By Hilary Norman
Though they live fulfilling, independent lives in three different countries, Olivia Segal, Jamie Arias and Annie Aldrich Thomas remain bound to each other by a past tragedy - and by their pact always to be there for each other at times of great need.In a London vault lies a story waiting to be read; a tale of evil more than fifty years old, a link with the past and a present danger more terrifying than anything the friends could have dreamed up in their wildest nightmares.
Palmistry, Orion Plain and Simple
By Sasha Fenton
A practical guide on how to read hands.This enjoyable and practical guide demonstrates how easy it is to read hands for fun and for insight.Our hands provide a glimpse of our personalities, health, strengths and weaknesses - and even what may happen to us in the future. Each line, mound and finger is a clue that can easily be deciphered if you have the right information.Fenton covers the basics of hand reading, including the lines, mounts, fingers and thumb. She shows readers how to judge someone's character, health, love and relationship interests, moneymaking ability and long-term destiny.Chapters include:· The Map of the Hand· The Phalanges (bones between the fingers and joints)· The Major Lines· The Minor Lines· Love and Relationships· How to Make HandprintsThis is a fun, chatty, accessible introductory text. Readers will want to immediately practise Fenton's techniques on friends and strangers.
By Helen McCloy
When Uncle Felix dies of a suspected overdose of digitalis, his niece Alison accepts the offer of a remote mountain lodge for the summer to get away from the tragedy.But there are strange noises in the night and sinister visitors - and she discovers that the previous tenant was driven insane. What also transpires is that Uncle Felix had devised what he claimed to be an unbreakable cypher. The Pentagon is interested in this claim, and Alison has a fragment of a clue found beside her uncle's bed. In the mountains she wrestles with the puzzle. But solving it will put her life in grave danger ...
By Laurence Meynell
When local beauty queen Virginia Vance goes to London, she becomes the mistress of the Hon. Charles Lasting, who runs a particularly venomous daily gossip column. Lasting is a callous, cynical brute, but Virginia has a real weakness for him. It is this weakness that leads her to help him get hold of the scandalous memoirs of Princess Lucy Mettioff, the publication of which will make him a lot of money. But Virginia is about to run into Hooky Hefferman, who, by chance, has become the Princess's literary agent ...'More comedy than crime is Mr Meynell's new formula and it is working well' Yorkshire Post
By Linwood Barclay
A gripping thriller packed with scandal in a small town, from the master of the twist you never saw coming - international bestseller, Linwood Barclay.When a young girl from Promise Falls is killed by a drunk driver, the community wants answers.It doesn't matter that the accused is a kid himself: all they see is that he took a life and got an easy sentence. As pack mentality kicks in and social media outrage builds, vicious threats are made against the boy and his family.When Cal Weaver is called in to investigate, he finds himself caught up in a cold-blooded revenge plot. Someone in the town is threatening to put right some wrongs...And in Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action.
A Party to Murder
By Michael Underwood
The appointment of a new Chief Prosecuting Solicitor has caused outrage and gossip, but no one could have imagined that murder would ensue. Nor that an arrogant and stubborn policeman would make a premature arrest and then set about gathering the evidence to substantiate his arrest. Then a second murder throws the case into even more confusion.Meanwhile, Rosa Epton has appeared on the scene to defend the accused, and she is soon locked in battle with the police and increasingly determined to get to the truth.
The Patriot Game
By George V. Higgins
'He can write dialogue so authentic it spits' LIFEFederal Agent Pete Riordan has two problems, and both of them could end with murder.Convicted killer Mikey-mike Magro has never made a secret of the fact that if he ever gets out of jail, he's going to go after the man he thinks put him there, Jerry 'Digger' Doherty. And now it seems some very influential people are trying to get Magro pardoned and out on the street.Riordan figures Bishop Paul Doherty, an old friend who also happens to be the Digger's brother, might put him on the right track - and he might just be able to help him with his second problem too: word is that a man is over from the old country intending to buy arms for the IRA. No one knows his name, or even what he looks like, but Riordan needs to find him fast - or his two problems could come together like a lighted fuse and a stick of gelignite.
