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By Martina Cole
Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama. Her most recent novel, THE LIFE, was a No. 1 bestseller in hardback and paperback and is one in a long line of No. 1 bestselling and phenomenally successful novels she has to her name. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold in excess of eleven million copies in total.Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama. Her most recent novel, THE LIFE, was a No. 1 bestseller in hardback and paperback and is one is a long line of No. 1 bestselling and phenomenally successful novels she has to her name.Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold in excess of eleven million copies in total. In 2011 Martina surpassed the ?50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this.Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, most recently THE TAKE and THE RUNAWAY which were shown on Sky One to remarkable reviews. In addition, TWO WOMEN and THE GRAFT have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged DANGEROUS LADY in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina's debut novel was published.THE TAKE was selected as one of twenty-five influential and well-loved titles to be distributed as part of World Book Night 2012.Martina Cole's Lady Killers, featuring the stories of notorious female serial killers, was a critically acclaimed hit TV series in autumn 2008.

Crime Files 2014: Volume 1 (A Free Sampler)

By Crime Files

Do you dare open the Crime Files? Can you handle a forensic examination of some of the best authors being published today?

In this, the first of two ebook samplers from the Crime Files team to be published this year, you will find exclusive opening chapters from some of Headline's very best crime and thriller authors publishing between January and June 2014.

From talented new crime writers Sarah Hilary and Colette McBeth, to the phenomenon that is Martina Cole and bestsellers Karen Rose and Quintin Jardine and other major talents from the list, there is sure to be something in here to leave you dying for more.

If you love reading chilling psychological suspense, action-packed thrillers or devastating crime, this is for you.

Featuring exclusive first chapters from the following authors: Alex Berenson, Martina Cole, Jason Dean, Steven Dunne, Sarah Hilary, Quintin Jardine, Jonathan Kellerman, Colette McBeth, Claire McGowan, Michael Morley, Karen Rose, Stephan Talty and Tom Vowler.

Bringing you killers and their captors since 1986 - from the Crime Team at Headline Books.

Dedicated to quality Crime & Thriller writing, from the publishers of Martina Cole, Karen Rose & many more. Crime Files is a dedicated community, set up by Headline Publishing Group, where all you crime and thriller writing fans can get together and share your passion for Headline's thrillingly good books. Plus you can get in on the case and have access to all the latest news, reviews, interviews and highly confidential information from the Crime Squad. What are you waiting for? Join the club. It would be criminal not to.


Crime Files 2014: Volume 2 (A Free Sampler)

By Crime Files
Bringing you killers and their captors since 1986 - from the Crime Team at Headline Books.

Dedicated to quality Crime & Thriller writing, from the publishers of Martina Cole, Karen Rose & many more. Crime Files is a dedicated community, set up by Headline Publishing Group, where all you crime and thriller writing fans can get together and share your passion for Headline's thrillingly good books. Plus you can get in on the case and have access to all the latest news, reviews, interviews and highly confidential information from the Crime Squad. What are you waiting for?Join the club. It would be criminal not to.

As Serious As Death

By Quintin Jardine

The fifth thrilling mystery in Quintin Jardine's Primavera Blackstone series.

Primavera Blackstone has finally found contentment by the Spanish sea. A fiercely protective single mother, she doesn't appreciate an offer of marriage. Nor does she welcome a blast from her murky Scottish past, retired cop Ricky Ross.

Ricky now works for millionaire airline owner Jack Weighley - a powerful man to whom you don't say 'no'. Together Primavera and Ricky must investigate a series of assaults on Jack's aircraft. Are they acts of vandalism, or the sinister work of Catalan extremists? As Primavera and Ricky are drawn into events, and the body count rises, Primavera begins to understand the true meaning of 'till death us do part'...

Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unravelling of the mystery is excellently doneWell constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turnRemarkably assured...a tour de force

Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

Along the way he has created/acquired an extended family in Scotland and Spain. Everything he does is for them.

