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One of our Books of the Year 2015. October 2015 Book of the Month. Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway through two marriages and eventually off into what could easily become a sequel. In a smartly paced story with believable characters and a watertight plot, no ends are left untied and not a sentence is wasted. Martina really is the queen of this genre. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Winner of the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. November 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the desperation of the people trying to live through the ‘wolf winter’, a term used to describe the coldest of winters. We follow a family of new settlers. This is Swedish Lapland in 1717 where the church has a grip on the community but the Lapps still believe in the ancient spirits. When a body is found folk are quick to blame a bear for his death but the new settlers see signs of a knife wound, not a claw. This is very special, a ghostly feel of menace lies just beneath the surface in a long, complicated and gripping tale. Awesome. ~ Sarah Broadhurst HWA Chair judge Andrew Taylor said: "The judges were unanimously impressed by Wolf Winter. Not only is it astonishingly accomplished for a first novel, but it plunges the reader into Swedish Lapland 300 years ago and plays havoc with your emotions. Dark, powerful and beautifully written, it's a worthy winner of the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown.
Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the handful of deeply fascinating novels by US author O'Connell, a sadly far from prolific writer who sits aside from all others in the crime writing landscape. Detective Leonore Thomas who patrols the desolate beat of the city's decaying down-and-out lands is addicted to rough sex and narcotics as she hunts down the source of a new drug, Lingo, a psychedelic concoction that is more than mind-blowing and almost a substitute for death. Her weird twin brother Ike, who works for the post office, is an equally unsettling and unpredictable character and their interactions together with a palette of bizarre urban pirates and villains make for an uncomfortable ride. Seldom have plot and atmosphere been such awkward bedfellows and provided such a memorable sense of dread. Initially published in 1998, the novel feels as modern as ever. Maxim Jakubowski's March 2016 Book of the Month.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating reissue program providing us with the rediscovery of an archetypal English sleuth created by Durbridge in 1938 and since made famous by a classic television series in the late 1960s and on radio. Temple is a suave crime novelist and detective solving cases with wit and elegance alongside Fleet Street journalist and sidekick Steve Trent and, later, his wife. Golden Age crime performed with gusto and much consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Highly entertaining escapism and easy reads for those who prefer their crime cosy and relatively bloodless and civilised. This particular novel is set on a cruise aboard a luxurious transatlantic liner and dates back to 1988 but 13 earlier volumes in the series have also been made available, including 'East of Algiers', 'The Kelby Affair', 'The Harkdale Robbery' and 'The Geneva Mystery'. For readers who are nostalgic for the magic of yesterday's crimes. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
December 2015 Book of the Month. Oh my word! This is a wonderfully bone chilling and mind biting book, it’s quite simply a stunner. ‘Killing Ways’ is Alex Barclay’s seventh novel and fifth FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce novel. If you've read the author's previous titles, I have no doubt you will find yourself on a different, possibly even more intense path than the first timer. This was my first foray into the world of Ren and at the start I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, but I quickly found myself completely consumed by the storyline and her character. The brutal serial killer is stomach churningly repellent whilst Ren is on the edge of stability and feels invincible. This is dynamic, snappy writing, at times it’s so fast paced my mind had a thrilling and serious workout to keep up. With harsh shocks, sickening murders and a team of detectives with issues and problems of their own, this is a powerfully penetrating, absolute firecracker of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
First in a series of modern whodunits featuring former Scotland Yard detective Father Gilbert and set in a small town in Sussex. Against his will, Father Gilbert is thrown into a mix of local violence and depravity, and the underlying motives of both the living and the dead...
December 2015 Debut of the Month. A stirring and thrilling plot ensures 'After Anna' just gallops along for your dramatic reading pleasure. When Julia’s daughter disappears at the school gates, the nightmare that follows, threatens to swallow her whole. The prologue is a three page little masterpiece, as with a chilling simplicity the villain of the piece declares their intention. Alex Lake immediately hooks your attention, holds and agitates it, the writing is sharp and pointed. I did feel as though I was being held at a distance from Julia, I could see her anguish and pain, but didn't feel completely connected to her, this allowed me an overview, to review and process information. If like me, you like to set your brain to analysing mode as you read, you may find there are no huge surprises waiting in store, however I still found this to be a captivating and cracking read. ~ Liz Robinson
From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD comes the short novel: 22 DEAD LITTLE BODIES, plus two short stories: STRAMASH and DI STEEL'S BAD HEIR DAY, and a novella: THE 45% HANGOVER, all featuring his most popular characters - DS Logan McRae and DCI Roberta Steel.
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2015 Book of the Month. Veteran thriller writer McCarry returns with a poignant spy tale of mixed loyalties, betrayal and the collapse of political idealism in which the conflict between the power of love and revenge anchors a complex plot in reality and fate. Deeply scarred by the CIA's earlier betrayal of his father, a devious but bright American spy determines to get his own back and when he falls hard for the beautiful daughter of a famous Argentinian revolutionary it soon becomes unclear who is manipulating who and where feelings become calculations. The complex tale covers much of the geopolitical struggles in the Middle East and South America of the past decades and quickly transforms into a breathless love story allied with a devious spider's web of a thriller. Adding such a fragile human element to a Le Carre-like deviousness makes this a terribly bittersweet read in which a master storyteller chronicles the secret world and anchors it in a melancholy reality. Like a spear to the heart. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Back in civilian life, Albert and douard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, douard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the police, attempts to solve a mystery, and becomes embroiled in a world of violent exploitation. The prologue plunges you into fear, into innocence about to be ravaged, the nativity and simplicity of the voiced feelings and thoughts ensure the horror is all the more vivid and shocking. I absolutely raced through this read, the research and detail of the ocean currents is fascinating, and the plot line tight and bursting with tense energy. Mark Douglas-Home writes with compassion, yet a stark, almost no nonsense approach to the exploitation makes it hit home with hammer hard precision. ‘The Sea Detective’ is a convincing read and feels original, this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable and striking series. The Sea Detective series:1. The Sea Detective2. The Woman Who Walked into the Sea3. The Malice of Waves
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another sterling mystery from one of the leading, and most consistent, of Italian crime authors, this is the 7th case involving the aristocratic-born Commissario Ricciardi, of the Naples police, set in the 1930s, a fertile period for murky doings and conspiracies of all kind, with a real life and ominous background bubbling behind the scenes what with Mussolini ascending to power and a world in flux. A whole cast of colourful characters, some familiar, some new, people the busy Naples streets in a way that sometimes evokes the magic of Elena Ferrante, with humour mixing cleverly with pathos and even tragedy. A hot summer, and the gruesome murder of a gynecology professor brings Ricciardi, his colleague Brigadiere Malone and moody medical examiner Dr. Modo to the worrying case, and you have the recipe for a slow-cooked mystery investigation of the first order. Teeming with life (and death...). ~ Maxim Jakubowski
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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