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Crime, thrillers and mystery

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The Dying Game
Asa Avdic
(UK: Windmill Books, @WindmillBooks, 2017; USA: Penguin Books USA, @penguinusa, 2017)

On the remote island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees, and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment is to stage her own death and then observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure?

But as soon as Anna steps on to the island she realises something isn’t quite right. And then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins .…

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Deep Blue Trouble
(Lori Anderson: book 2)
Steph Broadribb
(UK: Orenda Books, @OrendaBooks, 2018; USA: Orenda Books, @OrendaBooks, 2018)

Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.

Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe: bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.

With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything .…

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Recommended by:
Karen Sullivan, Founder and Publisher, Orenda Books

Founded in 2014, Orenda Books is a London-based publishing house that publishes literary and crime fiction by debut and existing authors, including Ragnar Jónasson, Thomas Enger, Michael Grothaus, Gunnar Staalesen and Kati Hiekkapelto. Karen called her company Orenda Books after the title of the Joseph Boyden novel The Orenda (Amazon: UK | USA). She says: ‘The word itself – which loosely translates as “the mystical power that drives human accomplishment” – is a nod to my Canadian heritage and is a First Nations word whose provenance is a tribe that settled in a part of Ontario where I’ve spent every summer of my life.’

A Whispered Name
(Father Anselm: book 3)
William Brodrick
(UK: Abacus Books@AbacusBooks, 2009; USA: The Overlook Press, @overlookpress, 2017)

When Father Anselm meets Kate Seymour in the cemetery at Larkwood, he is dismayed to hear her allegation. Herbert Moore had been one of the founding fathers of the Priory, revered by all who met him, a man who’d shaped Anselm’s own vocation. The idea that someone could look on his grave and speak of a lie is inconceivable. But Anselm soon learns that Herbert did indeed have secrets in his past that he kept hidden all his life.

In 1917, during the terrible slaughter of the Passchendaele campaign, a soldier faced a court martial for desertion. Herbert, charged with a responsibility that would change the course of his life, sat upon the panel that judged him.

In coming to understand the court martial, Anselm discovers its true significance: a secret victory that transformed the young Captain Moore and shone a light upon the horror of war.

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The Overlook Press at BookExpo America

The President is Missing
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
(UK: Century, @PenguinRHUK, 2018; USA: Little, Brown and Company & Knopf, @littlebrown & @AAKnopf, 2018)

The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardises not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view ….

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Recommended by:
Eleanor Hudson, Marketing Assistant, Cornerstone: Penguin Random House

Eleanor was part of the publishing team that commissioned a mega build for Penguin Random House – an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House – for the launch of this novel at the London Book Fair 2018 (held at London Olympia). She worked at the expo alongside b2 Exhibitions Specialists (specifically Jeremy Boyce), who built the installation, and the media branding agency, MKTG (personnel: Ryan Kwok, Ali Breton and Georgina Raye), who realised the publishers’ vision for the stand.

The Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille
(UK: Sphere, @LittleBrownUK, 2017; USA: Simon & Schuster, @SimonSchuster, 2018)

Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick has a good life. Aged thirty-five and a decorated US Army veteran, he whiles away his life in stunning Key West, Florida, running a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat The Maine. A ladies’ man and rule-breaker, Mac has it all – apart from the money to hold on to his beloved boat.

Then Mac is approached by a hotshot Miami lawyer called Carlos with an apparently irresistable offer: a fee of $2 million to run the boat into Havana and smuggle out $60 million from a stash hidden from the Castro government – cash once owned by the family of a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega.

With the political ‘Cuban Thaw’ underway, it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash. But Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich…or not at all.

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Simon & Schuster at BookExpo America

Remember, Remember
(Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James: book 3)
Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
(UK: Wilton Press: CreateSpace, @CreateSpace, 2017; US: Wilton Press: CreateSpace@CreateSpace, 2017)

A lovely young American actress has a major problem. It’s a cold morning in 1897 when she awakens outside the British Museum, lying face down on the concrete pavement. She has no memory: she does not even know who she is, although she has a vague recollection of the name Sherlock Holmes. She thinks she may have just killed someone, and she knows someone wants to kill her.

As she searches for clues to her true identity, she will learn that she is not the only target. Unless she can defeat her evil adversaries, the people most dear to her will die.

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Wilton Press at BookExpo America

The Town of Jasper
James Gianetti
(UK: Elevation Book Publishing, @ElevationBkPub, 2017; USA: Elevation Book Publishing, @ElevationBkPub, 2017)

Deadly foes and unexpected allies. A thrilling race against the clock. Jack Sutherland, a disgraced detective battling his own addictions, must trudge through the quarantined town of Jasper. After ‘The Incident’ leaving half of Jasper’s population unconscious, Richard Morrisey rose to power. Morrisey, a grieving man desperate for justice, keeps the town afloat by forging a tentative alliance with the mysterious and violent Filmore Whites. Meanwhile, a deadlier enemy lurks, known only as ‘The Redeemers’. This cult has its own dark ideas for Jasper’s salvation. Together, Sutherland and Morrisey battle impossible odds to save what little is left of Jasper.