He can be tracked down through his blog:

Quintin Jardine's Primavera Blackstone series is proving a huge hit with his loyal fanbase, and the Spanish setting provides a strong point of contrast from Quintin's long-running Bob Skinner seriesTo support publication, Quintin Jardine will appear at a number of book-signings and literary festivals including Bloody ScotlandIn 2014 Headline will digitally relaunch Quintin Jardine's Oz Blackstone's novels - featuring Primavera's late husband - updating the series look in line with Quintin's current author branding in order to maximise already strong digital growthQuintin Jardine's total sales have reached in excess of 1.4 million copiesQuintin is actively engaged in a variety of social media platforms, and you can find him online at and on Twitter at @QuintinJardine


With Julia Crouch's new novel THE LONG FALL out next month, cover designer Patrick Insole explains how her stunning new cover look came about.

The Long Fall

By Julia Crouch
The stunning new psychological thriller from Julia Crouch for fans of Barbara Vine, Sophie Hannah and Gillian Flynn.

How far would you go to protect your secrets?

Greece, 1980

Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander.

She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence.

It will haunt her for the rest of her life.

London, now

Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family.

But there are cracks.

All is not what it seems.

And now the two worlds are about to collide.

Somebody's out for revenge.

Someone who has been waiting thirty years...

'Another compelling, beautifully-written book from one of the best writers in a strong field. Once again, Julia Crouch plays on our darkest fears, and makes the reader feel that the closer to home, the greater the menace. Brilliant'A highly addictive revenge thriller... Julia Crouch expertly thrusts you back into those heady days of teenage gap years, when anything feels possible, yet danger lurks everywhere. I devoured The Long Fall in two days, and couldn't stop thinking about it afterwardsAfter a drama degree at Bristol University, Julia Crouch spent ten years devising, directing and writing for the theatre. During this time she had twelve plays produced and co-founded Bristol`s Public Parts Theatre Company. She lives in Brighton with her husband, the actor and playwright Tim Crouch, and their three children.There'a a huge demand for this kind of dark psychological thriller and Julia's writing more than hits the mark.Will appeal to those who enjoy crime and thriller writers like Barbara Vine, Sophie Hannah and Gillian Flynn, but also dark and edgy commercial literary authors like Joanna Briscoe and kate Atkinson.We have an exciting new cover look for THE LONG FALL to take to retailers.Sales of TARNISHED are up on her previous book, so this is an author who is increasing her readership. We are printing a large amount of proofs and will be targeting all the reviwers and bloggers with the new package.Julia is one of our most active authors at events and festivals and also has a very strong online presence.

Imogen Robertson

To mark publication of THEFT OF LIFE, we thought it was only right to make Imogen our author of the month! Here are her answers to the Crime Files quiz...


Designer Siobhan Hooper explains how she created the amazing new cover for BITTER RIVER, our book of the month...


THE DIRECTIVE is new, high-octane political thriller from Matthew Quirk. It's also our ebook of the month, which is rather nice isn't it? Read an extract here...
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Theft of Life

By Imogen Robertson
The electrifying new historical thriller featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel CrowtherLondon, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. As Harriet and Crowther begin investigate, however, they find the answer is not that simple. Together, they negotiate the interests of the British government, the secrets of the plantation owners, and a network of alliances stretching across the Atlantic. And they must confront the uncomfortable truth that some people are willing to do great evil when they believe their cause to be just.From the first Robertson's books have combined intricate plotting with vivid reconstruction of Georgian society. This one is no exception[A] gripping blend of the Georgian gothic and the forensic thrillerA true force in historical fictionThe pleasure lies in the steady unfurling of a period crime series (1871) that doesn't rely on declamatory villains and rhubarbing local colourStylish, enigmatic and wonderfully atmospheric. It's a story of secrecy and shame, reason and passion, that resonates long after you reach the final pageDeliciously chilling and dangerous. The plot and characters are absolutely mesmerising, drawing you in to their world like the opium itselfThe Paris Winter is in another class altogether... The vivid description of life in the Belle ?poque - whether of the rich upper classes and their servants; or students, artists and members of the Parisian underworld - the plausible plot, and a sensitive understanding of art and artists make this a fascinating novel that I read in a single sitting and admired greatlyImogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge, and now lives in London. She directed for TV, film and radio before becoming a full-time author, and also writes and reviews poetry. Imogen won the Telegraph's 'First thousand words of a novel competition' in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel.This rich new eighteenth-century mystery continues Imogen Robertson's acclaimed series but also stands alone as a brilliant historical novel suitable for reading groups and fans of Tracy Chevalier and Sarah Waters.A compelling and redemptive story that tackles dark revelations about the slave trade and its place in British historyPowerful impact of films like 12 Years a Slave highlights the current interest in the history and human cost of slavery, which Theft of Life brings vividly aliveThe Paris Winter (2013) and Island of Bones (2011) were both shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award and Imogen was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2012.Imogen is popular and hugely promotable, with great success at events, readings and festivals.Twitter: @RobertsonImogen. Website and blog at www.imogenrobertson.comRights for Imogen Robertson's novels have sold in the US, Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia and Japan

