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Here we share our assorted collection of the exciting thriller books to come in 2021, from mystery crime thrillers to gripping psychological page-turners, the best thrillers of 2020, and the very best thriller novels of all time.
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Adam and Evil by Gillian Roberts
From Publishers Weekly In her ninth adventure (after The Bluest Blood), Philadelphia Prep’s English teacher, Amanda Pepper, is distracted by a mid-life crisisAso much so that readers will solve this novel’s mystery before she does. Amanda has been having trouble with Adam, an intelligent but erratic student who tests her resolve to continue teaching. Adam’s behavior has become disturbing: his essays are nonsensical, and he is acting hostile.
Alone in a Cabin by Leanne W. Smith
On the eve of Maggie Raines’ fiftieth birthday, her husband announces he has gotten his young receptionist pregnant. Months later, newly-divorced Maggie sees an ad for an 1800s cabin billed as the “perfect writer’s retreat.” For years she has wondered if she has what it takes to be a fiction writer. Maggie rents the cabin for the week between Christmas and New Year’s hoping the old log walls will inspire a story. And they do-just not the story she imagines.
While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green
‘Clever and compelling’ Dorothy Koomson ‘Very punchy and terrifyingly plausible’ Sunday Mirror ‘Linda Green is bloody brilliant!’ Amanda Prowse A nail-biting psychological drama for fans of the Richard & Judy bestseller THE LAST THING SHE TOLD ME One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella.
What Goes Around by Ann Bloxwich
‘Hugely enjoyable and gripping, with characters so believable that you forget you don’t know them in real life . . . A talented new voice in crime fiction . . . Bloxwich kept me guessing to the end’ -Louise Voss ‘As slick and hard-hitting as brass knuckles in baby oil, What Goes Around is a riotous, thrilling and fresh crime tale that brings huge entertainment, wry humour and twists galore . . . Highly recommended’ -Rob Parker ‘What Goes Around is a dark and gritty walk on the wild side . . .
Under Tower Peak by Bart Paul
After two tours as a sniper in Iraq, Tommy Smith has returned to his former life as a cowboy and wilderness guide in California’s Sierra Nevada, hoping to reclaim the simplicity of his youth and heal the wounds the world can’t see.
The Starlings of Bucharest by Sarah Armstrong
The threats people hold over us are most often imagined. We even create them for ourselves. Ted moves to London to become a journalist but quickly slides into debt. Things look up when he is given the opportunity to go to Romania to interview a film director and then attend the Moscow film festival. But someone has other plans for him. Has he walked into a trap?
The Silent Girls by Ann Troup
What if everything you knew was a lie… This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak. Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.
The Shadow People by Joe Clifford
A riveting, twisty psychological thriller from acclaimed author Joe Clifford, perfect for fans of The Whisper Man Brandon Cossey is finishing his last semester as an undergrad when he learns his childhood best friend, Jacob Balfour, has committed suicide. The news about Jacob, who had long battled schizophrenia, does not come as a surprise—but the bizarre details surrounding his death do.
The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Everyone has a secret to keep . . . Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts determined to do one thing: launch her own dance company. Time is running out for the former principal dancer and mother of two to find her feet again after the collapse of a disastrous and violent marriage. At first, there’s a thrill to being on her own for the first time in years, isolated in the beauty of a snowy mountain lodge.
The Outside Man by Richard North Patterson
A Northern lawyer in a Southern town risks his life to bring a killer to justice in this suspenseful legal thriller by a #1 New York Times–bestselling author. A Yankee through and through, Adam Shaw never felt at ease among the upper crust of the Deep South. An attorney to some of the most powerful people in Alabama, he is close with only two of them. When Adam’s best friend, Henry Cantwell, disappears after his wife is murdered, Adam starts asking questions, delving beneath the town’s tranquil facade.
