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You may have seen he BBC3 TV series “Thieves Like Us” about a pair of jobbing burglars. Despite the dubious career choice, Bex and Ollie are lovable characters who have a certain morality when it comes to burglary and don’t take things of sentimental value. In More Burglar Diaries we follow Bex and Ollie on various “jobs” getting themselves in to scrapes and brushes with the law while trying to keep on the right side of their girlfriends. Danny King is one of those bubbling under talents that deserves to be up there with some of our best comedy writers.
Definitely in the mould of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers’ second novel is as equally gripping as her first, Billie Jo. Trying to escape a past of criminals and lowlifes is not always that easy. Believable, gritty characters and a great story line make for an unputdownable read.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. November 2009 Book of the Month. One of the best London-based, gritty crime novelists around who shot to fame with Relentless which was a Richard and Judy pick. Well, there are lots before that and lots after it, all as good as each other. All tough, clever, fast-paced and highly recommended. Comparison: Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, Peter James.
Colin Cotterill was the winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work. Dr Siri is back this time finding himself kidnapped while on a road trip with the Justice department. Meanwhile his new nurse and fiancé are trying to figure out who is intent on killing off all the mortuary staff back at Laos national Morgue. More quirky story lines as well as a fascinating insight in to the very recent history of Indochina. This is a great series. 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
December 2009 Book of the Month. A gritty crime novel, sometimes making for uncomfortable reading, Adam Creed has DI Staffe, covering a case where a paedophile has been murdered. The reader finds themselves wondering whether to take the side of the vigilantes or the law and this is cleverly done and makes for a tense read at times but the plotline propels the reader through to a great ending. Look out for more from this author. Please note the publisher, Faber and Faber, should be contacted about the money back guarantee with this book (see back of book for details). Click here to listen to a podcast featuring Adam Creed (scroll down to the Faber Podcast 11) and click the screen below to view an interview with him.
Her debut novel THE MAZE OF CADIZ was showered with praise by reviewers, plunging the reader into the murky world of espionage in the immediate aftermath of WW2 with British spy Peter Cotton. His new case in WASHINGTON SHADOW takes him to the USA alongside economist John Maynard Keynes as the UK in dire economic crisis begs for a vital loan, with many alliances conspiring against it. Peter Cotton series:1. The Maze of Cadiz2. Washington Shadow
A perfectly paced, atmospheric mystery, Glasgow Kiss gets to the beating heart of this Scottish city and features the most dynamic Scottish detective since Rebus. Like for like: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina. Lorimer and Brightman series:1. Never Somewhere Else2. A Small Weeping3. Shadows of Sounds4. The Riverman5. Pitch Black6. Glasgow Kiss 7. Five Ways to Kill a Man
Sherlock Holmes is not only the most famous character in crime fiction, but arguably the most famous character in all fiction. In sixty adventures that pit his extraordinary wits and courage against foreign spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves, murderers, swindlers, policemen (both stupid and clever), and his arch-nemesis Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, together with his faithful sidekick Doctor John H. Watson, proves himself to be not only the quintessential detective but also the most engaging and entertaining company any reader could ask for. This beautiful new edition contains a new foreword by Ruth Rendell.
Sumptuous and delicious recipes from the books of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Stews, cakes, spices and traditions from Botswana make this a delicious cookbook which has been illustrated with tantalising photos. Yum!
Two half brothers have competed against each other all their lives, now one is a private detective, the other a LAPD police officer, interestingly one is black and one white. Here they are forced together in the case of a disappearance and the novel swings into a violent, sleazy world of prostitution, drugs and bad money. Kellerman’s famed psychologist, Alex Delaware, makes a brief appearance in an advisory role only, which is also interesting. Comparison: Harlan Coben, Mo Hayder, James Patterson.
The third book to feature ex-CID detective Reuben Maitland, a gene specialist who discovered how to identify the gene that causes a person to be a psychopath. The earlier books cover that and his sacking from the Genecrime unit. Well now his discovery is being badly misused and he is compelled to do something about it, plus people on the London underground are dying mysteriously. This has a good mix of science and action, an unsettling read if the science is to be believed, and it is certainly very feasible. Comparison: Karin Slaughter, Stephen Leather, Michael Cordy.
Alex Kava brings all the punch and thrills of her early novels to Black Friday. A chilling plot that see’s well meaning protestors become victims of a terrorist campaign they did not realise they were part of. Maggie O’Dell returns as the FBI profiler finding out who is responsible for these vicious, devastating attacks. A great thriller that will keep you gripped.
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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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