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December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full of life… and death. If you adore the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series then you are in for an absolute treat, as in this ‘Calendar of Crime’ are five different books. They may be short, but each packs a punch as Hew uses his investigative skills in an attempt to solve 5 different mysteries. Shirley McKay sets you so completely in that time that awareness settles over you like a cloak as you read. The very different tales take place in various parts of town, and while the same core characters travel with you through the year, you also greet new ones along the way. The historical notes section and glossary at the end is an interesting read in itself. You can dip in and out of ‘1588: A Calendar of Crime’ and read it as five fascinating stories, or completely immerse yourself in it as I did, and read it one satisfying sitting.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Setting a detective series in Amsterdam is necessarily having to compete with striking memories of books by Nicolas Freeling and Janwillem van de Wetering who made this particular, rich in possibilities patch their own years back, but Pembrey pulls it off with aplomb. Henk van der Pol is a local cop now nearing retirement following a thirty year career which has left him harbouring much doubts about his usefulness and principles. When a woman's body is found in the harbour, it falls to him to delve into the case and he is soon confronted by possible corruption in his own ranks. The trail takes him to both Belgium and Norway as he doggedly pursues his prey and hunts for the truth. A vivid sense of place - but then Amsterdam has always been a gift to writers - and a flawed and believable central character make for a likeable police procedural which could herald a great series and career from this new British author. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a bittersweet thriller romance set in Venice and the notorious Republic of Salo during the dying days of WW2 in Europe. A local Venice fisherman still smarting from the painful memories of his young wife having left him for his own brother, an actor much loved by the fascist regime, comes across a beautiful girl who initially appears to have drowned in the lagoon. But Giulia survives and turns out to be the scion of a wealthy Jewish family who is the only one to know the name of a notorious traitor and she is being hunted down by the remaining German occupying forces as well as the fascists. Thrown together, their adventure will take them to Salo, with a colourful cast of characters including Mussolini's own mistress and a louche demi monde of diplomats, forgers, schemers and divided partisans all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the American forces. Fluid, gently romantic and expansive storytelling. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and I felt immediately at home with the characters. I now want to know more and step back to the beginning with ‘The Zig Zag Girl’. Stephens and Mephisto, former WWII ‘Magic Men’ veterans find themselves on a murder case with hints of magic, and as the deaths start to mount up, a sinister plot is revealed. Sergeant Emma Holmes is ahead of her time in terms of policing history, and Stephens and Mephisto are lucky to have her, she is a necessary addition to the team and the story. Elly Griffiths sets in place unexpected links and twists which ensures ‘The Blood Card’ is not only a fabulous hit of escapism, it’s also a thrilling and entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson November 2016 eBook of the Month.
Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position.
Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels. No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now.
As Duncan struggles to keep his focus on the job, Michelle O'Brien - a friend and talented fellow jockey - is killed and Duncan knows this was far from a tragic accident. He's never liked William Osborne, but now he will stop at nothing to avenge Michelle's death. With Duncan's seemingly perfect world starting to come apart at the seams, can he balance his desire for victory on the field with his desire to see justice served?
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed Jane as a probationer with the Met in Hackney in the 70s. Now in this (which is actually Tennison 2) we see her promoted and moved to Bow Street which is the result of commendation for bravery when used as a decoy in a rather nasty rape case. She now has CID status but is still fighting the bigoted, chauvinistic world of a force dominated by men. Her next major case involves a bath drowning which seems on the surface to be a tragic accident but she thinks otherwise. Through these two seemingly unexpected cases and a couple of other incidents she is led to spot evidence ignored by her superiors and does begin to wonder about their agenda. I suspect we will have another slice of Jane’s development as we travel slowly to 1991 and Prime Suspect. This Tennison series would make great TV. ~ Sarah Broadhurst November 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you're on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into another desperate search for the truth as twisted appalling crimes start to leach into their private lives. Katerina Diamond’s debut novel ‘The Teacher’ was an absolute knock out and I really do recommend reading it first, as I do think you need to have the back story of the investigators. Katerina Diamond maintains a fabulous balance between the story of the investigation and the people being investigated. My mind went into overdrive as I raced to keep up with the characters, links and twists. ‘The Secret’ with plenty of surprises in store, has the feeling of a nightmare come to life, and is a thoroughly entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson November 2016 Book of the Month.
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the twenty-fourth engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead bicyclist near the Kennedy School of Government. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost super human force. Even before Scarpetta's headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta's FBI agent husband Benton Wesley receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case or be interested? With breathtaking speed it becomes apparently that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week. Stunningly, even her brilliant tech savvy niece Lucy can't trace whoever it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside the family would have. When a second death hundreds of miles south, shocking Scarpetta to her core, it becomes apparent she and those close her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they'd ever imagined. Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn't exist on earth.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving you breathless and probably shattered. We are introduced to the O’Hara family where rising star, Aiden, has an affair with an older madam, Jade, who has his child, Aiden Junior. Jade is the real power behind the throne and watches out for both Aidens. Naturally the Columbian drug network and its lucrative control is a prize worth fighting over … and fights they certainly are. It is when brother is pitched against brother that it all gets very bitter and exciting. Every girl seems to get pregnant out of wedlock which also adds to the rising tension. Wow, this woman is good, her characters sadly believable with everything neatly tied together at the end. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst November 2016 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of the denizens of Slough House is another sheer delight. Following on from 'Slow Horses', 'Dead Lions' and the peripheral 'Nobody Walks' this is another venture into the twilight world of second rate, failed spies isolated by their superiors in the backwaters of Slough House where they are assigned to insignificant duties in the hope they will resign without a fuss only to come across cases which help them regain their dignity and tradecraft. As intricate as Le Carre in its depiction of in-house rivalries and the subtlety of intelligence work but leavened with a healthy dose of humour, and in the figure of Jackson Lamb, head of the unit, a fatter than fat and flatulent boss with a Machiavellian disregard for rules. The novel begins, incongruously, with a rooftop battle between Batman and Spiderman but quickly moves on to rivalries within MI5 and the sad lives of some of the characters while Herron wonderfully blends the thriller element and the humane as he orchestrates a most complex but believable plot like a watchmaker. At times darkly hilarious, at others gripping and intense, this confirms Herron and his series as a future classic. Get on board now. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month.
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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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