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Blood Med

Jason Webster

Spain is corrupt and on the brink of collapse.The king is ill, banks are closing, hospitals are in chaos, homes are lost, demonstrators riot and rightwing thugs patrol the street. The tunnels beneath the streets are at once a refuge and a source of anger. And as the blood flows Cámara roars in on his motorbike...

Cámara is back in Valencia and in the old police headquarters the mood is tense as the chief hunts for cuts – who will go, Cámara or his friend Torres? The two men are flung into action investigating the suicide of an ex- bank clerk and the brutal murder of a young American woman. As the city erupts around them, their case takes them into the heart of the trouble.

Headhunters

Jo Nesbo (and others)

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LIE.

Clever, wealthy, married to a beautiful woman: Roger Brown has it all. And his sideline as an art thief keeps him busy when his job as a corporate headhunter gets dull.

STEAL.

Then his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Ambitious and talented, he’s the perfect candidate for a top job Roger needs to fill – and the priceless painting he owns makes him the perfect target for a heist.

MURDER?

But soon Roger finds out that there’s more to Greve than meets the eye, and it’s not long before the hunter becomes the hunted…

The Corners of the Globe

Robert Goddard

Spring, 1919. James ‘Max’ Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more – much more – to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it.

Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer’s service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first – and possibly last – mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland – to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer – if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it...

The King's Return

Andrew Swanston

The king’s coronation brings hope. Until a murderer strikes.

Spring 1661: After years of civil war followed by Oliver Cromwell's joyless rule as Lord Protector, England awaits the coronation of King Charles II. The mood in London is one of relief and hope for a better future.
But when two respectable gentlemen are found in a foul lane with their throats cut, it becomes apparent that England’s enemies are using the newly re-established post office for their own ends. There are traitors at work and plans to overthrow the king. Another war is possible.
Thomas Hill, in London visiting friends, is approached by the king’s security advisor and asked to take charge of deciphering coded letters intercepted by the post office. As the body count rises and the killer starts preying on women, the action draws closer to Thomas – and his loved ones. He finds himself dragged into the hunt for the traitors and the murderer, but will he find them before it’s too late?

The Night Calls

David Pirie

While a young medical student at Edinburgh Arthur Conan Doyle famously studied under the remarkable Dr Joseph Bell, who was a pioneer in criminal investigation. The Night Calls chronicles their most frightening and disturbing case - the encounter with the man who was later presented in expurgated form as Moriarty. Beginning with a series of bizarre and outlandish assaults on women in the brothels of Edinburgh, the story moves to the medical facility of the city's university, which is itself being disrupted by the violent struggle for women's educational rights. Here Doyle meets a fellow student, young Elizabeth Scott, who has many enemies, among them a crazed misogynist student called Crawford and the smiling hypocritical patron of the university, Henry Carlisle. Yet slowly Bell begins to realise that the increasingly freakish crimes they are investigating reflect an entirely new and terrifying kind of criminal who is not susceptible to the old methods. The Night Calls takes them from the evil heart of old Edinburgh into what Bell calls their 'fight against the future' and to London itself, where Doyle again faces his nemesis with terrifying results -

The Dark Water

David Pirie

Imprisoned in a dank cottage deep in the English countryside Arthur Doyle lies half-unconscious and at the mercy of his nemesis - Cream. Gathering all his dwindling strength he smashes a window and crawls to safety. With a sharp piece of broken glass he awaits his torturer's return, but the man has eluded him once more, leaving behind the rotting body of a local miser and thwarted in his attempt to obtain money for his 'deadly' cause. Securing the help of the remarkable pioneering criminal investigator Dr Joseph Bell the two men return to the scene of the crime but find few clues. London reveals little more except the possibility that their archenemy has gone to the Suffolk coast under the name of Dr Mere. Full of legend the local community fear the 'Dunwich witch' has returned with her evil curse. A man has died in suspicious circumstances and it seems many are unwilling to talk about it. More hideous crimes are yet to come as Dr Bell and Doyle move closer and closer to confronting Cream: Bell to capture a notorious villain, Doyle to avenge himself for a crime which robbed him of his future happiness. Dr Bell and Arthur Doyle are reunited once again in their quest to hunt down a criminal mastermind in a sinister tale of intrigue and violence, which reaches a terrifying and dramatic climax -

The Dangerous Game

Mari Jungstedt

The price of fame . . . is DEATH

When Jenny is spotted by a high-profile modelling agency, she goes from ordinary schoolgirl to celebrity overnight. Suddenly her life is a whirlwind of parties and glamour.

