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Books of the Month

The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis
The Moment She Left
Susan Lewis
February 2017 Book of the Month. Another completely captivating, and tension filled dramatic tale from Susan Lewis. I look forward to each new book and have to say, I think this just might be my favourite...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
The Breakdown
B. A. Paris
February 2017 Book of the Month. Right from the start Paris throws you into an intense atmosphere of confusion, suspense and fear. Taking a shortcut home on a stormy, summer night proves to have life-changing consequences...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard
Dare to Remember
Susanna Beard
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, subtle yet powerful tale, one that quietly worms its way into your innermost thoughts. Lisa has post-traumatic stress disorder after a horrific assault, her best friend died on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2017
Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
February 2017 Debut of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
February 2017 Debut 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 a letter from her dementia-ravaged father...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me, Bad Me
Ali Land
February 2017 Debut of the Month. 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 is a serial killer, Annie informs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
Kill the Next One by Federico Axat
Kill the Next One
Federico Axat
February 2017 Debut of the Month. Written by a leading Argentinian crime author but set in the USA, around Boston, this psychological thriller is like a serpent eating its tail, weaving a web of questions, thrills,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
February 2017 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress, Sarah Gale,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. A hammer hard prologue slapped my awareness, and from that moment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
Cursed by Thomas Enger
Cursed
Thomas Enger
This fourth fiercely gripping novel featuring crime reporter Henning Juul sees Henning’s ex-wife Nora (also a journalist) investigating the disappearance of her college friend, Hedda. Following the death of her wealthy father, Hedda announced to her husband that she was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2017
Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn
Her Perfect Life
Sam Hepburn
Stuffed full of intrigue, suspicion, and mistrust, this is a dramatic psychological thriller. Gracie, balancing her career and home with a finely judged hand, meets Juliet, who faces chaos on a daily basis; harassment threatens the fledgling friendship and worms...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
The Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the Great Fire...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1) by T. P. Fielden
The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1)
T. P. Fielden
A snappy, vibrant, romp of a read, set in a 1950’s Devonshire seaside town. Miss Judy Dimont (in her forties), the shrewd and very able journalist for The Riviera Express, investigates the suspicious deaths of two men. The author T....
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim
The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and opted for a new career studying law, he is reluctantly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
Stasi Wolf by David Young
Stasi Wolf
David Young
Karin Muller is a first lieutenant with the state police. The first woman to have achieved such an elevated position. She starred in David Young’s first novel, Stasi Child. Stasi is the East German secret police, the Ministry of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Spook Street by Mick Herron
Spook Street
Mick Herron
Whoo hoo! The Slough House misfits return, with the fourth of the series, and the horrendously brilliant Jackson Lamb at the warped helm. Former spook David Cartwright may be retired, his grandson and Slough House resident River may be worried...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Black Sheep by Sophie McKenzie
The Black Sheep
Sophie McKenzie
A tensely dramatic tale, highlighting secrets, lies, and trust. A year after her husband was murdered in an unprovoked attack, Fran is told her family may actually know something about his death. We are introduced to Fran’s family members in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
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: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor Picador Classic by Cameron McCabe
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor Picador Classic
Cameron McCabe
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. First published in 1937 by an author whose identity long remained mysterious (and chose as his name that of his main character), this is both a particularly ingenious puzzle of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
The Trophy Child by Paula Daly
The Trophy Child
Paula Daly
“How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?” the publisher’s shout line asks. Well how far indeed? Personally I find the line deceptive but I’m not telling you why. Suffice to say that this is an involved family drama...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Bone Field by Simon Kernick
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 to hunt Ray Mason down after he promises a grieving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. The tale builds alarmingly, beginning with an impulsive affair which sets in train a series of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Some books are claustrophobic as they isolate their characters in a constricted setting, but Norwegian crime author Ravatn achieves the curious exploit of making a novel mostly set in the vast...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale
Honky Tonk Samurai
Joe R. Lansdale
Lansdale's Hap and Leonard are a classic pairing: Hap, an ebullient white trash rebel and former leftie, and Leonard a tough as nails and pugnacious, black and gay Vietnam veteran. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
A splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes reads as fast as a novel as it unveils the real world behind the pages of mystery fiction. Himself an esteemed practitioner of the English school of crime, Edwards is also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne
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 his huge family home, Carnhallow House, on the site of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She's also the agony aunt for the local newspaper, dealing with problems from the loneliness of a recent widower to a teenager...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Beyond All Doubt by Paige Turner
Beyond All Doubt
Paige Turner
Beyond All Doubt by Elizabeth Turner opens with a murder - but will the murderer be caught? An absorbing and realistic crime ‘will they catch' whodunit with a juicy twisty plot and well-drawn characters with lots of issues adding colour...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/11/2016
Blood Ties by Jenny Francis
Blood Ties
Jenny Francis
Following on from Silent Passage, Blood Ties is the second in a series of easy to read whodunits featuring the cases of rule-breaker DI Charlie Moon, set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. The body of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2016
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
Cold Earth
Ann Cleeves
Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The North Water by Ian McGuire
The North Water
Ian McGuire
A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney
The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection ... but can you pay the price? For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
Conspiracy by S. J. Parris
Conspiracy
S. J. Parris
When murder strikes at the heart of the Palace, Bruno finds himself on the trail of a killer who hides a terrible secret. With the royal houses of France and England under threat, he must expose the truth - or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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... A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick. For fans of Scarlett...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan
Watch Her Disappear
Eva Dolan
Police records reveal there have been violent attacks on trans women in the local area. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? Or has the person who has been targeting trans women stepped up their campaign of violence? With tensions...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley

