The Captive by Deborah O’Connor

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The Captive by Deborah O’Connor, If you knew that if you pressed charges against the man who had murdered your loved one.  Would you be forced to host the prisoner in your home, would you do it? Or would you refuse to go ahead with the conviction? That’s the dilemma faced in The Captive by Deborah O’Connor.

When Hannah’s detective husband John is knifed in an ...

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Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson

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Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson, A blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður, and that can only mean one thing…
When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the ...

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On the Radar: Verbal by Peter Murphy

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Today we’re giving you the heads-up on five new crime novels, several of which are by up-and-coming writers who’ve either made their names outside mainstream US/UK crime fiction, or via ebook publishing. The first up is Verbal, based on the police slang for a false confession, by Peter Murphy...

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Predator by Zoe Caldwell

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Predator by Zoe Caldwell

There’s a predator loose in West London. No, it hasn’t got dreadlocks, an invisibility hunting suit and strange talons where its mouth should be. Arnie ain’t gonna take this predator down. She comes wearing Jimmy Choo heels and Givenchy jewellery. By day, she edits the fashion magazine, Couture. By night, she hunts men who abuse women and children.

Camilla Bl...

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Out for Blood by Deborah Masson

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A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment.
Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.
As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those o...

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Play the Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics

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Vietnam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Vietnam ‘advising’ the military and government...

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The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand

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When we interviewed Elizabeth Hand way back in 2013, the multi-talented author described her crime fiction character Cass Neary as being in a “…self-inflicted emotional lockdown”. It’s an apt phrase with the fourth book in the series arriving in the middle of a pandemic and people around the world similarly locked down, although not necessarily at their own behest...

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The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie

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Set in Florence, Italy in the lead up the 1966 floods, The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie sees five strangers in the Tuscan city, each loosely connected to an expert forger. World War II ended two decades ago, but it still seems fresh in the minds of this international group. Their own individual stories also drive what they do in post-war Florence.

Each ...

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Bloodstock by Rod Humphris

  After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Simon walks right into a deadly mystery. Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead...

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On the Radar: Jack is back

Although the sound of Santa’s sleigh is still well off in the distance, when November comes you can usually start to see how things will shape up in terms of the crime Christmas bookshelf. For example, Lee Child fans will be singing a jingle next week when the new Jack Reacher novel hits the shelves – it’ll make an ideal gift for crime fiction lovers everywhere...

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Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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You can’t stop watching her.
Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.
Until the day she’s no longer there
But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presenc...

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Watch Her Vanish by Ellery A. Kane

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Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby...

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The Webs We Weave; The Fuhrer’s Orphans; Betrayal;++

From historical crime fiction through to psychological thrillers, adventuresome crime solving and even a puzzle novel, this week’s new books will hopefully tide you over – especially if you’re pinned down by the latest COVID restrictions. Crime fiction is certainly infectious, but we think it’s what you need to survive the pandemic…

The Webs We Weave by Mich...

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Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann German crime fiction

When Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously declared “I know it when I see it,” he was referring to obscenity and whether or not the Louis Malle film The Lovers could be categorised as such. I have much the same relationship with psychological thrillers...

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Murder, Forgotten by Deb Richardson-Moore

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Julianna Burke is a successful crime writer, loved by readers the world over. Her books sell and sell, with each new release eagerly awaited by fans. She and her husband Connor are very much in love and enjoy a charmed life, with homes in South Carolina and Scotland.

As we first meet Julianna, she’s arriving at the second of those homes, a remote property on the Fi...

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Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

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Winter Counts are pictorial histories and calendars common among some Native American tribes. For Virgil Wounded Horse, of the Lakota Nation and living on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Colorado, they represent one of the few comfortable memories of his tribal culture. He would make them with his sister Sybil to record important dates.

Sybil died three years ago...

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The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

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Department store security men. You probably never even notice them but being inconspicuous comes with the job description, I imagine. So Jim definitely fits the bill as he patrols the aisles of a shop in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. He’s an ex garda and his old fashioned copper ways mean he is treated as a bit of a joke by his store colleagues but Jim isn’t b...

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One Eye Open by Paul Finch

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Paul Finch’s latest novel is a standalone thriller, but like his bestselling Heck series, One Eye Open is a police procedural. On the face of it, the traffic police might not seem the most promising division to write a thriller in, but Finch has once again produced a top notch example of British commercial crime fiction which his many fans will enjoy.

The story k...

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The Request by David Bell


When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media...

