Summer, 1942. For the people of Malta, suffering daily bombing raids, the British are the last line of defence against the Nazis. And it is Max Chadwick’s job as the information officer to ensure the news the islanders receive maintains morale.So when Max is given proof suggesting a British officer is murdering local women, he knows the consequences of discovery are dire. With the violence on the war-ravaged island escalating daily, he embarks on a private investigation, hidden from the eyes of superiors, friends and the woman he loves.But Max finds himself torn between patriotic duty and personal honour in his efforts to track down the killer,an elusive figure always one step ahead of his hunter.
AUTHOR: ARK MILLS
TITLE: THE INFORMATION OFFICE
Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter’s investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can’t let it go the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?
AUTHOR: BRAD PARKS
TITLE: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Little Gloria Summers’ body has been found, hidden inside two plastic bin bags in a disused warehouse. Somewhere in the city, a child killer is on the loose, free to strike again. Then Emily Morrison vanishes on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A week later there are still no clues. Inspector Charlie Resnick is as appalled as the media. But years of patient police work have taught him a thing or two including his conviction that those who jump to easy conclusions are often the last ones to solve a crime.
AUTHOR: JOHN HARVEY
TITLE: OFF MINOR
Two female paramedics murdered in a month.Is it coincidence,or are they victims of a serial killer? Detective Ella Marconi isn’t sure, but goes hard after her key suspects,including police officer John Morris. But each turn of the case throws up more questions and entanglements,and Ella and her partner,Detective Murray Shakespeare, struggle to find the truth among the lies. Ella also attempts to balance work and her relationship with Dr Callum McLennan, which is both growing both stronger and more difficult as they face Callum’s mother’s disapproval and the anniversary of his cousin’s murder. Meanwhile,Carly Martens paramedic and close friend of the second victim conducts her own investigation. She’s certain that her fellow paramedic Tessa Kimball is hiding something, and her refusal to let it go puts her,Tessa, and even Ella into more danger than Carly could ever imagine.
AUTHOR: KATHERINE HOWELL
TITLE: DESERVING DEATH
Deer Lake is a small Minnesota town where people know their neighbours and crime is something that happens on the evening news. But the illusion of safety is shattered when eight-year-old Josh Kirkwood disappears from a hockey rink as he waits for his mother to pick him up after practice. The only thing the police find is his duffel bag with a note stuffed inside, ‘Ignorance is not innocence but SIN’. With each passing hour the search for Josh takes on a more ominus intensity. For Megan O’Malley, the new regional officer of the state criminal investigative unit, it is a test of whether she can cut it in the all-male world of local cops. For police chief Mitch Holt, it is a frightening reminder of the big city crime that devastated his life before he fled to Deer Lake.
AUTHOR: TAMI HOAG
TITLE: NIGHT SINS
Days before one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, Gaia Lafayette, leaves her Bel Air home for a movie role on location in Brighton, England, there is a bungled attempt on her life. The whole city of Brighton awaits Gaia’s arrival, including her dangerously obsessive Number One fan looking for revenge and an anxious Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, charged with protecting Gaia.When a mutilated torso is found on a chicken farm miles away in the countryside, Roy Grace has no reason at all to connect this to the star’s visit to the county. But as events rapidly begin to unfold, Roy Grace and his team find themselves in a desperate race against time to save Gaia’s life from a clever maniac who will stop at nothing to kill her.
AUTHOR: PETER JAMES
TITLE: NOT DEAD YET
GENRE: Crime & Thriller
Scottish Field As Heather Brodie kisses her lover goodnight, her disabled husband lies dead, his throat cut from ear to ear. Who wanted Gavin Brodie dead? Many people, including Gavin himself. Devastated by an incurable illness, he had begged to be allowed to die. When another terminally-ill man finds a knife-wielding intruder in his bedroom, DS Alice Rice concludes it is no coincidence and there may be a serial killer with a mission to get rid of the sick.
AUTHOR: GILLIAN GALBRAITH
TITLE: NO SORROW TO DIE
GENRE: Fiction,Mystery & Crime
Marilyn Howe turns up alone and frightened on Inspector Ramsay’s doorstep he has little choice but to invite her in. Marilyn and her mother, Kathleen, are a familiar sight around Hepple Burn, a strangely inseparable couple.But Kathleen has unaccountably failed to return home that evening, and Marilyn is fearful for her mother’s safety.Ramsay takes the young girl home, to the isolated coastal community known as the Headland. And in the Howes’ dark and cluttered kitchen they find Kathleen safe and apparently well, though acting rather mysteriously.Six months later, Ramsay has more or less forgotten the strange incident, busy as he is on the trail of a local child abductor.Until he receives news that Mrs Howe has disappeared once more. And for the second time he is drawn into the strange relationships of the families living on the lonely Headland.
Then a woman’s body is washed up on the beach…
AUTHOR: ANN CLEEVES
TITLE: THE BABY SNATCHER
GENRE: Detective,Crime & Mystery
A hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled,laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers.This stylized murder has Inspector Vera Stanhope intrigued. But then another body that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh is discovered in a rock pool, her body strewn with flowers. Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death. As the local residents are forced to share their deepest darkest secrets, the killer watches, waits and plans to prepare another beautiful, watery grave.
AUTHOR: ANN CLEEVES
TITLE: HIDDEN DEPTHS
GENRE: Murder,Thriller,mystery & Suspense
No one in Hepple Burn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry but here she is,murdered in her own backyard on a bitter St. David’s Eve. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village,a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge.Yes,old Mrs. Parry was loved by everyone,but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes,her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn’t really want her interfering in their rather complicated personal lives.Even among her neighbors, Alice Parry’s helpfulness had sometimes misfired;and after her death,tension tight as a clenched fist grips the uneasy village.Meanwhile, the suspects keep rolling in,and Hepburn’s friendly neighborhood killer continues his nasty piece of work.
AUTHOR: ANN CLEEVES
TITLE: MURDER IN MY BACKYARD
GENRE: Fiction,Mystery & Detective