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The Couples Trip: A Novel
By Ulf Kvensler. 2023
**Shortlisted for the Crimetime Award 2022****Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award Best Debut of the Year**Two couples set out together…on a hiking trip that goes terrifyingly wrong in this addictive psychological thriller for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley.Anna, Henrik and Milena's annual hiking trip is just around the corner. This year, however, Anna and Henrik have a hard time saying no when Milena asks if her boyfriend, Jacob, can tag along. The hike soon spirals into mayhem when the three friends come to realize that taking Jacob was a decision that could change their lives forever.From the austere mountaintops of northern Sweden, this highly anticipated thriller traverses through the unexplored wilderness—here, there's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
The first mystery in the bestselling Wesley Peterson crime series by award-winning author Kate Ellis. 'A beguiling author who interweaves…past and present' The Times'Clever plotting hides a powerful story of loss, malice and deception' Ann Cleeves'Haunting' Independent__________________DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby.As they begin to investigate the murders, Wesley starts to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy and sexual obsession. And the pressure is on if he is going to prevent a further tragedy . . .Discover your new favourite crime series. This is the perfect mystery for fans of Ann Cleeves and Elly Griffiths, which will have you gripped until the final page.__________________What readers are saying about The Merchant's House . . . 'I couldn't stop turning the pages . . . Something about this book just hooked me!' Goodreads Review, 5 stars'Superb . . . Five stars' Reader review, 5 stars'If you like Ian Rankin, LJ Ross, Elly Griffiths and James Oswald, you will enjoy Kate Ellis' Reader review, 5 stars'Gripping . . . Love how the past and present bring the story together' Reader review, 5 stars'You'll fall in love with coastal England and find yourself walking the cobbled lanes in your imagination . . . Do not miss this series!' Reader review, 5 stars'The first in an outstanding series of contemporary crime fiction' Reader review, 5 stars'Fantastic read' Reader review, 5 stars'Compelling . . Kept you guessing from start to finish. I would highly recommend it' Reader review, 5 stars'Loved it!!' Reader review, 5 stars'Kate Ellis has certainly got a talent for story telling which can grab the imagination from the start' Reader review, 5 stars'Really unputdownable' Reader review, 5 stars'Gripping. Kate Ellis is my new favourite author' Reader review, 5 stars'A page-turner' Reader review, 5 stars
'Well into MARTINA COLE territory' Independent'A cracking good read' JESSIE KEANEON THE STREETS OF LONDON, DANGER LURKS EVERYWHERE . .…. Liv Anderson can take care of herself and she knows how to make money in a man's world. The daughter of a convicted murderer, she's made her way in one of the roughest parts of London by entrapping men and extorting them for money. But Liv is playing a dangerous game and soon finds herself in trouble with the city's most notorious gangster . . . To repay her debt, Liv is forced to pose as a secretary for a local property developer and report back on his movements. She has no idea what she's looking for, but she'll do anything to stay alive. And after the murder of a local prostitute and the disappearance of a friend, Liv is starting to think survival may be harder than she realised. But Liv isn't only concerned with repaying her debt - she also wants to know more about her father. As she desperately tries to uncover the truth about his past, her suspicious behaviour places her in grave danger. But when you're working with gangsters, who can you trust?Full of the same danger and grit as its London setting, this is bestselling author Roberta Kray at the top of her game. Get ready for a KILLER read . . .Early reader reviews for DOUBLE CROSSED:'I absolutely love a Roberta Kray book . . . gangland at its finest''Highly recommended to all . . . You will not be disappointed!''A gritty crime novel that you can't put down . . . do yourself a favour and read it''Roberta Kray really knows her stuff. Gritty gangland is her forte . . . Recommendation is high for this one. 5*''If you love gangster books, this one is for you . . . another winner for the author'
The Hunter (Victor #1)
By Tom Wood. 2011
His name is a coverHe has no homeAnd he kills for a livingVictor is an assassin, a man with no…past and no surname. His world is one of paranoia and obsessive attention to detail; his morality lies either dead or dying. No one knows what truly motivates the hunter. No one gets close enough to ask.When a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running for his life across four continents, pursued by a kill squad and investigated by secret services from more than one country. With meticulous style, Victor plans his escape . . . and takes the fight to his would-be killers.In this first novel in the explosive Victor the Assassin series, it's not about right and wrong - only about who lives and who dies.
