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Blood Rites is the latest gripping DI Paul Snow thriller from renowned crime writer David Stuart Davies. 1980s Yorkshire.
DI Paul Snow has a personal demon. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders in the town. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and appear to have no connection with each other.
After the fourth murder, he is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons?Read More
‘Mr Fraser-Sampson has presented readers with a neatly lacquered puzzle-box filled with golden-age trickery, as warm and timeless as crumpets and honey; a murder to curl up by the fire with on a winter’s night.’ –Christopher Fowler, bestselling author of the Bryant and May mysteries
‘comfortingly old school crime fiction with a modern twist’ –Chris Brookmyre, bestselling thriller writer
‘Classy and sophisticated … if you thought the Golden Age of crime writing was dead, then read this.’ –Ruth Dugdall, bestselling crime writer
The third volume of the bestselling Hampstead Murders sees the team become involved with a suspicious death at a crime writers’ convention. Is this the result of a bitterly contested election for the Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association or are even darker forces at work? Peter Collins, who is attending the convention as the author of a new book on poisoning in Golden Age fiction, worries that the key clue to unlock this puzzle may be buried within his own memories. A character called Miss Marple offers her advice, but how should the police receive this? Meanwhile an act of sudden, shocking violence and a dramatic revelation threaten tragic consequences…Read More
Four months have passed since merciless serial killer Ethan Hunt was captured. In that time Marcus Kline has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife, and trying to rebuild his life, and the lives of those around him.
But Ethan’s daring escape from custody threatens not just Marcus’ safety and peace of mind, but his very sanity…
Belief is Chris Parker’s thrilling sequel to the bestselling Influence. Can Marcus Kline call on all his considerable powers of influence and persuasion to once more triumph over his deadly nemesis?Read More
Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge. The series is very much in the best traditions of British women crime writers such as Lynda La Plante and Martina Cole.
Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice. With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer.
But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…
Death’s Silent Judgement publishes May 2017.Read More
Deirdre Quiery’s follow up to the critical success of Eden Burning, The Secret Wound draws the reader into a complex web of relationships within the ex-pat community in Mallorca, discovering their dangerous secrets…and a potential murderer in their midst.
One of their number carries a dark and deadly secret from their past, and has murderous plans for a fellow ex-pat. Can any of the close- knit community discover the brutal plans before they are all put in mortal danger?
Deirdre Quiery’s gripping thriller is not just an addictive page turner, but provides a compelling exploration of human emotion and desires, and the terrible costs of jealousy and ambition. Perfect for fans of Jane Corry and Amanda Brooke.
The Secret Wound will publish June 2017.Read More
SHE IS HUNTING FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan.
When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat.
As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah understands she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.
The sequel to Dancers in the Wind, Death’s Silent Judgement, will be published on 11 May 2017 and Anne is currently working on the third Hannah Weybridge thriller.Read More
“HOLD STILL hooked me from the very beginning and Adler’s engaging style and sharp pace kept me glued” –
bestselling crime author Peter James
“I photographed the moment of my husband’s death.” So begins HOLD STILL, a nerve-twisting thriller that promises to be Murder On the Orient Express for the Snapchat generation.
How much do we really know about those we love? Kate is visiting Tirana, Albania with her husband Paul, a much needed break from Paul’s website business which lately seems to be of growing concern. “Hold still,” says Kate, taking a picture as Paul steps onto the balcony. “We’ll always be together,” Paul responds. Suddenly there is screaming below and a blaring car horn. Kate stares down from the balcony at the broken body of her husband lying dead in the street.
Overcome with grief, Kate can’t accept the truth of her husband’s tragic death, and she replays the incident again and again, searching her pictures for a vital clue to what really happened. When she meets the enigmatic Priest at a grief support group, they journey together into a dangerous world of violence and secrets as Kate realises what Paul really meant when he said he would never leave her……
“Classy and sophisticated … if you thought the Golden Age of crime writing was dead, then read this.” Ruth Dugdall, CWA Debut Dagger Winner
The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source – a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?
Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Above it all hovers Hampstead, a magical village evoking the elegance of an earlier time, and the spirit of mystery-solving detectives.
Guy Fraser-Sampson is an established writer best known for his series of ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels which have been featured on BBC Radio 4 and optioned by BBC television. This is his debut work of detective fiction, and the first title in the Hampstead Murders series.
“Addictive reading, I couldn’t put it down. A brilliant read. The plot kept twisting and turning providing nail biting suspense. The characters were believable and very real. I felt I was a fly on the wall in East End pubs watching scenes unfold. Then I found myself hiding behind furniture in the Chambers and eavesdropping on conversations. Charles was always one step ahead of me. I look forward to reading more by Simon Michael (5 stars).” Amazon reviewer
“…a great book I recommend to anybody who enjoys a good legal whodunit.”
“… gritty, gripping and utterly compelling. Highly recommended.”
Leah Moyse, Independent Blogger
“Move over Martina Cole, you’re going to have company on the bestsellers lists (5 stars).”
“…In weaving Holborne’s adventures around legal London, Michael evokes the “pyramid of steaming cholesterol” of the all-day breakfast at Mick’s, and the “damp sheep pen” smell of Bow Street Magistrates’ Court. Michael writes excellent dialogue too… on this form Michael should cast [Holborne] in more adventures.”
Law Society Gazette
“On a par with Lee Childs and James Patterson (5 stars).” Amazon reviewer
1960s London – gang wars, corrupt police, vice and pornography – ex-boxer, Charles Holborne, has plenty of opportunities to build his reputation with the criminal classes as a barrister who delivers. But Holborne, an East End boy made good, is not all he seems, and his past is snapping at his heels. When his philandering wife has her throat slashed, Holborne finds himself on the wrong side of the law and on the run, back in the only place he thought he’d be safe, the East End.
But now he’s got caught in the middle of a turf war between the Kray twins and the Yardies. Can Holborne stay one step ahead of the police and the real murderer, discover the truth and escape the hangman?
Based upon real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, The Brief is the first in barrister Simon Michael’s series of compelling criminal dramas, an evocative slice of sleazy glamour from the Swinging Sixties. Simon Michael delivers an authentic and addictive read for any crime fan.
“Chilling suspense and climactic surprises”
“…well out of the ordinary and far into the realms of seriously good storytelling…superlative courtroom drama…”
New Law Journal
“The court room scenes are good… entertaining”
DCI Jack Austin – Jane to his friends and the not so friendly – knew he shouldn’t have come in to work. Following a terrorist bomb, an incident with a tutu and a hangover that would fell an elephant, investigating dead dogs, dodging bullets and being pulled sopping wet from a naval harbour is not conducive to a sunny disposition. But when the Head of Armed Forces and a City Banker are brutally murdered what’s a dashing DCI to do?
FORCE, a powerful Star Chamber, is under threat and Jack will need to go deep undercover to get to the bottom of the sinister plot. As revelations and rocket attacks threaten to turn his world upside down (and ruin his best pair of trousers), Jack will need courage, skill and a huge dose of lady luck if he is to bring the perpetrators of a nefarious plot that goes all the way to the Prime Minister’s office to justice.
As the trail leads to a showdown at the Albert Hall, Jack Austin, quintessential jumped up barrow boy and Portsmouth’s very own self-styled national icon, must fight to save his reputation, the country, and the lives of those who matter most. And work out just what a dead dog has to do with it all……
A Barrow Boy’s Cadenza is out now! And if you buy a paperback copy we will donate £1 to Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association – also known as Footprints. So now you can enjoy a fantastic new novel AND support a very worthy cause.
Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association is committed to improving the lives of children across South Hampshire, by providing friendship, advice and a range of specialist and progressive educational services from birth, which they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Through their activities and social opportunities, they help enable children to develop the vital skills they need to succeed, and become valued and productive members of society. To find out more, please visit www.portsmouthdsa.orgRead More
1974/5: After the ‘Revolution of the Carnations’, Portugal is transformed into a communist state. Capitalists are ruthlessly persecuted and the liberated Portuguese colony of Angola is thrust into one of the bloodiest civil wars in history. The fabled Angolan diamond mines are closed down, but not before a group of refugees escape with a hoard of the precious gems. Their lives promise wealth and success, but a legacy of revenge and greed will eventually find them all, with fatal consequences…..
2008: A millionaire businessman drowns in the swimming pool of his mansion in Marbella; a wealthy Frenchman is killed while skiing in the Swiss Alps; and a Portuguese playboy and a prostitute are found murdered together in a seedy New York apartment.
The series of seemingly unconnected deaths sets two women – Jenny Bishop, a young English widow, and Angolan born Leticia da Costa – on a terrifying journey into the past to revisit the Portuguese revolution and the Angolan civil war. Together they begin to unlock a 30 year old mystery that promises to change their lives forever – if they survive to reveal the truth.
THE ANGOLAN CLAN takes the reader on a heart-stopping roller coaster ride, from past to present and back again. It is a deadly intercontinental treasure hunt laced with secrets, deceit and murder. The prize is a fortune in Angolan diamonds…..or death at the hands of a pathological killer.
“It started low and soft, but grew slowly, increasing in pitch and volume into an unceasing scream so loud and so desperate it pierced his primeval soul. The detective was stunned, his mind blank. On the ragged edges of his consciousness a prophecy took hold. He could see, with shattering clarity, that there would never again be a time in his life when that scream did not exist.”
London, 1986. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal, and often bizarre, slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood red rose left at the scene of every killing. Why? What does the rose mean? What connects the killer to each bloody corpse?
Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey. As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge.
Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think. As they close in on the truth of the blood red rose, their unseen foe plots a shattering end to his reign of terror, and death awaits them all…..
STOP PRESS!! You can now enjoy a short film of the launch of Influence and discover why it is such a unique thriller – and why Urbane thought it as such an important novel to publish.
We are delighted to launch groundbreaking new thriller Influence by Nottingham-based author Chris Parker.
Influence kills…Influence is the greatest force on earth. Influence equals power, the power to affect people and events. The most powerful people alive have the greatest influence. And they can use it for good or bad. Marcus Kline is the world’s leading authority on communication and influence. He can tell what you are thinking. He can see inside you. He can step inside your mind.
In global demand as a consultant, Marcus Kline shares his expertise with world leaders, corporate giants and global media stars. Confident, self- assured and controlling, Marcus revels in his unparalleled skill.
Yet when a series of murder victims bear the horrific hallmarks of an intelligent and remorseless serial killer, Detective Inspector Peter Jones turns to Marcus for help – and everything changes.
As the killer sets a deadly pace, the invisible, irresistible and terrifying power of influence threatens friendships, reputations, and lives. When events appear to implicate the great Marcus Kline himself, everyone learns that the worst pain isn’t physical…
Set in contemporary Nottingham, Influence introduces readers to Marcus Kline, confident, and arrogant, communications consultant and expert who is about to discover that not every situation can be analysed and controlled. Somewhere between Derren Brown in full control mode, and Tim Roth’s Dr Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, is Marcus Kline a potential victim – or a sadistic and clever killer? Will you like Marcus? Will you hate him? You’ll very likely do both, and you’ll be influenced every step of the way, just like those in Marcus’s life.
At a time when we are increasingly driven by the power of communication, and the implications of persuasiveness, this is a timely, topical and frightening journey through the evil that influence can truly do.
The book is supported by a unique and exciting website at marcuskline.co.ukRead More
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