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Engrossing, full of suspense, very interesting characters, almost nail-biting in its ability to grip, this is one of her best. A Reuters correspondent, Connie, working in Iraq, recognises a face from the past (Congo, Sierra Leone) using a different name and begins to investigate him but events take a terrible turn and Connie returns to England, in effect to hide. I can’t tell you any more, just read it, it’s terrific. This title is also available as an Audio book in CD or Audio Cassette format.Similar this month: Natasha Cooper.Comparison: Stephen Booth, Sarah Rayne, Nicci French.
A highly ingenious scenario which reminded me of the brilliant Jules Hardy’s Mister Candid where the bad guy, in this case a forensic blood fellow, is a serial killer with heart. With an incredible insight into a killer’s mind, alongside an exciting tale, this is first rate. It’s the second in a series and despite the fact that you should despise the killer, you can’t help loving Dexter. He is such a complex character, beautifully drawn, charming and hideous in equal measures. Do go meet him.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Jules Hardy, Andrew Klavan.
Longlisted for the 2007 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the end of April 2007. Angels Fall is a compelling page turner, full of strong, intriguing characters, romance and suspense.
Frustratingly brilliant! This is one of the few novels you will want to read again right after finishing it as the plot is so tightly written you need to find out where or if you missed the clues. The characters led by the flawed detective Joe Cashin are superb, set in South Eastern Australia the story is multi layered and absorbing. If you are going to buy one hardback this year – treat yourself to this.
Perri Oâ€™Shaugnessyâ€™s latest gripping legal thriller features Nina Reilly, the tireless attorney who relentlessly champions the underdog whilst juggling a complicated love life. Get comfy and be prepared for lots of twists turns!
A highly atmospheric guide to the locations used for his crime novels and as such also an intriguing glimpse into the author’s life and mind. I found it fascinating. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Cat is a forensic odontologist (dentistry) who frequently helps the New Orleans police. She’s also a woman with a bellyful of problems and hang-ups. She’s great; very human, at times vulnerable and very misguided, but she’s good at her job. I like her style and I like the author’s ability to build suspense.Similar this month: Karin Slaughter, Karin Fossum.Comparison: Glenn Meade, Kyle Mills, John Rickards.
Just how well do you think you know your partner and what they may be capable of? Tim and Daisy are both doctors, newly married and seemingly blissfully happy. On call and woken up in the middle of the night Tim goes missing and never makes it to the hospital. Lots of dark secrets and an absorbing intriguing plot will keep you guessing the real truth.
A brilliant page-turner and a wonderful introduction to this very talented novelist. Her characters are unusual and well drawn and her plot lines unexpected but very satisfying.
Coben writes stunning, stand-alone, psychological thrillers and a series of novels featuring Myron Bolitar and his violent friend Win. Until now I have found the Bolitar novels inferior to his psychological thrillers. I say â€¦ until now for this is a truly gripping page-turner, full of red herrings and violence. The plot is very involved and leads to a totally unexpected shock ending. Drugs, pornography, family involvement, murder and mayhem, itâ€™s a terrific OTT American fast-paced read. First rate. Comparison: Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Jonathan Kellerman.
When George Millar, the City of Glasgow’s orchestra leader, is brutally murdered in his dressing room before a performance, his colleagues are shocked. As the show goes on, DCI Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman uncover a series of irrevocably tangled relationships between the orchestra members. Millar had been involved in a series of homosexual relationships and was well known for playing his lovers off against one another, but were his controversial dalliances really enough to incite cold-blooded and calculated murder? 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
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s killing spree but it is more the tale of how he got there than of the crime itself. It harks back to Eve’s relationship with her husband and the upbringing of the child. The big question is how much she is, or not, to blame for the tragedy that unfolds. Stark and unbelievably painful, it touches on truths not often spoken of. A great book. Similar this month: None but try Clare Sambrook.Comparison: Douglas Coupland, Alex Garland, Jodi Picoult.
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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