Category Archives: Crime Thrillers

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

The Bitter Season is the latest nail-biting detective thriller from number one New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag.

The Bitter Season

Detectives Kovac and Liska return in the latest psychological suspense novel from number one New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag.

It was a shocking crime.

A middle-aged couple – hacked to death in their own home – with a samurai sword. Normal people. Who were they? And why were they targeted?

It was a shocking crime. But it wasn’t the first.

Twenty years ago a policeman was murdered in his own back garden and the killer was never caught. One woman might link these mysteries. But she is being watched. Can Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac find her before it is too late?

Suspense fiction doesn’t get smarter than this. Taut, tense and terrifying, Tami weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which twists and turns with every page.

About the Author

Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven psychological suspense, Tami first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with Night Sins, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She leads a double life in Palm Beach County, Florida where she is also known as a top competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781409151999

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Icarus by Deon Meyer


After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can’t take any more tragedy.

So when Benny is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point–a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out – out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking.


But Benny’s unique talent is urgently required to help investigate another crime – the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South.

About the Author


Deon Meyer‘s books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

Thirteen Hours was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa – the first time in the prize’s 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781473614390

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You Are Dead by Peter James

You are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James’ Roy Grace series.


They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

About the Author


Peter James was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the Sunday times Number One bestselling Roy Grace series have been translated into thirty-four languages, with world sales of 11 million copies, and three have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447255772

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Sacrifices by Roger Smith

Roger Smith’s latest thriller is masterful – it ensnares the reader until the very last word. Crime fiction at its most chilling – more so as it could so easily be non-fiction.


Wealth insulates Michael Lane and his family from South Africa’s violent crime epidemic until trouble comes from within the high walls of their Cape Town mansion one night when his teenage son commits an act of unspeakable savagery. Lane, joining his wife in a desperate lie to protect their boy – a lie involving the sacrifice of an innocent – encounters no opposition from cops and courts burdened by chaos and corruption, but he sets in motion a bloody train of revenge and retribution that threatens to destroy him and everything he loves.

About the Author


Roger Smiths thrillers, Man DownCaptureDust DevilsWake Up DeadMixed Blood and Ishmael Toffee are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the US. His books have won the Deutscher Krimi Preis (German Crime Fiction Award) and been nominated for Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel awards. He also writes horror under the alias Max Wilde.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431421633 

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. 

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. 

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. 

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train… 

About the Author


Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. 

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Published by Struik International

ISBN: 9780857522320

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Tom Clancy’s Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney


International stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove himself by breaking the deadlock. His plans hang on the country’s nuclear ambitions, a program previously impeded by lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found and, coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.

There’s just one more stage to this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.

About the Author


Mark Greaney is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect. He co-authored #1 NYT bestsellers Command Authority, Threat Vector and Locked On. He is also the bestselling author of the Gray Man series, including Dead Eye, The Gray Man, On Target and Ballistic

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780718180010

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Kobra by Deon Meyer


Capt. Benny Griessel is first on the scene of the bloodbath – in the guesthouse on a beautiful Franschhoek wine farm. Three bodies, the work of a professional hitman called The Cobra.

And on top of this there has been a kidnapping – a British citizen who may be carrying a counterfeit passport. Can Griessel stop the killer before he strikes again?

About the author


Deon Godfrey Meyer was born on the 4th of July 1958 in Paarl. He matriculated in 1976 at the Schoonspruit High School in Klerksdorp. He studied at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education where he studied for a BA degree with English and History as majors. He later obtained an honours degree at the University of the Free State.

In the 1980s he worked as a journalist at Die Volksblad, at the public relations office of the University of the Free State, and begins work as advertising copy writer at Sanlam.

In 1991 he was appointed manager of Internal Communication and creative director of Sanlam’s Publicity department. After Sanlam he started his own business specialising in the creation and management of virtual communities on the internet, and thereafter he was manager of special projects at BMW motorcycles. He currently writes full time.