That Dark Remembered Day

By Tom Vowler
A thought-provoking suspense, for fans of Simon Lelic to Lisa Ballantyne

One family, one town, devastated by one tragic event.

Can you ever know what those closest to you are really capable of?

When Stephen gets a phone call to say his mother isn't well, he knows he must go to her straight away. But he dreads going back there. He has never been able to understand why his mother chose to stay in the town he grew up in, after everything that happened. One day's tragic events years before had left no one living there untouched.

Stephen's own dark memories are still poisoning his life, as well as his marriage. Perhaps now is the time to go back and confront the place and the people of his shattered childhood. But will he ever be able to understand the crime that punctured their lives so brutally? How can a community move on from such a terrible legacy?

Thoughtful and engrossing . . . Much of the fiction peddled as "psychological suspense" weights heavy on the suspense, with the psychology aspect feeling flimsy at best. Not so hereThat Dark Remembered Day is one of the most absorbing novels I've read in years. Brilliantly crafted, impeccably researched . . . Written in Vowler's beautifully cadenced, poised style, I was, appropriately, captivatedA rewarding, if disturbing readThat Dark Remembered Day is a fine achievement. One vividly imagined and intensely realised scene follows another, each one ratcheting the tension, as we are led back through time, and deeper into Stephen's memories . . . Makes you want to elbow the stranger next to you on the train and say: "Read that. Just read it."That Dark Remembered Day is an intense and contemplative novel . . . beautifully writtenA compelling story about damage done, a touching exploration of the possibility of forgiveness and recoveryTom Vowler is an author to watch out for; a writer, if there is any justice in the world, who is going placesIntelligent, absorbing and beautifully doneCompelling and beautifully constructed - it deserves to be widely readAs unsettling as it is minutely imagined, this striking debut novel from Tom Vowler will give serious pause for thought to anyone considering downsizing for a cosy life in the countrysideTaut and compelling, you won't just read this book, you'll devour itTom Vowler's debut novel is a finely achieved work. Sensitively written and beautifully crafted, it explores sexual violence and the resilience of human tenderness, set against the austere beauty and underlying threat of Dartmoor...hard to put down, impossible to forgetA devastating story, staying with the reader long after the last pageDealing with difficult themes...the story is utterly absorbingI was captivatedIt's a dark and unsettling read... will leave you mulling over the implications long after you've finished readingPsychological suspense with magnificent psychological depth... simply stunningTom Vowler is an award-winning writer living in South-West England. His short story collection THE METHOD won the inaugural Scott Prize in 2010 and the Edge Hill Readers' Prize in 2011. This is his second novel.

Dealing with hard-hitting, topical themes and a community splintered by tragedy, That Dark Remembered Day will also appeal to fans of TV dramas Broadchurch and Southcliffe

Tom Vowler is a highly promotable and active author with a strong online presence, on Twitter @tom_vowler and was chosen to speak at Crimefest 2013 in Bristol, appearing on the Fresh Blood and Psychological Thrillers panels

The Valhalla Prophecy

By Andy McDermott
No one does action like Andy McDermott - this is the brilliant new novel featuring Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase.

