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The telling error#TopPicks in the thriller and crime fiction genre which are available in libraries this week

Hannah, Sophie- The telling error – Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It’s definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a u-turn and makes a panicky escape – or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can’t answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used two blunt knives that involved no spilling of blood or why ‘he is no less dead’ was painted across Blundy’s study. She can’t explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent

Patterson, James- Gone – Manuel Perrine doesn’t fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him

Gross, Andrew- Everything to loseHilary Cantor’s life is falling apart. She has lost her job, is about to lose her house, and is running out of money to care for her young son with Asperger’s syndrome. But when Hilary is first on the scene of a fatal car accident, she finds a satchel full of cash on the backseat – enough to solve all of her problems. Her split-second decision has devastating consequences

Armentrout, Jennifer – Don’t look backWhat if you had the chance to start again … but only if you promised never to look back? Samantha is popular, rich, and seemed to have it all, until the night she and her best ‘frenemy’ Cassie disappeared and only Sammy resurfaced, with no recollection of who she is or what happened. Sammy’s a stranger in her own life – a life she no longer wants any part of. Losing her memory is a chance to start again. Then Sammy begins receiving mysterious notes warning her about that night, urging her to not look back. But she can’t let it go. As she starts poking around in her past she begins to remember … and something sinister begins to surface

Sutton, Henry – My criminal world introduces us to struggling crime writer, David Slavitt. Living in constant fear that his editor might drop him in favour of the next new talent, David juggles house work and child care alongside plot twists and character development. But as his wife grows increasingly distant and his agent insists that his new book needs more violence – a lot more violence – David is getting worried. He needs to do something if he is to save his career, and his marriage. But just how far is this most mild mannered of crime writers prepared to go?

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Jackson, Lisa- Tell me – The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. 20 years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution said that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn’t go

Sennen, Mark- Cut dead – When three women are found headless and mutilated in a pit on a farm, it’s a return to a chilling case for DCI Savage and her team. The killings bear all the hallmarks of The Candle Cake Killer, a man who mutilated and killed his victims on consecutive midsummer’s days leaving no clue apart from a piece of birthday cake. The police were unable to catch him, and for several years the Killer lay dormant. But now he’s back and Midsummer’s Day is fast approaching

 Mogford, Thomas- Sign of the cross – When his uncle and aunt are found dead, Spike Sanguinetti must cross the Mediterranean to Malta for their funerals, leaving the courtroom behind. But the more he learns about their violent deaths, the more he is troubled by one thing: what could have prompted a mild-mannered art historian to stab his wife before turning the knife upon himself? Reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Zahra, Spike embarks on a trail that leads from the island’s squalid immigrant camps to the ornate palazzos of the legendary Knights of St John. In Malta, it seems, brutality, greed and danger lie nearer to the surface than might first appear

Osborne, Lawrence- The forgiven – David & Jo Henniger, a couple in search of an escape from their less-than-happy lives in London, accept the invitation of their old friends Richard and Dally to attend their annual bacchanal at their luxurious home deep in the Moroccan desert. On the road, darkness has descended and the directions are vague. Suddenly, two young men spring from the roadside, apparently attempting to interest passing drivers in the fossils they have for sale. Panicked, David swerves toward the two, leaving one dead, the other running into the hills

Hawley, Noah- A conspiracy of tall men – Linus Owen is a professional conspiracy theorist. A college professor by day, he is unable to leave his suspicions in the classroom. Little does he expect, however, that a true conspiracy will come knocking at his door, in the form of two FBI agents. Linus’s wife, Claudia, an advertising executive, is meant to be visiting her mother in Chicago. But according to the FBI, she has just been killed in a plane crash on a flight to Brazil. The man who bought her ticket, and died alongside her, was the vice president of a large pharmaceutical company. Together with two friends and fellow theorists, Linus sets out to solve the mystery

