The Deaths of December
By Susi Holliday
'A cracking read. The perfect Christmas gift for crime fans' C. L. Taylor, author of The Lie'A festive cracker of a crime novel' Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood'Dark and satisfying, it is a fine antidote to Christmas cheer' Daily Mail**********************************It looks like a regular advent calendar. Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors . . . and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one. The police hope it's a prank. Because if it isn't, a murderer has just surfaced - someone who's been killing for twenty years. But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station? As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them . . .It's shaping up to be a deadly little Christmas.*******************Goodreads reviewers are raving about this gripping festive thriller!'A deeply twisted, festive murder, thriller, mystery with a good psychological twist to it.''Christmas books are normally romances so I enjoyed The Deaths of December for the anti Christmas twist.''The perfect festive read for those who like to be curled up in front of the fire with the lights down low ready to be thrilled and chilled in equal measure'
Don't Turn Out the Lights
By Bernard Minier
"You did nothing." Christine Steinmeyer knows the suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve has nothing to do with her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise. "You let her die..." That's only the beginning. Bit by bit, her life is turned upside down. But who among her friends and family hates her enough to want to destroy her? And why? Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave when he is sent a key card to a hotel room - the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. He soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime. Could someone really be cruelly, consciously hounding women to death? Both he and Christine will find out...but it may not be in time.
By Britta Bolt
The third in the atmospheric Amsterdam-set crime series, which combines the city's old-world charm with contemporary issues of corruption, immigration and crime.Pieter Posthumus wouldn't live anywhere but Amsterdam... though the Earth 2050 conference, with its attendant crowds, has left him feeling somewhat under siege. At least his work at the Lonely Funerals team is quiet.Then one of the delegates is attacked. Posthumus agrees to look into the case, sparking memories of his own time as a student radical. Amsterdam has always attracted people with fierce views... but is someone willing to kill for their principles? Or was the attack much more personal? Posthumus must contend with family secrets, political machinations and international conspiracies in a bid to uncover the truth.
By Joe R. Lansdale
If there's one thing Hap Collins and Leonard Pine like, it's trouble - and they especially like getting paid to find it. So when their friend and sometime boss Marvin Harmon asks the boys to look into a cold-case double homicide, they're happy to oblige. It turns out that both victims were set to inherit some serious money, and one of them ran with an honest-to-goodness vampire cult.The more closely Hap and Leonard look over the crime scene photos, the more trouble they see. The image of a red devil's head is painted on a tree. A little research turns up a slew of murders with that same fiendish signature. And if things aren't weird enough, Leonard has taken to wearing a deerstalker cap... Will this be the case that finally sends Hap over the edge?
The Ditto List
By Stephen Greenleaf
Stone v. Stone, Finders v. Finders, Preston v. Preston Mareth Stone's comfortable life comes under threat when her wealthy husband unexpectedly files for divorce and full custody of their children.Disabled and poverty-stricken, Esther Preston finds her life in danger when she decides to sue her ex-husband for help with her medical bills. Young, pretty and badly battered, Lucinda Finders must leave the man she loves to save the life of her child. Into the lives of these three women comes D.T. Jones, an L.A. lawyer who actually cares about his clients. Making a living in the divorce courts from the weekly 'ditto list', D.T. must fight to survive when these three cases plunge him into the dangerous world of violence, malpractice and blackmail.
By David Mark
The fifth novel in the DS McAvoy series by bestselling author David Mark, perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months. Ava Delaney has been dead for five days. One girl to find. One girl to avenge. And DS Aector McAvoy won't let either of them go until justice can be done. But some people have their own ideas of what justice means...DEAD PRETTY is the stunning new novel from one of Britain's most original crime writers.
By Stephen Greenleaf
Called in to help dying millionaire Maximilian Kottle locate his estranged son, P.I. John Marshall Tanner doesn't know what to expect.Soon Tanner is on a quest to find Karl Kottle, a former sixties radical and alleged murderer. As his search continues, Tanner encounters a host of potential clients, including a muckraking newspaper editor whose star investigative reporter may have finally gone too far...
By Lisa Jackson
Jenna Hughes left Hollywood for a farm in Oregon to get away from fame. But someone has followed the former movie star - an obsessed fan whose letters are personal and deeply disturbing. And while Jenna's already shaken up by what she's seen on paper, she'd be terrified if she knew what Sheriff Shane Carter is investigating. It's a shocking case that started with the discovery of a dead woman in the woods. Now two more women are missing, and one of them looks just like Jenna. As a blizzard bears down on their small town, the merciless killer's grisly work has only just begun. Jenna is getting close to meeting her biggest fan - the one who wants to own her forever.
