Kate Charles - A Question of Identity - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds

A Question of Identity

By Kate Charles

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection Club

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection Club

From acclaimed crime writer Kate Charles comes a tale of opportunity during London's Blitz.

The protaganist of this tale is working for her horrible aunt in London, just to be out of the way of her father and to gain some independence, but it's the time of the second world war and bombs are falling on London every day. When she is presented with an opportunity after a tragedy, she takes it. But all actions have consequences...

Biographical Notes

Kate Charles, a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society, is American by birth but has lived in England for many years. A former parish administrator, she sets her books against the colourful backdrop of the Church of England.

She has been co-organiser of the annual St. Hilda's Crime and Mystery Conference in Oxford since its beginnings in 1994 and was awarded the George N. Dove Award for her 'outstanding contribution to the serious study of mystery and crime fiction'. She lives on the English side of the Welsh borders with her husband and their Border Terrier.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751568073
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: Sphere
Sphere

The Lost

Roberta Kray
Authors:
Roberta Kray

Private investigator Harry Lind doesn't believe in ghosts and so doesn't think twice about the ramblings of a drunken old hack. Little Grace Harper went missing over twenty years ago and missing girls can't just reappear - or can they? It takes a brutal murder to make him think again. Reporter Jess Vaughan is convinced Grace is still alive, and as she and Harry begin to unravel an age-old web of deceit and betrayal their discoveries put them on a collision course with Jimmy Keppell, one of London's most notorious gangsters. It seems Jess and Harry's search for the truth could cost them their lives.

Constable

The Devil Aspect

Craig Russell
Authors:
Craig Russell
Sphere

The Buried Girl

Richard Montanari
Authors:
Richard Montanari

'Glittering and sharp, an ice pick of a novel. An astounding talent'AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window A haunting, nerve-jangling psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Richard Montanari set in a small town hiding a very dark secret.When New York psychologist Will Hardy's wife is killed, he and his teenage daughter Bernadette move into Godwin Hall, a dusty, shut-up mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio.Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders dating back decades - including her own long-missing sister.But what place does Will's new home have in the story of the missing girls? And what links the killings to the diary of a young woman written over a century earlier?Praise for Richard Montanari'A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly'Tess Gerritsen'You turn the pages as if your very life depends on it'Daily Mail'The author's elegiac tone takes the curse off this blood-drenched thriller . . . Gripping' New York Times (the 10 best crime novels of 2016)'A master storyteller' James Ellroy 'Scary good!' Lisa Gardner 'Taut, propulsive and darkly gripping, Montanari is a master of suspense' Chris Ewan'A specialist in serial killer tales . . . a wonderfully evocative writer' Publishers WeeklyAmazon readers love Richard Montanari***** 'One of the best detective stories I have ever read'***** 'If you haven't read these books yet.... START READING THEM!'***** 'Great plot and incredible pace. A real page turner'***** 'I couldn't put it down - utterly absorbing and compelling!!'***** 'The last 20 pages had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my chair!'***** 'Absolutely brilliant - almost impossible to put down'***** 'Every once and while I read a classic which I'll NEVER forget.This is a book I'll never forget'***** 'This is a chillingly good read with a fast-paced storyline full of twists and turns'***** 'From start to finish, you never want to stop! You have to know what happened!'***** 'An outstanding tale with as many twists as a game of snakes and ladders'***** 'One of the best crime/thriller writers'***** 'Amazing'***** 'Richard Montanari never lets you down. The ending is always a surprise'***** 'So easy to pick up, so hard to put down'

Constable

The Puppet Show

M. W. Craven
Authors:
M. W. Craven

'Fantastic' Martina Cole'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick HerronA serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...'A page turner' Sun'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!' David Mark'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.' Michael J. Malone 'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton

Piatkus

Leverage in Death

J. D. Robb
Authors:
J. D. Robb

What would you do to protect your family?When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. He was a loving husband and father, with everything to live for. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice - set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die.Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows the violence won't end here. The men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. In this shocking and challenging case, both Eve and husband Roarke are heading into serious danger.

Sphere

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny
Authors:
Louise Penny

The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny'A wonderful addition to a fantastic series' Elly GriffithsWhen Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre document suddenly seem far more menacing.But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there . . .Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse*This edition contains bonus extra content from Louise Penny, including a map of Three Pines*

Little, Brown

Broken Ground

Val McDermid
Authors:
Val McDermid

Number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid returns with her most breathtakingly atmospheric and exhilarating novel yet'Somebody has been here before us. And he's still here . . .'When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems.It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own . . .'Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence that her "Queen of Crime" status will not be challenged' Scotsman'There is nothing more gratifying than watching a master craftswoman at work, and she is on fine form here' Observer'A compulsively readable tale' Irish Times

Corsair

The Sinners

Ace Atkins
Authors:
Ace Atkins

The Pritchards had never been worth a damn--an evil, greedy family who made their living dealing drugs and committing mayhem. Years ago, Colson's late uncle had put the clan's patriarch in prison, but now he's getting out, with revenge, power, and family business on his mind. To make matters worse, a shady trucking firm with possible ties to the Gulf Coast syndicate has moved into Tibbehah, and they have their own methods of intimidation.With his longtime deputy Lillie Virgil now working up in Memphis, Quinn Colson finds himself having to fall back on some brand-new deputies to help him out, but with Old West-style violence breaking out, and his own wedding on the horizon, this is without doubt Colson's most trying times as sheriff. Cracks are opening up all over the county, and shadowy figures are crawling out through them - and they're all heading directly for him.

