Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend is one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country, and finds herself in a cold northern town assigned to Donald Murphy’s team, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women both strikingly similar in appearance.
Now a third has been taken, and they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective. But Richard the father of the latest victim believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him. As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with him, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.
AUTHOR: A.D. DAVIS
TITLE: HIS FIRST HIS SECOND
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
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The discovery of a dead banker sends shock waves through the sleepy coastal town of Ayr. And it’s up to DI Bob Valentine, recently back on the force after his near-fatal stabbing, to find the killer. But leads are hard to find and the pressure is on from an anxious Chief Superintendent who is being hounded by the media and still has serious concerns about her DI’s mental health. And as it becomes clear that there’s a serial killer on the loose, Bob Valentine must battle the demons of his post-traumatic stress, an investigation team that’s leaking like a sieve and frightening visions that might just be the key to unlocking the mystery.
AUTHOR: TONY BLACK
TITLE: ARTEFACTS OF THE DEAD
GENRE: Mystery, Detective, Serial killer
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A young woman is found murdered on the grounds of a rural golf course, leaving Detective Inspector Angus Henderson of Sussex Police with no discernible clues. If that’s not enough, he has other problems to contend with when his girlfriend is injured in a car crash and a local gangster takes an interest in the case and starts beating up suspects. A breakthrough is made when it is discovered that the victim was a model on an adult website. This brings the owners of the website under suspicion, not only because of the business they run, but two of them are also lecturers at the university the victim attended. It’s a difficult case for the DI but it might be his last when his life is threatened by two animals; but only one of them is human.
AUTHOR: IAIN CAMERON
TITLE: ONE LAST LESSON
GENRE: Mystery, Crime
Recommendation: http://www.amazon.co.uk > … > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > British Detectives
Three years ago, top San Diego homicide detective Nevada James went up against an infamous serial killer called the Laughing Man and lost. The mental breakdown that followed left her institutionalized and no longer able to work as a police officer.
Having lost everything, Nevada is content to do odd jobs to keep a step ahead of the bill collectors and fund her out-of-control drinking problem. But that changes when Alan Davies, a local crime lord, comes to her with a problem. His wife and daughter are missing and he can’t go to the police. If Nevada helps him, he’ll pay her enough that she’ll never have to worry about money again. But what should have been a simple missing person’s case quickly turns deadly. Alan Davies has enemies, and in the course of trying to save his family Nevada finds herself in the middle of a gang war. But her own demons are even more menacing, and the Laughing Man is still out there.
AUTHOR: MATTHEW STORM
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com >… > Crime Fiction > Organized Crime
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart and initials inside reading E and D.
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone, an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again. As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve .
AUTHOR: J.D. ROBB
TITLE: DEVOTED IN DEATH
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
A woman is found dead by a canal. why have her eyes have been viciously poked out?
Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn’t know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?
AUTHOR: HELEN H. DURRANT
TITLE: DARK MURDER
GENRE: Detective Thriller
Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com > … > Mystery > Police Procedurals
You have cancer. And tomorrow you’re trying your last chance for survival you’ll be infused with your own treated bone marrow frozen, stored, and safe in one of California’s most prestigious hospitals. Then comes the note: “We have your marrow pay or die.
The missing marrow, a sudden change in patient demeanor, and an unusual death in the cancer ward raise suspicions, but protecting the hospital’s reputation becomes more important than launching an investigation. But one patient’s primary nurse defies the administration, the attending physician, and her abusive boyfriend to dig deeper and solve the mystery.
AUTHOR: J.J. LAMB
TITLE: BONE DRY
GENRE: Medical Thriller
A wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London and their youngest child stolen away on New Year’s Day. The murder weapon was a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered, leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man.
But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man? All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family or finds his way to his own front door.
TITLE: THE SLAUGHTER MAN
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery Crime
Recommendation: http://www.randomhouse.com.au > Books
The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect – except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree.
For NYPD detective, Kathy Mallory, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes; murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory’s history could fully recognise. In the next few weeks, Kathy Mallory will deal with them all in her own way.
AUTHOR: CAROL O’CONNELL
TITLE: THE CHALK GIRL
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
Recommendation: http://www.amazom.com > … > Women Sleuths