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Invitation to Die

By Lindsey Davis, Jonathan Keeble
Authors:
Lindsey Davis
Read by:
Jonathan Keeble
Emperor Domitian is hosting a banquet for the senators in honour of fallen soldiers, and it's an invitation Aelianus and Justinus Camillus dare not refuse. On arrival, they enter a black-painted room furnished with couches resembling those found in mausoleums, complete with a tombstone bearing each of the senators' names. As the evening progresses the brothers conclude that Domitian has finally turned against them for their uncle's part in a plot to oust his father, and start to wonder if they'll ever see the light of day again . . .*************Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series'Lindsey Davis has seen off all her competitors to become the unassailable market leader in the 'crime in Ancient Rome' genre . . . Davis's squalid, vibrant Rome is as pleasurable as ever' - Guardian'Davis's prose is a lively joy, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real' - The Times on Sunday'For fans of crime fiction set in the ancient world, this one is not to be missed' - Booklist'Davis's books crackle with wit and knowledge . . . She has the happy knack of making the reader feel entirely immersed in Rome' - The Times
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  • Iron Gold

    By Pierce Brown
    Authors:
    Pierce Brown
    'Another sizzling space epic to entice, excite and tease. 5 STARS' - StarburstDarrow was born a slave. He became a weapon.He ended centuries of Gold rule, broke the chains of an empire, and now he's the hero of a brave new republic. But at terrible cost.At the edge of the solar system, the grandson of the emperor he murdered dreams of revenge.In his hidden fortress in the oceans of Venus, the Ash Lord lies in wait, plotting to crush the newborn democracy. And, at home, a young Red girl who's lost everything to the Rising questions whether freedom was just another Gold lie.In a fearsome new world where Obsidian pirates roam the Belt, famine and genocide ravage Mars, and crime lords terrorise Luna, it's time for Darrow and a cast of new characters from across the solar system to face down the chaos that revolution has unleashed.**********Further praise for Iron Gold 'Fascinating . . . This is one you absolutely will have to read' - The BiblioSanctum '[Iron Gold] offers us both a continuation of the story Brown has been telling for years right alongside an eye-opening widening of his universe, as though we're watching it all through an exquisitely calibrated telescope that can slide on perfect bearings from one side of the solar system to the other without the slightest blur . . . Mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera' - NPR Books 'The books are an exhilarating fusion of The Hunger Games, Blade Runner and Dune. Amid a pulse-pounding narrative, they fearlessly tackle major issues like the fragility of democracy and the fallibility of human nature to betray its ideals even when freedom is attained' - Express '[A] thoughtful blend of action, intrigue, and prosaic human drama' - Publishers Weekly 'Iron Gold offers more of everything we loved about the first three books. Pierce Brown builds upon the foundations of the incredible universe and story he spun in the first trilogy, pivoting on his characters' flaws and fallibility to steer the narrative in unexpected directions. Suffice it to say, readers will be soon be dying to read the next one' - Barnes & Noble 'This book lives up to every expectation I have for Pierce Brown . . . you MUST read this, it will not disappoint!' - The Speculative Herald'Brown succeeds not only in writing a great book, but adding to the world and Red Rising's mythos . . . The mix of political intrigue, action and thematic journeys elevate this book from a simple sci-fi adventure into something more thought-provoking and rewarding. Fans of Brown and his series should really enjoy this latest addition to Red Rising' - FlickeringMyth.com
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    The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy

    By H.B. Lyle
    Authors:
    H.B. Lyle
    'Irresistible' Guardian'Impressive' Daily Mail'Captivating' Mick Herron Nominated for the 2018 Best First Novel, Barry AwardLondon 1909Captain Kell of the War Office knows the Empire is under threat - from Russia and Germany, from terrorists and anarchists, spies and infiltrators.But he can't prove it to his superiors. He needs an agent he can trust, someone who knows the street, not the playing fields of Eton.Kell needs Wiggins. Trained as a child by Kell's old friend Sherlock Holmes, who used to call his little band of urchins the Baker Street Irregulars, Wiggins is now an ex soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a bare-knuckle fighter.But he has no wish to be recruited - until he sees a route to taking his sworn revenge on the killer of his best friend.
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    In the Month of the Midnight Sun

    By Cecilia Ekbäck
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    Cecilia Ekbäck
    'A gripping, beautifully written novel that I devoured in a day...as thrilling as it is fascinating' Hannah Kent, author of Burial RitesSweden 1856.Blackasen Mountain: a distant place of rumour, superstition and now - murder.They say it was the Lapp who killed the three men. But something is not right.Ester knows it - but to help the settlers is to betray her people.Magnus feels it too. Sent by the Minister to survey the mountain, he cannot resist its mystery.And Lovisa: banished from the city by her father, travelling with her sister's husband, she is perhaps closest of them all to the wildness of the place.Three people, caught in the haunting light of the midnight sun.
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    Impact