The Last Good Kiss
James Crumley
Crumley, the much-revered US author who died in 2006 brought a new vigour to the crime novel and reinterpreted the tropes of Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald with his...

Box Nine by Jack O'Connell

Box Nine
Jack O'Connell
Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the handful of deeply fascinating novels by US author O'Connell, a sadly far from prolific writer who...

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
One of our Books of the Year 2016. From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series...

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of Slough House is...

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
January 2017 Debut of the Month. An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and...

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch is no longer working for the LA Police Dept but part-timing pro-bono for the San Fernando force and working as a private investigator. A reclusive billionaire asks him...

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...

Woman of God by James Patterson

Woman of God
James Patterson
Brigid Fitzgerald would be the first female Pope in history but she has made a legion of powerful enemies and is a target for all those who fear that the...

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Reader Reviewed The Watcher
Ross Armstrong
January 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever first novel with a sinister setting in London where blocks of flats are being demolished. The juxtaposition of...

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
January 2017 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls...

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Reader Reviewed Dodgers
Bill Beverly
January 2017 Book of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards...

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the...

Highbridge by Phil Redmond

Reader Reviewed Highbridge
Phil Redmond
An intriguing start to a new series by the writer and creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. When I knew Phil Redmond was the author I did a little...

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
January 2017 Debut of the Month. An edgy, raw and captivating debut novel. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has had to learn some hard lessons in her...

Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

Rupture
Ragnar Jonasson
An artful and intriguing story set in a remote Icelandic landscape. As a highly contagious fever forces his village into quarantine, Ari Thor begins to investigate an ice cold case....

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Reader Reviewed Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes captivity after eight years, she has suffered the unthinkable trauma of being mentally and physically...

Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker

Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author despite its sprawling American background and themes. Baker has the audacity to...

The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson

The Dying Detective
Leif G. W. Persson
The inimitable style, distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson, along with the fascinating exploration of a long-cold murder case, serves to make The Dying Detective a true...

I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

I'm Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject of a forthcoming...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
December 2016 eBook of the Month. Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing....

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. What...

Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Reader Reviewed Dragon Games
Jan-Philipp Sendker
A darkly captivating, tense, and beautifully written tale, that explores fear and the innermost thoughts and feelings of hearts and minds. This is the second in the ‘China’ series, and...

The Mine by Antti Tuomainen

The Mine
Antti Tuomainen
A startling, intense and clever tale of destructive, chilling corruption. 30 year old journalist Janne tells his own story after he is offered information about an environmental catastrophe, another similarly...

Betrayal by Martina Cole

Betrayal
Martina Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and...

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy....

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Chaos
Patricia Cornwell
In this latest in the bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell shows us once again why she is the world's number one bestselling crime writer, mistress of...

The Secret by Katerina Diamond

The Secret
Katerina Diamond
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you're on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey...

Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante

Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane...

Narrowing the Field by A. P. McCoy

Narrowing the Field
A. P. McCoy
Murder, rivalry and revenge - the thrilling new novel from record-breaking champion jockey A.P. McCoy that will have racing enthusiasts devouring it in a sitting. Everything seems to be going...

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking? In a tale...

The Cartel by Don Winslow

The Cartel
Don Winslow
Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the...

What Remains of Me by A. L. Gaylin

Reader Reviewed What Remains of Me
A. L. Gaylin
December 2016 Book of the Month. A clever, thrilling tale full of impact and drama set in the heart of Hollywood. In 1980 17 year old...

The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3 by Elly Griffiths

The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3
Elly Griffiths
1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and...

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
December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the...

The Whistler by John Grisham

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

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year...

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

Reader Reviewed What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
December 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted...

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