The Talented Mr Ripley: A Virago Modern Classic (Ripley Series #1)
By Patricia Highsmith. 1999
A stunning hardback edition of one of the most influential, groundbreaking crime novels ever written.'I'm a huge Highsmith fan. If…there's one book I wish I'd written, it's The Talented Mr Ripley' Sarah WatersTom Ripley travels to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him - exactly like him. Suave, agreeable and utterly amoral, Ripley will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confident man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.
Discover your next reading obsession with this iconic first novel in Alex Gray's bestselling Scottish detective series. Perfect for fans…of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves Don't miss the latest thrilling instalment of the Lorimer series - BEFORE THE STORM IS OUT NOW WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE LORIMER SERIES:'Warm-hearted, atmospheric' ANN CLEEVES'Relentless and intriguing' PETER MAY'Move over Rebus' DAILY MAIL'Exciting, pacey, authentic' ANGELA MARSONS'Superior writing' THE TIMES'Immensely exciting and atmospheric' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH_______________When three young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. Frustrated by a lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer is forced to enlist the services of Dr Solomon Brightman, psychologist and criminal profiler. Together they form an uneasy alliance. But when a homeless man is brought in for questioning the investigation takes a bizarre turn. Soon Lorimer has to scratch the surface of the polished Glasgow art world and reveal the dark layers hidden beneath...
The Documents in the Case
By Dorothy L Sayers. 2016
An epistolary crime novel from Dorothy L Sayers, creator of the classic Lord Peter Wimsey series - a must-read for…fans of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Margery Allingham's Campion Mysteries, and introduced by author and journalist Libby Purves.The bed was broken and tilted grotesquely sideways. Harrison was sprawled over in a huddle of soiled blankets. His mouth was twisted . . .Harrison had been an expert on deadly mushrooms. How was it then that he had eaten a large quantity of death-dealing muscarine? Was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder?The documents in the case seemed to be a simple collection of love notes and letters home. But they concealed a clue to the brilliant murderer who baffled the best minds in London.'She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller' Minette Walters
Death of a Snob (Hamish Macbeth #6)
By M. C. Beaton. 2008
Murder in Paradise...When Jane Wetherby offers PC Hamish Macbeth a holiday at her 'Happy Wanderer' health farm on the isle…of Eileencraig, he is more than happy to accept. Unfortunately the visit doesn't prove to be the pampering experience he had been hoping for. Windswept Eileencraig is inhabited by hostile islanders, many of whom would be more than happy to be rid of the 'Happy Wanderer' and its proprietor.And the company at the health farm is hardly better. The volatile party includes an ex-husband, an illicit lover, and Morag Todd, an unadulterated snob who criticizes everybody and everything. So when Morag is found lying at the foot of a cliff with a broken neck, no one seems too broken up about the event - leaving it up to Hamish to solve the death of a snob.
The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel #2)
By Sujata Massey. 2019
The highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar Hill.India, 1922: It is rainy season in…the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law. The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?
Ordinary Grace: A Novel
By William Kent Krueger. 2013
"That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember…it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word." New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family-- which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother-- he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years. Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Abide With Me (A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery #3)
By Jane Willan. 2020
Will she reveal the truth hidden in an ancient document before it is too late? In Abide With Me, Jane…Willan blends cozy Welsh village, sparkling humor, and enough action to keep pages turning.
