Calista Langley operates an exclusive ‘introduction’ agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning – a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.
Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.
But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past – and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…
All the official reports say they are dead – extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Jameson Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise. When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment – who else? He’s been expecting such a call. Sure, it’s been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.
But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just Caxton’s blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out or die trying. Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
It is the summer of 1804 and Napoleon is massing his vast army for the invasion of England. Nathaniel Drinkwater has command of HMS Antigone, and he and his men are sent to patrol the Channel coast, helping the Royal Navy maintain a blockade of the enemy’s ports.
As Nelson’s and Napoleon’s mighty fleets draw closer to one another, Drinkwater is unprepared for the role that destiny deals him when he becomes a prisoner of the French and suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the British bombardment.
With the centennial year of the United States as the target of this historical novel, Gore Vidal again mounts a glorious expedition into that grimy and intricate activity called politics. And this is politics as it ought to be: gossip, corruption, money, dinner parties, more corruption, and all the tacky panoply of power. Into the rarefied atmosphere of a world where money has begun to talk very loudly ? usually through the mouths of people called Astor ? step Charles Schuyler and his daughter Emma. Charlie is the unacknowledged bastard son of Aaron Burr; Emma is rather beautiful; and both think it is prudent to return from penury in Europe and secure a fortuitous marriage for Emma. But America is no longer a young republic; it’s a fledgling international superpower with its attendant seedy administration, dubious election campaigns, snobbery, ‘popped corn’, ‘speaking tubes’ and ‘perpendicular railways’ (lifts). It’s a world that will welcome into its social and political bosom these two attractive exotics with the right names. And it’s a world whose every political peccadillo, social slip-up and irresistible intrigue is recorded in this, the journal of Charlie Schuyler.
THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME, AND AN INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘McDermid is at her considerable best’ GUARDIAN
‘An irresistible and palpable journey’ PATRICIA CORNWELL
The shadows hide a deadly story . . .
1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.
Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there.
When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.
THE NEXT ALLIE BURNS THRILLER, 1989, IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
‘A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. A cast of engaging new characters promise to make this an unmissable new series‘ PETER JAMES
‘Remarkable and compelling . . . the Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece‘ DAVID BALDACCI
‘Val McDermid is the absolute QUEEN. Allie is a fabulous character, I’ll go wherever she takes me and I’m dying to see what she does next‘ MARIAN KEYES
‘Packed full of Val McDermid’s trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era’ JANE HARPER
‘Unrivalled. Unmissable. Unforgettable. 1979 is Val McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending best‘ CHRIS WHITAKER
‘McDermid was a newshound at the time and it shows . . . Her best book in years‘ THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades‘ THE SCOTSMAN
‘A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time’ LINWOOD BARCLAY
‘A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event – and 1979 delivers. Full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation and features a marvellous new character to follow through the years to come’ MICK HERRON
‘Absolutely fantastic. I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the most‘ CHRIS BROOKMYRE
‘The good news is that this excellent novel marks the start of a new series‘ GUARDIAN
‘Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved it‘ CHRIS HAMMER
‘McDermid can do edge-of-seat suspense better than most novelists . . . An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding series‘ SPECTATOR
‘A gratifyingly multi-faceted character‘ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘The work of a writer at the peak of her powers‘ HERALD
‘The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistibly‘ IRISH TIMES
‘A pacey read‘ DAILY EXPRESS
‘A sensational novel. A surefire bestseller from one of Britain’s most accomplished writers‘ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘A nail-biting new series’ OBSERVER
‘The Crime Queen has done it again and created a character we will all come to know and love. A masterpiece‘ DAILY RECORD
THE SECOND THRILLING NOVEL IN VAL MCDERMID’S NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES
There’s nothing like a killer story . . .
1989. The world is changing, and Allie Burns is still on the front line, covering the stories that count.
Although Allie is no longer an investigative journalist, her instincts are sharper than ever. When she discovers a lead about the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable, Allie is determined to give a voice to those who have been silenced.
As Allie edges closer to exposing the truth, she travels behind the Iron Curtain, to East Berlin on the brink of revolution. The dark heart of the story is more shocking than she ever imagined. And to tell it, Allie must risk her freedom and her life . . .
The latest Allie Burns thriller, set a decade after the bestselling first novel in the ground-breaking, iconic new series.
Praise for 1979
‘McDermid is at her considerable best’ GUARDIAN
‘Irresistible’ PATRICIA CORNWELL
‘A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre’ PETER JAMES
‘Another masterpiece’ DAVID BALDACCI
‘Sensational. One of Britain’s most accomplished writers’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Honest, hilarious, and profoundly human’ Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author
Daniel Mayrock’s life is at a crossroads:
1. His bookshop is failing.
2. He’s sick of feeling useless.
3. His wife, Jill, is ready to start a family.
4. She has no idea about 1 and 2.
Dan is scared.
