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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Read the opening extract of the brand new Lisa Jewell book before its publication on 27/07/2017

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Each month Maxim Jakubowski brings together a regular monthly selection of his favourite reads of the moment. Always wide-ranging and often with a crime at its heart, there will be something to suit every reader - but don’t just take our word for it as there are free opening extracts for each one.

This Month's Featured Books

Testimony by Scott Turow
Testimony
Scott Turow
Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of the fictional Kindle County and its gallery of fallible principals....
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
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 uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to feature the cases of Miss Aphrodite Lane and Mr Jasper...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Mad by Chloe Esposito

Mad
Chloe Esposito
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the success of L.S. Hilton's Maestra series, it appears that wicked and murderous females are back in vogue (but...

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich

The Good Assassin
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba...

You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison

You Belong to Me
Colin Harrison
Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Highly Recommended. It's been too long since Harrison, very much a writer's writer whose sinuous and hypnotic, obsessive plots always leave their...

The Tryst by Monique Roffey

The Tryst
Monique Roffey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Jane and Bill, a London couple whose relationship is enduring the pressures of time but harbours some element of dissatisfaction, come...

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur
Jardine Libaire
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's Romeo and Juliet modern grunge style when Elise Perez, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and colour...

From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters

From Darkest Skies
Sam Peters
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Both a spy story and a splendid space opera, this strong science fiction debut by a young British author is mighty...

Kings of America by R. J. Ellory

Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in...

Soot by Andrew Martin

Soot
Andrew Martin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until now Andrew Martin has been better known for his pleasant if traditional Jim Stringer series of novels, about a...

The Force by Don Winslow

The Force
Don Winslow
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A doorstopper saga of a novel by Winslow, who has now moved away from his triumphant and award-winning novels about the...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

The White Road
Sarah Lotz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. South Africa author Lotz has a devious talent for claustrophobic tales that balance precariously between thriller and sheer horror and her...

The One by John Marrs

The One
John Marrs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An ingenious and quite gripping psychological thriller based on the use of DNA matching for a new style of dating, this...

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie...

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Defectors
Joseph Kanon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ex-American publisher Joe Kanon is a much underrated master of the classic espionage tale, best known for The Good German...

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Raven Stratagem
Yoon Ha Lee
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A follow-up to the Korean-American author's noted SF debut Ninefox Gambit which has since been shortlisted for various awards and...

Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake

Forever and a Death
Donald E. Westlake
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sadly missed US crime legend Westlake's books were often the object of many classic Hollywood adaptations, but he is also remembered...

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

The Burning World
Isaac Marion
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The much-anticipated sequel to young adult zombie love story Warm Bodies (which was the object of a fairly decent adaptation...

Obsession by Amanda Robson

Obsession
Amanda Robson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Two seemingly happy couples: Rob and Carly, Jenni and Craig. But one fateful day, one happens to ask her husband who...

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It is commonly thought in the book trade that summer is a time for light reading, books that entertain but don't overly disturb our holidaying grey cells. However, there are so many great novels this month that achieve so much more than that and I will not apologize for presenting a selection of tales that will prove challenging, scary, thoughtful and even at times dangerous. Ranging from the Bosnia war crimes to Havana on the eve of revolution and venturing as far as the Galactic edge and somewhat busy beds in North London and way beyond, our novels this time around will tantalise, please, intrigue and keep your senses and imagination on edge. Is there any better excuse for reading?

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Maxim Jakubowski is the chair of the judging panel for the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the best first time author. 

A veteran publisher and once owner of the Murder One bookstore, Maxim Jakubowski has won awards for his writing in not only crime & mystery, but also in science fiction & fantasy and erotic writing. He was for two decades the crime columnist for Time Out and then the Guardian and, under a pen name, makes regular appearances in the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller list.

One of the leading world experts in all forms of popular fiction, he has published over 100 anthologies and, for many years, has been editing annual anthology series presenting the best stories of the year in British Crime and Erotica. You can find out more about Maxim on his website or facebook page.

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Scott Turow
Colin Harrison
Monique Roffey
Chloe Esposito
Jardin Libaire
Sam Peters
R. J. Ellory
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Paul Vidich
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