On compassionate leave after the murder of his wife,Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn’t trust the leadership of their new department chief,Isabelle Ardery,whose management style seems to rub everyone the wrong way.In fact, Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer’s hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.While Lynley works in London,his former colleagues Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata follow the murder trail south to the New Forest.There they discover a beautiful and strange place where animals roam free, the long-lost art of thatching is very much alive,and outsiders are not entirely welcome. What they don’t know is that more than one dark secret lurks among the trees, and that their investigation will lead them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking.
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE
TITLE: THIS BODY OF DEATH
GENRE: Fiction,Mystery & Detective
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein left the sleepy Suffolk coastal town in which she grew up she never intended to return. Left behind were friends, family, lives and loves but alongside them, painful memories; a past she wouldn’t allow to destroy her. Years later, an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter. When death follows, Frieda has no choice but to return home to confront her past. And the monsters no one else believed were real.Frieda can trust no one as she tries to piece together the shocking truth, before another innocent dies.
AUTHOR: NICCI FRENCH
TITLE: THURSDAY’S CHILDREN
GENRE: Crime,Mystery & Thriller
Young Imogen Burnhope and her maid Rhoda board a non-stop train to Oxford to visit her Aunt Cassandra, who waits on the platform at Oxford station where the train terminates, to greet them. Only they never arrive. All the passengers alight but the two women are nowhere to be seen. The train is searched and the coachman swears he saw them board onto first class, but they seem to have vanished into thin air. The Railway Detective must unravel the mystifying web of their disappearance before Imogen and Rhoda vanish into oblivion for good.
AUTHOR: EDWARD MARSTON
TITLE: TIMETABLE OF DEATH
Detective Maeve Kerrigan is away for a colleague’s wedding, and she’s enjoying an excuse to spend a beautiful fall weekend relaxing in the English countryside. It’s a much-needed break from the grit and grime of her daily life on the London police force. But even at a wedding, the job is never far away.
Midway through the reception, Maeve and her abrasive but loyal partner on the police force, DI Josh Derwent, are called back to London. A fellow policeman has been murdered, in a compromising position in a public park at night. And when Maeve and Derwent arrive to speak with the victim’s family, his wife and daughter are surprisingly cold and reticent, which adds further layers of complexity to an already delicate investigation. And Maeve knows the victim and his family aren’t the only ones with things to hide: the dark secret that her boss, Superintendent Godley, has been keeping for years is threatening to blow up in his face, and if that happens, they’ll all be caught in the aftermath. Pulled between her loyalties to Godley, Derwent, the victim of a murder, and her own driving sense of right and wrong, Maeve will be forced to decide how much she’s willing to risk in the name of justice?
AUTHOR: JANE CASEY
TITLE: THE KILL
D.I. Sean Corrigan from South London’s Murder Investigation Unit immediately senses foul play when Louise Russell goes missing from her home. For Corrigan’s own dark childhood has given him the ability not only to recognize evil in those who prey upon the innocent, but also to see a crime scene from the eyes of the perpetrator.Though Corrigan has no doubts that Louise was taken against her will, he believes she’s still alive. But time is running out, especially when a body is found dumped in the woods,a woman who’s a dead ringer for Louise. How long before Louise’s captor gets tired of her and replaces her with another lookalike? How long before they find Louise’s corpse next? Now, in order to track a psychopath, Corrigan must place himself in the mind of a killer. For it is only there that the twisted secrets of a murderer lie.
AUTHOR: LUKE DELANEY
TITLE: THE KEEPER
When Billy Ellison,the son of Washington, D.C.’s most influential African-American family,is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven,veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it’s time to start asking some serious questions no matter what the consequences.With the police unable to find a lead and pressure mounting for Sully to abandon the investigation,he has a hunch that there is more to the case than a drug deal gone bad or a tale of family misfortune.Digging deeper,Sully finds that the real story stretches far beyond Billy and into D.C.’s most prominent social circles.An alcoholic still haunted from his years as a war correspondent in Bosnia,Sully now must strike a dangerous balance between D.C.’s two extremes the city’s violent,desperate back streets and its highest corridors of power while threatened by those who will stop at nothing to keep him from discovering the shocking truth.
AUTHOR: NEELY TUCKER
St. Paul’s Hospital. Buffalo,New York. Scandal rocks the medical community when someone murders the chief administrator, plunging a long thin cardiac needle into his heart with deadly precision. Top ER physician Earl Garnet is one of the few doctors who knows how to insert a cardiac needle. Now a suspect,Garnet races to uncover the truth,even as he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy far bigger and more sinister than he could ever imagine a secret that could blow apart the very medical establishment Garnet has sworn to serve.
AUTHOR: PETER CLEMENT
TITLE: LETHAL PRACTICE
GENRE: Fiction,Suspense & Thriller
In January 1889,Louisa Collins,a 41-year-old mother of ten children,became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.Both of Louisa’s husbands died suddenly.The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community,put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR tIMES in order to get a conviction.Louisa protested her innocence until the end.
Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial.Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter,May,who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand.The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law except when it came to the gallows.Women could not vote or stand for parliament or sit on juries.There were no female politicians and no women judges.Against this background,a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life,arguing that a legal system comprised only of men male judges,all-male jury,male prosecutor,governor and Premier could not with any integrity hang a woman.the tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House.Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged.Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. they would take seats in State parliament,and in Canberra they would become doctors,lawyers,judges,premiers even the Prime Minister.
AUTHOR: CAROLINE OVERINGTON
TITLE: LAST WOMAN HANGED
GENRE:True Crime Story,History & Crime
From the Author,CAROLINE OVERINGTON : My hope is that Last Woman Hanged will be read not only as a true crime story but as a letter of profound thanks to that generation of women who fought so hard for the rights we still enjoy today.’
The naked body of a teenage girl has been found on the grounds of Elmhurst,a private psychiatric hospital,and with the help of upright Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn,Rafferty must track down the killer.His task is complicated,however,because the victim’s face has been mutilated beyond recognition,and Elmhurst’s owner,suave social climber Dr. Melville-Briggs,claims he has no idea who the girl might be.Between Rafferty’s mother’s constant matchmaking ambitions,the media’s unrelenting attention,and a heated power struggle between snobby Melville-Briggs and working-class Llewellyn,Rafferty’s first case since his promotion is not going to be an easy one.His growing dislike of the arrogant doctor quickly turns into an obsessive desire to prove Dr. Melville-Briggs guilty of murder,despite his seemingly solid alibi.But when the identity of the girl is discovered at last,a host of new suspects emerges,and Rafferty and Llewellyn,in the full glare of the media,must hustle to dissect motives and to uncover the true murderer.
AUTHOR: GERALDINE EVANS
TITLE: DEAD BEFORE MORNING
GENRE: Fiction,Mystery & Detective