Standing in the Shadows: The last novel in the number one bestselling Alan Banks crime series
By Peter Robinson. 2023
The brilliant last novel in the number one bestselling Alan Banks crime series - by the master of the police…procedural.'The best mystery-procedural series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' STEPHEN KING'"[O]ne of the finest police procedural writers around... [Standing in the Shadows] is as narratively rich and surprising as Robinson's best work' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWLate November, 1980. Student Nick Hartley returns from a lecture to find his house full of police officers. As he discovers that his ex-girlfriend has been found murdered in a nearby park, and her new boyfriend is missing, he realises two things in quick succession: he is undoubtedly a suspect as he has no convincing alibi, and he has own suspicions as to what might have happened . . .Late November 2019. An dig near Scotch Corner unearths a skeleton that turns out to be far more recent than the Roman remains the archaeologist is looking for. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in and, as an investigation into the find begins, the past and the present meet with devastating consequences.'The master of the police procedural' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Winter's Gifts: The Brand New Rivers Of London Novella
By Ben Aaronovitch. 2023
The brand new novella in the Sunday Times #1 bestselling Rivers of London series.THEY DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY ACROSS THE POND...When…retired FBI Agent Patrick Henderson calls in an 'X-Ray Sierra India' incident, the operator doesn't understand. He tells them to pass it up the chain till someone does.That person is FBI Special Agent Kimberley Reynolds. Leaving Quantico for snowbound Northern Wisconsin, she finds that a tornado has flattened half the town - and there's no sign of Henderson.Things soon go from weird to worse, as neighbours report unsettling sightings, key evidence goes missing, and the snow keeps rising - cutting off the town, with no way in or out...Something terrible is awakening. As the clues lead to the coldest of cold cases - a cursed expedition into the frozen wilderness - Reynolds follows a trail from the start of the American nightmare, to the horror that still lives on today...PRAISE FOR BEN AARONOVITCH & THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES:'Highly entertaining' SUNDAY EXPRESS'Charming, witty, exciting' THE INDEPENDENT'Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters' NICK FROST'Funny and wildly inventive' MAIL ON SUNDAY
France's favourite country cop, Bruno, faces a dangerous threat to the town he polices and the people he protects. Loved…by millions, the Dordogne Mysteries are the perfect combination of mystery and escapism.The event of the Périgord tourist season is to be the re-enactment of the liberation of the historic town of Sarlat from the English in 1370. But it all goes wrong when the man playing the part of the French general is almost killed in the heat of the action.The immediate question for chief of police Bruno Courrèges is was this an accident - or deliberate? The stakes rise when Bruno learns that the man, Kerquelin, was running Frenchelon, the secret French electronic intelligence base nearby, after being recruited from a brilliant Silicon Valley career. His old Silicon Valley colleagues have been invited to stay at the luxurious local chateau of Rouffillac as his guests to enjoy the Sarlat show.As he investigates, Bruno discovers that Kerquelin's wound was faked, that he is alive and well and secretly negotiating a massive deal to build a semi-conductor industry in France. But then a whole new and dangerous player emerges, determined to nip the deal in the bud.
France's favourite country cop, Bruno, faces a dangerous threat to the town he polices and the people he protects. Loved…by millions, the Dordogne Mysteries are the perfect combination of mystery and escapism.The event of the Périgord tourist season is to be the re-enactment of the liberation of the historic town of Sarlat from the English in 1370. But it all goes wrong when the man playing the part of the French general is almost killed in the heat of the action.The immediate question for chief of police Bruno Courrèges is was this an accident - or deliberate? The stakes rise when Bruno learns that the man, Kerquelin, was running Frenchelon, the secret French electronic intelligence base nearby, after being recruited from a brilliant Silicon Valley career. His old Silicon Valley colleagues have been invited to stay at the luxurious local chateau of Rouffillac as his guests to enjoy the Sarlat show.As he investigates, Bruno discovers that Kerquelin's wound was faked, that he is alive and well and secretly negotiating a massive deal to build a semi-conductor industry in France. But then a whole new and dangerous player emerges, determined to nip the deal in the bud.(P) 2023 Quercus Editions Limited
A Death in the Parish: The sequel to Murder Before Evensong (Canon Clement Mystery)
By Reverend Richard Coles. 2023
THE SEQUEL TO THE NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER MURDER BEFORE EVENSONGCANON DANIEL CLEMENT IS BACK...'Champton joins St Mary Mead…and Midsomer in the great atlas of fictional English villages where the crimes are as dastardly as the residents delightful' - DAMIAN BARRIt's been a few months since murder tore apart the community of Champton apart. As Canon Daniel Clement tries to steady his flock, the parish is joined with Upper and Lower Badsaddle, bringing a new tide of unwanted change. But church politics soon become the least of Daniel's problems. His mother - headstrong, fearless Audrey - is obviously up to something, something she is determined to keep from him. And she is not the only one. And then all hell breaks loose when murder returns to Champton in the form of a shocking ritualistic killing...
