A school trip to the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans ends early with the disappearance of a child.Is he just playing hide and seek or is it the work of a criminal? Perhaps a kidnapper with designs on the boy’s mother and her recently acquired millions? DCI Martin Phelps and his team are back together just in time to take on the case one that starts off as a possible kidnapping but soon descends into something even more sinister.As the investigation exposes the complexities of family relationships,another long-standing mystery is solved all while Martin and his colleagues anxiously await the results of a major police review that may result in them losing their jobs..
AUTHOR: WONNY LEA
TITLE: MONEY CAN KILL
Mark Wilson,a decent,well-liked man,lives alone in a beautiful house in Cardiff.One Saturday evening,his closest friends go to his house for an evening of drinks and catching-up.Finding no answer,the concerned friends break into a horrific murder scene.For Mark Wilson has been brutally,sadistically murdered in his own home.As DCI Phelps investigates,Mark’s traumatic early life is revealed.Was his killer someone from his past? Was his sexuality a motive? What about his violent,homophobic father a man who has already killed more than once …Meanwhile,Mark’s estranged sister Amy broods on the hatred she has for her brother,blaming him for turning their father into a killer.As she sinks further into the depths of drug addiction,who’s to say what her next move will be? As the body count rises,Phelps and his sergeant,Matt Pryor,soon realise they are on the trail of a serial killer …
AUTHOR: WONNY LEA
TITLE: JACKED – KNIFED
It starts with some missing warehouse inventory,but the case quickly moves beyond simple larceny. And when theft turns to murder,the stakes rise dramatically.The story leads Private Investigator Burnside onto the trail of some people who will do anything to acquire money and they will use any means necessary to keep it.And as he plunges into the investigation,Burnside also has to make a life altering decision about his own future.
AUTHOR: DAVID CHILL
TITLE: BUBBLE SCREEN
Liz Lucas,the owner of the Red Cedar Spa,hires an intern to help her prepare family style meals served to guests at the lodge.Only days before graduation,his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean.Was it suicide or murder? Liz,along with her trusty dog,Winston,sets out to find the killer.Was it the high school computer genius,Nerdy Birdie? Brent,who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin,the quarterback’s girlfriend? Clam Hammer,the gangster from San Francisco’s Chinatown? Or Nerdy’s mother,the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club? Who would have thought Brandy Boy,the lovable but lazy St. Bernard who’s the mascot of the Red Cedar Spa,would become a nationally recognized hero?
AUTHOR: DIANNE HARMAN
TITLE: MURDER AND BRANDY BOY
Small-town sportswriter Paul Mallory doesn’t need much to keep him happy: Red Stripe beer, H. Upmann cigars,and enough money to put down a few bets at the track every so often will do the trick nicely.He likes his quiet,undemanding life in upstate New York,and he really likes his quiet and undemanding girlfriend Pam.Maybe he even loves her.What Paul doesn’t like is travel,complications,and most of all,responsibility for the welfare of others. But when his insatiable curiosity along with a propensity for showing off gets the better of him one fine June day,he has to leave his old life and Pam behind to take on a lucrative new job;a job he never really wanted in the first place.Then,on his very first assignment with the mysterious Cramer Press Syndicate,Mallory immediately finds himself in the spotlight at a Russian handball tournament and must decide whether to become personally involved in the biggest story he’s ever covered putting both his career and his life on the line in the process.Whatever he does, he’ll never be the same again.
AUTHOR: STEPHEN C. SPENCER
TITLE: IT’S ALWAYS DARK
Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet.Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything.A specialist in twisted crimes,Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity.But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene:a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking,where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain,prostitution and murder.There’s just one problem:Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.
AUTHOR: J.A. KERLEY
TITLE: THE DEATH BOX
When novelist Theo Kendal inherits the remote fenland house in which his cousin Charmery was murdered,he believes it will bring him closer to the truth about her death.It will also be the ideal place to finish his new book.
But the bleak Fenn House is a lonely and sometimes uncomfortable place to spend the winter.And the strangest thing is that Theo’s new novel seems to be writing itself and heading in an unplanned direction.Theo finds himself describing a young boy called Matthew who lives in constant fear of a visit from the cold-eyed men.Struggling to understand the dangerous secrets that surround him and his family,Matthew inhabits a terrifying world where people die in macabre circumstances,where they can be imprisoned without trial or reason,their identities wiped from the world forever.Then Theo discovers that Matthew and his family really existed,part of a dark and violent segment of recent history that threatens to reach across the years to tear his life apart.And somehow it all connects to the death of his cousin Charmery…
AUTHOR: SARAH RAYNE
TITLE: HOUSE OF THE LOST
A long-ago promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod,a Scot who’s been teaching in France for many years,to the study of a man murdered nearly twenty years ago.The study has been preserved,untouched,since the man’s murder.
The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal his killer’s identity to his son,but ironically the son died soon after the father and never saw his father’s message.So begins the fourth of seven cold cases written up in a bestselling book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin,cases Enzo rashly boasted he could solve he’s been successful with the first three.This case takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France,where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines.An attractive widow,a man charged but acquitted of the murder but still the viable suspect,a crime scene frozen in time,a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs,and a collection of impenetrable messages make this one of Enzo’s most difficult cases.
AUTHOR: PETER MAY
TITLE: FREEZE FRAME
We’re all a little odd beneath the surface.He’s the most unlikely hero you’ll ever meet an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice.But there’s so much more to any of us than meets the eye and that goes triple for Odd Thomas.For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo,where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events.Odd never asked to communicate with the dead it’s something that just happened.But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between our world and theirs,he’s got a duty to do the right thing.That’s the way Odd sees it and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death.A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared.The worst is feared.But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person,he discovers something worse than a dead body,encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning,and spirals into a vortex of terror.
AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ
TITLE: FOREVER ODD