Monday 13 June 2016

Books to Look Forward to From Transworld


You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? "How well do we ever know those around us? The Couple Next Door is by Shari Lapena

The Fourth Victim is by Mari Jungstedt. A violent robbery. A hit and run. A brutal murder. In the stifling heat of an August morning on the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland, terror shatters the calm. An armed robbery is over in minutes, leaving a little girl on the road, hit in the speed of the robbers' flight. Desperate to find those responsible, the police track down one of the culprits. But he is dead, brutally murdered at a remote farm. Tattooed on his arm are three initials: his own and two others. The only clues as to the identity of his friends. As the desperate hunt to find the remaining two robbers intensifies, there's every chance the murderer is on their trail too. Can Detective Superintendent Knutas beat them to it?

Accompanying a group of veteran soldiers on an expedition to the North Pole should be a simple job for ex-deniable operative Nick Stone. But when they're intercepted in their tracks by hulking men with powerful weapons and an enormous ice-breaker ship claiming to be US Navy, Stone immediately understands that not everyone on this trip is who they say they are. When members of the crew begin to die, it is clear that the murderer must be amongst them. And when the very motivations of the trek are called into question, Stone doesn't only have multiple murders on his hands, he has an international crisis to deal with too.  Cold Blood is by Andy McNab


An extraordinary discovery. When his old friend, Angela, invites him out to her archaeological dig in the Iraqi desert, Chris Bronson is expecting a relaxing few days and an overdue catch-up. But when they arrive at the site they find her colleagues slaughtered and a recent discovery defaced. An ancient mystery. Their only clue is an incomplete inscription, which holds the key to uncovering the truth behind a centuries-old secret. With unknown assassins hot on their heels, Chris and Angela are forced into a desperate hunt across the globe for the final piece of the puzzle. And if they don't find it first, the consequences could be fatal ...The race of their lives.  The Templar Heresy is by James Becker.

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.  Night School is by Lee Child.

The Beautiful Dead is by Belinda Bauer. An obsessed killer craves an audience for his crimes – even advertising them beforehand.  As London is gripped by the fear that there is no safety in numbers, ambitious TV reporter Eve Singer is keen to be first with the news from every gory scene – until she starts to suspect that the killer has two obsessions.  One is public murder.  And the other one is her …

Meet Milo Milodragovitch. He's been running a thriving business helping settle divorce cases; other people's misery can be lucrative. But liberal new divorce laws mean he has no choice but to diversify. And that means something more proactive than just drinking and staring out the window...When beautiful Helen Duffy asks him for help in finding her missing brother, he really can't resist. He needs the money but mostly he just wants to spend more time with her. But what seems like a routine case is far from it, and a long-past crime haunts their every move...  The Wrong Case is by James Crumley.


Incendium is by A D Swanston.  Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable.  Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest see the beneath the surface of society.  Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave – and Leicester’s chief intelligence, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad.  But Radcliff’s own life is far from orderly.  His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions.  That the queen’s own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, is found guilty of treason, it is a sign of just how deep dissent goes.  Jesuit priests have been sent to England in order to foment revolt but the threat of a Catholic uprising comes not just from within.  Across the channel, France is caught up in a frenzy of brutal religious persecution and England’s other enemy of old, Spain, is making preparation to invade.  England is a powder keg, just waiting for a spark to ignite it – and then Christopher Radcliff hears word of the plot that could provide that spark.  The word is “Incendium” – but what does it mean and who lies behind it?  Suddenly Christopher Radcliff is caught up in a race against time ….

August, 1983. Denton is preparing for a wedding. Detective Sergeant Waters should be on top of the world with less than a week to go until he marries Kim Myles. But the Sunday before the big day, instead of a run-through with his best man, the church is sealed off. The body of a young woman has been found in the churchyard, and their idyllic wedding venue has become a crime scene. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost has been homeless for the past three months, ever since his wife's family sold the matrimonial house. He's been staying with Detective Constable Sue Clarke but with a baby to take care of and the imminent arrival of her mother, she's given him his marching orders. But as best man to Waters, he's got a responsibility to solve the mystery of the dead girl in the churchyard. Can he put his own troubles aside and be the detective they need him to be? All in all, August looks set to be a wicked month in Denton…  Frost at Midnight is by James Henry

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found. Detective Mia Kruger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal. But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer's plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim. The Owl Always Hunts at Night is by Samuel Bjork.

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