2013 Festival Reader-in-Residence David Marks tells us how James Bond long been an influence in his life.
“The name’s Mark. David Mark.”
“David Mark what?”
“No, listen. The surname is Mark. The first name is David.”
“So why did you say your surname first? I mean, that’s just weird. Anyway, I know your name. We’ve been friends since nursery. And that’s not a gun, it’s a stick …”
“Do you know how many different way I could kill you? Now, come … Read More >>
‘Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles’
In Casino Royale, the first of Ian Fleming’s 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond’s only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.
From Guns and Girls to Cocktails and Cards we all think we know James Bond, but whether you are a diehard … Read More >>
Tarnished by Julia Crouch
Peg always felt a little blurred, a little lacking in definition. Her mother died when she was six, her father simply disappeared, and she was brought up by her grandparents and her obese, bedridden aunt. But, despite all this, she never developed the habit of asking questions.
At least, not until she met Loz, her straight-talking, psychotherapeutically literate girlfriend, who urges her to confront her demons.
But as the skeletons come tumbling out … Read More >>
The Hiding Place by David Bell
‘The Hiding Place is a well-written, nail-biting, mystery thriller that at times will have you on the edge-of-your-seat. This story was captivating from the first page and gripping right to the end.’
- 5 stars review, Amazon
‘David Bell does a masterful job of crafting a crime story, with the guilty and innocent existing next to each other, whether they realize it or not.’
- Suspense Magazine
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The first body is chained to a stake: strangled and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?
Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, … Read More >>
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot offers to assist he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…
This novel is prefaced by the epigram from Macbeth, “Yet … Read More >>
The teenage girl was the first victim.
Her throat cut to the bone, she didn’t stand a chance.
Her mother was the second.
She, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly.
Called to the crime scene in leafy Wimbledon, DC Maeve Kerrigan’s first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband is found lying bleeding and unconscious in an upstairs room. A top criminal barrister, he insists he’s the third victim rather than their … Read More >>
A Simon Serrailler Novel
How do you find a killer who doesn’t exist?
Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. They don’t notice the figure in the shadows. Someone who doesn’t mind the cold.
Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered – dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex.
DCS … Read More >>
For a split second, Stephanie couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The man was leading a compliant Jimmy away from the security area towards the concourse.
‘Jimmy,’ she shouted. ‘Jimmy, come back here.’ Her voice rose in pitch but it was deadened by the Perspex enclosure. Neither the man nor the child broke step.
Stephanie banged on the side of the box. ‘My kid,’ she shouted. ‘Someone’s taken my kid.’
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare…
Stephanie Harker is … Read More >>
The new heart-racing standalone thriller from David Hosp, bestselling author of the Scott Finn series.
When a sacred relic goes missing, its importance is only the beginning . . .
When a CIA informant from Kandahar is gunned down in a suburban area of Virginia outside D.C., special Agent Jack Saunders is tasked with uncovering a plot that could alter the fate of Afghanistan and unsettle a tepid peace in the Middle East. But when a raid on … Read More >>
When wealthy Sarah Erroll dies a violent death at her home in a posh part of Glasgow, the local community is stunned by what appears to be a truly gratuitous act. Heavily pregnant with desperately wanted twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to Sarah’s murder than it first seems. On the other side of town, Thomas Anderson is called into the headmaster’s office at his boarding … Read More >>
They moved everyone that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too. But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn’t move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot This was Andy Dalziel’s worst case and now fifteen years on … Read More >>