Don't Cry, Tai Lake
By Qiu Xiaolong
Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.When Chief Inspector Chen Cao is offered a week's break at a luxurious resort near Lake Tai, he accepts immediately. Increasingly worn out by the politics of his job, the opportunity to relax and recover sounds like heaven. But the beautiful lake he remembers is much changed: covered by algae, its waters have been polluted by waste from local manufacturing plants. Even the local food is dangerous to eat. Is this the cost of progress in the new China?Then his holiday is fatally disturbed: the boss of one of the most polluting businesses has been murdered and the leader of a local ecological group is the prime suspect. Inspector Chen must tread carefully if he is to uncover the truth behind the death and find justice for both the victim and the accused.
By Joseph Hansen
John Oats is dead: drowned in the treacherous waves of the Pacific. He was in great pain, and reliant on morphine; it could easily have been accident or suicide. But with thousands of dollars in insurance at stake, on a policy which the dead man had meant to change the day he died, Dave Brandstetter thinks it was murder. And between the mysteriously absent son, the bitter ex-wife and the current lover, there are plenty of people with reason to lie to Dave about what really happened that night. And why...Death Claims is the second Dave Brandstetter novel - one of the best fictional PIs in the business, and one of the first ever gay ones. Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.
By Sarah Graves
A killer with a screw loose sets his sights on Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, whose latest renovation project becomes a dire matter of life and deck.Driving to a cottage in the Maine woods with her best friend, Ellie White, Jake has a challenging week ahead of her. She bet her husband that she could finish building the cottage porch in only a few days - a lofty goal for even the craftiest home renovator. But as Jake and Ellie set to work, they soon realize that they're not alone. Dewey Hooper, a recently escaped convict, is watching them. Jake's testimony got him sent away for murder years ago and here, in the remote wilderness, he can exact his revenge. Tough as nails and not afraid to defend themselves, Jake and Ellie are determined to keep their wits about them - to prevent the quaint little cottage from turning into the ultimate death trap.
The Dead Cat Bounce
By Sarah Graves
Since she bought her rambling old fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the dead man in Jake's storeroom, an ice pick firmly planted in his cranium.Not much happens in her tiny Maine town, but that's about to change. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be a world-famous corporate raider, local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine. When Jake's best friend, quiet and dependable Ellie White, readily confesses to the murder, cops and journalists swarm into snowbound Eastport.Jake smells a cover-up, and begins poking into past history between McIlwaine and Ellie's family. But someone doesn't like nosy neighbors...and Jake's rustic refuge may become her final resting place.
Death Awaits Thee
By Maria Lang
Puck Bure's meeting with Paul Sandwall in Stockholm is opportune.As the new manager of Drottningholm Palace Theatre, the historiceighteenth century Opera house on the outskirts of the city, he plansto open the season with a performance of Cosi fan tutte. Not only isMozart's opera to be staged as a climax to the city's summer arts festival,but two celebrities - Danish prima donna Teresa Monrad and her ex-husband, world-famous conductor Prof. Matthew Lemming - are to take part. Tensions behind the scenes revolve around the beautiful yet volatile primadonna and when a macabre murder is committed, puck is drawn into the police investigation. A Swedish crime fiction classic and part of the inspiration behind the newBBC4 drama Crime of Passion.
Deserves to Die
By Lisa Jackson
JUDGEDAs he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning - to the one destined to suffer most of all...CONDEMNEDIn Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up...EXECUTEDAs the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli's unease grows. She senses there's more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfil a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath - or die trying.
The Dangerous Edge
By Ted Allbeury
British Intelligence fear that a journalistic investigation into their collaboration with war criminals during and after World War Two will cause a political scandal. Mallory, one of their bright young men, is given the task of digging up the dirt before the press do. What he uncovers in Holland and Germany is a web of deceit, betrayal and cold-blooded murder. But can he prove it to his bosses when the only person who has all the answers does not want to be found?'The most consistently inventive of our novelists of espionage, the one that other thriller writers point to as the finest craftsman among them.' - The Guardian
By Ted Allbeury
Defectors come in two sorts: One is the plain dealer with a story to sell and the other is the false flag job. Hoggart and Fletcher are MI6 defector graders who are set to work on two very different Russians telling remarkably similar stories. But unless both defectors are lying, the KGB have someone placed hazardously high in the echelons of MI6...
Death of a Red Heroine
By Qiu Xiaolong
Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.Shanghai in 1990. An ancient city in a country that despite the massacre of Tiananmen Square is still in the tight grip of communist control. Chief Inspector Chen, a poet with a sound instinct for self-preservation, knows the city like few others. When the body of a prominent Communist Party member is found, Chen is told to keep the party authorities informed about every lead. Also, he must keep the young woman's murder out of the papers at all costs. When his investigation leads him to the decadent offspring of high-ranking officials, he finds himself instantly removed from the case and reassigned to another area.Chen has a choice: bend to the party's wishes and sacrifice his morals, or continue his investigation and risk dismissal from his job and from the party. Or worse . . .