Category Archives: Thriller

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

What a mixed up family are at the heart of this, the latest Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers novel. Ably assisted by Winston Nkata.

It all starts with the suicide of William Goldacre, devastating to those left behind. Why did he do it, nobody really knows or if they do they’re not saying.

A couple of years later we have a murder (or do we) in Cambridge, bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott. Her personal assistant is Caroline Goldacre, William’s mother.

Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself, and she is convinced there is a connection. She badgers Lynley into getting her on the case, which he does.

This is a novel of deeply hidden secrets, distorted truths, sexual complications, madness and much more.

Some of it is a bit convoluted and could maybe have been shortened. Interesting murder weapon.

As usual with Elizabeth George it is well written, the characters come to life in the reading of it and their interaction adds to the story.


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New from the author of Apple Tree Yard

“John Harper lies awake at night in an isolated hut on an Indonesian island, listening to the rain on the roof and believing his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to happen than of something he’s already done.In a local town, he meets Rita, a woman with her own troubled history. They begin an affair – but can he allow himself to get involved when he knows this might put her at risk? Moving between Europe during the cold war, California and the Civil Rights struggle, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the decades of military dictatorship that follow, Black Water is an epic novel that explores some of the darkest events of recent world history through the story of one troubled man.”

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A new Jack Reacher thriller!

New out in paperback from Norfolk favourite Lee Child:

“In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school.Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine…”

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Norfolk’s Most Wanted

Great Big Read is our annual reading promotion for adults and runs in all Norfolk Libraries from 20th March – 22nd April. Pick up a leaflet in any library.

This year’s theme is Norfolk’s Most Wanted, our top 20 most popular and in demand books asked for by library customers. Norfolk’s Most Wanted features Crime, Thrillers and Romance, including bestselling books such as ‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins and ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre’.

Browse and reserve our Most Wanted books on the library catalogue  and on Pinterest

Some of the Great Big Read – Norfolk’s Most Wanted titles are available as eBooks. To download an eBook visit the OverDrive eBook catalogue here

Some libraries will be holding events and activities to tie in with Norfolk’s Most Wanted. These include launch events, coffee mornings, book chats and quizzes. For details of these please visit

If you’ve read one of Norfolk’s Most Wanted titles, please write a review and send it to

Did you know that you can rate and review Norfolk’s Most Wanted Books? All you have to do is visit the library catalogue  Log in to your library account. Select your chosen Most Wanted book by clicking on the title and select Add your review. Write a short review and give the book a star rating.

Brand new crime thriller… out today

black-sheepFrancesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life. Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say …. Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?

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If you loved Girl on a Train, this should be your next read…

“This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer – and she is the sole witness.”

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Corpus by Rory Clements

corpusOne of my reading resolutions has been to try and read more books from genres that I usually ignore. While I do read widely and eclectically as a rule I do find that crime and thrillers are an area that I neglect, I am always a bit scared that the books will be too graphic and that I’ll have nightmares after reading them.

I did however read Rory Clement’s Corpus recently, it is a historical novel with a crime at the heart – I thought I’d ease myself in gently!

The book is set in Cambridge in December 1936 and has several threads to the complicated story but at the heart of the book is the death of a young woman. Investigators are quite happy to dismiss the death as accidental as the woman in question was known to use drugs but her friends think that there is more to it than that.

While the action of the novel is firmly based in Cambridge the scope of the book is much wider ranging from the Spanish Civil War, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia with a side order of conspiracy theory around the British Abdication Crisis.

I did find this book a little gory at times, but it was a gripping thriller with a mystery to solve, and it felt so accurate that I did find myself looking at the world events and wondering which of the plot elements were true!  The atmosphere was also very compelling – I really felt like I was in pre-war, cold Cambridge in December.

I’m not sure what I’ll try as a crime/thriller next – perhaps I’ll stick with Rory Clement’s other historical thrillers, if the action is in the past perhaps I won’t find it too scary!


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Turbo twenty-three by Janet Evanovich

Turbo twenty-threeAnother rip roaring tale featuring Stephanie Plum, Morelli, Ranger and the wonderful Lula.

Plenty of action, some scary, some terrifying, some hilarious – does another car go up in smoke? Will Grandma Mazur get a new boyfriend?

As well as the bounty hunting, Stephanie is working for Ranger, is working all that she does for him or not?

It’s an Ice Cream War, 2 factories in the same town, are they at loggerheads or is someone else attacking them for another reason? Stephanie goes undercover to find out. You might feel differently about freezers after reading this. Also watch out for the clown!

To answer all these questions plus more you’ll need to read Turbo Twenty-Three


Gallows Drop by Mari Hannah

Gallows DropGood start to my reading in 2017. An intriguing, thought provoking thriller. Poses the question whether Othello Syndrome is a mitigating circumstance when a murder is committed.

This is the latest book featuring DCI Kate Daniels and her team in Northumberland. A nasty murder of a young wrestler, he’s strung up on the sight of an ancient gibbet. He had suffered a beating before death, but was that the cause of his death. A whole group of nasty young people come under suspicion.

Kate’s personal life intrudes into the investigation, she’s supposed to be going on holiday. Plus her history with the SIO, who is a very angry man in general but more so to her. He also has knowledge of the victim and the main suspects but hides it from the team.

Everything moves at a fast pace, plenty of action, some heartache, much anger, and it all makes for a gripping read.


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Reviewed: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

midnightAmerican journalist John Steadman investigates the recent sinking of the Titanic. He soon becomes aware of another story – news filters through that the Midnight Watch on S.S. Californian witnessed a ship sending up flares in the area where the Titanic sank. Steadman becomes obsessed with the fact that the Californian’s Captain failed to come to the Titanic’s rescue. His investigations take him to Boston, Washington, Bootle and Wallasey as he seeks the answer.

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