Here we have the December Line-up for you, a selection of new titles that we think will add some spice to your reading over the holidays!
Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery Book 8) by Laura Childs
The Christmas season at the Cackleberry Club café is marred by murder in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling series.
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.
As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
Cherringham – Death Trap: A Cosy Crime Series (Cherringham: Mystery Shorts Book 32) by Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
When Edward Townes – famed writer of novels about knights and maids, and castles and conquering – attends a medieval launch party for his latest book, he arrives ready to do more than celebrate. But party night brings a blizzard, a once-in-a-century storm that sees Townes staggering home, alone … only to be found dead the next day. With Cherringham cut-off and the blizzard still raging, Jack and Sarah start investigating. Their questions reveal that many of those still stranded in the dark village have secrets. And Townes’ killer is still in the village …
Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.
Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid
Twins by A.J. Carella
From bestselling author A.J. Carella comes a terrifying thriller that will make you hold your children closer.
One of your twins will die. You have to choose which one.
A killer is targeting identical twins and offering their parents a choice. Which one will live and which one will die.
The Forbidden Door (Jane Hawk Thriller, Book 4) by Dean Koontz
Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear…
The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster.
‘I will come for you. Nothing can stop me!’
Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk is on the trail of the members of a murderous organization who drove her husband – and scores of other fine individuals – to commit suicide for no explicable reason.
After discovering their plan to subjugate the world by means of an insidious new technology, she has been hunting them down one by one. Now she is America’s most wanted fugitive, and the organization is closing in on her beloved five-year-old son, whom she sent into protective hiding with her dearest friends.
Faced with insurmountable odds, but armed with a mother’s love for her son, Jane will stop at nothing to save him. But even if she can get to him in time there’s still the risk that the forbidden door will be opened and an unimaginable terror unleashed.
Released on 27th December, The Forbibben Door is available for pre-order on Amazon
The Murder of Patience Brooke: Victorian London is full of dark secrets… (Charles Dickens Investigations Book 1) by J.C. Briggs
An intriguing detective series featuring Charles Dickens! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian crime mysteries, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield…
A brutal murder in Victorian London forces a famous writer to solve the mystery…
Charles Dickens has set up Urania Cottage as a sanctuary for fallen women.
But he is shocked when the matron’s assistant – Patience Brooke – is found hanging outside the property, covered in blood.
Desperate to protect the reputation of the Home and to stop a scandal from spreading, Dickens takes the investigation into his own hands.
With the help of his good friend, Superintendent Sam Jones of Bow Street, and a description of the suspect as ‘a man with a crooked face’, Dickens’s search takes him deep into the filthy slums of Victorian London.
Can Dickens save his reputation? Will he find out the secrets of Patience Brooke’s troubled past?
Or will the killer strike again …?
The Murder of Patience Brooke is the first urban mystery in J. C. Briggs’ literary historical series, the Charles Dickens investigations, a traditional British detective series set in Victorian London.
The Murder of Patience Brook is due to be released on 28th December 2018 and is available for pre-order
Twelve Days (John Milton Thrillers Book 14 by Mark Dawson
Twelve Days, the latest John Milton Thriller is due to be released on the 21st of December 2018
John Milton hasn’t seen Elijah Warriner for three years. The last time they met, Milton’s efforts to keep the boy safe didn’t go exactly to plan. Now Elijah is a promising boxer, preparing for the bout that will take him to the big time. Milton decides that he will spend the week before Christmas in London so that he can watch the fight.
But Elijah’s burgeoning fame has brought him to the attention of old acquaintances with long memories and grudges to bear. They have noticed Elijah, too, and decide that now is the time to settle old scores.
Can Milton keep the young man and his mother safe, or will Elijah’s old running mates get to him first?
“Nerve-shreddingly tense. Utterly addictive” – International bestselling author MJ Arlidge
Twelve Days is available for pre-order on Amazon
Consequences: (DI Jack Dylan 2) by R.C. Bridgestock
From the writer of Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller, The President is Missing.
FULLY REVISED NEW EDITIONThe second in the D.I. Dylan series, set in Yorkshire and written by the husband and wife team who are the storyline consultants to TV’s Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey.
