Charles,K. --- Evil Angels Among Them --- Headline (0 7472 5219 X)
Clerical mystery. Coughlin.W,J. ---
Death Penalty --- Pan pbk (0 330 31692 3)
US courtroom drama. Craig,K. ---
Strait --- Headline pbk (0 7472 49377)
American psycho-thriller. Dexter Dias --- Error of Judgement Hodder & Stoughton (0 340 63257 7) £15.99 --- Out
on 21st March. See Review
Error of Judgement is the second hard-hitting, psychologically compelling
courtroom drama by Dexter Dias, one of Britain's most exciting new novelists. His first
novel, False Witness, was published in 1995.
On Christmas Eve a disturbed man walks into a Bayswater brothel with a
claw-hammer. He doesn't want sex. He wants to talk - about a murder. He knows he has
buried a corpse. He knows the exact location. But he cannot identify the victim. Nor can
he identify himself.
At the Old Bailey, disillusioned barrister Nick Downes is briefed to defend
the unknown man. A man accused of murder. A man who sees visions, who hears voices, who
suffers 'chronic post-traumatic arousal'. A man whose identity remains a mystery.
Praise for False Witness, An excellent first novel, strong on black humour and courtroom drama. Michael
Hartland, Daily Telegraph The writing has a disturbing edge that lifts it above the conventional. Bookseller A fascinating look behind the scenes of a murder trial with a
sympathetically flawed hero at its heart. Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
Before being called to the Bar, Dexter Dias was educated at
Sevenoaks School and the University of Durham. He is now a barrister specialising in
criminal defence and practises from a chambers specifically created to represent people
disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination. He has already written on a variety of legal
and political issues, but the real stimulus for writing fiction came when he met Ruth
Rendell while he was defending a murder in 1993. Sarah Dreher --- Stoner McTavish --- The Women's Press (0 7043 4470 X) £5.99
Stoner McTavish is reluctant to leave her fledging travel business and turn
detective. But Eleanor Burton is convinced her granddaughter's new husband is a dangerous
fortune-hunter and that Gwen's life is in jeopardy. Against her better judgement, McTavish
bows to the pressure of old family ties and agrees to investigate. Only to discover that
Eleanor's fears are far from unfounded and that she's about to fall in love with the newly
wedded bride. Full of humour, spiced with suspense. Stoner McTavish is a treat. Washington
Blade Sarah Dreher --- Bad Company --- The Women's Press (0 7043 4469 9) £5.99 See Review A Stoner McTavish Mystery
When Stoner McTavish is called in to investigate a series of minor
accidents at an exclusive hotel, it seems the perfect opportunity for an expenses-paid
break with her partner Gwen. But neither Stoner nor Gwen are prepared for the hostilities
that greet them on their arrival at The Cottage. And, as a vicious game of sabotage begins
to unfold, McTavish faces a killer with a desperate grudge. What makes Dreher's novels so special beyond their intriguing plots and
engaging characters is Dreher's infectious sense of humour, her vivid descriptions and
emotional integrity. Elynor Vine
Sarah Dreher is one of America's premier writers of lesbian mystery
fiction. In addition to writing her internationally bestselling Stoner McTavish mysteries,
she is a clinical psychologist and prize-winning playwright. Elizabeth Ferrars --- The Lying Voices Hodder
& Stoughton Coronet Pbk (0 340 64055 3) £4.99 --- Out on
21st March. See Review
Justin Emery hasn't seen his friend Grace DeLong for six years. And when he
does, his visit coincides with murder.
Arnold Thaine is found shot dead in the studio attached to his house. Shot
three times, the forth bullet embedded in one of his many clocks.
Who had a motive to kill Thaine? Was it the woman in the brown mackintosh,
or the woman in the scarlet coat? Both were seen leaving the studio on that afternoon. Or
was it someone else entirely? If only the clocks had been set correctly, the time of his
death could provide a vital clue to the killer's identity.
