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DI Mark Tartaglia spends a night in a west London hotel with a woman he has just met. When he is called out to the same hotel the next morning to investigate a murder, he realises it must have taken place while he was there. If things weren't already complicated enough, the investigation takes a new and horrifying turn when he recognises the young female victim. Still reeling from the shock, he learns that another case he has been investigating - the body of a homeless man found in a burnt-out car - is also not what it seems. Tests reveal that the corpse has been assembled from the body parts of four different people. Under mounting pressure from the media and unsure where his loyalties lie, Tartaglia must solve this new macabre puzzle before the Jigsaw Killer strikes again.
DCI Billy McCartney first appeared in The Killing Pool, a wonderfully twisted slice of Scouse Noir. Disillusioned by his job and the world, he is drawn back into trouble by the arrival of a runaway on his doorstep. The waif's unexpected appearance reminds him of a disastrous drugs operation he was involved in Morocco two decades earlier when his female partner ended up dead and McCartney is compelled to revisit the past to deadly effect. Ferocious and idiosyncratic, this feels as if Elmore Leonard had been born in Liverpool and taken a wrong turn after taking a tab of Ecstasy. Dark and compelling stuff. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
FIVE DREAMS OF FAME. Glasgow, 1965. Jack Mackay dares not imagine a life of predictability and routine. The headstrong seventeen-year-old has one thing on his mind - London - and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow band mates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom. FIVE DECADES OF FEAR. Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year old is still haunted by the cruel fate that befell him and his friends some fifty years before, and how he did and did not act when it mattered most - a memory he has run from all his adult life. London, 2015. A man lies dead in a bedsit. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers five decades before will now be finished.
August 2015 Book of the Month. A page-turner of a family drama that twists and wrenches at your heart strings. The author sets in motion a series of harrowing events and allows the reader glimpses and flashes of knowledge and understanding long before the mum of the family, Jenna. The tension and suspense increases dramatically, there are times of frustration, of almost wanting to shout a warning as the ominous clouds gather threateningly. Susan Lewis successfully brings this family to life, you find yourself along side them, berating a decision made, wryly smiling at a teenagers comeback or clucking over them when the going gets really tough. The subject matter is on occasion difficult to read, however there is an empathy and compassion that protectively hovers over proceedings and offers a sanctuary. ‘Too Close To Home’ is touching, emotional and completely captivating, as the last page is turned, a sense of contemplation and reflection lies in wait. ~ Liz Robinson
Evelyn Gifford, our first-person narrator, is a lawyer in the 1920s. She is on the rebound from a relationship with a young barrister and accepts a proposal from her employer, Daniel. In the midst of this comes the General Strike and the description of coping with life in London during the strike is vivid. Evelyn is befriending a sad family where two of the kids are in trouble with the law and the mother charged for murdering her husband. Evelyn gets her ex-boyfriend to help the woman in the trial. This book has got lots of plot, lots of emotion and lots of action. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The Ways of the Dead is a great read. If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next . (Michael Connelly). True detective meets house of cards in the electrifying first novel of a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter. The body of the teenage daughter of a powerful Federal judge is discovered in a dumpster in a bad neighbourhood of Washington, DC. It is murder, and the local police immediately arrest the three nearest black kids, bad boys from a notorious gang. Sully Carter, a veteran war correspondent with emotional scars far worse than the ones on his body, suspects that there's more to the case than the police would have the public know. With the nation clamouring for a conviction, and the bereaved judge due for a court nomination, Sully pursues his own line of enquiry, in spite of some very dangerous people telling him to shut it down.
