Now   There’s that noise again. It’s a shrill, beeping sort of sound. Sometimes it’s so quiet I forget about it. Sometimes I can’t hear it at all. And then all of a sudden it’s back, and I know it was there all the time, hiding just beneath the other sounds: the voices and the […]

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ONE The green first-aid kit is open, with rolls of bandages, eye drops, butterfly stitches spilling out over the vanity like entrails. In my hand are the tiny pointed scissors. Before my eyes, they open and close and open and close. I can hear him coming up the hall. The door creaks. ‘Jesus,’ he says. […]

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The body of a young woman has been discovered in Bellahouston park, the second in a matter of months. It’s clear to Detective Superintendent William Lorimer of Police Scotland that they have a repeat killer on their hands, who is sure to strike again. Lucky for DSI Lorimer that his wife, Maggie, is miles away […]

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Chapter 1 Thou shalt not kill. Paul Rogan didn’t consider himself a religious man, but that commandment played over and over in his head as he stepped into the lobby. As his wing tips clicked on the polished marble floor, those four words beat inside him. As he’d done every weekday morning for eleven years […]

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Chapter One Armand Gamache slowed his car to a crawl, then stopped on the snow-covered secondary road. This was it, he supposed. Pulling in, he drove between the tall pine trees until he reached the clearing. There he parked the car and sat in the warm vehicle looking out at the cold day. Snow flurries […]

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Read an extract from Career of Evil

Posted on: December 30, 2017

Career of Evil is the number one bestseller and third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.   Chapter 1 2011 This Ain’t the Summer of Love   He had not managed to scrub off all her blood. A dark line like a parenthesis lay […]

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Read the first chapter of Friend Request

Posted on: December 18, 2017

The Top Ten ebook bestselling debut psychological thriller    2016 The email arrives in my inbox like an unexploded bomb: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. For a second I miss the Facebook reference, and just see ‘Maria Weston wants to be friends’. Instinctively I slam the laptop shut. It feels as though […]

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‘OH MY GOD, I’m going to die.’ ‘Well I should think so, Nikki. We all have to die one day.’ ‘What? Am I dying? Is that what you’re saying?’ ‘I’m saying,’ clarified Ms Dolly Greene, ‘that you mustn’t be alarmed.’ People always panicked when the Death card showed. They’d seen the Bond movies, and they […]

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The new atmospheric and ingenious crime thriller novel, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny   No. The figure at the Halloween party was disconcerting, but Ga­mache had really begun to think something was very wrong the next morning, as he’d looked out their bedroom window into the damp […]

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Discover the pulse-pounding new novel from the inimitable queen of crime and number one bestseller, Val McDermid… ——————————– If Kathryn McCormick had known she had less than three weeks to live, she might have made more of an effort to enjoy Suzanne’s wedding. But instead she had adopted her usual attitude of resigned disappointment, trying […]

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