2014 Top Ten

1. The Guillotine Choice - Michael M. Malone with Bashir Saoudi
Saraband £8.99

"In 1920s French-controlled Algeria, Kaci is in the frame for the brutal murder of his French boss. Kaci is faced with a stark choice: name his cousin as the killer and win his freedom, or keep quiet and face 25 years' hard labour in the infamous Devil's Island penal colony. Either way, one of them is destined for the world's worst prison...a hell on earth that few men survive.

'The Guillotine Choice' is a novel based on the true story.

'A riveting story beautifully told.' Graham Smith, reviewer and organiser of 'Crime and Publishment'.

Click on the link to read the review of The Guillotine Choice"

2. Never Look Back - Clare Donoghue
Pan £7.99

"DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.

Click on the link to read the review of Never Look Back"

3. The Night Hunter - Caro Ramsay
Severn House £19.99

"A young woman determines to find out what happened to her missing sister in this tense and twisting psychological thriller

Elvie McCulloch’s sister Sophie has been missing for 57 days. She went out for a run – and never came home. Several young woman in the area have disappeared in similar circumstances, and Elvie’s family fears the worst.

As Elvie is driving to her new job late at night, the naked, emaciated body of a young woman crashes from high above onto an oncoming car. Elvie recognises her as Lorna Lennox, who has been missing for weeks. But why was she up there? Where had she been all this time? And why was she running for her life?

Click on the link to read the review of The Night Hunter"

4. Long Way Home - Eva Dolan
Vintage £6.99

"The most accomplished debut I've read in years. 'Nuff said.... Graham Smith - Reviewer and organiser for 'Crime and Publishment'. review of Long Way Home"

5. The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood
Sphere £7.99

"A genuinely terrifying psychological thriller. It's hard to believe this is only Alex's second novel. She writes with confidence and style that usually comes with experiences. Definitely a writer to watch for the future. All fans of the genre should have her books in their collection.

Click on the link to read the review of The Killer Next Door"

6. Poisoned Ground - Barbara Nadel
Quercus £19.99

"Mumtaz is approached by an Egyptian woman, Salwa, whose husband is in Belmarsh on terrorism charges. Salwa convinces Mumtaz of her husband's innocence and persuades her to go undercover to prove it. But Salwa is not what she seems.

Click on the link to read the review of Poisoned Ground"

7. The House on the Hill - Kevin Sampson
Jonathan Cape £14.99

"DCI Billy McCartney has gone to ground, disillusioned with his job. When a runaway turns up on his doorstep, her story plunges Mac back to the summer of 1990, and one of his most traumatic cases.

Click on the link to read the review of The House on the Hill"

8. Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
Harper £7.99

"The stunning new Penn Cage thriller in which a shocking murder from the 1960s finds new life - and victims - in the present. 'Nanchez Burning' is the first in a planned trilogy.

Click on the link to read the review of Nanchez Burning"

9. The Last Refuge - Craig Robertson
Simon and Schuster £7.99

"This is a massive change of direction for Robertson. From the hectic and dark world of Glasgow to the barren landscape of the Faroe Islands. This could have been written by one of the great Nordic authors who have carved out a niche in desolate thriller series. With writing and story-telling as exceptional as this Craig Robertson is going to have a long and varied career.

Click on the link to read the review of The Last Refuge"

10. The Trouble-Makers - Celia Fremlin
Faber Finds £12

"This is another fantastic look at suburban life under the intense gaze of Celia Fremlin. In early 2014 Faber Finds reprinted all of Fremlin's novels and short stories which had long been out of print. I have read Fremlin since the mid-nineties and finding some of them hasn't been easy, but now she is widely available for many new readers who want to read this highly underrated author. Fremlin had an eye for chronicling the minutiae of domestic life and turning it in to something with evil intent or malice. Fremlin won the Edgar for Best Crime Novel for 'The Hours Before Dawn', but 'The Trouble-Makers' is my favourite. According to her own daughter, this is the novel that Fremlin herself did not wish to talk about! My respect for Fremlin's work is so much that I jumped at the chance of writing a short biography of Fremlin for this series. If you want to know where 'Gone Girl' and other novels of that ilk came from, then read Fremlin's deconstruction of a marriage amongst her work. It is sublime and I am pleased they are now available to a new generation of readers.

Click on the link to read the review of The Trouble-Makers"