ordinary, Tilda, beautiful,...

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon

Reader Reviewed Broken River
J. Robert Lennon
January 2018 Book of the Month A masterclass in suspense awaits the reader in this almost understated, yet powerfully intense and dark novel. A family needing a fresh start move...

The Chicken Soup Murder by Maria Donovan

The Chicken Soup Murder
Maria Donovan
A short, seemingly simple, yet complex and rather wonderful novel about a young boy coming to terms with life, death, and everything in-between. Eleven year old Michael believes that a...

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Reader Reviewed Arrowood
Mick Finlay
January 2018 Debut of the Month London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness...

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Reader Reviewed Are You Sleeping
Kathleen Barber
January 2018 Debut of the MonthPoppy Parnell is an investigative journalist who digs into a case thirteen years old and produces a couple of podcasts. The first interviews ...

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Deep Blue Trouble
Steph Broadribb
January 2018 Book of the Month Second in the Lori Anderson series and another electric humdinger of a read. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson is thrown in the deep end...

Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Reader Reviewed Life of Crime
Kimberley Chambers
January 2018 Book of the Month A thoroughly entertaining, raw, and fast-paced read, stuffed full of tension and drama. Jason Rampling didn’t have the best start in life, he...

City Without Stars by Tim Baker

City Without Stars
Tim Baker
In Ciudad Real, Mexico, women are being raped, murdered and mutilated. The police have reported 300 deaths of young maquiladora girls from the factories, yet not found a single clue...

Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Close to Home
Cara Hunter
Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW. Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents' summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at...

I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May

I'll Keep You Safe
Peter May
Million-selling Peter May marks his return to the Isle of Lewis.

Essex Poison by Ian Sansom

Essex Poison
Ian Sansom
Swanton Morley is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a...

An Act of Silence A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking final twist by Colette McBeth

An Act of Silence A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking final twist
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,...

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...

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Joseph Knox
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it....

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork

Reader Reviewed The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
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 arranged in a strange,...

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