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (Murder Most #6)
By Martin Greenberg, John Helfers. 2001
In a world of lords and ladies, knights errant and gallant, murder was a part of life. Whether slaying an…enemy, killing the victim of a robbery so he couldn't talk, or doing away with an unfaithful lover, killers flourished in a time before dusting for fingerprints and DNA testing. Only the intelligence and ingenuity of a top-notch sleuth could solve these crimes. Now 13 stories of murder in medieval times by 13 pre-eminent mystery writers have been collected here to thrill and horrify contemporary readers. * Peter Tremayne's seventh-century Celtic detective, Sister Fidelma, in "Like a Dog Returning..." solves a twenty-year-old murder. * Clayton Emery offers a new take on Robin Hood and Marian in "Plucking a Mandrake." * The soldier-turned-sleuthing-monk Brother Cadfael, from the unforgettable pen of Ellis Peters, turns over yet another new leaf in life after solving a crime for the crown. Travel back to a time when death was an intimate guest in homes from manor castles to peasants' cottages. Lift your candle and follow the sleuths of that world through torch-lit great halls to village churches as they solve mysteries of demises not intended by nature. MURDER MOST MEDIEVAL is sixth in the Murder Most series, which includes the other enthralling story collections Murder Most Celtic, Murder Most Confederate, Murder Most Feline, Murder Most Postal, and Murder Most Romantic.
Once Upon a Crime: Fairy Tales for Mystery Lovers
By Ed Gorman, Martin Greenberg. 1998
Presenting twenty-four timeless tales—retold with a mysterious twist by today’s best mystery writers Gillian Roberts—After Happily Ever Jon L. Breen—Clever…Hans Joan Hess—Heptagon Bill Crider—It Happened at Grandmother’s House Simon Clark—Now Fetch Me an Ax Mat Coward—Old Sultan Elizabeth Engstrom—Harvest Home William L. DeAndrea—Prince Charming Jane Haddam—Rapunzel Gary A. Braunbeck—Resurrection Joe Brendan DuBois—Rapunzel’s Revenge Edward D. Hoch—Snow White and the Eleven Dwarfs John Lutz—Swan Song John Helfers—The Better To Eat You With Ed Gorman—Of the Fog Les Roberts—The Brave Little Costume Designer Simon Brett—The Emperor’s New Clothes Peter Crowther—The Musician of Bremen, GA Audrey Peterson—Anniversary Ball Janet Dawson—Invisible Time Kristine Kathryn Rusch—Love and Justice Anne Wingate—“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” Revisited Doug Allyn—Thousandfiirs Sharyn McCrumb—Gerda’s Sense of Snow
Dewey Fairchild, Teacher Problem Solver (Dewey Fairchild #2)
By Lorri Horn. 2018
Genius problem solver Dewey takes up the challenge after a client shows up desperate to pacify his teacher. In this…follow-up to Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, It turns out that tons of kids have troublesome teachers, so he's soon up to his neck in cases—from classic cases of teachers who are soo boring to bizarre cases like the teacher who leaves students scared of water—even water fountains. Meanwhile, Dewey's school starts limiting toilet paper use—to just one tiny square at a time!—and replaces Dewey's beloved vending machines with . . . a garden. That's no substitute for the delightful snacks Dewey lives for, so he and his best friends protest with a secret demonstration involving edible additions to school property. But detention may be the least of their problems when some argue their actions were vandalism. Will their demands for student involvement sway the administration, or will they be caught and punished with detention . . . or worse?
Cat About Town (A Cat Cafe Mystery #1)
By Cate Conte. 2017
The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen…is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . . Maddie James has arrived on Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, on family business. The last thing she expected to find here was a stray orange tabby—one so cute and cuddly that Maddie is struck with the idea to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she's in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who's come to town? It pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren't keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she's the cat's pajamas.. .and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose--and on her path?