Deon‘s novels have been translated into more than 25 languages. He’s already won two prizes in France: Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére 2003 for Feniks, the Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for Orion. Proteus appeared on the IMPAC literary award’s long list and he receive the 2006 Deutsche Krimi Preis in the international category.

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Published by Human & Rousseau (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780798165044


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Water Music by Margie Orford

Margie Orfordthe South African Queen of Crime Fiction, is back with her fifth novel in the Clare Hart series. Water Music is a page-turner with a masterly plot that will keep you reading to the last sentence.


When an emaciated child is found on an icy Cape mountainside, profiler Dr Clare Hart is baffled that no one has reported her missing. Where does she come from, who does she belong to? To further complicate matters, a distraught man pleads with Clare to find his missing granddaughter, Rosa, a gifted but troubled young cellist who has abandoned her music scholarship.

In a race against time, Clare battles to unravel the two cases and locate the missing Rosa. As winter tightens its grip, she is confronted by chilling secrets in a context where criminals act with increasing impunity and the police can no longer be trusted. Amidst the frenzy of the investigation, Clare must also bear a secret of her own.

About the author


Margie Orford is a South African crime novelist. She is also well-known as an award winning journalist, film director and author of children’s fiction and non-fiction. Margie is the Executive Vice President of South African PEN, the patron of Rape Crisis and the patron of the children’s book charity, The Little Hands Trust.

Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa. While at the University of Cape Town she wrote for Varsity and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1985. She wrote her final exams in prison. After traveling widely, she studied under J M Coetzee, and worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia. Here she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network. In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. While in New York she worked on a ground-breaking archival retrieval project, Women Writing Africa: The Southern Volume.

Margie Orford is the author of four fiction novels published through Jonathan BallLike ClockworkBlood RoseDaddy’s Girl and, in 2011, Gallows Hill.

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Published by Jonathan Ball

ISBN: 9781868423965

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On meeting Val McDermid …

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What a treat is was to meet Val McDermid this past Friday, at the launch of her new book THE VANISHING POINT.

The first time I read Val was only a few years back, when her book The Retribution was published, and I vowed to read every book she writes, since then.

Here are a few questions that Val was asked:

Q: What advice do you have for crime writers?

VAL:  Be patient.  Very, very patient.  The story idea for my previous stand-alone novel, Trick of the Dark, came to me 12 years ago, but I couldn’t figure out how I was going to structure it.  It had been sitting in my head all those years, and then quite simply, everything just connected, and I eventually wrote the book.

Q: What do you do when you have writer’s block?

VAL:  Oh, I do something silly like take the main character grocery shopping.  I make him or her think about something really mundane, like ‘Should I buy muesli or CocoPops?’, and this, for some reason, helps.  The trivia clears my head - I delete the words and carry on.

Q: What is your writing process?

VAL:  At the start of my writing career I was an outliner.  I knew exactly what was going to happen in every chapter.  But now, I find myself more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ sort of writer where the structure isn’t rigid and I could do the beginning, and the ending, and then wing the content in the middle.

Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you have liked to be?

VAL:  Ah, definitely a musician – somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

Q: You write a book, a year – when do you write?

VAL:  January, February and March I don’t do anything but write (I’m probably not very nice to be around during this time) and then at the end of those three months my first draft is ready to submit to my editor.

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Michael Robotham’s SAY YOU’RE SORRY

Say You're Sorry Michael Robotham

Two of my favourite book characters, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, are back in Michael Robotham’s new thriller that I highly recommend, SAY YOU’RE SORRY.




When best friends Piper and Tash disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates the nation but the teenage girls are never found.

Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally murdered in the farmhouse where Tash once lived.  A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

Convinced that Piper or Tash might still be alive, Joe O’Loughlin persuades police to reopen the investigation, but the closer he gets to the truth the more dangerous it becomes.


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