The ultimate duo - Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase - return in their ninth action-packed adventure.

Secrets from the past emerge to threaten archaeologist Nina Wilde and her husband, former SAS soldier Eddie Chase, when a Viking runestone is stolen by a murderous gang of raiders. The stone holds the key to an ancient evil concealed in one of Norse mythology's holiest places: Valhalla.

Travelling to Sweden, Eddie and Nina find themselves in a race against time to locate the legendary hall of the Viking warriors - before rival powers claim its deadly contents for themselves. It is a quest that will force Eddie to revisit a dark chapter from his mercenary days that he has kept hidden from everyone...including his wife.

Only Nina and Eddie can prevent the unleashing of a primordial terror from the depths of the earth. But even if they succeed, will the cost be greater than either of them could have ever imagined...

Adventure stories don't get much more epic than thisA writer of almost cinematic talentMcDermott raises the bar... non-stop high octane actionEasily competes with the works of Dan Brown and James RollinsTrue Indiana Jones stuff with terrific paceLike Clive Cussler on speed... high-powered funA pulse-racing adventure with action down the lineNo fan of Indiana Jones, Matthew Reilly or action in general will be able to put it downIf you're looking for thriller writing that will transport you into a realm very different from your own quotidian existence, Andy McDermott is your manFor readers who like hundred mile an hour plotsMove over Clive Cussler, here's a great new writer of thunderingly good adventure sagasAndy McDermott works as a freelance writer 'and occasional cartoonist' and in a previous incarnation was magazine editor for, amongst others, DVD Review and the iconoclastic film magazine Hotdog. Andy was born in West Yorkshire.Epic adventure thrillers are enjoyed the world over - from Clive Cussler to Matt Reilly, some of the world's favourite authors visit the past in order to understand the future. Andy McDermott's filmic vision of the adventure thriller is perfectly placed to capture the reader's imaginationTranslation rights for Andy's books have been sold in over twenty-three languages. He made his US debut in September 2009 and became an instant New York Times bestseller, his following books have all made the NYT listVisit the author's website or follow him on twitter @AndyMcDermott
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Takedown Twenty

By Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum is back in an all-new adventure from No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey. She has won major crime fiction awards for her Stephanie Plum novels: ONE FOR THE MONEY was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, TWO FOR THE DOUGH won the CWA Last Laugh Award and THREE TO GET DEADLY was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.
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Top Secret Twenty-One

By Janet Evanovich
The dead ends are turning into dead bodies.

Stephanie Plum is getting desperate. She's running out of leads in the search for Jimmy Poletti, who was caught selling more than cars out of his New Jersey dealership. Even Joe Morelli, the city's hottest cop, is struggling to find the criminal wheeler and dealer.

Stephanie's No. 1 temptation, Ranger, is also struggling. There's a killer in town with a personal vendetta against him. If Ranger wants to survive, he'll need Stephanie's help - and to reveal a piece of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins and highly untrained assassins are all in a day's work for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum!

Praise for Janet Evanovich's bestselling novels:

'Janet Evanovich's characters are eccentric and exaggerated, the violence often surreal and the plot dizzily speedy: but she produces as many laughs as anyone writing crime today'

'Janet Evanovich's madcap comic mystery is pure, classic farce''Evanovich's series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction ... all the easy class and wit that you expect to find in the best American TV comedy, but too rarely find in modern fiction''Reads like the screen-play for a 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious... The rollicking plot...keeps the reader breathless''An engaging mix of slapstick, steam and suspense'

Janet Evanovich is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox & O'Hare series with Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. She lives in Florida.