    By Stephen Greenleaf
    Authors:
    Stephen Greenleaf
    When SurfAir 617 crashes on its way from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the disaster touches many lives.For Alec Hawthorne, an internationally famous aviation lawyer, it means money - and the chance to fight once again for safety in the skies.For Keith Tollison, a small-time lawyer, the crash has a more personal implication; Jack Donahue, the husband of the woman Keith loves, was on board the plane. On Laura Donahue's behalf, the former friends reunite to take on the airline. But as the trial progresses Alec, Keith and Laura find themselves caught in a complex web of intrigue and deceit, and the secrets revealed threaten to destroy them all.
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  • Inspector of the Dead

    By David Morrell
    Authors:
    David Morrell
    The year is 1855. The Crimean war is raging. The British government has fallen. The Empire itself hangs in the balance.And then the murders start...Someone is targeting members of London's elite - leaving with each corpse the names of men who failed to assassinate Queen Victoria. It's clear that Victoria will be the ultimate victim. As the notorious Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily race to save her, they uncover the heart-breaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.Based on actual attempts to assassinate the queen, Inspector of the Dead brilliantly merges fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.
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  • Icarus

    By Deon Meyer
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    Deon Meyer
    Selected by Marcel Berlins in The Times as one of the 50 best crime novels of the last 50 years: 'Deon Meyer is acclaimed for his portrayals of crime and the police after the end of apartheid. Non-white detectives hold positions once monopolised by their white bosses, and the tensions are high'After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can't take any more tragedy. So when Benny is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point - a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out - out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking. Again.But Benny's unique talent is urgently required to help investigate another crime - the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South Africa. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to catch the killer?
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    If She Only Knew

    By Lisa Jackson
    Authors:
    Lisa Jackson
    She woke up with a new face. She woke up with no memories. And she woke up to murder... Not only has Marla Cahill survived a deadly car accident, but her beautiful features have been restored through plastic surgery. She should be grateful. Instead, she's consumed by confusion...and panic. For the people gathered at her bedside - her family - are strangers. And so is the woman whose haunted eyes stare back from the mirror...Secluded at the magnificent Cahill mansion, Marla waits for something to trigger recognition. Yet the only thing she's left with is the unshakable feeling that she is not who everyone says she is, and that something is very, very wrong.Determined to piece together the truth, she finds herself drawn to her brother-in-law, Nick - a man who seems both to want and despise her. And as her fractured mind slowly clears, Marla begins to have flashes of another life...of cruel betrayals and deadly secrets. Marla's life isn't just different - it's in danger, controlled by a twisted killer who's waiting for the right moment to strike...the moment Marla remembers...
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    In the Teeth of the Evidence

    By Dorothy L Sayers, Jane McDowell
    Authors:
    Dorothy L Sayers
    Read by:
    Jane McDowell
    All that was left of the garage was a heap of charred and smouldering beams. In the driving seat of the burnt-out car were the remains of a body . . . An accident, said the police. An accident, said the widow. She had been warning her husband about the danger of the car for months.Murder, said the famous detective Lord Peter Wimsey - and proceeded to track down the killer.'I admire her novels ... she has great fertility of invention, ingenuity and a wonderful eye for detail' P. D. James(P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • The Inspector Chen Collection 1-3

    By Qiu Xiaolong
    Authors:
    Qiu Xiaolong
    Chief Inspector Chen wanted to be a poet, but the authorities gave him a job in the Shanghai Police Department. He is an excellent detective, but he can never escape the struggle between what the Party wants and what justice demands. The first three novels in Qiu Xiaolong's awardwinning series offer a glimpse into a fascinating country on the rise and an honourable man making his way in a world that does not always reward honesty.
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    In Honour Bound

    By Gerald Seymour
    Authors:
    Gerald Seymour
    Barney Crispin, a Captain in the SAS, is as tough as they come. He is sent on an urgent mission to the Afghanistan border: to destroy one of the Soviet Mi-24 helicopters, a highly sophisticated and virtually invulnerable piece of military equipment, and retrieve the hardware. In order to do so, he needs the help of the Mujahidin resistance and must first train them in the ways of stealth and sabotage.But the guerillas he trains are ill-equipped and disorganised. Their attempt fails and several of them are killed in the process. Against orders and with only eight missiles and a local boy as his guide, Barney decides to undertake the mission alone, his own solitary battle for vengeance...
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    Italian Assets

    By Ted Allbeury
    Authors:
    Ted Allbeury
    It was just a routine call at Santa Margherita for Max Farne. A meeting with his agent to see if there were any boats for him to buy or sell. And then came the invitation he couldn't refuse.Abducted by and blackmailed into selling his boat by a smooth Italian gangster, Max is drawn into a wave of crime sweeping Italy, taking him back to the mountains to protect the beautiful daughter of a wartime friend. The stakes are high and Max has everything to lose unless his tough background could help him survive..."Ted Allbeury without doubt ranks among the finest genre writers I've read." - Glenn Meade
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    If You Ever Tell

