book of the month for May is Stephen King's brand new collection
of four novellas, including a new tale featuring the brilliant Holly
Gibney from The Outsider...
Susie Steiner: Remain Silent
by The Borough Press May 20th
The body of a young migrant is found hanging from a tree.
No signs of struggle. No indication that it is anything other than a tragic suicide.
Except for a note, pinned to his trousers, that reads ‘The dead cannot speak’.
murder investigation begins with DI Manon Bradshaw at the helm. But
with the other migrants unwilling to speak, and protests on the
streets, hatred is starting to drown out the facts.
Can Manon uncover the truth before it happens again?
Tony Medawar Ed.: Bodies From The Library 3
by Harper Collins 9th July
anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 18
tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in
book form, including uncollected stories by Ngaio Marsh and John
Golden Age of detective fiction had begun inauspiciously with the
publication of E.C. Bentley’s schismatic Trent’s Last Case in 1913, but
it hit its stride in 1920 when both Agatha Christie and Freeman Wills
Crofts – latterly crowned queen and king of the genre – had crime
novels published for the first time. They ushered in two decades of
exemplary mystery writing, the era of the whodunit, the impossible
crime and the locked-room mystery, with stories that have thrilled and
baffled generations of readers.
new volume in the Bodies from the Library series features the work of
18 prolific authors who, like Christie and Crofts, saw their popularity
soar during the Golden Age. Aside from novels, they all wrote short
fiction – stories, serials and plays – and although most of them have
been collected in books over the last 100 years, here are the ones that
this book you will encounter classic series detectives including
Colonel Gore, Roger Sheringham, Hildegarde Withers and Henri Bencolin;
Hercule Poirot solves ‘The Incident of the Dog’s Ball’; Roderick Alleyn
returns to New Zealand in a recently discovered television drama by
Ngaio Marsh; and Dorothy L. Sayers’ chilling ‘The House of the Poplars’
is published for the first time.
a full-length novella by John Dickson Carr and an unpublished radio
script by Cyril Hare, this diverse collection concludes with some early
‘flash fiction’ commissioned by Collins’ Crime Club in 1938. Each mini
story had to feature an orange, resulting in six very different tales
from Peter Cheyney, Ethel Lina White, David Hume, Nicholas Blake, John
Rhode and – in his only foray into writing detective fiction – the
publisher himself, William Collins.
Lisa Stone: Taken
by HarperFiction 23rd July 2020
Leila Smith has seen and heard things that no child should ever have
to. On the Hawthorn Estate, where she lives, she often stays out after
dark to avoid going home.
But what Leila doesn’t know is that someone has been watching her in the playground. One day, she disappears without a trace…
police start a nationwide search but it’s as if Leila has vanished into
thin air. Who kidnapped her? What do they want? Will she return home
safely or is she lost forever?
Peter James: Find Them Dead
by Macmillan 9th July
his secondment to London’s Met Police, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a
county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first
day back in his old job in Sussex, he is called to a seemingly
Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the
car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura,
now 18, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend,
and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world.
between jobs, Meg receives a summons for jury service. She’s excited –
it might be interesting and will help distract her from constantly
worrying about Laura. But when she is selected for the trial of a major
Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes.
Grace’s investigation draws him increasingly into the sinister sphere
of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and
evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to
a few days into jury service, Meg arrives home to find a photograph of
Laura, in Ecuador, lying on her kitchen table. Then her phone rings.
sinister, threatening stranger is on the line. He tells her that if she
ever wants to see Laura alive again, it is very simple. At the end of
the trial, all she has to do is make sure the jury says just two words
. . . Not guilty.
Amie K Runyan: Across The Winding River
by Lake Union Publishing 1st August 2020
woman unlocks the mystery of her father’s wartime past in a moving
novel about secrets, sacrifice, and the power of love by the
bestselling author of Daughters of the Night Sky.
Cohen wants to make the most of the months she has left with her
elderly father, Max. His only request of his daughter is to go through
the long-forgotten box of memorabilia from his days as a medic on the
western front. Then, among his wartime souvenirs, Beth finds a
photograph of her father with an adoring and beautiful stranger—a
photograph worth a thousand questions.
was 1944 when Max was drawn into the underground resistance by the
fearless German wife of a Nazi officer. Together, she and Max were
willing to risk everything for what they believed was right. Ahead of
them lay a dangerous romance, a dream of escape, and a destiny over
which neither had control.
Max isn’t alone in his haunting remembrances of war. In a nearby
private care home is a fragile German-born woman with her own past to
share. Only when the two women meet does Beth realize how much more to
her father there is to know, all the ways in which his heart still
breaks, and the closure he needs to heal it.
Carol Wyer: Somebody's Daughter
by Bookouture 6th July 2020
One by one the girls disappeared…
When the frail body of a teenage girl is discovered strangled in a parking lot, shards of ice form in Detective Natalie Ward’s
veins. As Natalie looks at the freckles scattered on her cheeks and the
pale pink lips tinged with blue, she remembers that this innocent girl
is somebody’s daughter…
girl is identified as missing teenager Amelia Saunders, who has run
away from home and her controlling father. Natalie’s heart sinks
further when it becomes clear that Amelia has been working on the
streets, manipulated by her violent new boyfriend Tommy.
day later, another vulnerable girl is found strangled on a park bench.
Like Amelia, Katie Bray was a runaway with connections to Tommy, and
Natalie is determined to find him and track down the monster attacking
these scared and lonely girls.
when a wealthy young woman is found murdered the next morning, the word
‘guilty’ scrawled on her forehead, Natalie realises that the case is
more complex than she first thought. Determined to establish a
connection between her three victims, Natalie wastes no time in chasing
down the evidence, tracing everyone who crossed their paths. Then, a
key suspect’s body turns up in the canal, a mole in Natalie’s
department leaks vital information and everything seems to be against
her. Can Natalie stop this clever and manipulative killer before they
James Patterson: The Midwife Murders
by Arrow 6th July 2020
A missing patient is a hospital ward's worst nightmare – until even more people disappear . . .
Midwife Lucy Ryuan is used to guiding expectant mothers through
pregnancy. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on
her watch, her focus abruptly changes.
Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try.
rumours and accusations fly around Manhattan, Lucy teams up with a
sceptical NYPD detective to solve the case. But the truth is far more
twisted than either of them could ever have imagined.
Val McDermid: Still Life
by Little, Brown 20th August 2020
a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is
quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a
decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared
without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the
file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.
Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more
questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an
abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced
justice - a killer who is still out there.
her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has
gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when
someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .
number one bestseller and unrivalled queen of crime Val McDermid is
back with her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet.
Lynda La Plante: Blunt Force
by Zaffre 20th August 2020
Things can't get much worse for detective Jane Tennison.
kicked off the adrenaline-fuelled Flying Squad, she's been relegated to
Gerald Road, a small and sleepy police station in the heart of London's
only petty crime to sink her teeth into, Tennison can feel her career
slowly flatlining. That is until the discovery of the most brutal
murder Jane has ever seen: Charlie Foxley has been found viciously
beaten to death, his body dismembered and disembowelled.
a big-time showbiz agent, Foxley had a lot of powerful friends - but
even more enemies. And alongside her old friend DS Spencer Gibbs,
Tennison must journey into the salacious world of show business to find
the killer, before they strike again . . .
In Lynda La Plante's most gripping thriller yet,
Tennison discovers that the brightest lights hide the darkest secrets -
and the killer doesn't always hide in the shadows . . .
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