Great new crime, thriller and mystery titles

Date with Danger – Julia Chapman (Paperback) The wait is over – Julia Chapman’s new Dales Detective Novel is out on the 2nd of April. ‘Hurray!’ we hear you all cry – hear hear we say. A fatal accident at Bruncliffe’s livestock auction mart leads auctioneer Harry Furness to call in detective duo Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe, but what starts as a simple health-and-safety investigation soon takes a sinister turn as they discover evidence that suggests murder. Meanwhile, Poacher Pete Ferris sets in motion a blackmail plot. Samson and Delilah find that their latest investigations are fraught with danger; a danger that will leave them fighting for their lives.

Trace Elements – Donna Leon (Hardback) In Donna Leon’s haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel, a woman’s cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region. When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding. Brunetti promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.

The Chain – Adrian McKinty (Paperback) Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them, you must abduct someone else’s child. Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child. If any of these things do not happen, your child will be killed. Victim, survivor, abductor, criminal. You will become each one. You are now part of the chain. A scary, breathtaking, thrilling read – one you won’t be able to forget.

Blood and Sugar – Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Paperback) An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark. Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking on a parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that would cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . . To discover what happened, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, to delve into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation threatens his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and forces a reckoning with his past. Can he survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford?

Joe Country – Mick Herron (Paperback) In Jackson Lamb thriller number 6, memories are stirring. All of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. With winter taking its grip, Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. When the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they’re heading into joe country. And they’re not all coming home.

Fallen Angel – Chris Brookmyre (Paperback) To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the hugs and smiles, there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. As Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible, and suspicion is a dangerous thing.

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