The Devil in the Snow by Sarah Armstrong
All Shona wants is a simple life with her young son, and to get free of Maynard, the ex who’s still living in the house. When her teenage daughter goes missing, she’s certain Maynard is the culprit. Her mother, Greta, is no help as she’s too obsessed with the devil. Her Uncle Jimmy is fresh out of prison and has never been entirely straight with her. Then there’s the shaman living in her shed. Shona soon discovers that the secrets she buried are as dangerous as the family curse haunting her mother.
The Attitude Adjuster by David Morrell
Following Cavanaugh’s missions in The Protector and The Naked Edge, Rambo-creator David Morrell presents three short stories that explore the psychology of a warrior compelled to risk his life for strangers. “Most people muddle through their lives,” Cavanaugh tells a client. “All I can do is hope that if I keep them from dying a while longer, maybe they’ll find a way to justify remaining alive.”
Silence in the Library by Katharine Schellman
Regency widow Lily Adler didn’t expect to find a corpse when visiting a family friend. Now it’s up to her to discover the killer in the charming second installment in the Lily Adler mysteries. Regency widow Lily Adler has just started to feel settled into her new London home when her semi-estranged father arrives, intending to stay with her while he recovers from an illness. To placate and avoid him, she takes his place in a social visit with Lady Wyatt, a woman Lily doesn’t know.
Shadow Code by David Caris
A POISON SO DEADLY, A SINGLE GRAM CAN KILL EVERY HUMAN ON THE PLANET. Former Navy SEAL John Kovac is trying to make a go of it in London. He’s done with his old line of work, done with the lies, and most important of all done with killing. He’d be looking good for a fresh start too, if he hadn’t just found his identity up for auction on the dark web… It doesn’t take Kovac long to figure out the source of the breach. His old employer, Curzon International, is in trouble.
Serial Cheaters by Olivia Flaggert
Serial cheaters are a significant problem for society, which is why Victoria Henderson, a crime-fiction best-selling author and multi-millionaire, murders them in her spare time. With all the murdered men piling up, Amy Carson, a millennial-aged detective from the Philadelphia Homicide Department, is on a mission to solve the biggest case of her career. However, Detective Amy soon discovers that she must put aside any pre-assumptions and dig down deeper into this case if she wants to find the true serial killer.
Nobody’s Baby by Penny Kline
In the middle of the night Izzy Lomas finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep. It could have been left by any desperate person … except that the baby’s name, pinned in a note to its carrycot, brings back a striking memory from her childhood. If you had a baby what would you call it … If Izzy’s suspicions are correct and she tells the police, it could end in tragedy.
Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers
In this series debut perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James, Rain Wilmont must discover the killer, before the book closes on her life. Rain Wilmont has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premise.
Mr Pinkerton Grows a Beard by Zenith Brown
New OCR from a cbz file. Formatted, proofed, v.1.5. Two pages missing in source file, but not critical. Originally published in 1934. (From back of the paperback reprinted in 1963) Also published as *The Body In Bedford Square*. It continues the series involving Mr. Pinkerton, average grey man, and Inspector Bull of Scotland Yard. Carlotta Rathbone was awfully elegant, dreadfully chic and terribly dead- as Mr. Pinkerton discovered when he stumbled over her body in a dimly lighted London street.
Midnight Spells Murder by Mary Angela
Spirit Canyon’s annual Spirit Spooktacular weekend is on, and for local amateur sleuth Zo Jones, it’s boomtime for business at her Happy Camper gift shop . . . until a murderer drops in for a browse. To celebrate Halloween at the Happy Camper, Zo schedules a talk by successful author and self-proclaimed witch Marianne Morgan. Although Marianne’s benign brand of witchcraft is more about feminine empowerment than black magic, her presence is still not welcomed by everyone.
Malevolent by E.H. Reinhard
If you kill in Tampa, you will answer to Carl Kane. The first novel in the half million downloaded, can’t-put-down Lieutenant Kane Series. When two brutal murders point toward one killer, Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane must hunt down the culprit before his nefarious plan is carried out. But the case soon becomes personal when Kane is targeted — and everyone around him is placed in imminent danger… A dark and gritty procedural with a cop you want to see win, and a bone-chilling villain you can’t wait to see lose.
