The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all too common and all too dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends’ children safe, and so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him. Several nights later, the call comes at 2:00 am, and true to his word, Myron picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to New Jersey where she says her friend lives. The next day, the girl’s parents discover that their daughter is missing. And that Myron was the last person to see her. Desperate to fulfill a well-intentioned promise turned nightmarishly wrong, Myron races to find her before she’s gone forever. But his past will not be buried so easily for trouble has always stalked him, and his loved ones often suffer. Now Myron must decide once and for all who he is and what he will stand up for if he is to have any hope of saving a young girl’s life.
AUTHOR: HARLAN COBEN
TITLE: PROMISE ME
GENRE: Detective, Mystery
Thirty years of closed minds and fear . It is all about to change. A Sheffield prostitute has disappeared. With no family to fight for her, she’s just the latest in a long line of missing girls stretching back three decades. Nobody cares about their names. Nobody remembers their faces. They are the unloved, the damaged, the forgotten, the damned. Amongst the women working South Yorkshire’s streets, rumours of a serial killer have long circulated. But the police’s top brass don’t want to know about it. Talk of serial killers panics the public and embarrasses the department.But two very different detectives, each driven by their own dangerous obsessions, are being drawn into a murky world of perversion, murder and corruption that stretches from the streets to the corridors of power.
AUTHOR: BEN CHEETHAM
TITLE: JUSTICE FOR THE DAMNED
My Opinion: A Must Read
Andy Dalziel of the Mid-Yorks CID has witnessed a murder, but it was though dark glass and he was being sick at the time. Now he finds the case shrouded in uncertainty and a string of contradictory statements. And who is his anonymous letter writer threatening suicide? Meanwhile Dalziel’s colleague, Peter Pascoe, has returned from a long convalescence uncertain about his job, his marriage, or his motivations whilst having to act as a moderator to the strong-willed Dalziel. In the background and, occasionally, the foreground, are the York Mystery Plays with their Director, Eileen Chung, who uses and abuses her vast range of talents to get the cast, site, and show she wants. But mysteries linger long after the performances, mysteries with no solution.
AUTHOR: REGINALD HILL
TITLE: BONES AND SILENCE
GENRE: Mystery,Thriller & Suspense
The Southern Strangler is speeding up his gruesome game. He’s becoming careless, but not careless enough: three bodies and still the only clue is his calling card. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene-the prior victim’s severed hand. Each one has been a beautiful young girl killed in one city, dumped in another, the latest in Nashville. What did they have in common, what could link them to a savage serial killer? As the Strangler’s murderous rampage through America’s South East gathers pace, local homicide chief Taylor Jackson and FBI profiler Dr John Baldwin, are at a loss. And a media leak is making matters worse. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly knows she’s onto a scoop that just might be her ticket out of Nashville. But she’s not going to tell. She’s going to keep quiet until the time’s right, guard her secret well. Though Whitney should know already that secrets come at a price, this time she has no idea what it will cost her, or how close to this story she really is.As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth-the purest evil is born of private lies.
AUTHOR: J.T ELLISON
TITLE: ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS
GENRE: Thriller,Mystery & Suspense
When award-winning journalist Max Richmond lands at Dubai airport, hoping for a relaxing holiday, he finds himself ‘volunteering’ for a special assignment alongside an Australian Federal Agent and an ex-NYPD detective. Their small task force is assigned to work for Sheikh Mahmoud, who is distressed to discover that men whose true loyalty is to the radical preacher, British-born Mullah Khaweini, have infiltrated his own security forces. Whilst the trio try to unravel two complex frauds that are funding Middle Eastern terrorism, they uncover a plot that nobody anticipated,a monstrous plan to bring Dubai to its knees. The three agents have very little time to stop Khaweini, but all they know is that somehow the infamous bomb-maker, The Shadow, and the radical Mullah are in this together.
AUTHOR: J JACKSON BENTLEY
TITLE: SHADOW OF THE BURJ
The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling.If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money? Can his attractive new bodyguard protect him? Who is blackmailing him and why? He has 48 hours to find out.
AUTHOR: J JACKSON BENTLY
TITLE: 48 HOURS
Take One Deranged Killer. Add One Determined Cop. You Get One Deadly Obsession. . .
From the moment he sees the young woman’s body in a bathtub in her Marriott Airport hotel room on the outskirts of Evansville,Indiana , homicide detective Jack Murphy knows he’s looking at a truly demented but brilliantly designed puzzle. She’s been drained of blood. Missing her left hand and her eyes.Her tongue has been cut out and stuffed in the tub drain where she is found floating in blood and the killer left a special message just for him. Hours later, he sees her severed hand arranged on a second victim’s body. The newspaper has the gruesome details. The FBI has a theory. But only Murphy knows how hard he’ll have to push and how much he’ll have to risk to thwart the killer’s twisted game.
AUTHOR: RICK REED
TITLE: THE COLDEST FEAR
Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she’s seen it all in Nashville but she’s never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction. Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Strangely, similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James “Memphis” High Smythe a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor to put an end to The Conductor’s art collection. Has the killer gone international? Or are there dueling artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?
AUTHOR: J.T. ELLISON
TITLE: THE COLD ROOM
My Opinion: A Must Read
When the bodies of local homeless men turn up missing major organs, Detective CeeCee Gallagher is hot on the trail of a killer. Only after her husband, FBI Agent Michael Hagerman, is the target of a car bomb, does she realize what shes really dealing with. This is no mere madman. These killers are organized and more dangerous than any CeeCees seen before.
AUTHOR: STACY DITTRICH
TITLE: THE BODY MAFIA
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense
Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the woman of his dreams.
A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk, and under her guidance he is paroled, returning to his family home in rural Cumbria. But there was a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth and revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?
AUTHOR: REGINALD HILL
TITLE: THE WOODCUTTER
GENRE: Psychological Thriller, Crime