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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 Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked from page to page, THE KILLING KIND features an uncommon hero: a hitman! But Michael Hendricks is a hitman who only kills other hitmen and follows his own rigid sense of values. Pursued by both the FBI and the Mafia as a result, he negotiates a sticky path between invisibility and lethal war machine, all the while attempting to protect the loved ones he once knew as he is now pursued by an equally savage and professional killer: only one hitman can rule the roost! Violent, slick and hardboiled to the max, this almost begs to be turned into a movie and proves a major step forward by the author of the wonderfully quirky Collector series which blended pulp and fantasy and has become an underground hit. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, Malcolm Mackay now serves up a terrific and ambitious stand alone tale. The plot follows the rise and fall of two disadvantaged Glaswegians who turn to crime as the only alternative to their plight. One thrives, the other sinks against the turbulent portrait of a city divided between violence and despair and highlighting a colourful cast where villains of all ilk and shades of of black and grey abound. Drugs, prostitution, lost souls and violence dominate but Mackay's forte is how he etches larger than life characters with just the right hint of menace. Gripping stuff, reminiscent of a Scottish GODFATHER. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Sarah Broadhurst's view... This author shot to fame with his Glasgow trilogy which began with the award-winning The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, a violent tale about nasty people who strangely endear themselves to you. This is not part of that series but it is set in the same violent world. A turf war between ruthless debt collectors who we met in the trilogy ensues but our stars are a couple of lads out to make a killing (in all senses of the word). These are truly dreadful people but the scheming is magnificent and the author is superb in dispassionately describing their thinking and what is smart, what dumb. You don’t need to have read the others but you’ll probably get a bit more out of this if you have. I rate them very highly indeed.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A powerful thriller with a knack for riding the tightrope between scaring the hell out of you and making you feel compassionate for its harried heroine, Heaberlin's crime debut is to be applauded. Sixteen year old Tessa survived a serial killer while her friend didn't and she woke next to a corpse in a shallow grave. Her testimony put Terrell Goodwin on death row and his execution is now imminent, but who has been planting clumps of flowers by her house, indicating that perhaps she was wrong and the 32 hours she forgot are key to the answers. Did he or didn't he? With a fairy-tale-like atmosphere, the creepy thriller works insidiously on the senses and proves profoundly discombobulating as sympathies jump between characters and new possibilities pop into mind. Clever, ingeniously manipulative and elegant. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A reissue of THE BIG BOW MYSTERY, a classic locked room mystery originally published in 1892 by the writer who went on to define Zionism and is better known now for his politics rather than his fiction. Ingenious, and still as puzzling and worthy of Conan Doyle in the way that the impossible crime is solved and its engineering revealed, it's also a wonderful evocation of the teeming East End at the end of the 19th century. Out of print for many years, it is part of the Detective Club set of republications that Collins have done in a wonderful pocket hardcover format to compete with the British Library's equally worthy series of vintage resurrections which have attracted such an unexpected success in the past year. Also available are Frank Richardson's THE MAYFAIR MYSTERY, Hugh Conway's CALLED BACK, Frank Froest's THE GRELL MYSTERY and Bernard Capes's THE MYSTERY OF THE SKELETON KEY. Not only fascinating reads but lovely collectable volumes. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
One of our Books of the Year 2015. August 2015 Debut of the Month. Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed in this whimsical and touching tale that enfolds you in the mystery of India. Inspector Chopra (retired), is likable, dependable and steadfast; in his case, once a policeman, always a policeman rings very true. Vaseem Khan writes with an undeniably light touch, yet he doesn't shy away from the more sinister side of life in the city of Mumbai. A vibrantly colourful India sings and on occasion bellows from the pages. While a suspicious death leads Chopra to begin an investigation, it’s the descriptions of everyday life that really bring this fascinating novel to life. The baby elephant Ganesha is a star in the making and ‘The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra’ is a delightfully engaging start to a new series. ~ Liz Robinson
Starting as a murder mystery with a certain amount of police procedure running through it, this turns into a deeply traumatic, psychological thriller. The discovery by the narrator and his 11-year old son, Max, of the next door neighbour electrocuted in his bath kicks off the tale. It highlights the huge responsibility of parenthood. That the boy has witnessed such horror disturbs his father more than the boy! But then kids today are used to the blood and gore of their computer games. Max has therapy, the school is informed, he is cared for and watched but the event tears the family apart for different reasons. Past violence and back story come into play. I am afraid you may guess the end by about page 61 but getting there is thrilling. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The price of fame ...is DEATH. When Jenny is spotted by a high-profile modelling agency, she goes from ordinary schoolgirl to celebrity overnight. Suddenly her life is a whirlwind of parties and glamour. Agnes used to be a model too - but now she lies in a hospital bed, slowly being destroyed by an eating disorder. Her father sits by her day after day, praying that his only remaining daughter survives. An attempted murder during a lavish photoshoot means that Jenny's and Agnes' lives will soon intersect in the most terrifying of ways ...Because someone is watching them. Someone with a plan. Can Detective Anders Knutas figure out who it is in time to stop a terrible justice being served?
A charred corpse and a set of footprints in the snow lead Celcius Daly into the twilight world of people trafficking. Inspector Celcius Daly is hunting for a missing woman who disappeared one winter's night along the Irish border, leaving in her wake the corpses of two men. Soon Daly is involved in a life-or-death chase, leading him deep into border country: a wild terrain of disappearing lanes and blown-up bridges, abandoned ghost-estates and thick forests - the ultimate refuge for anyone who does not want to be found.
A new terror is sweeping the streets of San Francisco. And the killers look a lot like cops...As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates whether the perpetrators are brilliant impostors or police officers gone rogue, she receives a chilling warning to back off. On the other side of the city, an innocent woman is murdered in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses. But there are no clues and no apparent motive. With killers in disguise, a maniac murderer on the loose, and danger getting ever closer to Lindsay's door, could this be one case too many for the Women's Murder Club?
Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to unravel the whole mess, this is a fast read where you will probably guess the villain of the piece quite early on. It harks back initially to 1987, then a murder some six years previous to the present action, then today. A bit predictable, a bit familiar but a nice easy read. It is her second novel, her first was better (Precious Thing) and I look forward to her third. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand. The story varies between the present and the past, eighteen years previously gradually moves forward in time to meet the present day. Susan Lewis knows exactly how to march the tension levels to an almost unbearable level, she also knows exactly when to release them in order to run riot across the page. ‘No Place to Hide’ effectively presents a family like any other and then proves that nightmare scenarios can ignore boundaries, rampage through respectability and tear apart happiness. Steeped in heartache, torment and grief, there is an undeniable tenderness and consideration that sits alongside these difficult emotions, making this a wonderfully compelling read. ~ Liz Robinson
Convincing and commanding, this is a successfully emotional and haunting read. There are similarities to the style of Mary Kubica’s impressive debut ‘The Good Girl’, three main characters again tell their story, however this is an entirely different and original tale. Heidi and her husband Chris explain their thoughts and feelings after Heidi brings a stranger with a baby into their lives. Willow’s narrative, set in a future time slot, slices through the main storyline, creating tension and effectively keeping her remote and apart from the family. The author is able to present clashing and warring emotions and activities by all three characters without fracturing the storyline. Piece by tantalising piece, information is revealed, layering misgivings, upon foreboding, upon suspense. 'Pretty Baby’ flickers and ripples across your consciousness, this is clever, subtle writing and deserves to be highly recommended. ~ Liz Robinson
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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