Joan Aiken - The Ribs of Death - Orion Publishing Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781471916762
    • Publication date:14 Dec 2014

The Ribs of Death

By Joan Aiken

  • Paperback
  • £18.99

'Joan Aiken's triumph with this genre is that she does it so much better than others' New York Times Book Review

When Charles is given just twelve months to live, his doctor sister takes him to a small Cornish village to end his days. They are joined by other friends including Tuesday, the young author of an unexpectedly sensational novel that brings her nothing but trouble.

Combining doomed love, a beautifully groomed and immaculately behaved psychopath, an escaped circus leopard and a fortune hidden in the pages of a library of books Joan Aiken once again serves up all the ingredients for an explosive finale.

'Unusual, enthralling, full of wry fun' Sunday Times

Biographical Notes

Joan Aiken, English-born daughter of American poet Conrad Aiken, began her writing career in the 1950s. Working for Argosy magazine as a copy editor but also as the anonymous author of articles and stories to fill up their pages, she was adept at inventing a wealth of characters and fantastic situations, and went on to produce hundreds of stories for Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other magazines. Some of those early stories became novels, such as The Silence of Herondale, first published fifty years ago in 1964. Although her first agent famously told her to stick to short stories, saying she would never be able to sustain a full-length novel, Joan Aiken went on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Whispering Mountain, and the Edgar Alan Poe award for her adult novel Night Fall. Her best known children's novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was acclaimed by Time magazine as 'a genuine small masterpiece'. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature, and although best known as a children's writer, Joan Aiken wrote many adult novels, both modern and historical, with her trademark wit and verve. Many have a similar gothic flavour to her children's writing, and were much admired by readers and critics alike. As she said 'The only difference I can see is that children's books have happier endings than those for adults.' You have been warned . . .

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781471916779
  • Publication date: 14 Dec 2014
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: The Murder Room
W&N

A Double Life

Flynn Berry
Authors:
Flynn Berry
Gollancz

The Bastard Legion: War Criminals

Gavin G. Smith
Authors:
Gavin G. Smith

A 'Dirty Dozen' or 'Suicide Squad' for lovers of 'Aliens', THE BASTARD LEGION series is a down and dirty military SF set in a world of mercenary actions and covert operations.The Bastard Legion are back and in more trouble than ever!'High octane SF adventure with Smith's trademark twist' Jamie Sawyer, author of The Lazarus War'An exceptional talent' Peter F Hamilton

W&N

The Minds of Billy Milligan

Daniel Keyes
Authors:
Daniel Keyes

Out of control of his own actions, Billy Milligan was a man tormented by twenty-four distinct personalities battling for supremacy over his body - a battle that culminated when he awoke in jail, arrested for the kidnap and rape of three women. In a landmark trial, Billy was acquitted of his crimes by reason of insanity caused by multiple personality - the first such in court history - bringing to public light the most remarkable and harrowing case of multiple personality ever recorded.Twenty four people lived inside Billy Milligan: Philip, a petty criminal; Kevin, who dealt drugs and masterminded a drugstore robbery; Arthur, an intelligent Englishman and an expert in science and medicine; Ragen, the 'keeper of hate', a Yugoslavian who can write and speak Serbian; Adalana, the shy, lonely, affection-starved lesbian who 'used' Billy's body in the rapes that led to his arrest; David, the eight-year-old 'keeper of pain'; and all of the others, including men, women, several children, and the Teacher, the only one who can put them all together. You will meet each in this true story and will be drawn deeply into the mind of Billy and his splintered, terrifying world.

Gollancz

Summerland

Hannu Rajaniemi
Authors:
Hannu Rajaniemi

An awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living. The new novel from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson.Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning. In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased. Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god. When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in. But how do you catch a man who's already dead?