Janet Evanovich is one of the world's biggest selling authors. Most recently the paperback of NOTORIOUS NINETEEN and the hardback and ebook of TAKEDOWN TWENTY shot straight to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Over 75 million copies of Janet Evanovich's novels have been sold worldwideJanet has 30,000+ followers on Twitter and over half a million 'likes' on Facebook. Her online newsletter has 110,000+ subscribers and her print newsletter has 200,000 subscribers. Janet's website,, generates 3 to 4 million hits each month, and the books have also spawned about 20 fan sites.Stephanie Plum is one of the most popular, long-established and charming characters in crime fiction, celebrating her 21st outing in 2014, to the delight of her millions of fans.In 2012 Janet launched a new crime/mystery series with co-writer Lee Goldberg. THE HEIST debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times ebook bestseller list and No. 5 on the New York Times hardback list. THE CHASE, book two in the new series, debuted at No. 3 on both the hardback and ebook New York Times bestseller lists.Janet Evanovich's novels have won three major crime fiction awards, with nominations for more, and have all been critically acclaimed.


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Precious Thing

By Colette Mcbeth
A searing portrayal of a vivid bond of love - and hate - between friends The perfect psychological thriller debut for any fan of GONE GIRL

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara's life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut''An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf''An interesting and original page-turner''Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book''A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this''A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises... This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended'Colette McBeth was a BBC TV News Correspondent for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Her debut novel, PRECIOUS THING, was published in 2013. You can find Colette on @colettemcbeth and Facebook/colettemcbethauthor.Like S.J. Watson before her, Colette McBeth was picked out from the Faber Writing Academy class of 2011.A BBC TV news correspondent, Colette McBeth is a highly-promotable author, with a strong online presence (@colettemcbeth,, Facebook /colettemcbethauthor).Colette McBeth appeared at the Harrogate Crime Festival 2013 and was interviewed on Woman's Hour on publication of the debut hardcover edition.Hardback debut garnered huge ground swell of social media chat and impressive review coverage from reviewers and authors alike

Dangerous Pursuits

By Quintin Jardine
The first novel in Quintin Jardine's much-loved Oz Blackstone series, updated by the author with brand-new material and available exclusively in ebook.

DANGEROUS PURSUITS: The Deluxe Edition. Enjoy the first title in Quintin Jardine's Oz Blackstone series - BLACKSTONE'S PURSUITS - plus the brand-new Author's Cut, updated with new material, exclusive to ebook.

When private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone takes on the job of finding an insurance company's missing half million, he's hoping for a healthy finder's fee, not a life-changing experience. But when he finds the corpse of the would-be embezzler with a knife in his back and no sign of the missing money, what had seemed like a routine job begins to look distinctly dodgy.

Until the captivating Primavera 'Prim' Phillips arrives on the scene, wondering why she's been greeted not by her sister Dawn, but Dawn's dead boyfriend and a rather nervous-looking private eye. For Oz, things are looking up. This is the kind of girl who's definitely worth pursuing. Especially if she knows where to get her hands on half a million pounds...

Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unraveling of the mystery is excellently doneWell constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turnRemarkably assured, raw-boned, a tour de force

Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

Along the way he has created/acquired an extended family in Scotland and Spain. Everything he does is for them.

He can be tracked down through his blog:

This is the first title in the Oz Blackstone series, updated with exclusive new material, released to coincide with the relaunch of the series in ebookIn 2014 Headline will digitally reissue the full Oz Blackstone series with updated covers, refreshing the series look and bringing the titles to a brand-new readershipQuintin Jardine is one of Scotland's most prolific crime writers, and his total sales have now reached in excess of 1.4 million copies

The Dead Ground (Paula Maguire 2)

By Claire Mcgowan
Book two in the new crime series featuring forensic psycologist Paula Maguire working in the missing persons unit in Northern Ireland, in a nail biting story that will keep you up all night

Stolen. Missing. Dead...

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, and when she's asked to help find out who has taken a baby from a local hospital, she knows she will have put to her own problems on hold.

However when the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman, found in a stone circle with her stomach cut open, indicates that there may be a connection to the kidnapping, Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.

Then another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, and Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...

