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Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem she predicted, however perhaps not quite in the way she expected. Hercule Poirot and Inspector Catchpool from Scotland Yard are on hand, their particular skills are essential in a house party full of lies, secrets and ghastly deeds. With twists and turns waiting at every corner, ready to trip you up, you need to maintain a clear head with this whodunit. Sophie Hannah maintains Poirot’s integrity, while injecting her own unique style, ensuring ‘The Closed Casket’ is a delightful tricky treat of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring right back at her. The very first page made me stop, think, and look at death from a different perspective…then chapter one slammed into my consciousness. As Belinda Bauer introduces a new character, she injects a momentary pause in proceedings as we are given detailed access to their memories and thoughts. An instant and very intimate connection is created, which actually ensures the action constantly moves forwards and is kept incredibly and powerfully taut. As the coiled shocking noose of death wound ever tighter around the story I simply couldn’t put it down. With sharply spiked claws that hook into your mind and don't let go, ’The Beautiful Dead’ is a heart pounding and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
No one ever disappears completely...You leave for work one morning. Another day in your normal life. Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone. His belongings have disappeared. He hasn't been at work for weeks. It's as if he never existed. But that's not possible, is it? And there is worse still to come. Because just as you are searching for him someone is also watching you.
Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?
One year later, in an exclusive London crescent, a woman walks her dog - but she's being watched. When she's found dead, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. Why? Because the method of death is odd, the gardens are locked, the killer had no way in - or out - and the dog has disappeared. So a typical case for Bryant & May. But the hows and whys of the murder are not the only mysteries surrounding the dead woman - there's a missing husband and a lost nanny to puzzle over too. And it seems very like that the killer is preparing to strike again. As Arthur Bryant delves in to the history of London's 'wild chambers' - its extraordinary parks and gardens, John May and the rest of the team seem to have caused a national scandal. If no-one is safe then all of London's open spaces must be closed...With the PCU placed under house arrest, only Arthur Bryant remains at liberty - but can a hallucinating old codger catch the criminal and save the unit before it's too late?
Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about going back to Bone Island. Her last family holiday as a child was spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back haunting memories of her long-lost mother. It soon becomes clear that outsiders aren't welcome on the island, and with no choice but to investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play, realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each other. With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in...
April 2017 Debut of the Month. All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war, working class Lily is about to plunge headlong into a new life. She’s leaving her family and her little room in Hammersmith to work in domestic service in Australia. While she’s on a lowly assisted-passage scheme, once aboard the ship she “feels like a person of substance”, enjoying cocktail parties in the company of flirtatious Edward Fletcher and the decadent Campbells as they stop off at the likes of Pompeii, the Pyramids and Colombo. But, as Lily’s Jewish friend Maria remarks, “on a boat like this everyone is running away from something”, and that certainly turns out to be true when a succession of misdemeanors strike; an assault, a disappearance, and then murder. All in all, this is a scrumptiously entertaining, read-in-one-sitting mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue and the sting of an unexpected twist, while also exploring sexual, racial and class prejudices. ~ Joanne Owen
April 2017 Debut of the Month. London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and yet he can only dream of sharing the same accolades and financial rewards. The cases Arrowood and his long suffering assistant Barnett work are deadly, sleazier and of poor pay. Still carrying the ghost of a disastrous investigation that left a man violently beaten to death, they take on a seemingly straightforward missing person case. Before long a simple investigation turns into a dangerous step into the world of political violence and dealings with the very same crime boss involved in their earlier case. Anxious to keep a distance yet bound by obligation after the death of a young informant, they are soon deeply involved in something deadly. Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes it was wonderful to revisit late Victorian London. The atmosphere Finlay creates is authentic and Arrowood’s animosity towards Holmes adds an interesting twist. Arrowood is a very different detective. Repulsive at times, yet sad and kind-hearted. I couldn’t help but warm to him. His assistant and our narrator Barnett, leads us through the case right to the thrilling climax that had me on the edge of my seat.
A novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as she attempts to remember what has happened to her. The story switches between Alice’s thoughts in the present, revisiting the week prior to her admittance to hospital, and diary entries from the early nineties. Alice Feeney has the ability to see inside the hidden sections of the human soul and express our innermost fears. At times I felt disorientated, as the lies and truths warp and twisted around each other, the ending had me revisiting my conclusions and feelings. ‘Sometimes I Lie’, on occasion uncomfortable and challenging, walks a razor sharp edge of belief and understanding, will you discover the truth? ~ Liz Robinson
A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a current investigation. Ok, hands up, I confess… this is my first meeting with John Rebus! I will admit to being slightly wary of jumping into the deep end of such a successful and prevalent series, yet immediately felt at home and now can't wait to work my way through the others. John Rebus may wobble on the scales of law and order, but his core sense of integrity, tenacity, and grit, ensure he is someone you would most definitely want on your side. I found myself well and truly caught in the snare of Ian Rankin’s writing; this was so easy to read, yet the story coiled, twisted, and thrashed its way through feuds, murder, and some seriously crooked minds. ‘Rather Be the Devil’ is a compelling, gutsy, proper crime fix, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave industry, a series of events link together in a chain-mail coil of aggressive hostility and danger. The author’s background history ensured I was in reliable hands and from the intriguing prologue my interest was piqued and then narrowed into unflinching focus as I was consumed by the plot. If you've not yet read the first in the series, 'Deadly Game' can be read as a standalone novel as there is an excellent introduction, however you'll be missing out if you don't go back and start from the beginning with ‘Wicked Game'. Matt Johnson has the ability to give a lot of information, including army and police ‘speak’ in a easy to understand, readable format without losing the power of the story. ‘Deadly Game’, vibrating with dramatic intensity, allows access to a treacherous world; this series is fast becoming a favourite and long may it continue. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... 'Matt Johnson’s Wicked Game was an extraordinary debut thriller – both raw and emotional and, of course, an unputdownable page-turner. I wondered what he would deliver next and if he could match it! Not only did he match it, but we were absolutely blown away by Deadly Game, which sees the return of protagonist Robert Finlay, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, like Matt himself. Not only has he tackled the emotive and deeply troubling subject of sex-trafficking, humanising the victims in an unforgettable way, but he has written an exceptional, high-octane, incredible roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that sees Finlay fighting to protect his family and a colleague from unseen enemies. What I love most about Matt’s books are their rich authenticity … their utter believability. The dialogue, the banter, the descriptions of police procedure, the strategies and operations are spot on, and the spine-tingling detail he includes draws us straight into the heart of his plots. Matt has raised the bar even higher with Deadly Game, with a complex, skilfully orchestrated plot, some simply beautiful writing, and a character who we are thrilled to meet again. I honestly cannot wait to see what he does next.' ~ Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books Click here to read a Q&A with the author about his new book, Deadly Game.
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This is startling, clever, and quite, quite different. ‘Six Stories’ isn’t that long, but it packs a mighty wallop. In 1997 teenager Tom Jeffries was found dead at an outward bound centre, in 2017 investigative journalist Scott King releases podcasts relating to the death, six interviews, six different perspectives on what happened. The moment I started to read, the descriptions landed like a lightening strike on my awareness, setting the scene completely. This feels so original, Matt Wesolowski places Simon King’s voice in italics, the other voices are introduced, clearly individual and distinctive, so that I could hear them talking in my mind. I was aware of the tension building, aware that something was coming towards me at a rate of knots. I was constantly listening, judging, thinking. ‘Six Stories’ is a skilfully written tale, it prods, provokes, and also thoroughly entertains. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Two years ago, I was on the Pitch Perfect Panel at Bloody Scotland, which offers and opportunity for aspiring crime writers to pitch to a panel of experts. Matt Wesolowski was one of these writers, and his proposal for Six Stories was my pick of the lot. Not only was I intrigued by the concept of a book written in the form of Serial-style podcasts, but the setting, in the Northumbrian fells, rich with myth and legend, transfixed me. Several months later, Matt sent me the manuscript for consideration, and let’s just say that an offer was made within hours. Six Stories is a fresh, original, compelling, utterly terrifying and beautifully written thriller, with extraordinarily vivid characters who not only leap from the page, but are startlingly authentic in voice and manner. Both an up-to-the-minute concept and an excellent – almost old-fashioned murder mystery – Six Stories is exquisitely described and perfectly wrought. So which of the six witnesses’ stories is true? The answer will astonish you. Absolutely mesmerising. ~ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books
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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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