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May’s Author of the Month is Jack Grimwood and his astonishingly brilliant thriller debut, Moskva. Grimwood also writes as Jon Courtenay-Grimwood and is better known for his Sci-Fi novels. However, under his new pseudonym he has delivered a fiercely readable and compelling novel. Set in Russia in 1985, Grimwood depicts a corrupt country riddled with suspicion bordering on the paranoia. The roots of the plot lay deep within WWII. Based on fact, Moskva is a spellbinding read.

Fresh Blood introduces Rebecca Griffiths and her debut, The Primrose Path. Continuing the trend for Domestic Noir, this is a grim tale played out against the bleak Welsh countryside. Griffiths perfectly uses the open space of this landscape to create an intimidating aura of isolation which intertwines with her dark story beautifully. This is really impeccable writing for a debut and will keep you up to the early hours to discover the final twist in this masterful debut.

Reviews page in May include Annemarie Neary, Amanda Jennings, Quentin Bates, Emma Kavanagh, Leigh Russell, plus many more.

The Penguin microsite features Gregg Hurwitz who brings out his new book, Orphan X which is the start of a new thriller series featuring Evan Smaok. Evan is a fully trained killer – but he does have a lighter side to him. Smoak has the intelligence and ingenuity of Jason Bourne. Get on board now as Orphan X is slated to become a huge hit!

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Classic Crime will go online by mid-May. This is a great crime writer who has been out of print for years, but his books still held a very hefty price tag for any book collector. Now the British Library have re-printed a couple of this author’s titles, making them available for the first time at a very reasonable price!

Lisa Gardner was our Author of the Month with her brilliant novel, Find Her. Lisa has given us her Top Ten of all time. Lisa has picked a number of amazing reads – some I know will tempt you!

To check out all our past reviews use the Review Archive. Search under author surname and author Christian name if you can’t recall the surname. And for good measure you can also search under the title of the book. Simply click on the box at the top of the page and then click on to the letter of the author/title you would like to find. As you will see, we have reviewed our fair share of books during's nine years. Have a wander round our archives and I hope you will find something you might have missed first time around!

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Chris Simmons
Online Editor.