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This is a crime novel of rare power and vision. When a brutal murder on the Isle of Lewis bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and shows us just how difficult it is to escape the past. A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.
When crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to follow her family from Chiang Mai to a fishing village on the Gulf of Siam, she's convinced her career is over. Her journalism will surely dwindle to reports on the annual monsoon-induced floods, for what crimes could possibly happen in such an out-of-the-way place? A local palm oil plantation owner and his worker are excavating a well. They dig down six feet and hit metal. It turns out to be the roof of an old Volkswagen combi, which, once unearthed, is found to contain two skeletons - one of them wearing a hat. A monk is murdered in Lang Suan, the nearest town. There is apparently no motive for the killing and no suspects are found. But there are odd connections between this killing and several others. Suddenly Jimm's new life becomes somewhat more promising - and a great deal more dangerous.
The author is an acknowledged expert on the Victorian era and he uses this expertise to great effect to create pacy, readable crime thrillers set in the late 19th century. With sinister Pan European plots, secret organizations and a brilliant central character, Detective Inspector Arnold Box, will have you burning the midnight oil, or missing your stop on the train – you have been warned. And the great news is that if you like the book there are plenty more in the series as this is the eighth.
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris shows us another world, a grey, dark place of grit, guts and tenacity.The author successfully hooks you from the very first chapter as an old adversary of the narrator Brodie returns to life. The two main players vigorously roll off the page as they attempt to grasp hold of justice and integrity in the face of adversity. Likeable despite (and probably because of) their flaws, you cling on to their coat tails as they desperately try to find answers and help a man condemned to die. The unexpected twists and turns deliver a story that just keeps on giving. By the end, you will likely find yourself hunting down the next Brodie novel Bitter Water. ~ Liz Robinson In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Three unconnected crimes are about to be linked in the most chilling way imaginable. The abduction of a teenage girl, heading towards a bus stop. A woman shot, point-blank during a brutal robbery and a young man tortured, his body found wrapped in barbed wire. An NYPD detective and a psychologist must unearth the killer's true motivation and then perhaps the killer can be found.
August 2011 Debut of the Month. If you are an ex-con and former prostitute found at a crime scence covered in blood, murder weapon in your hand, how do you prove your innocence? Written by an ex judge and packed with realistic detail.
The Hostage Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The Demand The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne.
Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife Laura. Now he's back in the Yorkshire Dales, but Laura is dead, and Chris needs to make a new life for himself. The isolated house he buys sight unseen should give him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow him to work. Kilnsgate House turns out to be rather more than he expected, however. A man died there, sixty years ago. His wife was convicted of murder. And something is pulling Chris deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead ...
Everything's changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn't enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dexter is now the proud father of a baby girl. And disconcertingly, he actually seems to care but the day job doesn't leave him alone and the latest case is baffling and Dexter needs all his wits behind him if he's to solve it and indeed survive.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. The anatomist Adelia Aguilar accompanies a young Princess Joanna, daughter of Henry II, and her huge entourage on a thousand mile, corpse-filled journey across Europe to marry the King of Sicily. It’s the fourth in an excellent medieval detective series and sadly the last as the author recently died. The Lovereading view... Another fabulous historical mystery featuring Adelia Aguilar from The Mistress of the Art of Death series. Franklin always provides plenty of rich historical detail as well as believable, scandalous, roguish characters. Brilliant. Mistress of the Art of Death series:1. The Mistress of the Art of Death2. The Death Maze3. Relics of the Dead4. The Assassin's Prayer
December 2011 MEGA Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Rankin is synonymous with crime and Edinburgh and having decided to end it with his long-time protagonist – Rebus – he has successfully created a new one in the form of Edinburgh copper, Malcolm Fox. He’s very different from Rebus in many ways and that’s a good thing and coupled with that, Rankin’s ability to portray Edinburgh remains undiminished and his cleverly wrought plots really get under your skin. The first featuring Fox was The Complaints – maximum stars from us – and now Fox who is part of the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the police force that roots out corruption in the force and investigates suspect officers is on to his next case in which he must fight for his professional and personal life.
Family tragedy, family legacy, family secrets - Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. As his investigation deepens, Rome's dark and seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery, silence and corruption. The Nic Costa series:1. A Season for the Dead2. The Villa of Mysteries3. The Sacred Cut4. The Lizard's Bite5. The Seventh Sacrament6. The Garden of Evil7. Dante's Numbers8. The Blue Demon9. The Fallen Angel
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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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