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Elevation Book Publishing at BookExpo America

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
Sarah J Harris
(UK: HarperCollins, @HarperCollins, 2018; USA: Touchstone, @TouchstoneBooks, 2018)

Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colour – the colour of murder.

He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly.

But where is Bee? Why hasn’t she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night – including his own role in what happened ….

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Recommended by:
Ben Hurd, Trade Marketing Director, HarperCollins Publishers, at Book Marketing Society meeting

With a heritage stretching back 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between.

William Collins & Sons was founded in Glasgow in 1819, and first published bibles, atlases and dictionaries, but later grew to release works from some of history’s greatest authors, such as CS Lewis, Agatha Christie, and JRR Tolkien.

The Quantum Spy
David Ignatius
(UK: W W Norton & Company, @wwnortonuk, 2017; USA: W W Norton & Company@wwnorton, 2017)

A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb; whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption and break any code in existence. The winner of the race to build the world’s first quantum machine will attain global dominance for generations to come. The question is, who will cross the finish line first: the USA or China?

In this gripping cyber thriller, the USA’s top-secret quantum research labs are compromised by a suspected Chinese informant, inciting a mole hunt of history-altering proportions. CIA officer Harris Chang leads the charge, pursuing his target from the towering cityscape of Singapore to the lush hills of the Pacific Northwest, the mountains of Mexico, and beyond. The investigation is obsessive, destructive, and – above all – uncertain. Do the leaks expose real secrets, or are they false trails meant to deceive the Chinese? The answer forces Chang to question everything he thought he knew about loyalty, morality, and the primacy of truth.

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W W Norton & Company at BookExpo America

A Conspiracy of Paper
David Liss
(UK: Abacus Books@AbacusBooks, 2001; USA: Ballantine Books@randomhouse, 2001)

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in 18th-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London’s gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves.

In A Conspiracy of Paper, Weaver must investigate a crime of the most personal sort, involving the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockdealer. To find the answers, Weaver contends with a garrulous prostitute who knows too much about his past, estranged relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a group of powerful men in the world of finance who have disguised their business dealings with an intricate web of deception and violence.

Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation – a way of life that poses great risk for investors, but real danger for Weaver and his family.

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Recommended by:
Paul Atherton, Managing Director, Simple (TV) Productions Ltd (film/television)

Paul has recently run a campaign to raise awareness of the Homeless in London by Living in a Car for a year. You can follow his progress via Twitter @LondonersLondon using the hashtag #LivingInACar

The Innocent Wife
Amy Lloyd
(UK: Century, @PenguinRHUK, 2017; USA: Hanover Square Press, @Hanover_Square, 2018)

You’re in love with a man on Death Row in Florida, convicted of a brutal murder twenty years ago. You’re convinced he didn’t do it – and you’re determined to prove it. Now you’re married to him, and he’s a free man, his conviction overturned. You’re overjoyed. After all, he’s innocent …. Isn’t he?

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Recommended by:
Celeste Ward-Best, Head of Marketing, Cornerstone: Penguin Random House (includes the Century imprint) at Book Marketing Society meeting

Century is one of the most successful and well-regarded commercial imprints in the UK, specialising in bestselling global event publishing that truly generates cultural moments.

On the fiction side, the imprint publishes some of the most successful authors in the UK, including international crime and thriller writers such as James Patterson, Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner; and home-grown talent including Anthony Horowitz, Tony Parsons, Simon Kernick and Lisa Jewell.

Bestselling, hugely popular women’s fiction authors on the list include Katie Fforde, Dorothy Koomson, Diana Gabaldon and Debbie Macomber. Genre and brand fiction is also particularly strong, including Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One, a hugely successful range of Star Wars publishing, Minecraft fiction and Avatar publishing.

Century also runs debut crime fiction competitions in partnership with the Daily Mail.

The Last Cut
(DS Harri Jacobs: book 1)
Danielle Ramsey
(UK: Mulholland Books, @MulhollandUK, 2017; USA: Mulholland Books, @MulhollandUK, 2017)

DS Harri Jacobs transferred to Newcastle from London’s Metropolitan Police force in the hope of leaving her past behind: the moment where her stalker turned violent. He left her alive, saying that one day he would be back. And she ran …. But a year later, she realises he has followed her from home. He’ll prove his devotion. With blood ….

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Nikki East, Director, artEAST Creative Communications | Co-Founder, Hull Noir
Nikki says: ‘This book has a brilliant and unique protagonist.’

