MAZE OF SECRETS

Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland.During Rex’s visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room.Did the poor lad commit suicide,or was it murder?With one student dead and his own son in danger,Rex Graves vows to learn the truth.In between trying not to worry about Campbell and trying to please his new love,Helen d’Arcy (while keeping ex-girlfriend Moira at bay),Rex conducts his own investigation.What he finds is a maze of sordid secrets in the university’s not-so-hallowed halls.

AUTHOR: C.S. CHALLINOR 

TITLE: PHI BETA MURDER 

SEEKING TO STAY ALIVE

West Cork. November 1920. The Irish War of Independence rages.The body of a young woman is found brutally murdered on a windswept hillside,a scrap board sign covering her mutilated body reads ‘TRATOR’. Traitor. Acting Sergeant Sean O’Keefe of the Royal Irish Constabulary,a wounded veteran of the Great War,is assigned to investigate the crime,aided by sinister detectives sent from Dublin Castle to ensure he finds the killer,just so long as the killer he finds best serves the purposes of the crown in Ireland…The IRA has instigated its own investigation into the young woman’s death, assigning young Volunteer Liam Farrell failed gunman and former law student to the task of finding a killer it cannot allow to be one of its own.Unknown to each other,the RIC Constable and the IRA Volunteer relentlessly pursue the truth behind the savage killing,their investigations taking them from the bullet-pocked lanes and thriving brothels of a war-torn Cork city to the rugged,deadly hills of West Cork,both seeking a killer,both seeking to stay alive in a time where ‘murder’s as common as rain and no one knows a thing about it, even when they do. ‘

AUTHOR: KEVIN MCCARTHY 

TITLE: PEELER 

BLOOD SPLATTERS

Jane Bennett, is not having a good day. As the senior Detective Sergeant for the murder squad at the South Lewisham station where she’s based,she’s got a lot of work to do. Her boss,DI Mike Lockyer has just returned from a two week ‘holiday’ shaken from the last case.Jane worries that he never confided in her.But the two policemen don’t have time to think of the past as they get a phone call saying that a retired policeman has disappeared.Jane knows him well and when she finds out more,she may wish she hadn’t.And then a body of a young girl is found.Surely the two cases couldn’t be related,could they?

AUTHOR: CLARE DONOGHUE 

TITLE: NO PLACE TO DIE 

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ANOTHER LIFE

Barney Roberts is 11 years old and obsessed with two things: finding his mother,who walked out on him and his father while Barney was still too young to have much of a memory of her;and understanding the series of murders of five London boys,all exactly his own age,that have gripped the city for almost two months.As Barney begins to see patterns in the murders,he suspects the worst and enlists the help of his next door neighbour,the troubled Met detective Lacey Flint.Meanwhile,Detective Inspector Dana Tulloch has theories of her own,and Lacey Flint’s role in the case awakens her suspicions immediately.When a sixth boy disappears,these women find themselves in a race against time to find the identity of the killer and stop him before he claims another life.

AUTHOR: SHARON BOLTON 

TITLE: LIKE THIS, FOR EVER 

AHEAD OF THE LAW

Investigative reporting has its hazards,but trouble hits home for Irene Kelly when her estranged aunt is murdered and Irene becomes the leading suspect.With the police hot on her trail,Irene sets out to find her cousin Travis,her dead aunt’s son,convinced he’s the next target.But when Irene finds Travis,a camper-driving children’s storyteller with suspiciously deep pockets,things blow up literally.It takes several brushes with death,staying one step ahead of the law,and a few not-so-sweet reunions for Irene to untangle a complex web of family secrets and long-held grudges,and discover just who is killing off the Kelly clan and why.

AUTHOR: JAN BURKE 

TITLE : LIAR 

THE VIGILANTE

A series of high-profile shootings by a lone sniper leaves Glasgow terrorised and police photographer Tony Winter a man with a tragic hidden past mystified.Who is behind the executions of some of the most notorious drug lords in the city?As more shootings occur including those of police officers the authorities realise they have a vigilante on their hands.Meanwhile,Tony investigates a link between the victims and a schoolboy who has been badly beaten.Seemingly unconnected,they share a strange link.As Tony delves deeper,his quest for the truth and his search for the killer lead him down dark and dangerous paths.