A gripping, evocative and ingenious mystery which pays homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People is the second Norwegian mystery in Hans Olav Lahlum's series. Oslo, 1969. When a wealthy man collapses and dies during a dinner party, Norwegian Police Inspector Kolbjorn Kristiansen, known as K2, is left shaken. For the victim, Magdalon Schelderup, a multimillionaire businessman and former resistance fighter, had contacted him only the day before, fearing for his life. It soon becomes clear that every one of Schelderup's ten dinner guests is a suspect in the case. The businessman was disliked, even despised, by many of those close to him; and his recently revised Will may have set events in motion. But which of the guests - from his current and former wives and three children to his attractive secretary and old cohorts in the resistance - had the greatest motive for murder? With the inestimable help of Patricia - a brilliant, acerbic young woman who lives an isolated life at home, in her wheelchair - K2 begins to untangle the lies and deceit within each of the guests' testimonies. But as the investigators receive one mysterious letter after another warning of further deaths, K2 realises he must race to uncover the killer. Before they strike again ...
August 2015 Book of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of Someone Else’s Skin investigating her second case after the bodies of two boys are found in a bunker. This is a brilliant story, beautifully written and near impossible to put down, the tale though gets very sinister indeed. Excellent stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Sarah Hilary is exceptional. She’s a crime author who understands that darkness can lie at the heart of us all. An author who’s compassionate about the world in which we live and wants to reveal the broken reality that sadly exists for some of us. I was thrilled with the amazing reaction to Sarah’s first novel, Someone Else's Skin, and with No Other Darkness I feel that Sarah has surpassed herself. It’s the intricate tale of two young boys and how their bodies came to be found in a London garden. It’s about the love that binds families, revenge and how everyone has choices to make. From the first page it’s harrowing and emotional – I cry every time that I read the final chapters of the novel such is the power of Sarah’s words and her ability to make you care about her characters – but it’s ultimately redemptive. I urge you all to read it, I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do.' - Vicki Mellor, Deputy Publishing Director at Headline
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary writers, always with suitably garish and nostalgic covers suitably aligned to the gaudy subject matter. McBain is, of course, best known for his immense 87th Precinct series of police procedurals but he also made his apprenticeship in the pulps, and this novel, initially published almost 50 years back under his Richard Marsten pen name, is a breezy read with just the right amount of sensationalism, femmes fatales, noir tropes and adrenaline-fuelled action, is a perfect beach read (if you don't mind askew glances at to the cover...). Drugs, a terribly flawed main character with a a weighty sense of doom, jazz, melodrama, murdered vamps, razor-sharp dialogue, all the ingredients fit into perfect place. A guilty pleasure. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. So many of Britain's regions have proven the background to outstanding crime series and the Peak District is no exception, with Stephen Booth as its prominent voice, with every successive title wedding his indomitable cops Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry to the rugged and beautiful landscape and catching the atmospheric feel of the place with unerring precision. This 15th novel in a series that should in all justice soon make it to our TV screens is as assured as ever, beginning with an abandoned lorry that delivered animal feed, and no trace of the driver, apart from copious bloodstains in the cab. A web of secrets. lies and loyalties begs to be unravelled as internal police reorganisations and conflicts hold the investigation back. Impeccable police procedurals with a touch of class. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life ...and not just his own.
An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to have read the previous four novels in ‘The Inspector McLean’ series although there are enough tempting titbits cropping up to encourage you to wonder at what has gone before. As well as viewing the day to day search for a killer by a Detective Inspector with a penchant for walking the summer streets of Edinburgh, we also delve into his childhood and are given an unusual insight into a chillingly fanatical murderer. The author encourages a few pointers and leads to beckon to you and deploys the occasional smoke screen, ensuring an intriguing read through to the gripping climax. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... 'If you are a fan of seriously good crime fiction, then you will love James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series. The first novel of the series, Natural Causes, introduces one of the most compelling detective lead characters in contemporary crime fiction, Tony McLean. McLean is defined by his ineffable humanity – his quiet and dogged determination to seek justice for the victims of the crimes he investigates. Oswald’s writing is reminiscent of Ian Rankin or Stuart McBride’s Scottish noir, but is also tinged with a slight trace of the supernatural – which adds an intriguing nuance to the stories. I guarantee that once you start this excellent series – you will race through James’s novels, and be left hungry for more.' - Alex Clarke, Editor, Penguin 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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