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A Twist Of The Knife

Author: Peter James

Publisher: Pan (2015)

With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins . . . From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a couple heading for a disaster-filled vacation . . .

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A Wanted Man

Author: Lee Child

Part of a series: Jack Reacher

Publisher: Bantam Books (2013)

When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly set, freshly busted nose - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. At last, he's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. Within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying about everything - and there's a police roadblock ahead. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys ... Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?

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A Wicked Autumn

Author: G M Malliet

Part of a series: Max Tudor

Publisher: C & R Crime (2013)

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has sound a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play..

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A Woman Unknown

Author: Frances Brody

Part of a series: Kate Shackleton Mysteries

Publisher: Piatkus (2013)

The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes, or tolerate his infidelity, and is seeking a divorce. The Murder: When a chambermaid enters Runcie's hotel room, she is shocked to find that he is alone - and dead! Suddenly Kate is thrown into the depths of an altogether more sinister investigation. Can she uncover the truth of her most complex, and personal, case to date?

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Abattoir Blues

Author: Peter Robinson

Publisher: Hodder (2014)

Two missing boys. A stolen bolt gun. One fatal shot. Three ingredients for murder. When DCI Banks and his team are called to investigate the theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, they're far from enthusiastic about what seems to be a simple case of rural crime. Then a blood stain is found in an abandoned hangar, two main suspects vanish without a trace, and events take a darkly sinister turn. As each lead does little to unravel the mystery, Banks feels like the case is coming to a dead end. Until a road accident reveals some alarming evidence, which throws the investigation to a frightening new level. Someone is trying to cover their tracks - someone with very deadly intent . . .

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Act Of Darkness

Author: Francis King

Publisher: Hutchinson (1983)

Only murder, a young throat slit in peculiarly horrific circumstances, could have detonated the atmosphere of languor and profound sexual unease in the Thompson household. Francis King's glittering novel opens in India during the 1930s, at the lush summer house of the Thompson family. The whole household is under suspicion. Then a 'confession' is made. But in Francis King's hands the spiciest of evil motives are merely decoys, the truth continuing to remain slippery and elusive.

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Affinity

Author: Sarah Waters

Publisher: Virago (2000)

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After She's Gone

Author: Lisa Jackson

Publisher: Mulholland Books (2016)

Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they'd survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team they'd take the town by storm. When the bond between the two sisters goes sour, a nightmare of madness and jealousy is unleashed. Lisa Jackson is a No. 1 'New York Times' bestselling author

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After The Crash

Author: Michel Bussi

Publisher: W & N (2015)

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Crédule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone

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After The Funeral

Author: Agatha Christie

Part of a series: Hercules Poirot Mysteries

Publisher: Harper Collins (2008)

The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly – and his sister is convinced it was murder…. When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say: ‘It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it…But he was murdered, wasn’t he?’ In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

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