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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
Bestselling John Grisham's needle-sharp writing is brilliantly on display in this detective story centring on 13 year old Theodore Boone. The son of lawyers, Theo is an expert in how the law works. It's knowledge he badly needs when he finds himself framed for a crime he didn't commit. How can Theo prove that the brand new laptops in his locker were planted? How can he find out who did it? Tautly plotted, this is a gripping story with a convincing 13 year old at its heart.. Click here to visit the Theodore Boone website. Theodore Boone series:1. Theodore Boone2. The Abduction3. The Accused
Complex, satisfying and very human crime stories set in Manchester with struggling single mother Sal Kilkenny, private eye, at the physical and emotional heart of the plot. In her first case she is asked by a mother to find her missing son but the case quickly becomes tangled and dangerous. This is the first novel from Cath Staincliffe who went on to write the TV crime series Scott and Bailey. It was nominated for a CWA Debut Dagger and has been serialised on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on A is for Alibi... Sue Grafton’s private eye, Kinsey Millhone, walking the mean streets of Santa Teresa was part of the inspiration for my own character Sal Kilkenny. Kinsey is an independent, single, fiercely moral heroine with an engaging, self-deprecating voice who brings tenacity and intelligence to solving the mysteries her clients present her with.
Thousands will die. It is not known where, or how, or who is behind the threat. 007 is given carte blanche to do anything necessary to protect his country, but there is no blank slate when innocent lives are at stake.
A gritty tale from the queen of psychological thrillers. Hard hitting social issues meet a tight plot with bags of suspense when an housing estate unleashes its hatred on a suspected paedophile. All of the characters are complex, believable and brilliantly depicted, even those on the margins of the story. She's in a league of her own.
A powerful man with a deadly secret. A desperate spy dying to find it . . .Against a background of Moscow, London and Berlin a journey of impossible decisions begins ...
May 2012 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger 2012. CWA Judges' comment: “Listed as a young adult novel, this book has a much wider appeal. Byrne perfectly evokes the voice of 17-year-old Emily in this novel of guilt, identity and vengeance.” The Lovereading view... This gripping, provoking and emotional debut, written from the perspective of a troubled young girl in a young offenders institute awaiting trial for a vicious crime, is very hard to stop reading once you start. Hatred and love, infamy and identity, revenge and redemption are all explored with powerful yet lyrical writing.
The breathtaking new crime thriller from the author of the acclaimed Inspector Devlin series. Midwinter. A child is found wandering in an ancient woodland, her hands covered in blood. But it is not her own. Unwilling or unable to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. Soon afterwards, DS Black is baffled to find herself suddenly moved from a high-profile case involving a kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman's teenage daughter. At home, Black is struggling with caring for her increasingly unstable father, and trying to avoid conflict with her frosty mother who also happens to be the Assistant Chief Constable. As she tries to identify the unclaimed child, Black begins to realise that her case and the kidnapping may be linked by events from the grimmest days of the country's recent history events that also defined her own trouble childhood.
A scandal causes 007 to leave the British Secret Service to become a mercenary for SPECTRE... Gardner's stunning reinvention of Bond secured critical acclaim and blockbusting sales around the world. Role of Honour is the fourth book in the series.
Some holiday! Bond murders the head of SPECTRE and the price on his head makes him incredibly popular with every assasin within 1,000 miles. In Nobody Lives Forever, the fifth in Gardner's bestselling series, to stay alive Fleming's superspy has to be at the top of his game.
Third in the John Gardner Bond books where 007 reluctantly finds himself recruited into a dangerous mission involving an equally dangerous and treacherous alliance of agents from the CIA, the KGB and Israel's Mossad...
May 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. CWA Judges' comment: “Dark, edgy and gripping. Characters drawn with startling flaws and humanity and a narrative that keeps you guessing.” The Lovereading view... Following on from her Richard and Judy selected title, The End of Everything, is this dark dangerous coming of age story set among a fiercely competitive cheerleading squad who are driven to win at any cost by a new coach. The mix of the allure of adulthood and teenage sexuality in American suburbia is a potent one and if you enjoyed Donna Tartt's The Secret History then Dare Me should be on your reading list.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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