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The Nothing Man (May 2021)

By Catherine Ryan Howard

May 18, 2021

I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man.  Now I am the woman who is going to catch him…

You’ve just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for the ma who killed her family nearly two decades ago.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle is reading it too, and with each turn of the page his rage grows.  Because Jim was – is – the Nothing Man.

The more Jim reads, the more he realises how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth.  He knows she won’t give up until she finds him.  He has no choice but to stop her first…

Left You Dead (May 2021)

By Peter James

May 18, 2021

A detective superintendent Roy Grace novel

It this Roy Grace’s most challenging case yet?  A mystery that, for the first time in his career, is leaving him totally confounded.

Most Sundays, Niall and Eden Paternoster like to go for a drive and visit country houses.  She likes to look at them, he likes to dream that one day …

However, most weeks they also end up bickering about something or other.  This particular Sunday he wants to get back to catch the end of the Belgian Grand Prix, while she insisted they stop somewhere to buy cat litter.  Reluctantly, he pulls into the car park of a large supermarket and waits while she dashes in.

He waits.  An waits.  But Eden doesn’t come back out – she’s gone.  When he gets home she’s not there either, and none of their friends or family have heard from her.

A few days later, and vigorously protesting his innocence, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder.  When Roy Grace is called in to investigate Eden’s disappearance, it soon transpires that nothing is as it originally seemed…

Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd. (May 2021)

By Jonas Jonasson

May 18, 2021

Victor Alderheim has a lot to answer for.

Not only has he heartlessly tricked his young ex-wife, Jenny out of her art gallery inheritance, he has also abandoned his son, Kevin, to die in the middle of the Kenyan savanna.

It doesn’t occur to Victor that Kevin might be rescued and adopted by a Maasai medicine man, or that he might be expected to undergo the rituals expected of all new Maasai warriors – which have him running back to Stockholm as fast as you can say ‘circumcision without anaesthetic’.

Back in Stockholm, Kevin’s path crosses with Jenny’s – and they have an awful lot to talk about, not least a shared desire to get even with Victor.  So it’s convenient when they run into a man selling revenge services, who has an ingenious idea involving Victor’s cellar, a goat, some forged paintings, four large boxes of sex toys and a kilo of flour…

The Hunting (May 2021)

By Stephen Leather

May 18, 2021

Can a doctor take lives instead of saving them?

British doctor Raj Patel puts his own life on the line to treat the injured in war-torn Syria.  His medical skills help casualties survive against all the odds.  But Raj needs to rely on a completely different set of skills when he is taken hostage in a dangerous case of mistaken identity.

Billionaire big-game hunter Jon van der Sandt is driven by revenge – his family have been killed by jihadist terrorists and he wants his vengeance up close and personal.  He has hired ex Special Forces hard men to snatch the ISIS killers from the desert and transport them halfway across the world to the vast wilderness of his American estate.

But they grab Raj by mistake, and once the killing begins it’s too late to plead mistaken identity.  To survive, he’ll have to become as ruthless a killer as the man who is hunting him.

The Rose Code (May 2021)

By Kate Quinn

May 18, 2021

1949, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.

Three very different women – aristocratic Osla, Londoner Mab and shy local girl Beth – are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.

1947, London.

Seven years after they first met, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens.  Osla, Mab and Beth – their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal – must race against the clock to crack one final code before it’s too late, for them and their country.

A Conspiracy of Bones (May 2021)

By Kathy Reichs

May 18, 2021


A corpse with no hands or face.

A decade-old missing child case, full of buried lies.


A connection between them that only one person can find.  And the more Temperance Brennan uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes.


The End of Men (May 2021)

By Christina Sweeney-Baird

May 18, 2021

Glasgow, 2025.  Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever.  Within three hours he dies.  They mysterious illness sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed.  The victims are all men.

This how it begins.

Dr Maclean raises the alarm, but the sickness spreads to every corner of the globe.  Threatening families.  Governments.  Countries.

Can they find a cure before it’s too late?  Will this be the story of the end of the world – or its salvation?

A Minute to Midnight (November 2019)

By David Baldacci

April 22, 2021

‘My sister was abducted from this house nearly thirty years ago.  The person who took her was never found.  And neither was she.  So I’m back here now trying to find the truth.’

Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia.  Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs.  One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, locked away in a Colorado maximum-security prison.  Does he really know what happened to Mercy?

The family moved away.  The parents divorced.  And Atlee chose a career with the FBI dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others.  When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she’s given a leave of absence offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers.  But the trip to Andersonville turns into a rollercoaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies.

And a revelation so personal that everything she once believed is fast turning to dust.

Who Is Maud Dixon? (April 2021)

By Alexandra Andrews

April 14, 2021

Florence Darrow wants to be a writer.  Correction: Florence Darrow is GOING to be a writer.  Fired from her first proper job in publishing, she jumps at the chance to be an assistant to the highly secretive, wildly successful novelist known by the pen name Maud Dixon.  The arrangement requires discretion but offers Florence the chance to watch a bestselling writer at close range.  Before long, the pair are on a research trip to Morocco, the setting of Dixon’s long-awaited second book.  Strolls through the souk, delicious food, red sunsets and long, whisky-filled evening discussions: the whole package feels idyllic…until Florence wakes up in a hospital, with no memory of the car crash she barely survived.  How did it happen – and where is Maud Dixon, who was in the car with her?  But wait, if Maud is no longer around, maybe Florence can make her mark as a writer after all…

Cry Baby (April 2021)

By Mark Billingham

April 14, 2021

It’s 1996.  Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man.  Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night in sunshine and shadow.

So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again.  Cannot.

The solitary witness.  The strange neighbour.  The friendly teacher.  All are in Thorne’s sights.

The case will be the making of him…or the breaking.

The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

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