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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2011. June 2010 Book of the Month. Montalbano is back in this latest instalment. As enjoyable as ever and with the detective, now aged 56, starting to wonder if he is happy with his lot, or should he be making changes to please others. Detective work, his love life and a raging appetite….are all part and parcel of this great series. 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
Book number ten in this stylish detective series see’s Montalbano trying to have a relaxing holiday in the Sicilian hills with his girlfriend, but soon dead bodies are turning up and Montalbano is up to his neck in grisly goings on. 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 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. In Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo, a gruesome murder on an Amish farm leads police chief Katie Burkholder to discover that someone close to home has been leading a lurid double life.
June 2010 Debut of the Month. This gem of a thriller was originally published in Italian in 2002 where it sold over 3 million copies (stand aside Dan Brown) and with its complex, pacey and at times rather story you can see why. Set in Monte Carlo it all centres around a killer who uses the local radio station to announce his murderous intentions. It’s a perfect summer read.
We didn’t know how Tom Bale was going to top his debut novel, Skin and Bones, but he has triumphed once again with a nail biting thriller. The residents of a small island, off the coast of southern England, find themselves in the clutches of a murderous gang. Ex CID officer, Joe Clayton, who has been working as bodyguard to one of the families must draw on all his past experience to save the lives of the islanders. Bruce Willis - eat your heart out! Great action, tense and gripping.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 25 July 2010. Shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010. A brilliantly plotted novel tracing back through John Stones’s life in three distinct segments allowing the reader to slowly unravel the mystery behind John’s death at the beginning of the novel. An exceptional book, both fascinating and gripping.
The second Hew Cullan mystery finds the young lawyer feeling disillusioned with the law but a move to Edinburgh turns things around when love and murder both cross his path. An appealing new historical crime series with an intriguing lead character.
This is very special. It’s a dizzy, chatty monologue from a girl friend of a prominent San Salvadorean murdered society wife who gives us her take on the case, the politics, the economic and sexual chaos of a post-civil war state. It is breathlessly delivered and breathtaking to read, with a hell of a final punch. It’s short, a perfect gem, I was immensely impressed. Comparison: J M Coetzee, Bernhard Schlink, Richard Bausch.
This is the 6th Roy Grace thriller. Grace finds himself investigating crimes that bear similar characteristics to some unsolved crime over ten years earlier. With the opening up of these old cases we also go back in time to Grace’s life back then, before his wife mysteriously disappeared. Another gripping read.
Modern, hard-hitting and compelling work from an award-winning novelist. Characters so real you feel they are actually talking to you and a situation bizarre yet strangely believable. Who knows what strange and secret happenings go unwitnessed beneath the cracks of London every day? But on this day an act was witnessed, a human heart falling onto a glass roof. This poetic and improbable start sets off a chain of dominoes masterfully crafted. Toby Litt is a real talent and I can’t wait for his next offering. Comparison: Ian McEwan, Jake Arnott, China Mieville (The City and the City).
More gangland shenanigans, set in London. Lily King has just come out of jail after serving time for the murder of her husband, only she didn’t do it, she was set up, and now she wants justice – her way. Fans of Martina Cole will enjoy.
A stunning novel that looks in to the controversial topic of assisted suicide. When a woman helps her husband to die she finds herself in the dock for murder. This raises so many questions and poses the story from all different perspectives. Moving and heart-breaking.
Murderous, Mysterious, Machination
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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