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Books of the Month

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
Keep You Close
Lucie Whitehouse
August 2016 Book of the Month. Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced her. Then Seb, the father, is killed in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan
No Turning Back
Tracy Buchanan
August 2016 Book of the Month. A tension filled, dramatically striking tale, where there is far more to discover than you may at first think. Anna finds herself in the worst possible position when she takes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Watching Edie
Camilla Way
August 2016 Book of the Month. In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary
Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
August 2016 Book of the Month. This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie Rome’ series, and is just as distinctive, powerful and enthralling as the first two (Sarah Hilary’s debut won the Theakston’s Crime Novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker
Death in the Shadows
Paul McCusker
Raw and gritty with dark undertones, this is a mystery steeped in the church, the supernatural, and the most savage and brutal aspects of the time we live in. This is the second in the ‘Father Gilbert Mystery’ series,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/08/2016
Zodiac by Sam Wilson
Zodiac
Sam Wilson
August 2016 Debut of the Month. An excellently twisting thriller where cop tracks killer through a turbulent city. Prejudice is rife and violence is in the air. In Sam Wilson's world it is not religion or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
Local Girl Missing
Claire Douglas
A twisty, multiple layered thriller where the past and present clash in a maze of suspense. Best friends Francesca and Sophie tell their tales with nearly 20 years separating them. In 1997 Sophie disappeared, she was 21 with plenty to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Dance with the Dead A PC Donal Lynch Thriller by James Nally
Dance with the Dead A PC Donal Lynch Thriller
James Nally
An entirely captivating crime thriller, where occasional visitations from the fearsomely uncanny, adds an extra wallop of drama. The detective with a difference returns for a second outing in the ‘PC Donal Lynch Thriller’ series, set in the early 1990’s....
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
All the Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman
All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy read, it’s disturbing, sad, unsettling and… addictive. You are launched straight into the terrified thoughts of a young woman scrambling, crawling and battling for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths
The Primrose Path
Rebecca Griffiths
For fans of I Let You Go and Black-Eyed Susans, The Primrose Path is a tense, atmospheric suspense thriller that will make sure you leave all your lights on at night. Haunted by her past. In danger from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Night Train to Berlin by Margaret de Rohan
Night Train to Berlin
Margaret de Rohan
A chance encounter, a case of mistaken identity and a seemingly innocent train journey all come together to place the lives of international leaders and family members of the central characters at risk. Night Train to Berlin by Margaret de...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/06/2016
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman
The Lady in the Lake
Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman
The Lady in the Lake is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime. Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Body Under the Bridge by Paul McCusker
The Body Under the Bridge
Paul McCusker
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, as priest of a modest Anglican church in in a small Sussex town, he didn't expect it to show up like this - first in a suicide from the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2015
Broken Heart by Tim Weaver
Broken Heart
Tim Weaver
A truly captivating and bold story that stings and provokes with fierce intensity. David Raker is back in his seventh missing person enquiry, a woman has apparently vanished into thin air, can Raker find her, or will he in fact...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Front Runner by Felix Francis
Front Runner
Felix Francis
The latest addition to the ‘Francis Thriller’ series is an action-packed journey through the horse racing world. Jefferson Hinkley from ‘Damage’ has returned for another case, yet this can still very easily be read as a standalone novel. With...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
August 2016 Debut of the Month. Unique, fascinating and thought-provoking, ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ slammed into my thoughts and sent them spiralling. When the memory of the brutally violent rape on 15 year old Jenny is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Damage Done Inspector Mclean 6 by James Oswald
The Damage Done Inspector Mclean 6
James Oswald
Haunting, dramatic and so very, very readable, Inspector Tony Mclean returns in his sixth book of the series, and in this novel, the supernatural doesn't just prowl in the background, it really comes out to play! The first chapter sets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod
Deadly Deceit
Jean Harrod
A thought-provoking and gripping tale set in the Caribbean, between the pages lurk murder, voodoo, and people smuggling. This is the second in the ‘Diplomatic Crime Series’ after ‘Deadly Diplomacy’, and although it’s my first foray into this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
Tainted Love by Kimberley Chambers
Tainted Love
Kimberley Chambers
An audacious, fast moving, dark but oh so entertaining tale. Prepare yourself… the Butler Family are back, and we observe as they battle their way through life from 1986 to 2001. From the unwavering matriarch Queenie, to her hard as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed. It's Steiner's first venture into the crime genre - her debut, Homecoming, was more...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark...

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Reader Reviewed Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month. Pencraw Hall, Cornwall, is a beautiful old house, the holiday retreat for the well-off Alton family of four children,...

Second Life by S. J. Watson

Second Life
S. J. Watson
It must be exceedingly difficult for an author to follow a hugely successful debut but S J Watson has risen to the task. Very different from his sensational Before...

Subject 375 by Nikki Owen

Reader Reviewed Subject 375
Nikki Owen
A powerful, penetrating and intensely different read that seizes your attention from the very first page. Nikki Owen cleverly writes in the first person narrative in two different time frames,...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Reader Reviewed Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month. Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She's also the agony aunt for the local newspaper,...

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a...

The Killing Files by Nikki Owen

Reader Reviewed The Killing Files
Nikki Owen
A piercing, fast-paced and absolutely riveting read, the second book in ‘The Project Trilogy’ lives up to expectations. Having been gripped by the first in the series, I really do...

Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

Reader Reviewed Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
This is a terrific thriller that really keeps you on your toes. We are introduced to our charismatic hero Solomon Creed as he runs barefoot and skimpily dressed from an...

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Reader Reviewed Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes...

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

Reader Reviewed The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow-burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into...

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ruth Ware
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from...

