Hodder at Harrogate
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by Alex Orr
1w ago
Hodder’s most exhilarating crime reads at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival Need your next fix of suspenseful stories and thrilling tales? Whether you’re into heart-stopping psychological thrillers, scandals and secrets, cosy yet clever mysteries, blasts from the past or gritty detective fiction, we’re sure we’ve got your ultimate summer crime read. Click the links below to request a digital copy of these top-notch crime novels for your e-reader. Here’s a hint — you’ll need a NetGalley account, which you can make here: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/ My Darling Boy by Helen Cooper Ice Town by Wil ..read more
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Read an extract from Original Sins
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by Charlea Harrison
5M ago
It's a brutal winter in Des Moines, Iowa, and the city is gripped by fear. A serial attacker known as the Sin Eater is stalking women and has just struck again. It's a tough time and a tough place for Riley Fisher, a former small-town sergeant, to be reporting for duty as an FBI agent on her first assignment. Teamed with a man she's not sure she can trust and struggling to prove herself - while fighting the pull of her old life and family dramas - Riley is tasked with investigating a vicious death threat against the newly elected female state governor. Gradually, she traces a disturbing conne ..read more
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Read an extract from Murder Town
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by Charlea Harrison
8M ago
Gemma Guillory has lived in Rainier her entire life. She knows the tiny town's ins and outs like the back of her hand, the people like they are her family, their quirks as if they were her own. She knows her once charming town is now remembered for one reason, and one reason only. That three innocent people died. That the last stop on the Rainier Ripper's trail of deaths fifteen years ago was her innocuous little tea shop. She knows that the consequences of catching the Ripper still haunt her policeman husband and their marriage to this day and that some of her neighbours are desperate - desp ..read more
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Read an extract from The Cold Case
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by Charlea Harrison
8M ago
2009 During a summer heatwave, teenagers are going missing. Junior officer Alex Finn takes the case and fears that the disappearances are linked. In a race against the clock to find and rescue the children alive, Finn and his team are only partially successful. Two of the children are saved, but they were too late for Oliver. And the killer got away. 2023 DI Alex Finn is still tormented by the cases of his youth - none more than so than the 2009 kidnappings. And it seems someone else has not forgotten either. They want answers after all this time, and with a gun in their pocket and their sigh ..read more
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Read an extract from In At The Kill
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by Charlea Harrison
8M ago
Liverpool: a suburban crime family grips a whole city with fear. And their ambition reaches further still. Galicia: an entire community waits on the windswept edge of Europe for the delivery of four tonnes of cocaine, brought across the ocean in an almost unbelievable craft. London: Jonas Merrick, grey and quiet, alone in a small office, seems an unlikely character to be tasked with bringing down an international drug network. But while Jonas's colleagues regard him as scratchy, fastidious, old, he is also ruthless, cunning and brutally pragmatic. And he has a man on the inside: a would ..read more
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Read an extract from Her by Mira V Shah
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by Charlea Harrison
9M ago
YOU WANT TO BE JUST LIKE HER. BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW HER? Rani has always felt like an outsider. First growing up among her white, wealthy peers. And now next to her successful, child-free friends. From the tiny rented flat she lives in with her family, she imagines being the kind of woman who owns the beautiful house across the street. Then Natalie moves in. With her expensive clothes, adoring husband and high-powered job, she has everything Rani wants, and Rani can't help but be drawn to her new neighbour. But as the two women strike up a friendship and begin open up, Rani wonders - is Nata ..read more
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Read an extract from The Last Line by Stephen Ronson
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by Melissa Grierson
9M ago
May 1940. With Nazi forces sweeping across France, invasion seems imminent. The English Channel has never felt so narrow. In rural Sussex, war veteran John Cook has been tasked with preparing the resistance effort, should the worst happen. But even as the foreign threat looms, it’s rumours of a missing child that are troubling Cook. A twelve-year-old girl was evacuated from London and never seen again, and she’s just the tip of the iceberg – countless evacuees haven’t made it to their host families.   As Cook investigates, he uncovers a dark conspiracy that reaches to the highest ranks o ..read more
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Kate Hulme, author of The Thirty-One Doors, on some of her creepiest reads for this Halloween
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by Charlea Harrison
9M ago
Apple-bobbing and ghosts, a comfy, well-lit room and catching sight of something not quite right out of the corner of your eye; spookiness is so closely linked to cosiness that we couldn’t really have one without the other. When a writer expertly evokes the normal world but ramps that cosiness and comfort up to ten, it’s an essential backdrop for creepiness to work against – for something to shift away from our normal, safe world just far enough to make our senses prick. Once we completely leave the real world behind in a story, it may get truly disturbing, but we can never really recapture ..read more
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Surrey Retain Title Despite Rose Bowl Defeat
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by Ana Carter
10M ago
For title contenders Essex and Surrey, the season did not end on the pitch as either would have hoped, yet it was favourites and holders Surrey who emerged triumphant in the end, finishing 20 points clear of their nearest rivals. Essex knew they had to win to stand a chance of snatching the pennant, and a visit to already-relegated Northampton seemed to be the easiest of opportunities to pile on the pressure. They chose to field first, only to find Rob Keogh in excellent form, as he smashed 172 in just 167 balls to take his side up to 369 all out. With no Essex batter reaching fifty, they wer ..read more
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Meet Sebastian Miller-Callahan
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by Ana Carter
10M ago
Name: Sebastian Miller-Callahan   Sport: Baseball   Body Type: Lithe and powerful   Hair: Messy dark blond   Eyes: Warm green   His Look: On the field, jersey with the top buttons undone, wearing perfectly-smudged eyeblack. Off the field, ready to step into the kitchen in jeans and old t-shirts, a rag tossed over his shoulder   Perfect Match: The “black cat” astrophysicist-in-training in need of a place to stay for the summer… without the side of feelings, thanks ..read more
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