Latest Reads: Vanish in an Instant Margaret Millar

Virginia Barkeley is a nice, well brought-up girl. So what is she doing wandering through a snow storm in the middle of the night, blind drunk and covered in someone else’s blood?  When Claude Margolis’ body is found a quarter of a mile away with half-a-dozen stab wounds to the… Continue reading

Latest Reads: The Plotters Un-Su Kim.(Ones to watch in 2019)

The important thing is not who pulls the trigger but who’s behind the person who pulls the trigger—the plotters, the masterminds working in the shadows. Raised by Old Raccoon in The Library of Dogs, Reseng has always been surrounded by plots to kill—and by books that no one ever reads…. Continue reading

Ones to Watch in 2019: The Dreamers Karen Thompson Walker.

At first, they blame the air.   It’s an old idea, a poison in the ether, a danger carried in by the wind. A strange haze is seen drifting through town on that first night, the night the trouble begins. It arrives like weather, or like smoke, some say later,… Continue reading

Latest Reads: Home Grown Hero Khurrum Rahman.

JAY QASIM is back home in West London and in pursuit of normality. He’s swapped dope-dealing for admin, and spends his free time at the local Muslim Community Centre or cruising around Hounslow in his beloved BMW. No-one would guess that he was the MI5 spy who foiled the most… Continue reading

Latest Reads: Still Lives Maria Hummel.

Kim Lord’s face looked back at me, disguised in paint and the features of a murdered woman. Revered artist Kim Lord is about to unveil her most shocking show yet: Still Lives, a series of self-portraits in which she impersonates the female victims of America’s most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown… Continue reading

Latest Reads: To Kill A Kingdom Alexandra Christo.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into… Continue reading

Latest Reads: Your Guilty Secret Rebecca Thornton.

THIS STORY IS A LIE THIS STORY IS YOUR GUILTY SECRET You know Lara King.  The top billing of the showbiz pages, you’ve seen her every morning; over your breakfast, on your commute to work. You know everything about her; you’ve dissected her life.  Her perfect relationship with film-star Matthew… Continue reading

Latest Reads: The Fifth Season N K Jemisin.

This is the way the world ends.  Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose… Continue reading

Latest Reads: The Devil’s Half Mile Paddy Hirsch

New York, 1799: Justy Flanagan, lawyer, soldier, policeman, has returned to his native city, bloodied and battered after fighting in the Irish Rebellion against the English. Determined to hunt down the man who murdered his father, his inquiries lead him to Wall Street and the fledgling stock market there.  But… Continue reading