What began as a trip down memory lane for Justin and Grace becomes a
twisted and cryptic investigation into an apparently motive-less murder. There are few detective story writers as consistently good as Miss
Ferrars The Sunday Times Her great virtue, exceeding even her meatily logical plotting and gift
for hitting often on intriguing situations, is her portrayal of people The Sunday
Times Anthea Fraser --- One is One and All Alone HarperCollins (0 00 232588 8) £14.99 Offers a shrewd look at colour supplement version of country life. Guardian
(of Symbols at Your Door)
Webb has always regretted being unable to like DCI Bennetts second
wife, and hopes his friend is unaware of his feelings. However, Bennetts son and
daughters from his first marriage are not so considerate and make no attempt to disguise
their antipathy, which makes for a tense family atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Webb and Bennett have joined forces to tackle a series of shop
raids, but are soon overtaken by events which have a shattering effect on Bennetts
family. Two of them meet a violent death in the space of four days, presenting Webb with
one of the most traumatic cases of his career. Anthea Fraser is a successful full-time writer and author of
thirteen crime novels. She lives in Hertfordshire. Nicolas Freeling
--- A Dwarf Kingdom --- Little Brown (0 316
87892 8) £15.99
A mindlessly violent attack on the Castangs in Brussels reaffirms their
decision for Henri to retire, and when Vera inherits a house at Biarritz a natural order
seems in place. But the house has a legacy of conspiracy and corruption, and Castang must
untangle his final investigation before they can claim any peace. The most European of Crime writers Anita Brookner Maurice Gee ---
Crime Story --- Faber & Faber pbk (0
571 17331 4) £5.99 Crime Story - spans politics, high finance, murder and
domestic violence, asking questions about the perpetrators and victims of crime, and about
the price of greed and personal isolation. Gee writes quite brilliantly ... A work of great depth and humanity,
told with the light, calm grace of this novelist at his best. Sunday Times Lesley Grant-Adamson --- Evil Acts Hodder &
Stoughton (0 340 66019 8) £16.99 --- Out on 21st March.
See Review Evil makes us all feel a little colder. It forces us to accept how
flimsy our lives and our sanity are. A crazed killer sends out shock waves. You don't have
to be dead or at the graveside to suffer. A house with a history, a noise in the night
and Grace's new life in London is wrecked. She has been fooled into buying the home of a
serial killer. Tough and resilient, she spurns the friends who urge her to leave and turns
instead to Mike Cleary, expert on Jack the Ripper and collector of notorious addresses.
But Cleary's theories and her increasing isolation feed her obsession with
the monster who lived in her house, and obsession leads to delusion. She teeters towards
mental breakdown, convinced of the killer's continuing presence and his efforts to destroy
her as surely as he did his other victims.
Lesley Grant-Adamson has been widely praised for her chilling realism and
her psychologically acute portraits of both criminals and their - often willing - victims.
This mesmerising story is her most accomplished yet. The sense of realism in the book
keeps the pages turning in a fury to find out if the worst will happen. A first class tale
from an author accomplished at crime writing, and following titles such as Dangerous
Games and Wish You Were Here. Praise for Lesley Grant-Adamson She knows how to create an atmosphere of unease and incipient horror. P.D.James
of Patterns in the Dust This unusual thriller stands comparison with Patricia Highsmith's Ripley
novels. Today of A Life of Adventure One of the classiest thriller writers around... Grant-Adamson's amoral
charmer has a charmed life, and it is her considerable skill to explore this in depth, and
make it both enthralling and credible. The Sunday Times of A Life of
Adventure Lesley Grant-Adamson is rapidly turning the genre into an art form. Cosmopolitan Lesley Grant-Adamson was born in north London and spent much of her
childhood in the Rhondda in South Wales. She worked on provincial newspapers including the
Citizen at Gloucester before joining the staff of the Guardian
in London as a feature writer, then worked as a freelance journalist and television writer
before becoming a novelist. Evil Acts is her twelfth novel. Sharon Gwyn Short --- Past Pretense
--- The Women's Press (0 7043 4464 5)
£5.99 See Review
The second Patricia Delaney Mystery
Amateur drummer, computer whiz and seasoned sleuth, welcome back Patricia
Delaney, PI. Gigi Lafferty is haunted by foreboding dreams and memories of a hidden past.
