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All our detective and crime novels are chosen for publication by book clubs and readers.

 Just a Small Town by Paul Linggood

A small town that could be anywhere – industry dead, streets in decline, many have left, while those left behind take short-term joy in drugs. Four young people are among the left behind.

Alex needs to escape his abusive father, and heroine consumes him. Jim wears a mask to conceal the torment of the friend he didn’t save. Chelsi’s brother killed a local boy, and ostracism pushes her towards a rival gang, prostitution and loneliness. Danny is a hustler but needs protection from the drug gang that supplies him.

Can any of them survive the addiction, gang life, isolation and manipulation. Their small town that could be anywhere.


"Brings a feral world to life." Helen Marshall, The Migration

“Compulsive reading.” Mick Finlay, The Arrowood Mystery Series

“Each helpless soul, from the middle-aged labourers down the pub, to the hustling teenagers, down to the addicts and prostitutes on the street, are woven together by one common denominator of hard drugs.” Stephen Scarcliffe, The Chemical Estate series

Paul Langgood dropped out of school at age 16, and life took him, for a spell, to the dark side he describes in his novel. Paul now has a degree in English Literature and an MA in creative writing.

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Who Killed Anne-Marie?

CM Thompson

Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under. Anne Marie Mills  is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of patience. When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could take? Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?

Hear Me

Julia North

After yet another shameful one-night stand Lissa has to accept that her sisters are right – she is an alcoholic and it’s time for rehab. She hates the idea of therapy, doesn’t want to examine her past, but just as she begins to see reasons for her drinking, life takes a brutal turn.

Who are her fellow patients? Why is one of them so damned perfect?

Hear Me is a powerful story about life and death, addiction and sobriety, racism and the fight for justice – but above all it is a story about love. 

A Coin for the Hangman

Ralph Spurrier

Booksellers never know what they might find in an estate sale. When our man finds the tools of one of England’s last hangmen, along with the diary of a condemned man he executed, he knows he has a mystery to solve.

Was there a miscarriage of British justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose? And just who is telling the truth? 

A mystery that has readers guessing to the very last page.

If you like fiction by Robert Goddard and Peter Lovesey, don’t miss A Coin for the Executioner.

Minette Walters: "A Fiendishly clever plot set in the aftermath of World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

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What Lies in the Dark

CM Thompson

One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear. Add three, four and even more, and watch neighbour turn on suspicious neighbour.

Victoria Bullrush – or Bullface, as she is called by fellow police officers – is a stickler for rules. As she tries to maintain a faultless investigation, she can't ignore the public's growing anger.

"An author to look out for in the future." Patrick Neale, former chair of the Booksellers Association.

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