    By Carlene Thompson
    Authors:
    Carlene Thompson
    A gripping thriller for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Gardner and Karen RoseHer parents were murdered. The killer confessed. The case was closed. But the nightmare is beginning again . . .Eight years ago Teresa Farr walked in on the savage murders of her father and stepmother. She barely managed to save herself and her eight-year-old stepsister, Celeste. But even after notorious serial killer Roscoe Lee Byrnes confessed, people still wondered if Teri was the guilty one. And with Celeste unable to remember that night, or to speak at all, those suspicions never went away.Now Byrnes has recanted his confession. And Celeste is starting to remember.When someone starts using a series of bizarre events to exact terrifying "justice", Teri is desperate to uncover the truth, and quickly. But Teri has begun to realise that everyone she loves has secrets they would kill to keep buried. And an evil hitherto concealed is now reaching out to silence her and Celeste forever.
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    The Island of the Dead

    By Philip Hook
    Authors:
    Philip Hook
    While investigating the mutilation of a painting in a London gallery, journalist Minto Maitland finds himself drawn into a horrific story of brutality and betrayal during the Hungarian revolution. Exposing odd connections to art dealer Alexander Courtney, Maitland suspects an appalling secret.
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    If She Should Die

    By Carlene Thompson
    Authors:
    Carlene Thompson
    Three years ago, Christine Ireland's beautiful and vivacious sister disappeared. Dara left a note saying she had run away, but when a body is discovered in the small town of Winston, West Virginia, Christine suspects it might be Dara.But if the body does belong to Dara, then who is it who's been sending her father letters, each one with a different postmark and signed with the letter D?Then Christine finds her sister's diary. It quickly becomes clear that, in the weeks leading up to her disappearance, Dara believed she was being stalked. Christine soon feels like she, too, is being watched. Will she share her sister's fate, or did Dara really manage to escape?
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    The Interrogators

    By Allan Prior
    Authors:
    Allan Prior
    In the small Northern town of Arkley, a young girl is abducted from her hospital bed and brutally murdered. For Detective Inspector Savage, this is his last case - a case which he dreams will bring a triumphant end to his disappointing career. Savage's dream becomes a dangerous obsession and the young C.I.D assistant assigned to the case becomes entangled in his relentless crusade to catch the killer by any means necessary.
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    In the Event of My Death

    By Carlene Thompson
    Authors:
    Carlene Thompson
    They were once six teenage girls in Wheeling, West Virginia. Acting wild. Having good times. And getting into trouble. They called themselves the Six of Hearts. Then one night things went too far. One of them died. The rest swore to never tell what really happened.Now, thirteen years later, someone has decided to kill the remaining Six of hearts. The first to die is Angie, a successful New York City actress. And flower-shop owner Laurel Damron, still living in Wheeling, may be next. She has gotten a chilling message in the mail. She knows a killer is watching her. But who? Only by searching the past can she uncover a haunting truth...only by looking deep with herself can she uncover a lost memory...and only by suspecting everyone she knows, does she have one slim chance of staying alive...
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    I Remember You

    By Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    Authors:
    Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    A terrifying ghost story from the Queen of Icelandic crime, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of the Thora Gudmundsdottir novels.'Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.' - Peter JamesThe crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. It could best be described as a blend of kelp and rotten meat. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer: Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished.In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there - something wants them to leave, and it's making its presence felt.Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son.When the two stories collide the terrifying truth is uncovered . . .
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    The Inspector Lynley Collection Books 1-4

    By Elizabeth George
    Authors:
    Elizabeth George
    In the very first Inspector Lynley novel, A GREAT DELIVERANCE, Lynley and DS Barbara Havers are sent by Scotland Yard to solve a gruesome murder where they uncover a series of shocking revelations that shatter the façade of the peaceful Yorkshire village.In PAYMENT IN BLOOD, Inspector Lynley faces the most testing case of his career in an isolated Scottish mansion where a famous playwright is savagely murdered - one of the suspects is Lady Helen Clyde, the woman Lynley loves. WELL SCHOOLED IN MURDER is set in an old and distinguished public school. The body of a brilliant young pupil is discovered in a country churchyard. Hampered by the code of honour and loyalty that prevail, Inspector Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers discover within the confines of that privileged community a culture of cruelty that stretches back across the generations.In A SUITABLE VENGEANCE, Inspector Lynley investigation into the brutal murder of a local journalist tears apart powerful ties of love and friendship, shattering the tranquillity of the picturesque Cornish community and exposing a long-buried family secret. Its consequences irrevocably alter the course of Thomas Lynley's life.
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  • In the Woods

    By Tana French
    Authors:
    Tana French
    When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.
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