Orion

Presumed Dead

Mason Cross
Authors:
Mason Cross

'What do you know about the Devil Mountain Killer?'THENAdeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer's final victim. After she was gunned down, the murderer disappeared and the killing spree ended.NOWCarter Blake has been hired to do what he does best: to find someone. But this time he's hunting a dead girl - Adeline Connor's brother is convinced she's still alive.But this town doesn't want an outsider digging up old business. And as Blake gets deeper into the case, it starts to become clear that the murders didn't ju st stop fifteen years ago.The killer is on the hunt again.***************Praise for race against time thriller writer Mason Cross:'Mason Cross is a thriller writer for the future who produces the kind of fast-paced, high octane thrillers that I love to read.' Simon Kernick'Terrific stuff!' Ian Rankin'So pacy I'm exhausted! Definitely one to read if you like your thrillers thrilling' Emma Kavanagh

Gollancz

One Way

S.J. Morden
Authors:
S.J. Morden
Orion

Time is a Killer

Michel Bussi
Authors:
Michel Bussi

It is summer 1989 and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives.Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Clotilde wants the trip to do two things - to help exorcise her past, and to build a bridge between her and her daughter. But in the very place where she spent that summer all those years ago, she receives a letter. From her mother. As if she were still alive.As fragments of memory come back, Clotilde begins to question the past. And yet it all seems impossible - she saw the corpses of her mother, her father, her brother. She has lived with their ghosts. But then who sent this letter - and why?

Trapeze

The Craftsman

Sharon Bolton
Authors:
Sharon Bolton

'Engaging, compulsive reading.' - Rachel Abbott 'Sharon Bolton at her absolute finest. Beautifully dark and disturbing.' - Jenny Blackhurst 'Darkly gothic and brilliantly original, The Craftsman will have you spellbound.' - JP Delaney 'An absolutely terrific crime novel that takes your darkest fear and makes it reality.' - Elly Griffiths **********************Devoted father or merciless killer?His secrets are buried with him.Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...ALIVE.Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?**********************Praise for The Craftsman'Grisly and comeplling.' - Sarah Hilary'Utterly terrifying and gripping.' - Sabine Durrant, author of TAKE ME IN 'An original, dark, and twisted tale and the words just sparkle on the page.' - Niki Mackay'I dare you to read it after dark. The Craftsman is a blood-chilling thriller that will cast a spell on you.' - Mark Edwards,No.1 Kindle bestseller 'Fabulous, utterly unique storyline, that will effortlessly stand out in the crowd of thrillers. It'll give you the creeps.' - Helen Fields 'Pitch perfect creepiness, air punching female empowerment and sinister mysteries kept me hooked to the very last page.' - Holly Seddon 'The Craftsman goes to some very dark places, and will have readers looking nervously over their shoulders with every page they turn.' - Mick Herron 'A brilliant blend of rich crime thriller with a hint of the gothic. Dark, disturbing and with women who totally rock, with the Craftsman Sharon Bolton has proven herself to be a master Craftsman herself. Buy it. Read it. Tell your friends. Then sleep with the light on.' - Sarah Pinborough

Trapeze

Hangman

Daniel Cole
Authors:
Daniel Cole

The new thriller from the bestselling author of RagdollA detective with no one to trustA killer with nothing to lose18 months after the 'Ragdoll' murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word 'BAIT' carved into the chest. In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word 'PUPPET', forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?

Orion

Where the Missing Go

Emma Rowley
Authors:
Emma Rowley

A mother working at a missing persons helpline receives a desperate phone call from her own daughter - who disappeared two years before . . .A gripping high-concept, twisty psychological thriller for fans of FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall, HOW I LOST YOU by Jenny Blackhurst and WHEN YOU DISAPPEARED by John Marrs.*****************MY NAME IS KATE.I volunteer at a missing persons helpline - young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked.I don't get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks.But this evening a girl named Sophie called.I'm supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe.The problem is, Sophie isn't safe.AND SOPHIE IS MY DAUGHTER.*****************If you like Clare Mackintosh, Katie Marsh, Kerry Fisher, Jenny Blackhurst, Rachel Abbott, Laura Marshall, John Marrs or Lisa Jewell then you will be utterly gripped by this psychological thriller with a massive twist you won't see coming.