By James Lee Burke
A superb Dave Robicheaux mystery from the multi award-winning crime writer.Dave Robicheaux left his drinking days behind him many years ago, but he still feels guilt over a tragic event he wasn't sober enough to prevent. Dallas Klein, a gambling addict and bar buddy of Dave's when Dave was posted to Miami PD, was killed in an armed robbery he'd been forced to engineer. Two decades later, several incidents in Dave's life in Iberia Parish link to those involved. First he meets Dallas' daughter, Trish, who keeps odd company and is blackballed by the local casinos. Then the supposed suicide of a young girl appears to be connected to the man Dallas owed money to back in the Miami days. Dave's inability to let things alone gets him involved with two very powerful criminals, both wanting to protect their sons from the trouble they court, and both with the attitude of the privileged and white. When a young black drug dealer gets on the wrong side of the boys, tensions run high and there are more needless deaths - causing Dave to come to blows with the FBI, the DA's office and a thug who has little regard for any life but his own.Praise for one of the great American crime writers, James Lee Burke:'James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.' Michael Connelly'A gorgeous prose stylist.' Stephen King'Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced.' Daily MailFans of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Don Winslow will love James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux Series1. The Neon Rain 2. Heaven's Prisoners 3. Black Cherry Blues 4. A Morning for Flamingos 5. A Stained White Radiance 6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead 7. Dixie City Jam 8. Burning Angel 9. Cadillac Jukebox 10. Sunset Limited 11. Purple Cane Road 12. Jolie Blon's Bounce 13. Last Car to Elysian Fields 14. Crusader's Cross 15. Pegasus Descending 16. The Tin Roof Blowdown 17. Swan Peak 18. The Glass Rainbow 19. Creole Belle 20. Light of the World 21. Robicheaux Hackberry Holland Series1. Lay Down My Sword and Shield 2. Rain Gods 3. Feast Day of Fools 4. House of the Rising SunBilly Bob Holland Series1. Cimarron Rose 2. Heartwood 3. Bitterroot 4. In The Moon of Red Ponies * Each James Lee Burke novel can be read as a standalone or in series order *
By Peter Grimsdale
Can you trust your memories? An edgy and compelling thriller about a film-maker who unknowingly captured a secret that governments are willing to kill for...When ambitious young documentary film-maker Nick witnesses the death of a notorious arms dealer in Sri Lanka, he's lucky to escape with his own life. He was on his way to interview him on his yacht when it was blown to smithereens. But the head injuries he receives destroy his memory - and his burgeoning career. Years later, working as a film archivist, he uncovers an image in a forgotten reel of film that seems to totally rewrite the incident that derailed his life. But as he starts to search for the other pieces of the puzzle, he quickly realizes that this single, explosive piece of film could destroy him all over again. Soon he's on the run from people who want the lid put very firmly back on the past. His only option is to restore his memory - however painful it turns out to be - and find the whole truth before it kills him.
Picture of Millie
By P. M. Hubbard
Millie Trent, the toast - or scandal, according to some points of view - of a West Country sailing resort, is found drowned. The verdict is accidental death, although no one seems to know when or why she ended up in the sea.Paul Mycroft, despite his determination not to let the affair spoil his family holiday, finds himself drawn into an enquiry that begins by providing a startling diversity of views on Millie's character and ends by involving him in unexpected danger.
A Pinch of Snuff
By Michael Underwood
A very complex mystery develops in London's clubland and among the legal grandees who frequent the Old Bailey and the Inns of Court. For the Blackstone Club, with its fine collection of snuff boxes, is a legal preserve. And when the entire valuable collection is stolen, one young club servant knows exactly how it was done. But when a vicious murder follows, and suspicion falls upon him, he is unable to extricate himself from his predicament by telling the truth ...
A Place of Blood and Bone
By Mark Peterson
A second stunning Brighton-set crime novel featuring DS Minter, from one of the sharpest new voices in British crime writing.On the surface, John Slade appeared quite normal. But when Martin, a young biochemist, ran a behavioural experiment, he discovered a boy without inhibitions or moral qualms: the perfect subject for a series of experiments Martin had never dared try...Twenty years later, Brighton is facing a serial killer. DS Minter investigates the most bizarre and disturbing murder of his career; the dismembered body of a local woman dumped on a station platform. And when another body is found, Minter realises he is hunting a brutal killer with an IQ off the scale, the likes of which the city has never seen.
The Player on the Other Side
By Ellery Queen
The game has begun...A playing card inscribed with the letter 'J' appears in Robert York's mail, and a day later he is dead. When another playing card shows up, this one for Emily York, all the police protection in New York can't save her. Ellery Queen knows he is up against a brilliant, twisted killer, one who makes a game of death. But with no clue to his identity, Ellery is in a race against time to stop this remorseless vendetta. A brilliant detective story from a classic master of the genre.