A knockout new talentIreland's answer to Ruth RendellAstonishing, powerful and immensely satisfyingA compelling and flawless thrillerPage-turningClaire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University, and time spent living in China and France, she moved to London and works in the charity sector and also teaches creative writing. THE DEAD GROUND is her third novel and the second in the Paula Maguire series.Second book in the exciting new series featuring forensic psycologist Paula MaguireClaire McGowan is the former Director of the CWA and high profile publicity is guaranteedTHE LOST has just been optioned by BBC Drama to develop into a series for BBC OneWill appeal to readers of Nicci French (Tuesday's Gone 51k in pb, 2013) and Sophie Hannah (The Carrier 46k in pb, 2013)

Don't Talk To Strangers (Keye Street 3)

By Amanda Kyle Williams
For fans of Karin Slaughter, the third in the highly acclaimed Keye Street series

If you like Karin Slaughter you'll love Amanda Kyle Williams...

Sheriff Ken Meltzer, from the small town of Whisper, finds the decomposing body of a girl deep in the Georgia forest. Next to her, the skeletal remains of another girl. One victim had been there for sixty days, the other for ten years.

Drugs, theft and reckless speeders are the main worries in Meltzer's county; homicide is not his speciality. A friend at the Atlanta Police Department recommends a freelancer Meltzer has never heard of - former FBI profiler and private detective Keye Street...

Carve out some down won't want to leave Keye Street hangingShort, ironic and compelling. This twenty-first century heroine is set to gather even more fansExceptionally smart, funny and character drivenThis is one Street worth acquainting yourself withWilliams has created one of the most realistic protagonists in crime fiction that I've had the thrill to readAmanda Kyle Williams has contributed to numerous short story collections, has written some small press novels and worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In order to research this book, she studied criminal profiling and took law enforcement courses in Atlanta. This is her third Keye Street novel.Keye Street is one of the most diverse and compelling series characters in contemporary crime fictionFrom the same agent stable as Karin Slaughter with a genuine Georgia settingAuthor attended Harrogate 2012 and garnered many fans. Witty, promotable and a prolific tweeter.Growing fan base from booksellers, critics and general public alike

Through The Evil Days: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne 8

By Julia Spencer-Fleming
The eighth in the New York Times bestselling mystery series from award-winning author Julia Spencer-Fleming.

'Thrilling, chilling and the suspense is killing' Val McDermid

New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns with the eighth novel in her much-loved series: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS.

Clare Fergusson and her new husband, Police Chief Russ van Alstyne, are awoken in the night by an urgent call: a farmhouse has erupted into flames, killing the couple sleeping inside.

But the couple had not been alone - their eight-year-old foster child, Mikayla, has vanished. Still recovering from a life-saving operation, Mikayla will sicken and die if she doesn't receive medication, and now the police force of Millers Kill has just eight days to find her.

As snow drives down, they face a near-impossible task. And Clare and Russ discover that the icy storm isn't the only threat being posed... Can anyone unpick the trail before it's too late?

...the award-winning Spencer-Fleming calls attention to the stress, nightmares, anger and guilt many military personnel experience on their return to civilian life... OutstandingA MASTERPIECE...the rich heritage of this Adirondack Mountain region gives depth and complexity to the crimes...yes, this is a very small town, but under Spencer-Fleming's grave and tender touch it becomes a world that you want to visit and hate to leaveBestselling author JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is the winner of the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Dilys, Barry, Nero Wolfe, and Gumshoe Awards, and an Edgar and Romantic Times RC Award finalist. She was born at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, spending most of her childhood on the move as an army brat. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College, and received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse outside of Portland, Maine, with three children, two dogs, and one husband. Visit her on the Web at www.juliaspencerfleming.comAWARD-WINNING AUTHOR - Julia Spencer-Fleming is the winner of the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Dilys, Barry, Nero Wolfe, and Gumshoe Awards, and an Edgar and Romantic Times RC Award finalist.BESTSELLING SERIES - THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS is the eighth book in Spencer-Fleming's prize-winning series featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alsteyne.FOR FANS OF LOUISE PENNY AND ELIZABETH GEORGE - Novels of faith and murder for readers of literary suspense, this is intelligent US crime mystey.BACKLIST SUPPORT - Headline will publish the seven previous titles in this series as ebooks in 2013, making the entire series available for the first time in the UK.