Then Jill gets pregnant.
And now all Dan knows is:
5. Dan loves Jill.
Brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humour and unique world-view, his obsessive list-making paints a picture of a man who’s willing to do just about anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life…
Praise for 21 Truths About Love:
‘A fresh, humorous exploration of what makes us vulnerable and what makes us responsible, and you can’t help but root for Daniel Mayrock even when he’s at his most mistaken. This is a love story of great pathos and beauty’ Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra
‘The most phenomenally entertaining and clever novel of the year. Poignant and hilarious…’ BookWeb
‘Fun, fresh, and incredibly heart-warming . . . a can’t-be-missed read’ The Young Folks
‘A pleasure’ The Seattle Times
‘Often moving, sometimes shocking, always entertaining’ Booklist
‘A clever, genre-bending portrait of a man under pressure’ Kirkus
‘A sometimes wild, sometimes serene, and always heartfelt ride’ The Harvard Crimson
‘Funny, sad, uplifting but always relatable’ Shelf Awareness
‘Reasons we love Twenty-One Truths About Love:
1. It’s deeply moving and full of emotion
2. The protagonist is relatable (he quit his job to open a bookshop!) and so are his struggles
3. It’s a thoughtful reflection about love and what it means to be a good person
4. Did we mention the protagonist owns a bookshop?
5. It’s one of the most unique books out today, because:
6. It’s written entirely in lists’ BookBub
‘What to know about this novel: 1) It’s written entirely in lists. 2) It’s about an anxious man struggling with family and financial issues. And 3) It’s an unconventional, endearing tale of impending fatherhood’ The Washington Post
The Stoker-award-winning editor of the acclaimed, eclectic anthology Zombie, returns with 21st Century Dead, and an all new line-up of authors from all corners of the fiction world, shining a dark light on our fascination with tales of death and resurrection . . . with zombies!
The stellar stories in this volume includes a tale set in the world of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse, the first published fiction by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and a tale of love, family and resurrection from the legendary Orson Scott Card.
With stories also from other award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, this new volume includes: Simon R. Green, Chelsea Cain, Jonathan Maberry, Duane Swiercyznski, Caitlin Kittredge, Brian Keene, Amber Benson, John Skipp, S.G. Browne, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Hollywood screenwriter Stephen Susco, National Book Award nominee Dan Chaon and more!
When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security prison, the cop-turned-con finds herself surrounded by murderers and death-row inmates with nothing to lose . . . and time to kill.
Laura’s always been able to protect herself, but soon she learns that an even greater danger lurks in the prison. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest vampire, has taken up residence and her power grows as she feeds her way through the inmate population. She knows how to pull Caxton’s strings, and issues an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.
Now Laura has just 23 hours to fight her way through a gauntlet of vampires, cons and killers . . . 23 hours to make one last, desperate attempt at protecting the world from Justinia’s evil.
In the explosive conclusion to the vampire series begun with 13 Bullets, heroine Laura Caxton and her long-time nemesis, vampire Justinia Malvern, finally clash in a decisive – and bloody – showdown.
Laura Caxton’s battles against vampire Justinia Malvern have cost her everything – the lives of her friends and family, her freedom . . . and perhaps even her humanity. But even now, reduced to a solitary existence as a wanted fugitive, Laura’s not through fighting. In fact, she’s got a plan – a plan that will force Malvern to come to her and allow the two enemies to face off one last time. The ever-wily Malvern has plans of her own, though . . . plans that involve Laura’s few remaining friends, a battalion of cops and an army of half-dead slaves.
The bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series brings his trademark warmth and wisdom to his novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street that’s ‘as charming as the bohemian street in which it’s set’ (Scottish Daily Record)
The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland’s most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world.
In McCall Smith’s hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters’ struggles to resolve them.
Contains an exclusive extract from The Department of Sensitive Crimes, the first novel in the new Detective Varg series by Alexander McCall Smith
Laura Caxton vowed never to face them again. The horror of what the vampires did is too close, the wounds too fresh. But when Jameson Arkeley, broken and barely recognizable, comes to her with an unfathomable discovery, her resolve crumbles.
In Gettysburg a tomb has been discovered. Cemeteries are nothing new for this town, legendary for its role in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. But this one is different. It contains 100 coffins – 99 of them occupied by vampires missing their hearts . . . one is empty and smashed to pieces.
How have they lain undisturbed for 150 years? And who is the missing vampire? More importantly, where is he? The answer lies in Civil War documents containing sinister secrets about the coffins – secrets that will throw Laura into a gruesome, deadly mission to save an entire town from an army of the undead . . .