Detective Inspector Jack Dylan has two unconnected murders to solve – and one of his detectives has gone missing. Long hours are a part of the job, but his relationship is suffering and he wants to save it.
With the pressure mounting, Dylan needs to find out why a young woman was burned alive in a public park while half a million pounds of her money has been stolen.
Usually the search for the murderer begins with the immediate family, but this time Dylan fears that his own missing sergeant may be involved.
Consequence is available for pre-order on Amazon
The Hunting Party: Get ready for the most gripping, hotly-anticipated crime thriller of 2018 by Lucy Foley
This latest installment from Lucy Foley is due to be released on 3rd December 2018
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.
Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
Not an accident – a murder among friends.
‘A ripping, riveting murder mystery’ A. J. Finn
‘Very gripping’ Sophie Hannah
‘Full of surprises’ Simon Kernick
‘Chilling, you won’t sleep’ Adele Parks
The Hunting Party is now available for pre-order on Amazon
The Arrow Collector by Cristian Perfumo
This is a gripping new thriller is due for release on 11th December 2018
A forensic detective in Patagonia unearths an archeological mystery in this novel of buried secrets and murder from Argentinian author Cristian Perfumo.
The calm of a sleepy Patagonian fishing port has been broken by murder. It’s the case of a lifetime for brilliant and headstrong forensic detective Laura Badía. The crime is brutal and baffling. The victim is Julio Ortega, a local heartthrob and an old flame of Laura’s. The apparent motive is the theft of a collection of ancient and mysterious iridescent arrowheads that Ortega had recently acquired. Carved nearly six thousand years ago out of Amazon opal, they are now missing from Ortega’s home, vanishing once again into legend.
With the help of a Buenos Aires archeologist, Laura begins to assemble the pieces of a deadly puzzle. It starts in Puerto Deseado with the secrets of Ortega’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Where it leads is the panoramic reach of the Perito Moreno Glacier and far beyond, to the most remote corners of Patagonia. Can they uncover the dark history of the most infamous lithic art collection in the world? Generations have killed and died trying to solve its mystery, and now Laura will risk her career, her life—and her own secrets—to be the one to do it.
The Taken Girls by G D Sanders
An absolutely gripping crime thriller full of mystery and suspense‘
Someone is watching them…
When a missing teenage girl reappears unharmed but pregnant, the case falls to DI Edina Ogborne, the newest recruit of Canterbury Police. But Ed’s already got her hands full with a team who don’t want her, an ex who won’t quit, and terrible guilt over a secret from her past.
As Ed investigates the case, she discovers Canterbury has seen this crime not once, but several times before. And when Ed and her detectives encounter missing historic police files, falsified school records, and Ed’s new lover as a prime suspect, it becomes clear that the system has been corrupted.
Can Ed find the kidnapper behind these depraved crimes before he strikes again? Or has time already run out?
The Taken Girls is due to be released on 13th December 2018 and available for pre-order now
Threat Level Alpha (A Dan Morgan Thriller Book 6) by Leo J. Maloney
Threat Level Alpha is due to be released 25th December 2018
“Dan Morgan is one of the best heroes to come along in ages.”
Black Ops veteran Leo J. Maloney delivers a high-level thriller that spans the globe, changes the game, and raises the threat level to all-out, worldwide destruction . . .
THREAT LEVEL ALPHA
They strike without warning, in key locations around the world. In Russia, a Soviet-era storage facility is raided by terrorists. In the Philippines, an important international conference is under siege. In the United States, Dan Morgan is stalked by Russian agents. And at Berkeley, Morgan’s daughter is kidnapped with other students and taken to a remote laboratory. The attacks are neither coincidental nor random. They are part of a carefully orchestrated plan by a new and merciless organization. As Zeta Division struggles to make sense of the international chaos, Dan Morgan races to stop a deadly biochemical weapon—one that Morgan’s daughter is being forced to help build…
Praise for Leo J. Maloney and His Novels
“Rings with authenticity.”—John Gilstrap
”Fine writing and real insider knowledge.”—Lee Child
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