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Friday Reads

The Wicked Sister

  Karen Dionne wove heaps of menace into family dynamics in her debut, The Marsh King’s Daughter, and in this one she goes even darker, with a main character diagnosed as an actual psychopath. This […]

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When She Was Good

  When She Was Good is an elegantly plotted rollercoaster of a thriller. It’s the second book in the Cyrus Haven series but you absolutely can come to it fresh as a new reader – […]

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Cry Baby

Despite Mark Billingham having a long-running series, he always manages to do something cool and different with each book, occasionally chucking in the odd standalone to keep it real. For the 20th anniversary of his […]

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The Finisher

Peter Lovesey celebrates the 50th anniversary of being a published author this year, and that career in the world of crime fiction has been a glittering, awards-strewn, much-praised one. Here is the latest case for […]

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American Spy

This Friday we’re bringing you ‘a spy thriller with a difference’. Selected by Barack Obama as one of his summer reads of 2019, American Spy deals with race, gender, politics and espionage but with all […]

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Quiet Acts of Violence

It’s always such a privilege to publish the latest from Cath Staincliffe because, as Ann Cleeves has said, any book Cath writes is guaranteed to give us a moral workout. And although often not a […]

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Nine Elms

What makes Nine Elms such a compelling novel? Is it the masterful plotting, or the incredible sense of tension? The evocative London setting, or the high-octane premise? Well, spoiler, it’s all of these things. But […]

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Cold Malice

This week’s Friday read is the new thriller in Quentin Bates’s Icelandic crime series, Cold Malice. Atmospheric and intricately plotted, the novel is set in the dramatic, bleak landscapes of Reykjavik and centres around Officer […]

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The One That Got Away

There are many things that make The One That Got Away the perfect kind of read for a weekend afternoon when you have a few hours spare to lose yourself in another world. Firstly, the […]

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The Curator

  Hi guys, Mike here. For some reason my publisher, Krystyna, has given me free rein on today’s Friday Reads, proving once and for all that she doesn’t really know me at all . . […]

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Making Wolf

  This week’s Friday read is the taut, electrifying and sometimes surreal crime noir thriller Making Wolf, by the celebrated and award-winning author Tade Thompson. It’s the story of Weston Kogi, a London-based detective who […]

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The Mitford Scandal

  This week it’s time to delve into the glitz and glamour of the era of the Mitford sisters as they party their way round Europe, with, for the purposes of these books, maid Louisa […]

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