The Litmore Snatch
By Henry Wade
Harborough is a large seaside town on the north-east coast of England, whose local paper, the Harborough Post, mounts a campaign against the city's funfairs. Soon the proprietor of the newspaper, Herbert Litmore, gets two anonymous threatening letters, which he takes to the Chief Constable. Then Litmore's ten-year-old son, Ben, is kidnapped on his way home from the city Youth Club.Another letter to Litmore follows, demanding a £10,000 ransom . . .A search is begun to locate Litmore's mysterious enemy, and the police investigation starts to unravel a web of greed, jealousy, adultery and blackmail that has formed beneath Harborough's quiet surface.
The Looking Glass Murder
By Anthony Gilbert
'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressSolange Peters 'died' - and so did the scandal and suspicion that haunted her. A bizarre accident gave her the chance to assume a new identity - and, as Julie Taylor, she set out on a new life.But soon her job as companion to wealthy, neurotic Bianca Duncan plunges her into a distorted and terrifying existence. A menace to Bianca's life is growing daily and a strange young man could expose Julie's masquerade. Tension and struggle mount until suddenly Julie is struggling for her life at the hands of a murderer.
Like a Hole in the Head
By James Hadley Chase
Jay Benson had been one of the US Army's top snipers. In Vietnam he'd killed 82 Vietcong. But making the School of Shooting he'd taken over outside Paradise City pay was a tougher proposition than the Vietnamese jungle.So when the sinister Augusto Savanto turns up with an offer of $50,000 if Jay turns his gun-shy son into an expert shot - in just nine days - he accepts. Then he discovers the horrific reason why Savanto wants his son made into a marksman. But by now there is no backing out for Jay ...
By Anthony Gilbert
'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressHenry's vocation is being a husband. Like the famous English king with whom he shares his first name, Henry first woos, then weds, then kills his wives.When he falls in love with orphan Sarah, Henry takes her to a lonely cottage and her initial happiness at being with him soon gives way to some uncomfortable suspicions. But will anyone reach the isolated spot before Henry deems her a little too inquisitive for her own good?
Lift up the Lid
By Anthony Gilbert
'No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant' Sunday ExpressWhen murder hits the sleepy town of Hinton St Luke tongues start wagging. It's what you might call a cosy domestic murder: a beautiful young wife; a rich curmudgeonly old husband dying at just the right moment; a jealous nurse; a mysterious voice from the past and a set of anonymous letters.But which one will lead directly to the killer's front door?
A Legal Fiction
By Elizabeth Ferrars
The 'Decayed Gentlewoman', Colin and Ginny had called her as children - a disregarded painting badly in need of cleaning, which later vanished. But the 'Decayed Gentlewoman' re-entered their grown-up lives with a bang. The manner of its reappearance sparked a train of suspicion about the true nature of past events. And now Dr Colin Locke, with his childhood emotions vividly reawakened, finds himself drawn into a maze of theft, legal complexities and murder.
The Last of the Boatriders
By Donald MacKenzie
At the age of 63, Philip Drury was 25 years away from his days as a 'boatrider' - a conman afloat. At that time his criminal partner had been a man called Mark Russell. In the years in between Drury had built up a hugely successful stud, and become involved in property speculation - and in doing so had lost virtually everything.Drury was not a man to accept defeat. He needed to locate Mark Russell and give 'boatriding' one last go. A cruise liner is selected, but in the Caribbean where the ship will cruise, two young American conmen have exactly the same idea . . .
The Lonely Side of the River
By Donald MacKenzie
Defrauding an insurance company is not an unusual crime, but the way Stephen Venner planned to do it was not only unusual but macabre. But then Stephen Venner was a totally selfish and amoral man, and with the push of blackmail behind him, and the strength of his wife to support him, there was little he would stop at.Ross MacLaren didn't know that, and allowed himself to be lured to Portugal where he, Stephen and the beautiful but repressed Emma play out the last tense act of at least one of their three lives.
Last Scene Alive
By Charlaine Harris
A mystery series from the 1.5 million copy-selling author of the True Blood novels.Aurora Teagarden: 7It's been more than a year since her husband's death, and Roe Teagarden is still in mourning. All she wants is to be left alone - but that becomes impossible when a movie company arrives in Lawrenceton. They've come to make a film of a book written by her one-time friend Robin Crusoe. A book that detailed their shared investigation of a series of murders that occurred years before.The locals are delighted, but Roe is not. And Robin is just beginning to win her over when the lead actress - who is playing Roe - is killed. Once again, the two of them join forces to thwart a killer - not knowing that Roe is the next target...
The Long Body
By Helen McCloy
A prominent American diplomat falls over a cliff to his death. The death is accepted as an accident, but could it have been suicide - or even murder? His widow finds a locked drawer in his desk and in it a file with a woman's name on it - but the file is empty. Circumstances lead her to an elderly man bearing the same name, but he has a stroke and can neither speak nor write. And then she sees the car headlights coming at her, fast, at night, through an impenetrable mist ...
Light of the World
By James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke's legendary detective Dave Robicheaux returns to try to save his daughter from a sadistic killer.When Detective Dave Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair, declares her intention to interview a convicted serial killer called Asa Surette in his Kansas prison cell, he does all he can to dissuade her. Dave has always encouraged her ambitions as a writer, but as a father he doesn't want her to be exposed to a man so nakedly evil. And his fears seem well founded when Alafair is visibly shocked by the encounter. Two years later, the horror Surette evoked is all but forgotten, as Dave, his wife Molly and Alafair are vacationing amidst the natural beauty of Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise. Someone is stalking Alafair, and Dave begins to suspect that it's Surette - even though he officially died when the prison truck he was being transported in collided with an oil tanker. Is Alafair now the target of one of the most depraved serial killers ever to have been caught, or has she unwittingly crossed paths with a murderous psychopath closer to home?
