Book of the Week
Galbraith, Robert (J K Rowling) – The silkworm – We loved ‘The Casual Vacancy’ now here’s another one we’re looking forward to. When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.
Booth, Stephen – The Corpse Bridge – is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When the landowner plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park, bodies begin to appear on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl’s plans? Or is there a terrifying serial killer at work?
Kernick – Stay alive – It’s a sunny afternoon, and you’re deep in the country on a river trip with your family. You’re nearing journey’s end when a shot rings out – and your whole life changes in an instant. A woman is coming towards you, chased by three gunmen. It’s clear she’s in terrible danger. And now you are too. Because although you don’t know it, she harbours a deadly secret. Night falls. You’re running, terrified, desperate to find safety. All you know is that the men hunting you have killed before.
Martin, Andrew – Night train to Jamalpur – Have read ‘Night train to Lisbon’ but this one’s to Jamalpur North East India, 1923. On the broiling night mail from Calcutta to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Captain Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target? Jim must do everything he can to keep his family safe from harm, as he unravels the intrigue that surrounds him
Marwood, Alex – The killer next door No. 23 has a secret. In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the six into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim
Mosby, Steve – The nightmare place Super scary new crime thriller about a stalker
Rees, Emlyn- Wanted – Hunted by nine international intelligence agencies for a terrorist atrocity he did not commit, hostage negotiator Danny Shanklin is now the world’s most wanted man, with a reward of $10,000,000 on his head. Trapped in a deadly race against the clock, as well as protecting his family, Danny’s got to track down the terrorists who framed him before they can unleash lethal smallpox formulations which could trigger a global pandemic
Shimmin, Graeme – A kill in the morning Mash up of genres which will appeal to fans of Bond or ‘Fatherland’ – high octane action scenes, nasty villains, fast-paced and page turning.
Thomas, David – Ostland – Berlin, Feb 1941: brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad for the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains. West Germany, July 1959: a pioneering young lawyer, Paula Siebert, is the sole woman in a federal unit investigating men who have committed horrendous crimes. Their leader has just been arrested: Georg Heuser. Siebert is sure of his guilt. But one question haunts her: how could a once decent man have become a sadistic monster?
Zimler, Richard – The night watchman – Lisbon based cop storyof brutal slaying of well-connected Portuguese businessman Pedro Coutinho, it’s not just the murder case that will unravel – but his own identity, too.