Terrified that the secrets of her youth will be betrayed, she turns to one of the few
people she believes she can trust. If investigator Patricia Delaney can't uncover the
truth about her former life, perhaps her future is secure.
At first sight, Delaney fails to recognise Gigi. After all, it's been years
since she worked as a bouncer at the downtown nightclub where her client once danced. By
the time she makes the connection, Gigi Lafferty has vanished and the police are
questioning Delaney about a body found floating face-down in a pool. Fast and furious Time Out A fine addition to the ranks of professional sleuths. Sue Grafton Agatha Christie, '90's style. Entertaining and well-written. A worthy
addition to the 'queens of noir'. Nine to Five
Sharon Gwyn Short is the author of Angel's Bidding, the first
Patricia Delaney mystery - published by The Women's Press Jonathan Harr --- A Civil Action Century (0 7126
7662 7) £15.99 --- Out on 7th March. See Review
A young Boston medical malpractice lawyer called Jan Schlichtmann waged a
court battle for nine years against two American industrial giants. Representing 21
families whose children were dead or ill, Schlichtmann sought to prove a link with the
alleged dumping of toxic waste near the site of the municipal wells and the high incidence
of leukaemia and other related illnesses within the town of Woburn. Journalist Harr shows
the terrible price paid by Schlichtmann because of his involvement in the case. Harr
himself was nearly killed in a car accident while writing the book.
Jonathan Harr lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts where he
teaches the writing of non-fiction. He was formerly a journalist who won numerous awards.
During the case he attended many of the court hearings and the meetings on both sides and
came to know the judge, the families, the jury members and of course the brilliant young
lawyer who staked everything on this one case. The writing of A Civil Action took
Film rights of this true story have already been bought by Robert Redford
for $12 million. Whether in truth or in fiction, I have never read a more compelling
chronicle of litigation, John Grisham Judith Hawkes --- My Soul To Keep Hodder &
Stoughton (0 340 66581 5) £16.99 --- Out on 21st March. See
Sometimes even ghosts get lonely...
Nan hardly knew her grandmother - visited her only once, the summer she was
nine, and she has only vague memories of playing with a boy named Tucker. It's distant and
unreal, like a movie that she saw a long time ago. A movie with a sad ending -Tucker's
death by drowning.
Inheriting her grandmother's old farmhouse comes as a surprise, but when
Nan's life starts to fall apart, going there for the summer seems the obvious answer. The
mountains of Tennessee are a long way from Manhattan. And she can spend some time with her
eight-year-old son, Stephen. Since the break-up of her marriage Nan has been forced to
face the humiliating fact that she isn't cut out to be a mother.
In spite of that, Nan loves her son desperately, and is disturbed to find
that the imaginary friend from his nursery-school days seems to have returned to keep
Stephen company at the farmhouse. This friend is different, though: this friend is
teaching Stephen dangerous tricks. Stephen says his friend is lonely...
An atmospheric suspense novel and chilling ghost story, My Soul To
Keep will have you turning the pages till the early hours of dawn. Judith Hawkes
--- Julian's House Hodder & Stoughton Coronet Pbk (0 340
67159 9) £5.99 --- Out on 21st March. See Review A ghost tale... a detective story.... A dazzling evocation of
haunting Sally and David Curtiss know that the old New England house is supposed to be
haunted. But they are researchers into the paranormal - they aren't afraid of ghosts.
That's before they realise that nowhere in the house are they safe. Not even in each
other's arms. Especially not there...
Judith Hawkes spent ten years researching the paranormal for Julian's
House, her first novel. Who wouldn't like to talk to the dead? Who hasn't felt the chill of fear
in a dark cellar? Suspense that can make event the heart of a confirmed sceptic beat a
little faster The New York Times Book Review A witch's brew in the tradition of Shirley Jackson. Ms Hawkes is a true
mistress of the macabre Dallas Morning News A ghost story... fashioned of perfect language... Gives us sexuality,
apparitions, beautiful daytime light and night-time menace, eeriness to creep up your back
and break you out in sweats and goose bumps.. the screws turn even more tightly Baltimore
Sun A thinking person's ghost story Boston Herald Fascinating, memorable and unsettling... and excellent novel:
character-rich, stylish, quietly chilling Kirkus Reviews Reginald Hill --- The Wood Beyond --- HarperCollins (0 00 232525 X) £14.99 --- Out on 4th March. See Review One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists.... He pays
attention to the old-fashioned virtues: meticulous plotting, authentic characterisation
and realistic dialogue Marcel BerlinsThe Times
A ravaged wood pocketed with water-filled craters, men in uniform and a
skeletal hand reaching out of the mud - this is not a World War One battlefield, but
Wanwood House, a pharmaceutical research centre.
