Summer may be on its way, but these crime and mystery thrillers will chill your blood.
Welcome to the dark side. Cozy it ain’t.
Karen E Olson – Shadowed
In the follow up to 2015’s HIDDEN, computer hacker ‘Nicole Jones’ finds herself on the run from an unknown enemy.
Nicole Jones is now living as Susan McQueen on a remote island in Quebec, Canada. She has tried to settle into a quiet life, working as an artist – but cannot give up her computer. While browsing in a chatroom, she sees a shadow – someone is inside her laptop, watching her every move, and somehow knows exactly who she is.
Terrified of being tracked down, Susan is on the run again – but from whom? Making her way across the border and back to the USA, some unsettling discoveries make Susan realize that she won’t be able to escape her past a second time.
“The second in this electrifying series is an addictive page-turner with a stunner of a finale” – Kirkus Reviews
“Anyone who enjoys the staccato rhythms emanating from a skilled hacker’s keyboard will be tapping their toes to this one” – Booklist
Michael Wiley – Black Hammock
Homicide detective Daniel Turner revisits an 18-year-old unsolved case in this intriguing and atmospheric crime noir series.
Homicide detective Daniel Turner was never able to forget the unsolved case, the disappearance of Amon Jakobsen all those years ago. Convinced the man was murdered, he was never able to prove it. Now he has returned to the isolated house on Black Hammock Island following reports of a disturbance. Is this his chance to find out what really happened to Amon eighteen years before? And will he be in time to prevent history repeating itself?
Caro Ramsay – Rat Run
A macabre discovery throws disturbing new light on a 20-year-old murder case in the latest tense Anderson and Costello mystery.
In August 1992, a young mother and her two small sons were brutally murdered in the woods behind their home. Her neighbour Andrew Gyle was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. Now, twenty-three years later, a macabre discovery throws new light on the case. Could there have been a shocking miscarriage of justice?
Having only just returned to work following an enforced leave of absence, DCI Colin Anderson knows he must make a success of his comeback case. But, as he and his partner, DI Costello, uncover serious discrepancies in the original investigation, it becomes clear that not everyone is telling them the truth.
“Don’t bother looking for the master criminal; the story is awash in malefactors but strong enough to bear their combined weight, which is heavy indeed.” – Kirkus Reviews
Sally Spencer – Death in Disguise
DCI Monika Paniatowski investigates the killing of an American guest – and uncovers a link to a 50-year-old murder.
When the body of an American woman is found in the Prince Alfred suite at the Royal Victoria Hotel, DCI Monika Paniatowski is faced with one of the most baffling cases of her career. The woman who called herself Mary Edwards had been a guest at the hotel for the past two weeks, having paid cash in advance. But who was she really – and what was she doing in a small town like Whitebridge? If Monika could discover why the dead woman had come to Lancashire, she would be one step closer to catching her killer.
The investigation takes an intriguing twist when Monika learns of a possible link to a fifty-year-old murder – but the only person who could tell her why it’s relevant is lying in a coma.
Gerald Elias – Playing with Fire
In the latest Daniel Jacobus mystery from internationally acclaimed violinist, composer, conductor, and author Gerald Elias, Daniel delves into the multimillion-dollar sleight-of-hand of violin dealing.
When an anxious phone call from obscure violinmaker Amadeo Borlotti disturbs Daniel Jacobus’s Christmas Eve festivities, he and his dear friends Nathaniel and Yumi make light of it. A seemingly humble practitioner of his craft, Borlotti preferred the quiet life in the country away from the limelight.
But his larceny, which began as a typographical error in a bill for a violin repair, grew incessantly. In the end he became a helpless captive of his past indiscretions and was consumed by it, and it is up to Jacobus and his team to find out how, and why.
Karen Keskinen – Dragon Fruit
P.I. Jaymie Zarlin searches for a lost cargo more precious than drugs, diamonds, or gold.
A panga boat lands on a Santa Barbara beach in the night. Drugs are quickly offloaded, but drugs are not all this boat carried. When Chucha Robledo arrives to collect her baby girl, she finds the boat is empty—save for a tiny silver medallion. Desperate and fearing the worst, she goes to the only person in town she can trust to find her little girl.
P.I. Jaymie Zarlin’s brother died while in police custody, and she knows all too well the pain that comes from the unexplained loss of a loved one. She promises to help Chucha—only to find herself plunged into an underworld of deceit, misery, and perversion. In this riveting mystery about loss and love, Jaymie will be forced to choose: what can be jettisoned and what precious cargo must—at all costs—be saved?