But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just Caxton’s blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out or die trying. Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.
Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there.
When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.
This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid.
Praise for Val McDermid:
‘Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable’ Guardian
‘No one can plot or tell a story like she can’ Daily Express
‘Compulsively readable’ Irish Times
‘One of today’s most accomplished crime writers’ Literary Review
‘As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get’ Sunday Express
‘It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go’ Daily Mail
Laura’s always been able to protect herself, but soon she learns that an even greater danger lurks in the prison. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest vampire, has taken up residence and her power grows as she feeds her way through the inmate population. She knows how to pull Caxton’s strings, and issues an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.
Now Laura has just 23 hours to fight her way through a gauntlet of vampires, cons and killers . . . 23 hours to make one last, desperate attempt at protecting the world from Justinia’s evil.
Laura Caxton’s battles against vampire Justinia Malvern have cost her everything – the lives of her friends and family, her freedom . . . and perhaps even her humanity. But even now, reduced to a solitary existence as a wanted fugitive, Laura’s not through fighting. In fact, she’s got a plan – a plan that will force Malvern to come to her and allow the two enemies to face off one last time. The ever-wily Malvern has plans of her own, though . . . plans that involve Laura’s few remaining friends, a battalion of cops and an army of half-dead slaves.
In Gettysburg a tomb has been discovered. Cemeteries are nothing new for this town, legendary for its role in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. But this one is different. It contains 100 coffins – 99 of them occupied by vampires missing their hearts . . . one is empty and smashed to pieces.
How have they lain undisturbed for 150 years? And who is the missing vampire? More importantly, where is he? The answer lies in Civil War documents containing sinister secrets about the coffins – secrets that will throw Laura into a gruesome, deadly mission to save an entire town from an army of the undead . . .
Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl’s death.
When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again – this time, disturbingly close to home?
These and other imponderables immerse the Reverend Francis Oughterard in a fresh web of danger and subterfuge while his animal ‘minders’, Maurice and Bouncer, try their best to make sense of all this human bedlam.
Praise for the series:
‘I think this is tremendous – amusing and professional’ – Dame Beryl Bainbridge
‘E F Benson crossed with Jerome K. Jerome’ – The Times audiobook review
‘Perfect one-sitting summer read’ – Laura Wilson
‘An intriguingly quirky read!’ – Leslie Phillips, OBE
‘She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes‘ THE TIMES
‘Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times’ DENISE MINA
The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide.
Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared.
As the waters rise, a body is discovered – and the victim’s distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child’s killer might walk free?
Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:
‘Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium’ The New York Times
‘The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous’ Washington Post
‘Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings’ Ann Cleeves
‘Supremely satisfying‘ Observer
Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they’d do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they’re having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it’s affairs, for others it’s the bottle, and for Simon it’s serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.
Cambridge in 1352 is rife with terrible clashes between the fledgling University and the townspeople. Matthew Bartholomew, physician and teacher at Michaelhouse college, is trying to keep the peace when a student is murdered and the town plunges into chaos.
At the same time a skeleton is discovered that is rumoured to belong to a local martyr, and Bartholomew has his hands full investigating both deaths while the rioting intensifies…
Death comes calling on small-town librarian Aurora Teagarden in this entertaining mystery from #1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.
Going to two weddings – one of a former lover – and a funeral for a member of her disbanded crime study club keeps Aurora “Roe” Teagarden quite busy for a few months. Unfortunately, her personal life seems to be at a standstill – until her fortunes unexpectedly change.
After the funeral Roe learns that Jane Engle, the deceased, has named her as heir to a rather substantial estate, which includes money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Knowing Jane, Roe concludes that the elderly woman has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of Jane’s ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer – without putting herself in deadly danger . . .