AUTHOR: CRAIG ROBERTSON 

TITLE: SNAPSHOT  

IS HE THE KILLER?

You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself …

When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands,he vows to sever all ties with his previous life.He desperately wants to make a new start, and is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community.But still,the terrifying,debilitating nightmares just won’t stop.Then the solitude is shattered by an almost unheard of crime on the islands: murder. A specialist team of detectives arrives from Denmark to help the local police,who seem completely ill-equipped for an investigation of this scale.But as tensions rise, and the community closes rank to protect its own,John has to watch his back.But far more disquieting than that,John’s nightmares have taken an even more disturbing turn,and he can’t be certain about the one thing he needs to know above all else.Whether he is the killer…

AUTHOR: CRAIG ROBERTSON 

TITLE: THE LAST REFUGE 

FLOODGATES OF UNIMAGINABLE HORROR

Two gifted young physicians burning with the will to heal,soul mates as well as lovers.From that first moment in the medical center when pathology resident Cassandra Cassidy meets brilliant cardiac surgeon Thomas Kingsley,she knows they are meant to be together.Forced by a deteriorating eye condition to switch from her chosen field to psychiatry,Cassandra needs the support and approval the charismatic doctor so passionately offers; and Thomas,privileged only child of banker-industrialist,finds in the beautiful and vulnerable girl the boundless devotion he so desperately requires.                                                                                                                                            

But as Thomas continues his meteoric rise,what should have been fairytale happiness begins to disintegrate.Saintly to an adoring public,Thomas is something other to the woman who loves him,an erratic and hostile stranger whose inexplicable rages and bizarre behavior are increasingly disturbing.As the solidity of Cassandra’s marriage begins to crumble,the dependable security of the hospital world around her seems equally menaced: Cassandra is convinced that someone is killing terminal patients,someone who holds the power of life and death in his hands and who wields it like the angel of death.Against her husband’s furious objections,Cassandra takes it upon herself to stop the killings even as she fights to save her marriage.Only after she stumbles onto a terrifying discovery is she forced to realize that her dreams have metamorphosed into nightmares and that her search for the truth has opened the floodgates of unimaginable horror.

AUTHOR: ROBIN COOK 

TITLE: GODPLAYER 

A BLOW THAT LEAVES MORE THAN A BRUISE

Irene facing an old enemy: serial killer Nick Parrish,last seen in Bones,has recovered from his injuries,and has vowed to have revenge.Others dismiss her fears by reminding her he’s in prison, but Irene finds little reassurance in that.He’s connected to the outside world through an online group of misguided fans that calls itself The Moths.

They seem intent on disturbing her peace of mind,playing unnerving tricks.But matters take a darker turn when the frozen body of a young woman is found in the trunk of a car parked near Irene’s home.The corpse is has been painted decorated with moths.She won’t be the only calling card Parrish’s helpers leave for Irene.Irene has other upheaval to contend with.The newspaper where she has worked most of her adult life is shutting down.Being a reporter has been more than a job it has been a bone-deep part of her identity.Reporting for the Express was the work she dreamed of doing from childhood,a career in which she excelled,and telling the stories of her community has brought her satisfaction and a sense of purpose.She’s tough and resilient,but this is a blow that leaves more than a bruise.Can she reinvent herself,or even find the will to do so? Nick Parrish may not give her time to answer that question. He’s back.And he’s not alone.

AUTHOR: JAN BURKE 

TITLE: DISTURBANCE  

I AM INNOCENT

Will Rees is adjusting to life on his Maine farm in 1797,but he’s already hungering for the freedom of the road,and his chance to travel comes sooner than he expects.Lydia has just received a letter from her old friend Mouse,a soft-spoken and gentle woman who now lives in the Shaker community in Mount Unity,New York.To Lydia and Rees’s astonishment,she’s in trouble with the law.She’s kidnapped five children,claiming that their mother,Maggie Whitney,is unfit to care for them.Despite the wintry weather and icy roads,Rees and Lydia set out for New York,where they sadly conclude that Mouse is probably right and the children would be better off with her.There’s nothing they can do for Mouse legally,though,and they reluctantly set out for home.But before they’ve travelled very far,they receive more startling news:Maggie Whitney has been found murdered,and Mouse is the prime suspect.

AUTHOR: ELEANOR KUHNS 

TITLE: CRADLE TO GRAVE