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Book number four and I still can’t believe how good this author is. Don’t pigeon-hole this man a ‘crime author’, he is so much more than that. A phone call tells our protagonist, John, that the father he assumed dead in fact has been alive for the last thirty years. Naturally John does some serious digging and the criminal underworld he throws up gives him mixed answers. This is quality stuff.
Lucifer Box was the young and debonair hero of The Vesuvius Club. Now we have moved towards the eve of the First World War and Box is an old man. I must admit to feeling a little cheated by this, for I was hoping for a long and amusing series and here at Book 2 he is nearing the end of his career. It is intriguing, dirty, funny and fun but for me the first was better, exploits of a young man rather than the moans of an old. I only hope Gatiss will fill the intervening years in for Box is such a wonderful character.Similar this month: Christopher Fowler.Comparison: George MacDonald Fraser, Stephen Fry.
A woman found fleeing the scene of a car accident claims to be one of the Bethany girls, sisters who went missing 30 years before, and so starts a compelling mystery. Is she really who she claims to be and why will she not now explain what happened all those years ago? The plot moves back and forth between past and present giving different perspectives on what took place until the tragic conclusion is revealed. A gripping mystery until the end.
In short, fast, cliff-hanging chapters this first-time author seems to be a copycat James Patterson, which is hardly surprising since he has been Patterson’s co-writer on several books (Lifeguard, Judge and Jury). This is his first solo novel and it’s terrific. I liked the characters, the plot, the pace, the tension, the duplicity, the detection, the deception, the whole thing. Read it and see.Similar this month: None but try Mark Billingham.Comparison: James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Tami Hoag.
After a traumatic accident, that leaves his senses mixed up, Detective Robbie Brownlaw can now see people’s emotions as colours, giving him the uncanny ability of knowing when someone is lying to him, a handy trick for a homicide cop. It sounds like a bit of a reach but Parker is a good writer and completely suspends belief in Brownlaw’s new found gift and the plot has so many other factors and characters involved this makes for absorbing stuff. This writer should be up there with the Michael Connelly’s and Harlan Coben’s of the world.Similar this month: Joseph Finder.Comparison: Harlan Coben, John Connolly, Jonathan Kellerman.
A brilliant opening chapter and the pace is fast and furious throughout. Tyler wakes up in a room with a dead body and no recollection of how he got there and certainly no recollection of the events he then sees played out in the DVD left for him to watch â€“ him killing the girl he has woken up next to. Gripping and compelling you are completely caught up in the anxious race around the streets of London as Tyler tries to find out who has set him up and why. Kernick makes you hold your breath with anticipation of what plot twist will come next. Brilliant.
The sixth book in the series has our lead character up to his ears in murder, intrigue, deceit, long lunches, all the usual stuff we have come to expect. The development of Montalbano’s character means you really should read these books in order as we have them listed otherwise you will find yourself at a bit of a loss. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx
July 2007 Book of the Month. Incredibly gripping and guaranteed to keep you guessing. If you are going to buy a crime book this month buy this! Paul Johnston explores vengeance and retribution from every angle through Matt Wells – an historical crime novelist whose career is on the skids.Like most of us, Matt has a well populated life. There’s an ex-wife, his mum, a young daughter, his girlfriend, his publisher, an ex-agent and his mates from his former rugby team – the South London Bisons – and they’re all are in need of full-time protection from a Grade A lunatic. Matt’s e-mail in-box is also getting full up and the messages are coming straight from the Devil. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
Jenna inherits a nightclub from her father. Despite no business background, she decides to give it a go. Enter Tony, a gangland boss on the run, add Leonard, a washed-up politician and throw in a posse of dodgy coke dealers, lap dancers and closet gays and you have the making of an explosive situation. Great, gritty, urban thriller gangland stuff with female interest.Comparison: Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante, June Hampson.
A hugely entertaining murder mystery-cum-romantic-suspense with a really likeable central character, Lee, and terrific pace. She is a ghost writer working on the biography of an American soap-opera star when strange fires start occurring round her dilapidated house in Notting Hill â€¦.Comparison: Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Susan Lewis.
There will be comparisons to Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency but this new series is different in many ways. The fascinating thing is that the books are set in Laos in 1976, a time and place rarely explored in modern fiction so not only do you get a great detective book but also an interesting history from that time and place. Great stuff. Dr Siri Paiboun series: 1. The Coroner's Lunch 2. Thirty-Three Teeth 3. Disco for the Departed 4. Anarchy and Old Dogs 5. Curse of the Pogo Stick 6. The Merry Misogynist
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.