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A Song of Isolation by Michael J. Malone

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Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job.
The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s bo...

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Do Her No Harm by Naomi Joy

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One unsolved murder. A best friend determined to right the wrongs of the past.
On the 21st August Tabitha Rice disappeared without a trace. All the signs point to murder, but no signs point to a murderer. The easiest answer is her husband, Rick. But he protests his innocence and there is little proof he is the murderer.
Annabella knows there is more to ...

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Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel   Hope Dunne was a top Photographer who knew joy and sorrow but she found comfort through the lens of her camera.  Hope enjoyed taking walks and wherever she went she took pictures. She had started when she was nine.

She had porcelain white skin and black hair and had been teased that she looked like Snow White...

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The Resident by David Jackson

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Thomas Brogan is on the run. He’s killed people – quite a few, it turns out – and the police are on his tail. As he legs it through the streets and alleys of the urban sprawl somewhere in the UK, he runs past a terrace of houses. The one on the end seems empty, so he tears away some of the boards and scrambles inside. Safety...

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Vintage Crime Anthology by CWA

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Vintage Crime is a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers...

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Written in Blood by Chris Carter

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Fans of cosy crime should look away now – because a new release by Chris Carter is not a place you can comfortably inhabit. Carter has cornered the market in near to the knuckle psychological crime books that drag you in screaming and won’t let go, featuring decidedly different Detective Robert Hunter of LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit.

Why is Hunter differe...

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Little Tea by Claire Fullerton

Little Tea
by Claire Fullerton

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Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.

For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood fr...

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The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes

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Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband, Rob. She’s found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.
But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she’ll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open...

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Don’t miss Cardinal season 4 on iPlayer

Cardinal Canadian crime show season 4
John Cardinal and Lise Delorme on the case.

The coronavirus lockdown has led to a big uptick in reading and binge-watching. We’ve given you plenty of recommendations in both categories, but as things gradually get back to normal, one show you definitely don’t want to miss is the Canadian crime series Cardinal...

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Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters

Five years ago, Sam Tiller made the best decision of his life … and the worst. Leaving behind a boring 9-to-5 job full of people he hated, Sam took a position that promised adventure and excitement, two things sorely missing from his life. The Community of Species Government (CSG) is certainly exciting...

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On the Radar: Drops of blood hit the Outback dust

From Arctic snowscapes to deep, dark forests and on to the heat of the Outback, wilderness noir is getting to be quite the thing. If it’s grabbed you then watch out for our lead book this week – The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser is set in a remote part of Australia and needless to say things get pretty desperate pretty fast once the bad guys turn up...

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The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

The Dark Side  by Danielle Steel  Zoe and Rose Morgan were a perfect complement as sisters.  Zoe had dark, shining, straight hair, Rose on the other hand had curly, halo of white-blond hair which sat as a cap on her head. Zoe always was shy, Rose was an irresistible child.  Rose was three when she was diagnosed with leukemia...

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Playdate by Alex Dahl

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It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover.  Now it’s an abduction. Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, Lucia’s mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight.
That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arr...

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The Finders by Jeffrey B Burton

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From Rin Tin Tin and Lassie, through to Scooby Doo and Hooch, dogs have certainly played their part in fighting crime over the years. It’s time to open the pages of The Finders and meet the latest recruit, a young golden retriever called Elvira, owned by Mace Reid. She’s a good girl is Vira, quite content to sit and stay… until something raises her hackles.

R...

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Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

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She’s got your job. She wants your life…
When Katherine first meets her new intern Lily, she’s captivated. Young, beautiful and confident, Lily reminds Katherine of everything she once was – and it’s not long before she develops a dark fascination with her new colleague.
But is Lily as perfect as she seems, or does she have a sinister hidden a...

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The Resident by David Jackson

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Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. With a trail of bodies in his wake and the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide. That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street...

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The End of October by Lawrence Wright

The End of October, Lawrence Wright

Wow. Lawrence Wright must have really polished up his crystal ball before writing this medical/political thriller, released in late April. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he has a knack for describing history and its relevance today, capturing both the big political picture and the significant details that make characters memorable and wholly human.

It’s ...

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The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames

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The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames  Meet Polly, Meet Emily, Meet Belinda,  They’re all me. My name is Lisa and I’m an identity thief. If I’m not inside your system stealing your money, I’ve probably already stolen it. I’m your friend. I’m a thief. I’m gone.
I’m in control.
Only now, the tables have been turned. I’m in danger...

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