The Lying Voices
By Elizabeth Ferrars
'The Lying voices' were the clocks that filled the room where Arnold Thaine was shot dead. They ticked in a hundred different rhythms but every single one was wrong. So the fact that a bullet had stopped one of them gave no clue to the time of his murder . . .On the day of Thaine's death, Justin Emery was visiting his old friend Grace DeLong, who had been to visit Thaine that morning. But who was the woman in the brown mackintosh who had entered Thaine's study? Who were the other two visitors? And was anything to be learned from the broken clock?
Lion in the Cellar
By Pamela Branch
Other than her Uncle George, Sukie was the only member of the notorious Heap family who was still at large. Her great-grandfather, who had invented a particularly nasty machine gun, was immortalised in wax at Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors. So was Sukie's grandmother, who one day had taken an axe and disposed of five of her neighbours. Sukie's mother later tried her hand at arson and was sent to a mental institution. Sukie defiantly explained, as had her mother before her, that insanity did not run in the family. The Heaps were definitely being maligned. But, naturally, when Mr Bentley turned up dead with a bloody axe at his side, Sukie's husband figured she was at last taking up the family trade'A charnel-house frolic' The Spectator
The Lost Half Hour
By Laurence Meynell
Oliver Seaton was an up-and-coming Labour MP when his mother committed suicide by gassing herself. Oliver had lived at his mother's house and the inquest judge was keen to know what time he got home to find his mother dying. He had called an ambulance at 9.26pm.Among the crowd at the inquest is Alan Strang. Oliver and Strang have had a private relationship in the past, a relationship that, if it came to light, could ruin the fast-developing career of the MP, not to mention his marriage. When a muck-raking journalist elicits from Strang that he saw Oliver reach his mother's house at 8.55pm on the night she died there is a missing half hour to account for, and the danger for Seaton starts growing ...
By Donald MacKenzie
Newly extradited to England from California on charges of fraud, Philip Page faces a long prison sentence. The police are already convinced of his guilt, having been furnished with apparently watertight evidence by an anonymous informant, but Page believes he has been framed. Released on bail, he sets about unmasking the mystery witness. When maverick investigator John Raven is called by one of the suspects, Page and Raven soon realise they want the same thing. So begins a gripping race against time to expose the source of the evidence and clear Page's name.
By Dorothy Uhnak
Elena Vargas is a witness to a homicide, the shooting of a foot soldier in an international mob cartel. But the sultry call girl and sometime-mistress of gang lord Enzo Giardino claims to have seen and heard nothing. Desperate to make a case against Giardino, the District Attorney offers Vargas protective custody in exchange for betraying her lover. But no one can make her talk. Going on nothing but gut instinct, New York Police Department cop Christie Opara uncovers something in Vargas's past that could give them the leverage they need . . .
A Little Gentle Sleuthing
By Betty Rowlands
'A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial TimesCrime novelist Melissa Craig flees London, her agent and her over-protective lover to take refuge in the Cotswolds and produce bestsellers in peace. But a series of bizarre phone calls leads her to a young journalist convinced a real crime has been committed. When a corpse is discovered under the leaf-mould in woodlands, professional curiosity gets the better of judgement. And in the course of her investigations, Melissa finds that the truth is stranger than her own fiction.
By Michael Underwood
Six men have failed to appear in a West End court, so it's time for Scotland Yard to make a few undercover enquiries. They enlist the help of Detective-Constable Cordari, who leads them to a mysterious organisation smuggling criminals out of the country.There ensues a relentless chase that moves to Algeria and back to London. In the meantime, Cordari has vanished in the same horribly mysterious way as others before him.'A plot that grows to grim and sinister proportions. An ingenious story with plenty of excitement' Manchester Evening News
The Last Breath
By Denise Mina
A secret worth killing for - and she's next in line...Everything is going well for journalist Paddy Meehan. She finally has a flat of her own, and the job she always wanted, as one of Scotland's leading newspaper columnists.Then the police knock at her door with the news that her former lover, Terry, has been found in a ditch, shot through the head. Even though they'd split up months before, Paddy is down as the next of kin, and has been left everything, including a box of notebooks...As Paddy tries to uncover what it was Terry wanted her to discover, it soon becomes clear that he was about to expose a secret. A secret worth killing for. And Paddy is next in line...
The Lincoln Lawyer Novels
By Michael Connelly
Three fantastic Mickey Haller novels in one volume.THE LINCOLN LAWYER: Operating out of the back of a Lincoln car, and with two ex-wives and dozens of guilty clients, defence attorney Mickey Haller can't afford to miss a trick. When a Beverly Hills rich boy is arrested for brutally beating a woman, Haller has his first high-paying - and seemingly innocent - client in years. But then the case starts to fall apart, and the suspect isn't quite who he seems - and Haller quickly discovers that when you swim with the sharks, it's easy to wind up as prey.THE BRASS VERDICT: When another lawyer, Jerry Vincent, dies, Mickey Haller inherits all his clients - putting his stalled career back on track. The only problem is the detective handling the case - Harry Bosch - is convinced the killer must be one of Vincent's clients. Suddenly Mickey is faced with the biggest challenge of his career: how to successfully defend a client who might just be planning to murder him.THE REVERSAL: When Mickey Haller is invited to prosecute a case, he knows something strange is going on. To switch sides would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one. But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like Mickey's been set up . . .