The Counterfeit Agent

By Alex Berenson
Ex-CIA agent John Wells returns in NYT bestselling author Alex Berenson's latest thrilling spy novel, for fans of Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci.

This is New York Times bestseller Alex Berenson's eighth gripping spy novel featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells.

In an Istanbul hotel, a source warns that Iranian forces intend to kill a CIA station chief. Ex-CIA agent John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get very far, the tip comes true. Which means the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one: a radioactive package has been put on a ship from Dubai to the United States.

As the threat level jumps and the government mobilises, Wells is sent on a private mission to find out the truth. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, he uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover, in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But will it be enough to pull the United States back from the brink of war?

A genuine talentIngeniousGritty and fast-movingOne of the best new spy writersAlex Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in History and Economics. In 1999 he joined the New York Times where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write THE FAITHFUL SPY, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel and was a #1 NYT bestseller. Alex left the NYT in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction. He lives in Garrison, just outside New York City, with his wife and dog.Berenson's novels appeal to readers of spy thrillers from Robert Ludlum, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Brad Thor and Daniel Silva, to John LeCarre and Frederick ForsythTHE FAITHFUL SPY won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

Shovel Ready

By Adam Sternbergh
In this hard-boiled dystopian thriller, Spademan talks like Marlowe, handles a blade like Dexter, roams the streets like Reacher, and has a style all his own.

'I don't want to know your reasons. I don't care. Think of me as a bullet. Just point.'

Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, before New York became a burnt-out shell. Now the wealthy spend their days tapped into virtual reality; the rest have to fend for themselves in the streets. Now there's nothing but garbage.

So he became a hit man. He doesn't ask questions, he works quickly, and he's handy with a box-cutter.

When he's hired to kill the daughter of a high-profile evangelist, Spademan's life is upended. He will have to navigate two worlds - both the slick fantasy and the wasteland reality - to finish the job, clear his conscience, and make sure he's not the one who winds up in the ground.

Hardboiled as f*** with writing as fierce and sharp as a paper-cutSavage future noir that crackles with deadpan witDebut novels as sleek, resonant and accomplished as this are a rare giftElegant, lean and clever noirADAM STERNBERGH is the culture editor of the New York Times Magazine. Formally an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications, including GQ and The Times, and on the radio programme This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a second Spademan novel.A snappy, compelling read that combines the desert-dry wit of Raymond Chandler, the hardboiled thrills of Lee Child, and the savagery of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels.Warner Bros have snapped up the films rights and Denzel Washington is in talks to play the lead.The author is the Culture Editor of the New York Times Magazine and has strong connections in the media world.Strong social media campaign and blogger reviews and interviews on publication.

The Testimony of the Hanged Man

By Ann Granger
Victorian London is brought vividly to life in Ann Granger's fifth historical crime novel to feature Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie.

A hanged man would say anything to save his life. But what if his testimony is true?

When Inspector Ben Ross is called to Newgate Prison by a man condemned to die by the hangman's noose he isn't expecting to give any credence to the man's testimony. But the account of a murder he witnessed over seventeen years ago is so utterly believeable that Ben can't help wondering if what he's heard is true.

It's too late to save the man's life, but it's not too late to investigate a murder that has gone undetected for all these years.

Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringentThe reader can expect a treat. Lively, different and funThe plot is neat and ingenious ... a pleasure to readShe is on to another winnerAnn Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is married, with two sons, and she and her husband, who also worked for the Foreign Office, are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.Ann Granger's hugely popular crime novels, featuring Mitchell & Markby, Fran Varady and Campbell & Carter, have gained her international recognition and literary successAnn Granger uses her wit and astute observations of human behaviour to create thoroughly believable characters capable of murderAnn Granger's historical crime series effortlessly transports her readers to Victorian London where evil lurks in the foggy streetsAnn Granger is an enthusiastic and charming self-publicist, constantly in demand for and in attendance at signings, crime conventions and other events