Agnes used to be a model too – but now she lies in a hospital bed, slowly being destroyed by an eating disorder. Her father sits by her day after day, praying that his only remaining daughter survives.

An attempted murder during a lavish photoshoot means that Jenny’s and Agnes’s lives will soon intersect in the most terrifying of ways . . . Because someone is watching them. Someone with a plan.

Can Detective Anders Knutas figure out who it is in time to stop a terrible justice being served?

Trick or Treat

Jackson Sharp

Religion, madness and murder align amongst the teeming spires of Oxford, England, in this terrifying Halloween thriller from Jackson Sharp. Perfect for fans of Karen Rose, Richard Montanari, Chris Carter, and Alastair Gunn
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As Halloween approaches, the mutilated body of a young woman is found in a remote field, posed to resemble a piece of ancient religious art.

Then, when another body is displayed to similarly chilling effect, it's clear that there is a link between the two murders. As panic spreads across Oxford, DI Lauren Rose must stop a killer with a dark and dangerous obsession.

But as the investigation deepens, Rose realises that the city is being stalked by an evil that has revealed itself before far from Oxford. And that there is a pattern. A reason for the name The Halloween Killer . . .

Bitter Fruits

Alice Clark-Platts

A stunning debut - part psychological thriller, part detective novel - from a powerful and distinctive new voice.

The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite.

As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .

The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her . . .

Praise for Bitter Fruits:

'There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.'
Ralph Fiennes

'Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. A compelling read, beautifully written ... A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told'
Rachel Abbott

'Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.'
Emma Kavanagh

'Superbly gripping ... A very assured page-turning storm I read in one sitting.'
Stav Sherez

'A psychological police procedural ... An intelligent and thrilling debut.'
Peter Guttridge, author and former Observer crime critic

'Intriguing and sinister with masterful plotting and tension. A bittersweet read by a new crime author I can't wait to read again.'
Mel Sherratt

'A thought-provoking, atmospheric and emotional page turning thriller - brimming with mystery and suspense. I absolutely loved this novel, and devoured it from cover to cover.'
Paul Pilkington

The Last Lullaby

Carin Gerhardsen

'Carin Gerhardsen writes so vividly, like she is painting with words, gripping your heart and soul' Peter James. Discover one of the best Scandinavian crime series since Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole.

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It's the call every officer dreads.

Stockholm Criminal Investigator Conny Sjöberg finds a mother and her two young children lying peacefully in bed, their throats coldly and efficiently cut and no signs of a struggle.

As Conny and his team get to work they draw a blank on both motive and suspect for these cruel, senseless murders. The only lead they have is a mysterious benefactor of the family - who eludes their every search.

Distracted and hampered by the mysterious disappearance of one of their officers, Conny's squad struggles on - until an astonishing discovery turns the case upside down and threatens to tear his team apart . . .

Praise for Carin Gerhardsen:

'The pages turn themselves, right up to the startling final twist' John Verdon

'Fast paced and addictive' Barry Forshaw

McLevy The Collected Editions: Series 3 & 4

David Ashton (and others)

Brian Cox stars as the Victorian detective in a further nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland’s first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

Behind the Curtain: A theatrical landlady receives a chilling death threat.
A Voice from the Grave: Summertime, and the heat is on as McLevy tracks a brutal killer.
The Dark Shadow: A jewel theft brings an infamous criminal within McLevy’s grasp.
Servant of the Crown: The detective joins Her Majesty’s protection squad to hunt an assassin.
A Piece of Cake: A top chef is the toast of the city – but burglary and murder are on the menu.
The Sea Change: There’s something fishy about the Fair’s star attraction, the lovely Little Mermaid.
Sins of the Fathers: A runaway bridegroom and a blackmailer spell double trouble for McLevy.
The Devil’s Disguise: The Devil comes a-calling for the detective on Halloween.
Christmas Special: McLevy stalks a supernatural thief who is haunting the streets of Edinburgh.

Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas co-star Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

Agatha Christie (and others)

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. Butter in a Lordly Dish, written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame. Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in Murder in the Mews, a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat, the day after Guy Fawkes night. Did she die by her own hand, or someone else's? In Personal Call, also written specially for radio by Agatha Christie, a disturbing telephone call from a woman named Fay has consequences for both Richard Brent and his wife Pam. This 1960 production stars Ivan Brandt and Barbara Lott.