W&N

The White Devil

Domenic Stansberry
Authors:
Domenic Stansberry

A sultry, irresistible noir set in the shadowy streets of Rome: The Talented Mr Ripley meets The Great Beauty, with the dark atmosphere of a Hitchcock classicIN THE HOT, SHADOWY STREETS OF ROME, VICKI WILSON'S LOVERS KEEP TURNING UP DEAD.Vittoria, as she's known in Italy, is a small-time model and actress, recognizable but hard to place. Even though she's married to fading writer Frank Paris, Vittoria knows that she's really Vicki Wilson from Texas and that her deepest loyalty is to her brother, Johnny, who's been there for her from childhood, when he dealt decisively with the unwanted attention she got from other boys. Guided by Johnny, Vittoria enters the upper circles of Roman society. Before long, she's mingling with the high rollers, corrupt senators, and powerful movers. Among them is Paolo Orsini, who quickly claims Vittoria. Too bad he's married; too bad his wife, an aging film icon, is murdered. Vittoria soon finds herself at the heart of a scandal, spiraling dangerously out of control. IS SHE INNOCENT, OR JUST TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THE FACTS?Winner of the Hammett Prize for Best Crime Fiction and praised by critics:'Sultry, decadent, and erotically charged' Booklist'A wild ride' Publisher's Weekly Starred Review'Freaking incredible' Crimespree MagazineAn irresistible page-turner loved by readers:'My, my, my, what a dark and sordid tale of jealousy, desire, and cold-blooded murder this proved to be... I absolutely loved it' *****'Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew?' Kirkus'Excellent read, it was tough to put this down... The writing and the tension in the story were phenomenal' *****'More than a murder mystery: a story of Italy, obsessions, candid cultural observations, and a sense of place and confused purpose that keep readers guessing, entertained, and thoroughly immersed' Midwest Book Review 'I couldn't put it down... Just incredible' *****'Modern noir as good as it gets' *****

Orion

Zero Day

Ezekiel Boone
Authors:
Ezekiel Boone
Gollancz

Luna: Wolf Moon

Ian McDonald
Authors:
Ian McDonald
Orion

Don't Look For Me

Mason Cross
Authors:
Mason Cross
Orion

The Guilty Wife

Elle Croft
Authors:
Elle Croft

*** THE TOP 10 EBOOK BESTSELLER ***'A gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity. Fabulous.' Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You 'Relentless and intense...I loved the final twist.' K.L. Slater, author of The Mistake and Blink 'Kept me reading through the night.' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife andBlood Sisters********************** I'm guilty of many things. Bethany Reston is happily married. But she's also having an affair with a famous client.And no one can ever know. But I'm innocent of murder. When Bethany's lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone. But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin. With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.'Absolutely brilliant!! Very impressive for a debut novel and will definitely be looking forward to the other books that are released by Elle Croft.' Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars.'This is one of the best books I have read for a long time - a story line that is gripping; leaves you wondering if you can trust anyone! As good, if not better than Girl on a Train.' Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars.An unbelievably gripping game of cat and mouse - with a twist you'll never see coming. Fans of Friend Request by Laura Marshall, Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear, The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant, The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland and Close to Home by Cara Hunter will love The Guilty Wife. **********************'I couldn't put this down. Pacy and gripping.' Cass Green, bestselling author of The Woman Next Door and In a Cottage, In a Wood'A gripping psychological thriller. I had to keep turning the pages - I just couldn't put it down. And the ending! You just have to read it. ' Patricia Gibney, bestselling author of The Missing Ones'The Guilty Wife will make you question those closest to you, with an ending that pulls the rug from under your feet. A brilliant debut.' Phoebe Morgan, author ofThe Doll House'Twisty and fast-moving, The Guilty Wife kept me guessing until the very end! A great read.' Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister and Beautiful Liars'I read The Guilty Wife in an intense two day sitting. Brilliant.' Niki Mackay, author ofI,Witness.**********************Why readers are loving thrilling psychological suspense novel The Guilty Wife: 'Wow! What a book! I couldn't wait to turn the pages and see what else had been thrown into the mix to keep me guessing....which I did until the very end.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars'Loved this book. I read it in one sitting. Proper page turner beautifully written.' Goodreads Reviewer,5 stars'Fantastic book. Great pace, I was hooked from the first page and almost read in one sitting.' Goodreads Reviewer,5 stars'Totally could not put this down without a real fight. Great writing, great plot and a great read.' Lovereading reviewer'Fast paced, gritty debut novel with a real twist, brilliant storytelling and surprises along the way.' Lovereading reviewer'This is a great read and I tore through it. I thought I knew who the killer was twice and I was wrong both times!' Lovereading reviewer