Dialogue Books

One More Chance

Lucy Ayrton
Authors:
Lucy Ayrton

'A stunning debut . . . I loved every page' CLARE MACKINTOSH'I loved this book. Its witchy, and sweaty and unputdownable. It takes a traditional thriller structure and turns it on it's head' DAISY JOHNSON'Refreshing, heartbreaking and magical . . . Every mother should read this' CATH WEEKS'A riveting and utterly convincing story, that shines a light on the shadows between right and wrong. A sensitive and thought-provoking into the lives of women' KAREN MILLWARD HARGRAVE'Fascinating. Enlightening. Sobering.' OXFORD TIMES'Hard to believe it's a debut . . . utterly compelling' JENNY BLACKHURST'Fiction that navigates issues not often showcased on the page with care and without judgement is something to savour. One More Chance does just that' SKINNY'Gritty . . . Brutally honest. Emotionally powerful' MY WEEKLY***THE BATTLE ON THE INSIDE IS JUST THE BEGINNINGDani hasn't had an easy life. She's made some bad choices and now she's paying the ultimate price; prison.With her young daughter Bethany, growing up in foster care, Dani is determined to be free and reunited with her. There's only one problem; Dani can't stay out of trouble.Dani's new cellmate Martha is quiet and unassuming. There's something about her that doesn't add up. When Martha offers Dani one last chance at freedom, she doesn't hesitate.Everything she wants is on the outside, but Dani is stuck on the inside. Is it possible to break out when everyone is trying to keep you in . . .***What readers are sayingA brilliant insight into the life of a prisoner told in such a clever and sympathetic way. . . that will have you gripped to the very end.A fantastic read. 5*****The story was . . . refreshingly different from anything l have read before. Well worth reading. A gritty, honest read. Really enjoyed it!Just couldn't put it downA brilliant engrossing story and I can't wait to read more by Lucy AyrtonI loved this book. I loved the plot and the story arc. I loved Danni.

Piatkus

Bone Driven

Hailey Edwards
Authors:
Hailey Edwards

Book Two in the powerfully addictive fantasy series The Foundling, perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews, Jenn Stark and Helen HarperThe bayou is burning, the battle is just beginning - and Luce Boudreau is smack in the middle of no-man's land . . .Life as a cop in Canton Town, Mississippi, is never dull - particularly when hiding deep within you is a demon bent on the apocalypse. Luce is doing her best to pretend her two worlds aren't crashing into each other, but what should be a routine arson investigation takes a shocking turn when Luce discovers a link between the suspects and her own dark secrets. There's no turning back, even though her search for the truth threatens to burn her old life down around her.Lines are being drawn in a war Luce barely understands, and she just might be on the wrong side of them. Now she must embrace her powerful destiny, or the ones she loves most will pay the ultimate price.Readers LOVE Hailey Edwards:'Edwards creates amazing fantasy worlds' - (Goodreads reviewer) 'A fantasy of a five-star read!' (Amazon reviewer)'Hailey Edwards has exceeded all expectation' (Goodreads)'Well-plotted fantasy with intriguing characters, heart-pounding action, suspenseful intrigue and subtle romance' (RT Book Reviews)'Edwards has this way of writing that makes you feel like the narrator is talking to you and that you're old friends' (Goodreads)'The world building is fresh . . . The characters are well-drawn and easy to root for. And the romance really hits the spot' (Red Hot Books)'She builds dynamic character bases, using common mythology but takes it one step further using previously unseen species or imbibing currently known species with skills and know how that offers readers something new in the paranormal world' (Smexybooks)

Little, Brown

Calypso

David Sedaris
Authors:
David Sedaris

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny - it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

Constable

A Vicky Hill Mystery: Exposé!

Hannah Dennison
Authors:
Hannah Dennison
Sphere

The Cuckoo's Calling

Robert Galbraith
Authors:
Robert Galbraith
Sphere

Listening In

Jenny Eclair
Authors:
Jenny Eclair
Constable

Cambridge Black

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

A cold case waits to be solved . . . and a killer waits in the wings.Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name. But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past. DC Gary Goodhew is haunted by the day his grandfather was murdered and is still searching for answers, determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death and find his killer.But, right now, someone is about to die. Someone who has secrets and who once kept quiet but is now living on borrowed time. Someone who will be murdered because disturbing the past has woken a killer.

Sphere

I See You

Clare Mackintosh
Authors:
Clare Mackintosh
Sphere

Career of Evil

Robert Galbraith
Authors:
Robert Galbraith
Constable

Thin Ice

Quentin Bates
Authors:
Quentin Bates
Hachette Australia

Kingdom of the Strong

Tony Cavanaugh
Authors:
Tony Cavanaugh
Sphere

The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith
Authors:
Robert Galbraith

'Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read' TIMES-----Now a major BBC drama: The Strike seriesWhen novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.*** The latest book in the thrilling Strike series, LETHAL WHITE is out now! ***-----PRAISE FOR THE STRIKE SERIES: 'One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years' MARK BILLINGHAM'The work of a master storyteller' DAILY TELEGRAPH'Unputdownable. . . Irresistible' SUNDAY TIMES'Will keep you up all night' OBSERVER'A thoroughly enjoyable classic' PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS