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Books of the Month

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
April 2017 Book of the Month. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
April 2017 Book of the Month. Simply superb, ’Black Water Lilies’ has leapt straight into my heart and soul. Thirteen days in the heart of Claude Monet’s homeland, where murder, death, lies, and deceit stalk the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse
Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
Oooh, this is a truly cringe-inducing, yet addictive, whammy of a read. ‘Sweetpea’ is the diary of a serial killer, Rhiannon may look sweet and innocent, but inside that shell, is a plotting, deviously twisted mind. The first chapter shocked...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
The Killer on the Wall
Emma Kavanagh
What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies on the wall, now in 2016, she is a forensic psychologist studying the brains of serial killers, however her life begins to spin apart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
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 for a major criminal being acquitted. We discover how and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi
Don't Let Go
Michel Bussi
A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter Sopha are on holiday on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, then Liane disappears and Martial finds himself the only suspect. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2017
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: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
A novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as she attempts to remember what has happened to her. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2017 Book of the Month. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a small American community, that appeared a few months ago and only recently came to my attention, Tall Oaks takes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
Good as Gone
Amy Gentry
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, convincing, and unexpected tale. 13 year old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom eight years ago, her sister, mother and father, have been unable to move past...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Quicksand
Malin Persson Giolito
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja is finally in court, will she be found innocent or...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
A Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
April 2017 Debut of the Month. All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
Arrowood
Mick Finlay
April 2017 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney
What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Maxim Jakubowski April 2017 Highly Recommended. Serial killer novels come and go, mostly exploitative as well as repetitive, but this American debut rings the differences with a vengeance, with a strong, visceral impact and a handful...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin
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 current investigation. Ok, hands up, I confess… this is my...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/03/2017
Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
Faithless
Kjell Ola Dahl
An assured, chilling, and intense piece of crime fiction set in Oslo. Detectives Frolich and Gunnarstranda investigate the murder of a woman who has been found scalded and wrapped in plastic, Gunnarstranda gets help from an unexpected source, while things...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
Written in Bones by James Oswald
Written in Bones
James Oswald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish farmer and writer James Oswald is definitely prolific, to say the least, as this is already his seventh Detective Inspector Tony McLean case (and in addition has also written four...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Pictures by Guy Bolton
The Pictures
Guy Bolton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The Wizard of Oz was being filmed. Detective Jonathan Craine once worked...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Sirens
Joseph Knox
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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 errant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
Night Market by Daniel Pembrey
Night Market
Daniel Pembrey
Another commanding, powerhouse of a read from Daniel Pembrey. Night Market continues on from the first in the series, diving straight into part IV, and while you could enjoy this as a standalone, you would be missing out if you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2017
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Watching Edie
Camilla Way
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 ago when the girls became friends and some dreadful mystery...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Deadly Game by Matt Johnson
Deadly Game
Matt Johnson
An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave industry, a series of events link together in a chain-mail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2017
The Cardinal's Court A Hugh Mac Egan Mystery by Cora Harrison
The Cardinal's Court A Hugh Mac Egan Mystery
Cora Harrison
An entirely captivating and readable historical mystery. Hugh Mac Egan finds himself in the middle of deviously twisted plot, attempting to solve the riddle of who killed one of Cardinal Wolsey’s men. Hugh is positive the murderer isn’t his patron's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2017
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolas Obregon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2017
Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick
Well of the Winds
Denzil Meyrick
A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil Meyrick’s writing style has evolved over the course of this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with a tumultuous past and a young child suffering from leukemia...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome and RAZOR GIRL proves one of his better escapades after a few fallow years. The absurdities, venalities and sheer black humour of his Florida...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016
The One Man by Andrew Gross
The One Man
Andrew Gross
Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944 and the American nuclear programme is stalling and the presence of a brilliant scientist imprisoned in Auschwitz sees Nathan...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Murderabilia by Craig Robertson
Murderabilia
Craig Robertson
If Ian Rankin controls the crime scene in Edinburgh, it's becoming clear that Craig Robertson has a firm grip on matters murderous in Glasgow and this outstanding and disturbing stand alone only serves to confirm his local dominance. Folllowing five...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Fire Damage by Kate Medina
Fire Damage
Kate Medina
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie Flynn works for the Defence Psychology Unit, she teams up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem she predicted, however perhaps not quite in the way she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit
The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed ‘cleansing’ of the Jews with thousands being removed each night. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring right back at her. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg
Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of Charlotte Ford whose life has proven a great disappointment and is now scraping the edges to make ends meet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir's savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish trilogy by a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe
The Ice Beneath Her
Camilla Grebe
A debut solo novel for a leading Swedish crime author who had, until now, collaborated with other writers on various series. A young woman is found beheaded inside the house of a powerful industrialist who has now gone missing. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The House of Fame by Oliver Harris
The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or by crook, he normally does get results the hard way....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw
Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Beyond All Doubt by Paige Elizabeth Turner
Beyond All Doubt
Paige Elizabeth Turner
Beyond All Doubt by Paige 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...
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
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I See You
Clare Mackintosh
Lose yourself in the twisty, gripping number one bestseller from Richard & Judy Book Club winner, Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go - you won't be able to put it down
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Boundary by Andree Michaud
Boundary
Andree Michaud
A chilling thriller as compulsive as Emma Cline's The Girls. Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the red and blonde Lolitas. Life seems idyllic. But then Zaza...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her. by Mary Torjussen
Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her.
Mary Torjussen
An addictive, twisty thriller for fans of C.L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh about a woman who returns home from work to discover her partner has vanished without a trace.
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Die of Shame by Mark Billingham
Die of Shame
Mark Billingham
From number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series - comes the year's most surprising crime novel, a compelling story of betrayal, deceit and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Bryant & May - Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler
Bryant & May - Wild Chamber
Christopher Fowler
Tells a story that begins at the end of an investigation, as the members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit race to catch a killer near London Bridge Station in the rain, not realising that they're about to cause a bizarre...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
Blood Tide by Claire McGowan
Blood Tide
Claire McGowan
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in Blood Tide, the fifth novel in Claire McGowan's series. Paula is sent to investigate the disappearance of a couple from a remote island off the Irish coast. With the weather closing in and a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady
Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This special 25th anniversary hardback edition is a must for fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
The Fourteenth Letter
Claire Evans
London 1881. A bride is murdered on at her engagement party, setting in chain a twisting, riveting mystery full of memorable characters in Claire Evans' dramatic debut novel perfect for fans of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick
Shepherds and Butchers
Chris Marnewick
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Long Firm by Jake Arnott