Orion

Thirteen

Steve Cavanagh
Authors:
Steve Cavanagh

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN'T ON TRIAL.HE'S ON THE JURY...****************'THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.' Sarah Pinborough'Outstanding.' Lee Child'Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.' Clare Mackintosh****************'To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?'Murder wasn't the hard part. It was just the start of the game.Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He's done it before. But this is the big one.This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.But there's someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn't the man on trial.Kane knows time is running out - he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.****************THIRTEEN REASONS WHY ... YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK:'An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever, gripping book. THIRTEEN is courtroom drama at its finest, blended with page-turning twists and characters you can't get enough of. Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation. Slick, thrilling and unique, THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.' Sarah Pinborough'Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.' Lee Child'Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.' Clare Mackintosh'Great hook. Great plot. Great book. Thirteen is a real page turner and one you won't want to put down.' Simon Kernick'A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.' Ruth Ware'I've been tracking Steve Cavanagh for a few years now and Thirteen is his best, a dead bang beast of a book that expertly combining his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don't come along very often.' Michael Connelly'Quite simply deserves to be HUGE. If you read a thriller as good this year, it's only because you've read this one twice.' Mark Billingham'Tore through this between dusk and dawn. Absolute 5-star cracker from Steve Cavanagh, who's gotta be among top legal thriller writers out there nowadays. A powerhouse of a book that's much more than its high-concept hook.' Craig Sisterson'Wow! This book is friggin' awesome! Utterly immersive.' Emma Kavanagh'Fantastically gripping? Guilty as charged!' Angela Clarke'An absolute cracker.' Susi Holliday'Guilty of thrills, twists, and expertly manipulating the reader.' Mason Cross'An absolute rollercoaster of a read. Thrilling.' Cass Green

Trapeze

My Little Eye

Stephanie Marland, Stephanie Broadribb
Authors:
Stephanie Marland, Stephanie Broadribb

Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals - the latest victim of 'The Lover'. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands - to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group. As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they're being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim - Clementine - firmly in his sights. Perfect for fans of Sweet Little Lies, Friend Request and Follow You Home. The thriller with twists you'll never see coming! * * * * *'My Little Eye is an enthralling, intriguing and twisty tale for all of us armchair detectives who think we know it all.' Liz Nugent, author of Lying In Wait and Unravelling Oliver'A masterclass in pacing & such an original take on the serial killer thriller.' - Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends* * * * * What readers are saying about My Little Eye: 'This book is AMAZING!!!' Goodreads'Easily one of my favourite reads this year so far.' - Goodreads 'My Little Eye is a bang on psychological thriller of the most addictive kind.' Goodreads'Beautifully paced writing that had me speeding through every chapter at a rate of knots. Easily one of my favourite reads this year so far.' Goodreads

W&N

Don't Let Go

Michel Bussi
Authors:
Michel Bussi

'Michel Bussi is one of France's most ingenious crime writers... has plenty of twists and turns in store in this fast-moving novel about a long-planned act of revenge' Joan Smith, SUNDAY TIMES'Takes the reader on a thrilling ride across the remote isle in the Indian Ocean with plenty of twists and turns to keep them gripped until an epic, unexpected conclusion' Jon Coates, DAILY EXPRESSPicture the scene - an idyllic resort on the island of Réunion. Martial and Liane Bellion are enjoying the perfect moment with their six-year-old daughter. Turquoise skies, clear water, palm trees, a warm breeze...Then Liane Bellion disappears. She went up to her hotel room between 3 and 4pm and never came back. When the room is opened, it is empty, but there is blood everywhere. An employee of the hotel claims to have seen Martial in the corridor during that crucial hour.Then Martial also disappears, along with his daughter. An all-out manhunt is declared across the island. But is Martial really his wife's killer? And if he isn't, why does he appear to be so guilty?'Some writers try carefully calibrated alternations on a winning formula from book to book, but offer few surprises. That can't be said of the French author Michel Bussi... That refusal to repeat himself is evident in Don't Let Go, which is just as accomplished as its predecessors - GUARDIAN'As it draws towards its heart-pounding final pages, it's hard to concentrate on anything other than the outcome of the desperate manhunt - and the startling revelation of the truth. Inventive, original and incredibly entertaining' SUNDAY MIRROR

Gollancz

The House of Binding Thorns

Aliette de Bodard
Authors:
Aliette de Bodard

The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war . . .As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal - to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom - and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear . . .As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength - or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.'A superb blend of intrigue, mystery and magic and urban fantasy; it's brilliantly written; and the story is gripping' Civilian Reader

Gollancz

13 Minutes

Sarah Pinborough
Authors:
Sarah Pinborough