By Steve Cavanagh
'A gripping, twisty thriller' Ian RankinWhen David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.Eddie's not a man to be coerced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie's wife, and if Eddie won't play ball, she'll pay the price.When Eddie meets Child he's convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the plea, Eddie must find a way to prove Child's innocence while keeping his wife out of danger - not just from the FBI, but from the firm itself.
The Pleasant Assassin and Other Cases of Dr Basil Willing
By Helen McCloy
From one of the best-loved authors of the Golden Age of detective fiction, this collection of short stories by Helen McCloy features psychiatrist-sleuth Dr Basil Willing.Beginning with her classic, Through a Glass, Darkly, which she later expanded into a full-length novel, McCloy experimented with daringly imaginative concepts within the framework of the formal, fairplay detective story. From doppelgangers to flying saucers each story demonstrates the author's masterful combination of style, content and technique to produce some of crime fiction's finest work.
Please Write for Details
By John D. MacDonald
American bachelor Miles Drummond, living in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and running out of money, half-heartedly places an ad in a few US newspapers announcing a summer art workshop. Much to his surprise, thirteen students write for details, and arrive in Cuernavaca a few weeks later.The hotel Miles has rented is crumbling. The VW bus he borrowed is a disaster. The two instructors he hired hate each other on sight. But the students - young and old, single and married, rich and poor - aren't simply looking for an education. Some are fleeing private anguish. Others are seeking romance. All will find more adventure than they ever dreamed possible.
The Poison Artist
By Jonathan Moore
Imagine an updated Vertigo: darker, more scary but just as hypnotically seductive. Selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Simon Mayo.Dr Caleb Maddox is an expert on pain. A leading San Francisco toxicologist, he is mapping the chemical traces that show how much agony a human body can endure. But now a different kind of pain is distracting him from his life's work - the violent break-up of his relationship with his artist girlfriend, Bridget.Seeking solace in a secluded bar, he meets a beautiful woman who shares an absinthe with him, then disappears into the night. Instantly obsessed, he starts trawling the hidden byways of the city to try and find her. And when he does, she insists on a bizarre set of rules before he can meet her alone. But even as he tries to lose himself in Emmeline's darkly erotic world, Caleb finds himself inexorably drawn back to the study of pain and death. For weeks the police have been fishing corpses out of the bay, with no clue as to how they died, and Caleb's old friend, medical examiner Henry Newcomb, asks him to decipher the chemical puzzles left in the bloated remains. Soon Caleb discovers evidence of an unspeakable horror connecting all the victims, suggesting that the city is prey to a deranged killer.And then he discovers that one of the dead men was last seen at the same bar the night he met Emmeline. Suddenly Caleb is plunged into a nightmare where love, madness and murder are clasped in a lethal embrace - and untangling the truth could be the last thing he wants to do.
By Peter Cheyney
In the second Lemmy Caution novel, the FBI man is sent by his bosses to Casablanca to investigate the disappearance of two million dollars, which have seemingly vanished into thin air. There he meets Carlotta de la Rue, the eponymous Poison Ivy, whose character is based on a true-life femme fatale nightclub singer.Lemmy soon uncovers a gang of gold smugglers, whose boss might be Rudy Saltierra, Carlotta's boyfriend. She, in turn, may or may not be on Lemmy's side ...This is vintage Cheyney, with a stunning twist.
By Henry Wade
A baker's dozen of stories from the Golden Age master of the police procedural: seven from the casebook of Detective Inspector John Poole, whose brilliant work in the The Duke of York's Steps and No Friendly Drop will be remembered by readers of Wade novels; and six miscellaneous narratives of crime and detection, all of them displaying the scientific ingenuity which distinguishes Wade's work.
Polly Put the Kettle On
By Joan Fleming
Is it pure chance or a malignant fate that sends George Sudley to the village of Lambing, when, newly released from jail, he seeks a place in which to start his new life? For he chooses it simply by sticking a pin in a railway guide.Once there, however, and once he has met the lovely Polly Edge, George has sealed his doom and there can be no drawing back. A victim of love at first sight, George becomes all too deeply involved in a chain of grim and swift-moving events, culminating in murder.