The Long Firm
Jake Arnott
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick...

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Reader Reviewed 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...

A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George

A Banquet of Consequences An Inspector Lynley Novel
Elizabeth George
‘A Banquet of Consequences’ is a truly enjoyable, wickedly twisty family drama combined with a crime novel. This is the 19th book in the ‘Inspector Lynley series’, and my first...

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in...

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...

Saturday Requiem by Nicci French

Saturday Requiem
Nicci French
Oh my word, ‘Saturday Requiem’ is another stunning, provocative and captivating addition to the ‘Frieda Klein’ series. Frieda Klein is asked to assess a woman who was found guilty...

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...

The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1) by T. P. Fielden

Reader Reviewed The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1)
T. P. Fielden
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A snappy, vibrant, romp of a read, set in a 1950’s Devonshire seaside town. Miss Judy Dimont (in her forties),...

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Reader Reviewed The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...

Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn

Her Perfect Life
Sam Hepburn
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Stuffed full of intrigue, suspicion, and mistrust, this is a dramatic psychological thriller. Gracie, balancing her career and home with...

Born Bad by Marnie Riches

Born Bad
Marnie Riches
A gritty, darkly fascinating story set inside two repugnant yet compelling organised crime gangs in Manchester. The O’Briens and the Boddlington gang find themselves at war after Paddy O’Brien, notorious...

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Let the Dead Speak
Jane Casey
March 2017 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series....

Home by Harlan Coben

Home
Harlan Coben
Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. For ten long years two boys have been...

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories
Matt Wesolowski
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This is startling, clever, and quite, quite different. ‘Six Stories’ isn’t that long, but it packs a mighty wallop. In...

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

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

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...

Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Black Widow
Christopher Brookmyre
Twists abound in the brilliant multi-award-nominated psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre - perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train and Disclaimer.

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...

The Method by Shannon Kirk

The Method
Shannon Kirk
A chilling tale of kidnap and implacable revenge, this is a striking debut by a young American lawyer which goes in the absolute opposite direction you thought it would and...

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and unsurprisingly already snapped up by Hollywood. After a serious...

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Desperation Road
Michael Farris Smith
Maxim Jakubowski March 2017 Highly Recommended. In the hinterlands of America, a man completes his jail sentence for accidental murder and returns to his home town,...

Agents of the State by Mike Nicol

Agents of the State
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his grittily realistic South African set cop procedurals, Mike Nicol relaunches himself as an outstanding purveyor of the...

The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin

The Ashes of Berlin
Luke McCallin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third in a so far underrated series featuring Berlin cop and ex-soldier Gregor Reinhardt, following on from THE MAN...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

Kill the Next One by Federico Axat

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Reader Reviewed 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. ...

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...

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...

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Reader Reviewed 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...

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed 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!...

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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....

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...

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.

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Murderous, Mysterious, Machination

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From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.

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P D James
Ruth Rendell
Peter Robinson
Ian Rankin
Reginald Hill
Christopher Fowler
Stephen Booth
James Ellroy
George P Pelecanos
Mark Mills
Lindsey Davis
David Wishart
Candace Robb
Ellis Peters
C J Sansom
Dick Francis
Lyndon Stacey
Janet Evanovich
Colin Bateman
Christopher Brookmyre
Robert Goddard

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