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Enter the criminal underworld and solve a complex case all from the comfort of your favourite reading nook. Have a look at our Crime/Mystery selection to get your hands on the latest and greatest case and get mystery solving! You might also be interested in our Thriller and Suspense categories.
A gripping and chilling true story of violence, double-cross and corruption, Black Mass takes us deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history. The film adaptation of Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, is due to be released in UK cinemas on Friday 27 November. Click below to view the trailer.
Lawyer Hugh Gwynne is facing his most difficult court case. His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter. It seems certain Tom will win, but then Hugh receives an anonymous letter which throws him into an impossible dilemma. For Hugh the dilemma is intensified by the contrast between their lives: Tom tormented by flashbacks, and a broken marriage; Hugh with what he sees as a blessed and rewarding existence. Then one night Hugh's life changes for ever. His happiness is snatched away, and he, like Tom, must face a lifetime of troubling memories.
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...
Brilliant. Quite different from Grisham’s norm. The Rogue Lawyer of the title, one Sebastian Rudd, is a wonderful creation, a true oddball of a lawyer who defends those no-one else wants to touch. He works out of a bullet-proof van with one employee, a former client and hard man who is driver, clerk and friend. They are a great team. We follow several cases which culminate in Rudd’s son being kidnapped. The boy, now 8, is the result of an unsuitable affair/marriage; the mother now in a lesbian relationship. This is tied up with the chief of police’s daughter disappearing and much skulduggery which is enormously exciting. Rudd often uses questionable and unethical tactics which get him publicity, something he craves. He is an interesting character, in my mind one of Grisham’s best, a very fine book indeed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.
The New Simon Serrailler Case from Susan Hill, the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. Simon Serrailler Faces His Most Dangerous Challenge Yet. Going undercover, he must leave town immediately, change his identity and sever all contact with friends and family. And, more importantly, he must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. But can he do so without losing everything?
With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under your skin. ‘The Detective’s Secret’ is the third in this series, although you can certainly start here, some of the relationship nuances will cause you to wonder at what has gone before. Two different time spans swing to and fro, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the chapter headings until the switches become second nature. Jack and Stella are complex individuals, and as far away from your generic detective as you can possibly get; they also on occasion keep vital information from each other, ensuring an arresting suspense runs along side their inquiries. While the investigating duo pull all the pieces together, something shadowy, chilling and deadly lies in wait and as the end nears, you may well find yourself on the edge of your seat, advising them caution and administering warnings. ~ Liz Robinson
One of our Books of the Year 2015. October 2015 Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond's accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth. Alice Salmon dies in what initially appears a tragic case of drowning. An academic tries to assemble the pieces together and get to the bottom of the mystery and we follow his attempts through the traces of herself Alice scattered in her wake, online and elsewhere: tweets, newspaper cuttings, blogs, diaries, letters, emails. An ever-shifting perspective blurs before the reader's eyes until the whole begins to coalesce and unpeels layers and layers of deceipt and secrets. Another variation on the currently thriving unreliable female narrator bandwagon but one that makes it work in a unique manner. Will give you a lot of second thoughts about what you leave behind in your own day to day life! Genuinely chilling. ~ Maxim Jakubowski The Lovereading view... This is likely to be one of 2015's most haunting and unforgettable debuts. Accident, murder or suicide? The whole mystery of Alice Salmon’s death is revealed in a series of letters from Professor Jeremy Cooke to an old friend which he never sends (why?) and Alice’s diaries, tweets, blogs, Facebook entries, emails, newspaper articles and the like. This adds a huge amount of suspense to the tale. Alice is fairly unstable, self-harming in her teens. She uses her diary for release, like blood-letting, but how reliable is her narrative? She was a young journalist (25) when she died. Jeremy Cooke had a long ago affair with her mother and knew Alice at university. He wants to write about her final days/hours, hence his research. The police are completely baffled! This shocking story of love, loss and obsession where everyone - including himself - has something to hide. It is a great read.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X . When a man is found murdered in Osaka in 1973 in an abandoned building, it's just another case for phlegmatic detective Sasagaki. Little does he realise that the case will take over the next twenty years of his life as a complex web of psychological dark undertones bind the victim's son and the fascinating daughter of the main suspect in curious fashion. Epic in tone and execution and with powerful Dostoyevskian obsessive powers at times evocative of James Ellroy's sagas of tainted good and seductive evil set in L.A., this a stark insight into human depths and a stylish tale of morality and failure with a daring lack of resolution. Definitely one for posterity. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
An intricate and entertaining debut crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Mandy, a male, British, ex actor, ex cop, now private investigator has little regard for the sanctity of crime scenes and all too easily falls in love with a pretty face but, as you get to know him you will warm to him. With a large number of characters to get to grips with, it does initially feel as though you've entered half way through a series as for the most part you are kept in the dark as to their background story. A particularly knotty plot line ensures your brain has a strenuous workout yet inspite of that it's a page turning read. But be prepared, with an almost old-time sleuth feel to the tale laced with dark humour, you need to take a break from reality and hit the ground running in this enjoyably diverting read.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Victorian-set adventures with a strong twist of steampunk. Captain John Hartdwick returns from captivity in Burma as an opium addict and a much disenchanted man. When he is recruited by a mysterious club to act as a spy against an untold menace to the Empire, he is soon coopted into a team of hardy secret agents fighting against a supernatural threat of the other kind. With touches of both H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft, Latham conjures up a deft evocation of Victorian London in all its grime, bustle and colours and never slows the pace of the manifold derring dos unfolding. In addition, the splendidly engineered plot throws up regular surprises to keep the reader solidly on side and surprised on every dark corner. Simply put, a good read and exemplary entertainment. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The British Library series of resurrected crime classics, with its elegant retro covers and splendid revivals has proven one of the publishing hits of the last few years, with long out of print authors surprisingly outselling many modern genre practitioners. Edwards, one the leading experts on Golden Age crime and an adviser to the series has brought together a fascinating selection of Christmas mysteries that combine nostalgia and meticulous detection. With tales from Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Edgar Wallace, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers, Nicholas Blake, Edmund Crispin and many other lesser names that deserve renewed attention, this is the perfect gift book if you enjoy your crime served the traditional way. Atmosphere, intrigue, old-fashioned sleuthing, a dagger or a drop of poison by the Yuletide tree, what is there not to like? ~ 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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