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
July 2016 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery by Peter Robinson

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
July 2016 eBook of the Month. Challenging, disturbing, and utterly compelling, Peter Robinson has delivered a humdinger of a read. When you reach the 23rd novel...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Reader Reviewed Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end. Maya, a former Army Captain, finds herself caught up...

Get Even by Martina Cole

Get Even
Martina Cole
Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway through two marriages and eventually off...

The End of the Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn

The End of the Roadie
Elizabeth Flynn
Another thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, slinky sleuth of a whodunit, this is the third in the ‘A Mystery for DI Costello’ series, following on from ‘Dead Gorgeous’. The show must...

Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

Blackout
Ragnar Jonasson
This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions. ‘Blackout’ takes place in June 2010, following on from ‘Snowblind’,...

Try Not to Breathe Shocking. Page-Turning. A Breath-Taking Psychological Thriller by Holly Seddon

Reader Reviewed Try Not to Breathe Shocking. Page-Turning. A Breath-Taking Psychological Thriller
Holly Seddon
July 2016 Debut of the Month Penetrating and intense, ‘Try Not to Breathe’ is a chokingly dark debut thriller. Amy and Alex are the same age,...

Murder House by James Patterson

Murder House
James Patterson
No 7 Ocean Drive is a multi million-dollar beach front house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series...

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mister Memory
Marcus Sedgwick
In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... For fans of...

Coffin Road by Peter May

Reader Reviewed Coffin Road
Peter May
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable. If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even...

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Reader Reviewed The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth...

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes
Lawrence Block
A gleeful exercise in over the top noir from one of the field's foremost award-winning authors and creator of, amongst others, classic characters like Matt Scudder and burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr,...

The Luzern Photograph A Noir Thriller by William Bayer

The Luzern Photograph A Noir Thriller
William Bayer
Best known for his New York detective Frank Janek series, Bayer is a writer's writer whose books have always shown an uncomfortable edge that has prevented him from attaining the...

The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

The Secrets of Wishtide
Kate Saunders
Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible...

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
Maxim Jakubowski's July 2016 Book of the Month. From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the...

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Wilde Lake
Laura Lippman
Maxim Jakubowski July 2016 Highly Recommended. Having achieved a full sweep of most of the crime genre's major awards, Lippman has recently also entered the US...

Willnot by James Sallis

Willnot
James Sallis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Every single page is to be savoured in this new, economical short crime novel by the author of Drive. A...

Soho Sins by Richard Vine

Soho Sins
Richard Vine
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An impressive late life fictional debut by a major American art critic, this noir and evocative thriller plunges the reader into...

The Method by Shannon Kirk

The Method
Shannon Kirk
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A chilling tale of kidnap and implacable revenge, this is a striking debut by a young American lawyer which goes in...

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Speaking in Bones
Kathy Reichs
When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel 'Lucky' Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman's claims that she's matched a previously unidentified...

Deadly Determination by Ian Jackson

Deadly Determination
Ian Jackson
Winner of Best Publisher Award at the People's Book Prize 2016. When experienced DI Karen Bellows accepts a transfer to the Liverpool based Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Team she...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Printer's Coffin by M. J. Carter

The Printer's Coffin
M. J. Carter
Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s a bit of a shock to find Blake and Avery back in England after...

Tenacity by J. S. Law

Tenacity
J. S. Law
A fascinating and captivating start to the new ‘Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series’ by a debut author who introduces in ‘Tenacity’, the stimulating and challenging world of a nuclear submarine. The...

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Reader Reviewed Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Reader Reviewed The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
June 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command...

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home

Reader Reviewed The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill investigating the disappearance of a 14 year old boy from a small...

The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

Reader Reviewed The Sea Detective
Mark Douglas-Home
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As...

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Walked into the Sea
Mark Douglas-Home
Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of ‘The Sea Detective Series’. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26...

The Madam by Jaime Raven

The Madam
Jaime Raven
June 2016 Debut of the Month. A fierce and provocative read, where a young woman released from prison is hellbent on revenge. 27 year old Lizzie...

End of Watch by Stephen King

End of Watch
Stephen King
June 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully sinister and mind-bending end to the ‘Hodges trilogy’. Yes, ‘End of Watch’ can easily be read as a...

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Reader Reviewed A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
June 2016 eBook of the Month. Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the...

The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood

The Killing of Polly Carter
Robert Thorogood
A delightfully intriguing, gently amusing, yet fiendishly tricky murder mystery. This is the second ‘Death in Paradise Novel’ and for fans of the TV series, brings back the eccentric yet...

Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen

Where Roses Never Die
Gunnar Staalesen
A truly tenacious and back to basics Nordic crime novel featuring private investigator Varg Veum. Staalesen has been writing about Veum since 1977, however this is my first foray into...

The Witness by Simon Kernick

The Witness
Simon Kernick
Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read, it just keeps getting better and better. Jane is witness to a terrible crime, and suddenly finds herself with...

Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge

Reader Reviewed Little Boy Blue
M. J. Arlidge
Sit on the edge of your seat in this explosively brilliant fifth book in the DI Helen Grace series. The Southampton policing team deal with a murder at an S&M...

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir's savage darkness, think again. Graphic,...

Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus

Epiphany Jones
Michael Grothaus
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A truly impressive debut by a London-based American journalist who has investigated both Hollywood and the sex trade and uses his...

The Case of the Missing Bronte by Robert Barnard

The Case of the Missing Bronte
Robert Barnard
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Barnard, an English academic was once the crime writer's crime writer, appreciated for his craft and imagination. Much-lauded by his peers,...

Tennison by Lynda La Plante

Tennison
Lynda La Plante
DCI Jane Tennison is of course endurably associated with Helen Mirren who embodied the tough as nails and endearing character in the successful TV series. La Plante's talent in showing...

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