Away to the south, Peter Pascoe is attending his grandmother's funeral. A
chapter in his life has closed, but scattering her ashes opens up pages in the past
leading him too into war-ravaged woods in search of the great-grandfather who fought and
died in the Passchendaele campaign.
Seeing the wood for the trees is a problem shared by Andy Dalziel and Edgar
Wield. The latter in his investigations into the bones found at Wanwood, and the former in
his deepening and dangerous involvement with animal rights activist Amanda Marvell,
despite the double disincentive of her possible complicity in a murderous assault and her
appalling taste in whiskey.
In The Wood Beyond we are walking on the wild side of the
pastoral, through fields where nothing may safely graze and into woods where no bird dares
Award-winning crime novelist Reginald Hill was hailed as the
crime novel's best hope (The Times) with his first book, and twenty years on he
stakes a claim as our finest living crime writer (Sunday Telegraph) Hogan,C. --- The
Hornet's Nest --- Pan pbk (0 0330 34169 3)
£4.99 Holden,C. --- The
River Sorrow --- Pan pbk (0 330 33517 0)
Bleak, graphic study of addiction and murder. See Review Graham Ison --- Blue Murder --- Little & Brown (0 316 87624 0 ) £15.99
Detective Chief Inspector Tommy Fox was meant to be out of harms way,
promoted to a desk job, but when three Britons are found dead on a yacht in international
waters Fox unchains himself from his desk and embarks on solving what should have been the
Graham Ison was a regular soldier before joining the Metropolitan Police.
During his distinguished career, he served in the CID, was Personal Protection Officer to
two Prime Ministers and became Deputy Commander of Special Branch. James.P,D. ---
Original Sin --- Penguin pbk (0 14 024551
0) See Review Roderic Jeffries --- An Artistic Way to Go HarperCollins (0 00 232582 9) £14.99 Jeffries wields a racy, complex plot deftly and humorously, holding back
a nifty terminal shock. Sunday Times (of Death Takes Time)
Cooper has always lived a charmed life, and when a man called White, whom
hes never met, says he intends to visit him, his only emotion is irritation. That
irritation changes to terror when White threatens him with unspecified horrors unless he
repays the purchase price of two fake paintings he sold in America... Its nearly
lunch time when Coopers wife Rachael reports that her husband is missing so Alvarez
assures her that there is little cause for alarm - missing husbands seldom return home
until they have thought up convincing stories. But when he finally begins to make
enquiries, he discovers that it is likely Cooper has committed suicide. Not, of course,
that Superior Chief Salas accepts his interpretation of the facts.... Katzenbach,J. --- The
Shadow Man --- Warner pbk (0 7515 1628 7)
Jewish survivors, war-time informers: present day vendettas investigated by
a black detective and a retired, white Jewish helper. Deryn Lake
--- Death at the Beggar's Opera Hodder & Stoughton Coronet Pbk (0 340 64984 4) £5.99 --- Out on March 21st. See Review
John Rawlings, the engaging apothecary with a talent for detective work,
and the phenomenal blind magistrate, John Fielding, make a welcome return in this
absorbing, evocative Georgian mystery.
Rawlings and society's celebrated Masked Lady are among the beau monde
attending a performance of The Beggars Opera in Drury Lane... At the crucial point when
Macheath is hanged, the planking beneath his feet gives way. And when the actor is lowered
from the noose, his neck is found to be broken.... When the body of a theatre boy, a key
witness, is found hanging from the same noose, the search takes on a new intensity. John
Rawlings and the Runners soon find themselves on an intriguing trail of jealousy which
leads to the dark heart of a cold-blooded murderer.