Thursday, 1 January 2015

Crime & Thriller Bulletin - Issue 1: Jan 2015

Hello everyone. 
As part of the changes to The BLC this year, welcome to our first ever Crime & Thriller Bulletin!
I hope that this monthly update, on releases out-with the blogs usual scope, are of interest and use to those of you who, like me, like to dip outside your usual genres from time to time. 

Die Again: (Rizzoli & Isles 11) - Tess Gerritsen

Release Date: 1st Jan 2015
Format: Hardback / ebook / Audio


Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a 
big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with a the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths.

The Final Minute by Simon Kernick

Series: Standalone

Release Day: UK - 15th Jan 2015

US Release - 9th April 2015

Format: ebook / print

‘It’s night, and I’m in a strange house.

The lights are on, and and I’m standing outside a half-open door.

Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside.

And then I see her.

A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed.

She’s dead. There’s blood everywhere.

And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me …’

A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares.

When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help.

Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd.

Soon they are both on the run .….

Series: Logan McRae (Book 9)

Release Date: 15th Jan 2015

Format: ebook / print / audio

One mistake can cost you everything…
When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.
Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don’t care who they trample over to get them.
Logan’s got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.
One thing’s clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s going to get out of this alive…

Shallow Waters: DI Hannah Robbins #1 by Rebecca Bradley

Release Date: 20th Dec 2014
Format: ebook

When the naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway, post-mortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events. 

Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team on the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit, to their limits, and across county borders. In a race against the clock they attempt to unpick a thick web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth behind the deaths. 

But it doesn't stop there. When catching a killer isn't enough, just how far are the team willing to push themselves to save the next girl?

Dark Ritual by Patricia Scott

Series: Standalone
Release Date: 21st Dec 2014
Format: ebook

Murder arrives in a small English village when the naked body of an investigative journalist, Sandra Peterson, is found stabbed to death in a crop circle. 

The graphic way her body has been mutilated, and the attempt to set fire to her remains, lead to a disturbing suggestion. 

Have the old beliefs of human sacrifice and pagan worship returned to the quiet English countryside? 

DCI Fowler and DC Peale are called in to investigate. 

It soon becomes clear that Sandra had links to quite a few of the men in the village. 

And before they know it, nearly everyone they come across seems to be a suspect. 

Was this a random murder to re-invoke an ancient Pagan ritual? 

Or is it a cover up for something even more sinister…? 

Fowler and Peale need to find before someone else falls victim to this Dark Ritual… 

Fear the Dark by Chris Mooney

Series: Darby McCormick (book 5)
Publication Date: 29th Jan 2015
Format: print / ebook


Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick.

What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation.

As Darby navigates the blood-ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows that all the while the killer is watching, waiting and circling his next target: her.

She must not only meet evil - and somehow survive - but also be prepared to face this small town's dark heart ...

If you love the novels of bestselling thriller writes like Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter, and Lee Child then this is the next book you must read.

Series: Ryder Creed (book 1)
Publication Date: 27th Jan 2015
Format: ebook / print / audio

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.
When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. 
Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks.
By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.
But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?

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