Category Archives: Mystery and Thriller

August 20

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

  The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain   When it comes to domestic suspense this classic novel, originally published in 1934, is considered one of the best ever written. It has been an inspiration for countless other authors, and two film adaptations have also been produced – one in 1946 starring Lana […]

August 19

Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

  Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch   When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong resulting in the death of a patient, high-profile doctor to the stars, Marc Schlosser, needs to come up with a plausible explanation. Looking back on his relationship with famous actor Ralph Meier, Schlosser recalls the events of the previous […]

August 18

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

  Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica   Chicago literacy tutor, Heidi Wood, decides to help the homeless young mother she meets at the train station on her way to work, so she invites Willow and baby Ruby to come home with her – a huge  and unpleasant shock to Heidi’s husband Chris and sullen 12-year-old daughter Zoe. As […]

August 17

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

  The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham   Agatha stocks shelves at a London supermarket; Meghan is a wealthy customer. The only thing they have in common is that they are both pregnant, and that shared experience leads to a friendly acquaintanceship between two very disparate women. Agatha daydreams obsessively about inhabiting Meg’s seemingly perfect […]

August 16

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

  Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe   Harley McKenna wants out of her father’s successful illegal drugs empire, even though Duke brought her up to be his successor after the death of her mother in a meth lab explosion when Harley was eight years old. Duke taught her everything she needs to know, from […]

August 15

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

  The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd   Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida. British schoolteacher Samantha has become obsessed with Danson’s case, and so convinced of his innocence that she emigrates to the US to instigate an ultimately successful campaign for his pardon and […]

August 14

Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher ; translation from the German by Niall Sellar

  Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher ; translation from the German by Niall Sellar Babylon Berlin is first in a series of  bestselling German novels, which were the inspiration for the lavish new Netflix production of the same name. Berlin in 1927 is the decadent heart of the Weimar Republic. Detective Inspector Gereon Rath has been hurriedly transferred […]

June 27

The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox

  The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox In this gripping sequel to the author’s 2017 debut novel, Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits has been relegated to the night shift, contending with a constant parade of the sad and the desperate denizens of Manchester, all driven mad by a sweltering summer – until he gets a callout to […]

June 26

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton This brilliantly original locked room mystery is like nothing you have read before, reviewed by The Times as “complex, fascinating, bewildering, astonishingly polished.” Aiden Bishop is attending a masquerade ball at Blackheath House, home of Lord Peter and Lady Helena Hardcastle, and is enjoying the usual pleasures […]

June 25

Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

  Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger When Shiloh Raye, a popular young country singer, vanishes in the vast and rugged Quetico-Superior Wilderness near the Canadian border, her father hires former sheriff, Cork O’Connor, to lead a canoeing expedition in search of her. But it becomes a white-water and white-knuckle adventure, as Cork is forced to […]