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Books of the Month

Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers
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 is determined that with his charm, intelligence and good looks,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Broken River by J. Robert Lennon
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 into a house where an unsolved double murder occurred twelve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
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 when she agrees to hunt down a murderer in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

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 led drama, an excellent “set up” for a new American...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
White Bodies by Jane Robins
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, ambitious and a successful actress. Tilda falls for an OCD...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2017
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
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 the convicted murderer still claiming his innocence of killing a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/12/2017
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, changing, and affecting lives forever more. This award winning novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
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, unsettling backdrop. The policing team in charge of the investigation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Sirens
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. A disgraced undercover young detective is tasked to find the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
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 terror these parents face, and their stop-at-nothing compulsion to get...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
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 that, yet after murder tears her life apart, she has to find the killer in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Gravesend by William Boyle
Gravesend
William Boyle
January 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. When Ray Boy is released from prison, Conway hunts him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
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 murder has taken place, and he tells his own story....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2017
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
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 for a drink. He shares the same skies as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2017
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
Oh my word, this is an absolutely cracking psychological thriller. Anna is unable to leave her house, she views the world from her window and connects with it on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/01/2018
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, Disclaimer, and television dramas State of Play and National...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
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 case of food poisoning? Or could it be … murder?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
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 least that's what they're saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/12/2017
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 or suspect. Fuentes is a different kind of police officer....
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/01/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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...

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolas Obregon
December 2017 Debut of the Month A beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by a new British author, this wonderfully crafted suspense sees a pair of police investigators with...

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 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...

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...

Supernatural Sherlocks by Nick Rennison

Supernatural Sherlocks
Nick Rennison
The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks...

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour by Martin Edwards

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour
Martin Edwards
December 2017 Book of the Month An entertaining and impressive collection of 28 new short stories by members of the Crime Writer’s Association. There are some absolutely cracking authors on...

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

Two Kinds of Truth
Michael Connelly
Three year retired Harry Bosch is working on cold cases for a small San Fernando Police Department who respect and treasure him, unlike his old colleagues from the LAPD days...

Walden Of Bermondsey by Peter Murphy

Walden Of Bermondsey
Peter Murphy
Warm, witty and endearingly entertaining, fans of Rumpole of the Bailey will relish this romp through the trials and tribulations of a Bermondsey based Resident Judge. At a little over...

Marked For Revenge by Emelie Schepp

Marked For Revenge
Emelie Schepp
A fast moving, sharply shocking, and terrifically readable story. This is the follow-up to Marked For Life, and you really need to start at the beginning with this trilogy...

Chance by Kem Nunn

Chance
Kem Nunn
Twisty, twisted and teeming with psychological suspense and sexual obsession, it’s no wonder that this cuttingly engrossing novel is also enjoying success as a major TV production starring Hugh Laurie,...

The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Muriel Spark
‘You either ‘get’ Spark or you don’t. She always was different, and became more so with practice. An appetite for caricatures, for types… The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a...

The Comforters by Muriel Spark

The Comforters
Muriel Spark
'There are two plots in The Comforters. One is fanciful and improbable; the other imaginative and convincingly real. The first is charming; the second disturbing… There is evidence of what...

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

Memento Mori
Muriel Spark
'One of the many delights of a Muriel Spark novel is the way in which the ground shifts so delicately under the reader’s feet. In an interview to mark the...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough

Reader Reviewed Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit,...

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...

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....

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...

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Reader Reviewed Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Debut of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A simply sensational and thrilling...

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...

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...

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Desperation Road
Michael Farris Smith
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month In the hinterlands of America, a man completes his jail sentence for accidental murder and...

Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay

Parting Shot
Linwood Barclay
November 2017 Book of the Month A clever, thrilling, wild and unstoppable ride from beginning to end. I was hoping, really, really hoping that the ‘Promise Falls trilogy’...

Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed children's book author, Sweet Pea...

The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross 25) by James Patterson

The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross 25)
James Patterson
The charges: explosive Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law - until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold...

The House by Simon Lelic

The House
Simon Lelic
The heart-stopping thriller about a husband and wife who are hiding something from each other, and from you...This book won't let you go until you've found out the truth. Perfect...

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Gnomon
Nick Harkaway
In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything you, and can even spy on your mind. But when state investigators then look into the head of...

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22) by Lee Child

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)
Lee Child
Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's...

The Death Beat by Fiona Veitch Smith

The Death Beat
Fiona Veitch Smith
Poppy has been given the death beat: obituaries. But nothing will stop her investigating the death of a European prince...

Resort to Murder by T. P. Fielden

Resort to Murder
T. P. Fielden
The second in the ‘Miss Dimont Mystery’ series lives up to expectations. Step back in time, to just after the Second World War, and travel to the English Riviera, a...

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood
Sarah Perry
Elegant, gently sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes the Flood is the haunting debut novel by the author of The Essex Serpent.

Stories Collected Stories by Susan Sontag

Stories Collected Stories
Susan Sontag
The complete short stories of Susan Sontag, one of the most brilliant & influential writers of the twentieth century - collected together for the first time Susan Sontag is most...

Whiteout (translated by Quentin Bates) by Ragnar Jonasson

Whiteout (translated by Quentin Bates)
Ragnar Jonasson
This is a gripping, biting crime mystery set in northern Iceland, and the fifth novel in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series. Do start at the beginning of the series with the...

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