Nikki specialises in the book trade (often with first-time authors) by making the complex world of brand identity, digital online presence and promotions simple to understand. She listens and acts on what authors need and offers honest opinions and advice on how she can help. She crafts projects with bespoke requirements on time and within budget, offering a range of services.

Nikki co-founded and co-produced the inaugural Hull Noir in November 2017, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture festivities; Hull played host to the prestigious Iceland Noir on their bi-annual travels from the festival’s home city of Reykjavik. Hull Noir celebrated the best of British and international crime fiction, with guests including Martina Cole, Mark Billingham and John Connolly

Hull Noir also highlighted the region’s crime fiction heritage, from Get Carter author Ted Lewis through to the current crop of writers working in the city. The festival forged new connections and examined the themes of contemporary crime fiction through a series of author panels, films and performance.

Bonfire
Krysten Ritter
(UK: Windmill Books, @WindmillBooks, 2018; USA: Three Rivers Press, @CrownPublishing, 2018)

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s biggest scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends – just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as she tries desperately to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret – a ritual called ‘The Game’ – it will threaten reputations, and lives, in the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

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Recommended by:
Three Rivers Press at BookExpo America

Edge of Darkness
(Cincinnati: book 4)
Karen Rose

Homicide detective Adam Kimble is no stranger to battling demons. But Meredith Fallon is a different kind of weakness: one that could actually be good for him, if only he would let himself depend on her. Meredith has loved Adam for a year, and seeing how hard he’s worked to deal with his PTSD makes her feelings only stronger, but she respects his needs. Her work keeps her busy anyway: she counsels sexually abused women like Mallory Martin to help them reintegrate into the world.

But someone doesn’t want Meredith helping women like Mallory, and Meredith finds herself the target of a very determined killer. Adam would risk anything for Meredith, but they’ll soon find out the killer is just a little too close to home…

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Recommended by:
Kirstie Long, Blogger, The B Word | Senior Compliance Manager: Oversight, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Kirstie says: ‘The queen of suspense with a dash of romance. She brings her characters together in an intricate plot based in reality’

Kirstie explains how The B Word started: ‘I am a lover of books. That’s me really; a reader and someone passionate about keeping writers writing and looking for new talent.

How did I start? I met someone in a book signing queue and entered the reviewing world of crime fiction, writing for ShotsMag and CrimeSquad over a period of years. In that time I have met many of my favourite writers and been lucky enough to not only interview them but share drinks and meals. I’ve also put new writers in touch with agents and helped book deals happen, plus proof read, edited and helped books take shape.

My favourite genres are crime and the more erotic side of romance and/or paranormal romance – which gives me a lot of scope and crossover. Not everyone reads more than one genre and many sites focus on one too which is a lot easier since there are so so many books – I wanted a site where I could talk about everything I enjoy and The B word took shape.’

Hydra
(Six Stories: book 2)
Matt Wesolowski
(UK: Orenda Books, @OrendaBooks, 2017; USA: Orenda Books, @OrendaBooks, 2017)

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five key witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out.

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess …

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Recommended by:
Susan Heads, Blogger, The Book Trail | Freelance writer, translator, digital marketer

The inspiration for the blog (now website) was a literary character by the name of Phileas Fogg, protagonist of Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days (Amazon: UK | USA): one of the first books read to Susan as a child. The book that made her want to travel, speak French like Passepartout and ‘go anywhere’, just like those two!

As well as travelling, what about being able to read your way around the world? Take a book, visit the locations in it and see where it takes you. A trail of sorts like the one in the novel.

Susan has discovered many things through books – places and languages – and she reads foreign language books to discover the country or the city she is in at the time. Even better is to discover a location via a book written of a far away place she has still yet to go. Seeing a place through the eyes of a character or indeed the author is a rare treat indeed. Like a personal guide, a novel can be a guide book with a difference!

This blog and the booktrail team has grown since then but Susan hopes it will inspire readers and travellers alike to travel literary style and place their favourite book on the map.

Child Taken
Darren Young
(UK: RedDoor Publishing, @RedDoorBooks, 2017; USA: RedDoor Publishing, @RedDoorBooks, 2017

One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she?

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

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Recommended by:
Clare Christian, Publisher, RedDoor Publishing

Clare is a highly experienced publisher and past winner of the UK Young Publisher of the Year award. She worked for number of the larger publishing houses including Hodder, Orion, John Wiley and Pearson before co-founding The Friday Project in 2005 where she published a number of brilliant books including In Search of Adam by Caroline Smailes (Amazon: UK | USA), Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds (Amazon: UK | USA) and Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels(Amazon: UK). TFP was sold to HarperCollins in 2008 and Clare stayed on until 2009 before leaving to offer publishing consultancy services under the banner of The Book Guru. She launched RedDoor in 2014.

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