SYNOPSIS A unique investigator: Colter Shaw is a career ‘reward seeker’, making his living travelling the country and locating missing persons. So when a woman disappears, he quickly takes the case. A missing woman: As he investigates, he suspects that she was fleeing a bad marriage, and he follows her trail to a secret retreat … More CAPTIVATED By Jeffrey Deaver
SYNOPSIS Cherringham –a quiet town in the Cotswolds. Nothing ever happens there, or so it seems – until one morning a woman’s body is found in the river. A terrible accident, according to the police. But is this true? Sarah believes there must be more to it. In Jack, a former NYPD homicide detective, she … More Murder on Thames By Matthew Costello and Neil Richards A cosy crime series.
SYNOPSIS A brutal murder. A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing. A detective with everything to prove. This is her only chance to redeem herself. A serial killer with nothing to lose. He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . … More HOLD YOUR TONGUE By Deborah Masson
SYNOPSIS She’s married to him. But does she know him at all? Claire lives with her family in a beautiful house overlooking the water. But she feels as if she’s married to a stranger – one who is leading a double life. As soon as she can get their son Joe away from him, she’s … More MAGPIE By Sophie Draper
As much as he tried to hide it, Deal felt nervous as he knocked on the door of Internal Affairs.
The voice resonated in his head. “Enter.”
It was the tone, the command, the authority in the voice that reminded him why he was nervous. One false word, one false move and I’m fired, he thought.
Reading the open file, Emily Breen looked up through heavy-rimmed glasses before speaking again. “We meet again, Detective Deal. Sit.”
Breen pointed to a regular-looking seat on the opposite side of the desk from her high-backed executive chair. She continued reading. Deal sat watching her in silence.
Peering over her glasses, Breen said, “Remind me. When was the first time we met?”
“I think you know. It’s all there in my file. Larry Etchwell, Coroner’s Court. I was still with the Human Trafficking Department.”
Breen was silent. She appeared to be deep in thought.
Her next words broke the silence. “The psych evaluation is all good. Says you are fit to remain on active duty.”
“Good. I knew that but it’s good to hear the experts say it too.” Deal emphasised experts. The sarcasm wasn’t missed by Breen.
“Deal. You know the score. Why do you make things difficult for yourself?”
Deal ignored caution. “I always do things the hard way. Haven’t you heard?”
Breen ignored him. “What is this thing with the stutter?”
“How do you mean?”
“You’ve seen the report. What you told the shrink.”
“Remind me. What did I say?”
“If you were a rattlesnake, the stutter would be your rattle.”
Deal smiled at the thought of that meeting with the shrink. “Yeah. That’s what I said. It’s a fact.”
“But why? Why a stutter?”
“I don’t fucking know why. Why does a rattlesnake have a rattle?”
“There you go again, Detective Deal.”
“Not helping yourself.”
“Are we done?”
“No. We are not. I have to tell you, one more loss of control. One more death, self-defence or not, you are finished. Do you hear me?”
“I hear you.”
“Good. Is there anything else you wish to say?”
“Can I ask a question?”
“Why does a bird fly?”
“What do you mean?”
“Asking me why I stutter if threatened is like asking a bird why it flies. Why an elephant has big ears. It’s just so. And one other thing – ask these guys what they were going to do to me.”
“I can’t. You killed them.”
“Too right. Before they killed me.”
SYNOPSIS A cop needs to know what a child wants to forget When a boarding school master at an exclusive boys’ school is shot dead. It is deemed accidental. A lazy and usually drunk detective is sent to write up the report. Cardilini unexpectedly does not cooperate, as he becomes riled by the privileged arrogance … More MAN AT THE WINDOW By Robert Jeffreys
SYNOPSIS The woman’s golden hair is spread out beneath her on the bed of leaves where she’s fallen, her beautiful blue eyes open wide. The police are calling it a random attack, but Jessie Tucker isn’t so sure – she’s seem this crime before…she was the victim. Twelve years ago, Jessie Tucker was attacked as … More THE SILENT VICTIM By Dana Perry
SYNOPSIS London’s as rough and tumble as they come. But it doesn’t come easy for this rowdy wise guy. Not at all. In this collection of short stories, including the eponymous ‘Mean Business’, London blasts and belts his way through a motley mix of backwoods pushers, Uzi-toting adolescents,self-proclaimed messiahs,paedophiles, pornographers, and a travelling family of … More MEAN BUSINESS By Mark Slade
SYNOPSIS ‘My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I’m back here now trying to find the truth’ Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night … More A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT By David Baldacci
SYNOPSIS Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four year old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day. Seeking a fresh start, the family moves … More 17 CHURCH ROW By James Carol