Working on the notorious Mitchell Estate,housing officer Josie Mellor faces challenges every day,but not nearly as many as those of her tenants.Kelly Winterton is scared and alone after her partner has been jailed.A victim of domestic abuse,Charlotte Hatfield has fled from her violent partner four times already.He’ll probably kill her if he finds her this time.Disowned by her family,someone is taking advantage of Amy Cartwright’s vulnerability.Who can she turn to for support? But Josie has her own problems to deal with too.As her home life deteriorates and she struggles to escape her controlling husband,she realises only a thin line separates her from the people she’s trying to help.When deadly violence erupts,will both Josie and her tenants become victims that no one will see?
AUTHOR: MEL SHERRATT
TITLE: BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR
Inspector Harry Hole has retreated to Hong Kong,escaping the trauma of his last case in squalid opium dens,when two young women are found dead in Oslo,both drowned in their own blood.Media coverage quickly reaches a fever pitch.There are no clues,the police investigation is stalled,and Harry the one man who might be able to help can’t be found.After he returns to Oslo,the killer strikes again,Harry’s instincts take over,and nothing can keep him from the investigation,though there is little to go on.Worse,he will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath who will put him to the test,both professionally and personally,as never before.
AUTHOR: JO NESBO
TITLE: THE LEOPARD
Once a key operative in secret Israeli-intelligence missions,Gabriel Allon is on the run from his past, assuming a quiet life as a meticulous restorer of priceless works of art.But now he is being called back into the game.The agent with whom he is teamed hides behind her own beautiful mask-as a French fashion model.Their target: a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree,a Palestinian zealot named Tariq who played a dark part in Gabriel’s past.What begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by political intrigue and deep personal passions.In a world where secrecy and duplicity are absolute,revenge is a luxury no man can afford-and the greatest masterpiece of all.
AUTHOR: DANIEL SILVER
TITLE: THE KILL ARTIST
A cargo ship is apprehended by the authorities off the coast of Spain,loaded to the gunwales with enough arms and ammunition to start a war.Twenty years later,an unknown aggressor seems intent on eradicating those responsible for the treachery,one by one.The last victim was brutally tortured with a Black & Decker drill,then shot through the head.And Nick Stone ex-SAS,tough,resourceful, ruthless,highly trained is next on the killer’s list.. In his most daunting mission yet,Nick Stone must find a man who shared that past, and who may know more about the present threat than he is prepared to reveal.As the two find themselves pursued across sea and desert,they become ever more enmeshed in a deadly network of betrayal,to which Stone himself unwittingly holds the key.And in a final confrontation that echoes his worst nightmares,only he can stop the unthinkable and save the lives of those he holds most dear.
AUTHOR: ANDY MCNAB
TITLE: BRUTE FORCE
Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life,but that control is slipping away.She has issues.Abandonment issues.Marital issues.Conception issues.And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted.It doesn’t help that her husband Truman spelunks and climbs,making her worry more with each adventure he takes.As the two grow apart,Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor.During a scuba dive,Truman disappears.No one not his diving instructor,not the Coast Guard can find him.Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?
AUTHOR: RACHEL HOWZELL
TITLE: THE VIEW FROM HERE
Following the death of her husband and unborn child,Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again.On moving into a new flat,she is befriended by her landlady,Ella,who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.But,unbeknown to Charley,Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness and unspeakable obsessions.As Ella’s mind splinters,her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy.But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself,Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her,closer and closer and closer…..
AUTHOR: MEL SHERRATT
TITLE: WATCHING OVER YOU
Old school loyalties entangle Thomas Lynley in a case that promises to be both tragic and troubling. A boy has gone missing from Bredgar Chambers,an independent school in the heart of West Sussex, and John Corntel,the lad’s housemaster,has turned up at New Scotland Yard to ask for Lynley’s help. Because West Sussex is not within his jurisdiction,Lynley knows he should keep well clear of the case, but the boy within the man remembers his own schooldays at Eton and his former close ties with John Corntel.Thus,in Well-Schooled in Murder, Lynley finds himself deeply involved in the search for a child and,too soon,for that child’s murderer.
With the assistance of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt-St. James, Lynley seeks the identity of an amoral killer. As the inspector and his sergeant question school prefects,the Headmaster,and both teachers and pupils closest to the dead boy,they begin to sense that something extraordinary and evil is going on at this privileged enclave of the elite’s children.And the key that will unlock the reality of Matthew Whateley’s death lies in uncovering the secrets and undermining the loyalties of a closed society.For Lynley,who is mourning the absence of Helen Clyde,for Sergeant Havers,who is trying desperately to escape the responsibilities of her claustrophobic family life,and for Simon St.James,whose marriage is disintegrating for reasons he cannot understand,the investigation into Matthew’s death will lead perilously close to their own emotional wounds.It will be these personal issues,as much as the cryptic clues that refuse to yield a definitive suspect,that may blind them all to the signs of another murder in the making-and to a terrible act of desperation that will break down the barriers of the past to expose a truth too long hidden in the name of love.
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE
TITLE: WELL – SCHOOLED IN MURDER
Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly.An elite and methodical assassin,she has no room in her life for a reckless,rule-breaking Irishman,and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank,Bailey knows something isn’t right.So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law.In fact,he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move.And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers,the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.
AUTHOR: ELLE KENNEDY
TITLE: MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE