The Elephant Never Forgets
By Ethel Lina White
Anna, a young Englishwoman, is drawn to visit Russia partly out of interest, to see for herself the 'proletarian experiment', and partly by Otto, a glamorous but faithless newspaper editor. With nothing left now to keep her in Russia, she prepares to leave and return to England. But she has not reckoned with the environment of that closed nation, which has already begun to work on her nerves. She wonders if she will ever get out, and when delay follows delay, it seems as if she is losing her grip, hysteria threatening.Anna is trapped, dazed by the terrifying atmosphere of suspicion and maddening delaying tactics of the Soviet Union ...
By Maurice Procter
Two Granchester constables find a wrecked, blood-soaked car. But there's no one in it, and no one has turned up at the nearest village. Then, miles away, a body is found on the road.A patrolman on night duty opens an unlocked door at the shop of a dealer in gemstones, a man named White. The police want to talk to White. Meanwhile, White has talked to mobster Dixie Costello. White's safe has been broken into, and diamonds are missing, but he hasn't told the police what has been taken.Granchester Police will need every strategy they can think of to trap their man ...
The End of the Night
By John D. MacDonald
Three men and a beautiful girl on a cross-country terror spree - a coast to coast rampage of stealing, kidnapping, rape and killing.Who were they? Where did they come from? Why did they do it?With chilling detail, John D. MacDonald unwraps the grotesque inner world of these four young psychopaths, and brings into terrifying focus the random, violent lusts that lie hidden between mischief and madness ...
Experiment with Death
By Elizabeth Ferrars
When Sam Partlett joined the staff at the Institute of Pomology at King's Weltham, he brought nothing but discord. But it was not Sam who was found dead at the Institute, throat slashed with one of the laboratory razors. In the close-knit scientific community, Inspector Day quietly sets to work to probe the secrets of people busy with different experiments - but has someone carried out an experiment with death?'One of the best contemporary writers of civilised murder mysteries' The Times
The Emperor's Snuff-Box
By John Dickson Carr
The scene is a fashionable French seaside resort; the witness, Eve Neill, is looking out of her window in the early hours of the morning when she sees the battered body of her prospective father-in-law in the room opposite.By Eve's side is her ex-husband, who has attempted to force his unwelcome attentions on her. How can Eve tell the police what she saw when disclosing whom she was with might jeopardise her own impending marriage?Suspicion falls on casual thieves, on the family and on various acquaintances, but the complicated 'locked-room' case is eventually solved by Dr Dermot Kinross, a detective who becomes emotionally involved ...
The Eyes of the Goat
By Donald MacKenzie
Struan Dunbar thinks he'll make his fortune with the sensitive Czech computer discs he plans to sell to an English media mogul. But when he travels to Prague to get them, he suffers a fatal heart attack. His effects are passed on to his daughter, Catriona, but when her boyfriend decides to finish the job Dunbar started, he is also found dead. A desperate Catriona calls on ex-cop John Raven to travel to Czechoslovakia where more than a murder mystery awaits.'Eyes of the Goat has all the hallmarks of a good yarn' Evening Express
Every Inch a Lady
By Joan Fleming
The murder of young York Cragg, stabbed like a pin-cushion until the stuffing comes out, is the first of two violent killings. His twenty-four-year-old wife Easter, every inch a lady, refuses to move out of the house where he is found quite dead, and riddled with knife wounds. Meanwhile, her father-in-law, Jason Cragg, and an enigmatic new friend, Nathaniel Sapperton, try to unmask the killer. Clue number one is a photograph of an actress found in Cragg's dresser drawer ...
By Betty Rowlands
A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial TimesMelissa Craig has taken time away from writing bestselling mysteries to script a murder play for an amateur drama group. 'Murder with a giggle' is how she thinks of it. But no one is laughing when a cast member dies in the cellar of the old Cotswold Heyshill Manor Hotel where the play is to be produced. Persuaded by the manager to investigate, Melissa finds . . . nothing. No well-ordered clues, no sure suspects, just lots of tension. Then she chances upon a vital discovery in the hotel's parking lot, and everything begins to fall into place. This isn't a matter of "murderous plots and murky deeds, all in rhyming couplets" but a death-defying journey along a trail of crime on an international scale.
By James Hadley Chase
Eve: mysterious, tantalizing, alluring, wanton. Deep within this desirable but strange girl burns the violent fire that could destroy a man.Clive Thurston had swindled his way to fame. He thought he knew the ropes and women. Maybe he did. But he didn't know Eve, otherwise he'd have realized that he was just another fly stumbling into the deadly web of a woman who was beautiful to look at, but lethal to love.
The Eye in the Museum
By J. J. Connington
The terms of her father's will tie Joyce to her Aunt Evelyn until she is 25 - or Evelyn will inherit the entire estate. But Joyce wants to marry Leslie, and the money she will eventually inherit would be a considerable help to him in his career.Aunt Evelyn is a violent drunk, and one evening Joyce speculates to Leslie that if she fended of one of her aunt's violent attacks and her aunt died of 'one of her heart attacks' she could hardly be held accountable - could she?Leslie isn't really sure. And the next day Aunt Evelyn dies suddenly.
The End of the Wasp Season
By Denise Mina
A savage murder with no apparent motive - DS Morrow's most challenging case brings her work and home lives dangerously close... Winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.When wealthy Sarah Erroll dies a violent death at her home in a posh part of Glasgow, the local community is stunned by what appears to be a truly gratuitous act. Heavily pregnant with desperately wanted twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to Sarah's murder than it first seems.On the other side of town, Thomas Anderson is called into the headmaster's office at his boarding school to be told that his tyrannical father - a banker responsible for the loss of many livelihoods in the recession - has committed suicide by hanging himself from the old oak tree on the lawn of their home. Thomas returns to the family home to find his mother and sister in a state of numb shock. The head of the household is dead, yet their initial reaction is not that of grief, but relief.As Alex Morrow slowly unravels the connections between the two cases, she faces her greatest challenge yet as her work and home lives collide with potentially disastrous consequences.
By Denise Mina
'Remember the name. This is a major talent heading for the top' LITERARY REVIEW.The last time Maureen O'Donnell saw Ann Harris, she was in the Glasgow Women's Shelter smelling of a long binge on cheap drink. A month later Ann's mutilated body, stitched into a mattress, is washed up on the banks of the Thames. No-one, except for Maureen and her best mate, Leslie, seems to care about what happened to her, and Maureen is the only person who thinks Ann's husband is innocent. But solving Ann's murder comes as light relief. Maureen's father is back in Glasgow, Leslie is sloping about like a nervous spy, and then there's Angus, Maureen's old therapist, who's twice as bright as she is and making her play a dangerous game with the police. In the long tradition of Scots in trouble, Maureen runs away to London. Looking for answers to the mystery surrounding Ann's death, she becomes embroiled in a seedy world of deceit and violence. Alone in a strange city, Maureen starts to piece together Ann's final days. But time is not on her side, and Maureen needs just twelve hours, just twelve, to put things right, and she doesn't care what it costs...
Even The Wicked
By Lawrence Block
An addictive Matt Scudder thriller.Matt Scudder is drawn into the case of a serial killer targeting criminals who the law cannot touch. The Will of the People, egged on by a vitriolic newspaper columnist, kills a sex offender, a mobster and a racist cult leader, despite their seemingly impenetrable security. Then Scudder gets a call from a hot-shot attorney, the recipient of the Will's latest letter...