Making Wolf by Tade Thompson
A gritty thriller set in the blazing sun of the tropics Meet Weston Kogi, a London supermarket security guard. He returns to his West African home country for his aunt’s funeral. He sees his family, his ex-girlfriend, Nana, his old school mate, Church. Food is good, beer is plentiful, and telling people he works as a big-time London homicide detective seems like harmless hyperbole, until he wakes up in hell.
In the Moss by Emma Zadow
Exponentially increasing levels of unemployment and simmering racial tension in Moss Side, inner Manchester, exploded into mass riots on the 8th of July 1981, following the siege of a police station. In the Moss frames the events from the perspectives of Janet, a student nurse working in A&E, and Nav, a Sikh police officer on the streets. Both crave a return to normality and just want to fit in, but when violence breaks out and a teenage boy is stabbed, they are thrust together and forced to confront questions that arise about what really happened in the Moss.
Eye for Revenge by Cheryl Bradshaw
USA Today Best-Selling Book “Eye for Revenge will keep you glued to the page until the very end.” Diane Capri, New York Times bestselling author of the Hunt for Reacher series Quinn Montgomery has lost the will to live. She wakes to find herself in the hospital. Her childhood best friend Evie has been murdered, and Evie’s four-year-old son witnessed it all. Traumatized over what he saw, he hasn’t spoken.
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Dunmore so cleverly interweaves each of the character’s stories that as the tale unfolds it has the chilling ring of absolute authenticity. It’s gripping and page turning and all those things you expect in a Spy Drama—but always laced with her trademark humanity. I was totally caught up in the story which is paced perfectly.
Downward Dog in Miami by Larry David Allman
DOWNWARD DOG IN MIAMI introduces DEREK RANDALL, highly sought-after cyber-security expert. When criminal hackers break into your computer and steal your money, who do you call: the police? The FBI? Good luck getting their attention. If you can get a referral, you call Derek Randall, and he resolves your case, he recovers your money, and the criminals get a big dose of painful justice. Derek deals with the criminal cyber trash during the day, and to protect his health and wellness, he teaches yoga at night.
Dogged By Death by Laura Scott
In Laura Scott’s Furry Friends series debut, veterinarian Ally Winter must collar the killer of a shifty lawyer. Does the dead man’s dog know who committed the arf-ul crime? Ally Winter is going through a ruff patch. The thirty-something veterinarian lost her fiancé, her clinic, and her savings in rapid succession.
Dark Houses by Helen H Durrant
THE STUNNING NEW CRIME MYSTERY FEATURING D.I. GRECO BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR HELEN H. DURRANT A young woman is found brutally murdered in an empty house Detective Stephen Greco and his team must piece together her life as quickly as possible. Within twenty-four hours there is another horrific murder using the same method. The detectives realise that the victims are random but the locations are not. The killer is more concerned with finding the right house – somewhere he won’t be disturbed as he pursues his evil plan.
Catch Us The Foxes by Nicola West
Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don’t dare let out … Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town Ambitious young journalist Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small home town.
A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer
Winter is big business in small-town Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the ski slopes–and what could be more satisfying after a chilly day of carving powder than a steaming bowl of soup? When Lucky Jamieson inherits her parents’ soup shop, By the Spoonful, she realizes it’s time to take stock of her life.
Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds
When a young woman vanishes from an exclusive oceanfront community in the middle of the night, Detective Casey Wray’s takes on a case that leads her in chilling, unexpected directions … A twisty, breath-taking police procedural. First in a heart-pounding new series. ‘Urgent, thrilling and richly imagined. Without doubt his best yet’ Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End ‘Reynolds captures the claustrophobic feel of a small town … a tense slice of American noir’ Vaseem Khan, author of Midnight at Malabar House ‘Compelling and stylish, with devious twists and a cleverly crafted ending.