Bruce, Alison–  The BacksJane Osborne left Cambridge and vowed she’d never return. An unexpected twist of fortune results in DC Goodhew bringing her back to the remnants of her old life and a confrontation with the man who killed her sister. Meanwhile a burning car on the outskirts of Cambridge leads to the discovery of the body of its owner, Paul Marshall

Castle, Richard- Deadly Heat Top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat and her partner, journalist Jameson Rook, pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. But their quest for the old spy unearths an alarming terror plot that has already entered its countdown phase. Complicating their mission, a serial killer boldly names his next victim – Detective Heat

Benedict, A. K.- The beauty of murder -Stephen Killigan has been cold since the day he came to Cambridge as a senior lecturer. Something about the seven hundred years of history staining the stones of the university has given him a chill he can’t shake. When he stumbles across the body of a missing beauty queen, he thinks he’s found the reason. But when the police go to retrieve the body and find no trace, Killigan has found a problem – and a killer – that is the very opposite of reason

Hayder, Mo – Wolf x 16 – I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don’t know the outcome. The house is silent. Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house, the nightmare is about to return

Ellory, Roger Jon- The devil and the riverWhen Sheriff John Gaines is called to the riverside, it is to supervise the recovery of the body of a teenage girl. The corpse is perfectly preserved, she could have died yesterday. But the locals of Whytesburg are in for a shock. For Nancy Denton, missing for two decades, has come back to them from the cold embrace of the riverbank

Fairstein, Linda -A Death Angel – In New York’s Central Park, Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or could other missing women be connected to this savage attack? The enormous urban park, a sanctuary in the middle of the city for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists who fill it every day, may very well become a hunting ground at night for a killer with a twisted mind

Staincliffe, Cath – Letters to my daughter’s killer – Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth’s burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter – but the letters are her last, best hope

Connor, John- The vanishing -20 years ago, one-year-old Lauren disappeared in the most terrifying way imaginable. Snatched from a creche during a momentary blackout, she was never seen again and her mother still grieves her loss. When Tom Lomax gets a mysterious offer from Sara Eaton, heir to a massive fortune, to fly to her private island, all expenses paid, he cannot help but be intrigued. Sara has received her own cryptic message and, despite all the privileges in her life, she has no one to turn to and doesn’t know whom to trust. Soon both will be in a race against time that will challenge everything they’ve believed in and change both their lives forever.

Ewan, Chris- Dead Line – And just as your plan is developing, so you’re evolving, too. You’re changing in ways you never would have thought possible before. But that’s acceptable to you. You’re prepared to do whatever it takes. Why? Because you’re the specialist. And that’s how you’re going to succeed. What do you do if your fiancée goes missing, presumed taken? If you’re Daniel Trent, a highly-trained specialist in hostage negotiation, the answer is simple – you find out who took her and you make them talk. But what if your chief suspect is kidnapped? How do you get him back quickly – and alive?

Ryan, William- The twelfth department Moscow, 1937. Captain Korolev, a police investigator, is enjoying a visit from his son when a scientist is shot dead within sight of the Kremlin and Korolev is ordered to find the killer. It emerges that the victim was engaged in research of great interest to those at the very top of Soviet power

Stabenow, Dana- Restless in the grave -When Alaskan billionaire Finn Grant is killed after someone sabotages the engine on his Piper plane, the question is not who had the motive, but rather who did not. Grant was not a popular man, but he was a successful one. His latest venture, an air freight service, was booming. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where? The answers lead Kate Shugak to her most challenging case yet, from the fateful wreckage to family secrets to full-scale conspiracy

Knight, Al- Until deathMarriage is a prison for Kelly. Her controlling and manipulative husband Christos videos her in the house, has her followed and tracks her every move. She may be desperate to leave, but she’s not stupid. If she runs, he’ll make sure she never sees her children again. Christos has a mistress, Sylvie, keen to pander to his every whim and even keener to step into Kelly’s shoes, should she ever vacate them. Kelly thinks it’s stalemate for their twisted threesome, but one of Christos’s container ships is about to dock in London with a secret cargo that will change all their lives forever

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