May’s Hottest New Releases 2015
Another month, another bundle of brilliant new books heading our way. We’ve picked out the new releases we can’t wait to get our hands on this month.
A special mention has to go to the beautiful new reissue of The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham, the first novel to feature Albert Campion and the read-along title for our classic crime month. Check out the first chapter here.
May’s New Releases
You Are Dead by Peter James – 21st May
You Are Dead is the eleventh title in Peter James’s Roy Grace series. Voted by WHSmith customers as the best crime writer of all time earlier this year, we could hardly look at May without flagging the new Roy Grace which is sure to deliver on clever plotting and deft characterisation.
State of Emergency by Andy McNab – 21st May
Tom Buckingham returns in this extremely timely political thriller. Vernon Rolt is Britain’s most powerful new politician, but his move into politics has made him some unlikely enemies – British ex-servicemen, once his most committed supporters who now want him dead.
Solitude Creek by Jeffrey Deaver – 5th May
Jeffrey Deaver’s fourth Kathryn Dance thriller promises suspense by the bucketload. A brilliant plot, excellent characterisation and plenty of twists and turns – this is not to be missed!
The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons – 21st May
It’s been a year since we were first introduced to DI Max Wolfe and waiting for the second book in Tony Parsons’s crime series has been agony! Fast paced and exciting, we’re sure The Slaughter Man won’t disappoint.
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards – 7th May
A real-life detective story which investigates how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books which cast new light on unsolved murders and hid clues to their authors’ own darkest secrets. This is the first book about the Detection Club, the world’s most famous and most mysterious network of crime writers.
The Cellar by Minette Walters – 7th May
This is the terrifying new Hammer novella by Minette Walters, the bestselling author of The Sculptress and The Scold’s Bridle. At 256 pages you’re sure not to be disappointed – and we’re predicting you’ll need to hide behind the sofa to read it.
The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams – 1st May
Not exactly new, but there are some fantastic classic crime authors that are being given some extra love this month. One such is The Notting Hill Mystery published as part of the British Library Classics series. Pick one of these books up and be transported straight back to the Golden Age of detective fiction.
Untouchable by Ava Marsh – 7th May
Stella is an escort immersed in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. It’s exactly where she wants to be. Stella used to be someone else: respectable, loved, safe. But one mistake changed all that. When a fellow call girl is murdered, Stella has a choice: forget what she’s seen, or risk everything to get justice for her friend. In her line of work, she’s never far from the edge, but pursuing the truth could take her past the point of no return.
Maigret by Georges Simenon – 7th May
We’ve already raved about how much we love Inspector Maigret so we’re handing over to The Guardian to tell you why Simenon should be on your reading list: ‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories’.
The Pick of the Paperbacks
These beauties have already hit the shelves in hardback and are newly available in paperback this month – perfect for taking with you on your May Bank Holidays!