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FRIDAY GIVE AWAY! You could win one of the books in our arms!

Hannah and Kate

Just comment here or on our Facebook Page to tell us which one you want and why!

Best answers will win and we’ll pick our winners on Monday.

Just in case you can’t see clearly, the books we’re carrying are:

Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride

close to the boneThe  No.1 bestselling crime novel!

The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?

Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.

When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…
The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor

scent of deathFrom the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence.

‘This is the story of a woman and a city. I saw the city first, shimmering from afar like the new Jerusalem in the setting sun. It was Sunday, 2nd August 1778.’

Edward Savill, a London clerk from the American Department, is assigned to New York to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists caught on the wrong side of the American War of Independence.

Surrounded by its enemies, British Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, profiteers, double agents and a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the Crown.

Savill lodges with the respected Wintour family: the old Judge, his ailing wife and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. The family lives in limbo, praying for the safe return of Jack Wintour, Arabella’s husband, who is missing behind rebel lines.

The discovery of a body in the notorious slums of Canvas Town thrusts Savill into a murder inquiry. But in the escalating violence of a desperate city, why does one death matter? Because the secret this killing hides could be the key to power for whoever uncovers it…
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

A Foreign CountryWinner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012 for Best Thriller of the Year. Selected by Sunday Times Books of the Year and The Guardian as Best Thriller of the Year. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, a gripping and suspenseful spy thriller from ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday)

Six weeks before she is due to take up her position as the first female head of MI6, Amelia Levene vanishes without a trace.

Her disappearance is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced for more than a decade. There has been no ransom demand, no word from foreign intelligence services, no hint of a defection.

Should news of Levene’s disappearance leak out, the consequences would be catastrophic. But for disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell, the crisis offers a chance for redemption. He is approached by his former employers and ordered to find her.

Kell’s search takes him first to France, then North Africa, where he discovers an extraordinary secret hidden deep in Levene’s past. it is a secret that could fatally compromise Britain’s national security – and for which Kell could pay with his life.
The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg

the lost boyNo. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg’s new psychological thriller.

On a late summer’s night, a young woman jumps in her car, her hands slippery with blood on the steering wheel. Taking her five-year-old son, Nathalie flees to the only safe haven she knows: the island of Gråskär off the coast of Fjällbacka…

Meanwhile, Detective Patrik Hedström has barely stepped foot inside his office following a lengthy sick leave before he catches a murder investigation.

A man has been murdered in his home: the victim, Mats Sverin, was the council’s financial director, heading up a regeneration project worth millions. But when Patrik and his team start digging into the dead man’s life, all they can uncover is unanswered questions. Why was Mats in such a rush to return to his home town of Fjällbacka after years in Gothenburg? And is it pure coincidence that Mats’s childhood sweetheart Nathalie has also suddenly returned to the area?

Mats visited Nathalie on Gråskär before his death. The locals call the island ‘The Ghost Isle’ – they say that it’s haunted, and that the dead have something to tell the living. But will anyone get close enough to uncover the dark secrets that lurk there?


The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman

The Cutting RoomThe chilling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Retribution and Pretty Little Things.

The body of a student who went missing from a Florida nightclub is found in a dumpster. A horrifying scene, but nothing compared to what she had to endure before her murder. She was drugged and tortured – all broadcast live for the twisted pleasure of a snuff club.

Detective Manny Alvarez works the homicide alongside young hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi. The media spotlight shines on the accused, a privileged playboy seen leaving the club with the victim. But without cast-iron evidence, Daria and Manny must dig deeper to crack the case.

The investigation exposes a terrifying connection between numerous unsolved murders and abductions stretching across the country. Their only lead is through notorious serial killer William Bantling, who knows the sinister society’s secrets first-hand. But Bantling won’t show his hand for free – he wants off Death Row.

For Manny and Daria, the nightmare is just beginning. And the only thing more devastating than this case’s past is what lies ahead…
Cold Killing by Luke Delaney

cold killingTerrifyingly authentic, London-set debut crime novel with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective.

DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn’t stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London’s Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others – a darkness he recognises still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there.

Now Sean’s on the trail of the most dangerous killer he’s ever encountered. The perpetrator has no recognisable MO, leaves no forensic evidence and his victims have nothing in common. But Sean knows they were all murdered by the same man. Now all he has to do is find the evidence, convince his bosses and stop the killing … before his adversary gets too close to home…


76 thoughts on “Win the books in our arms!

  1. Lost boy please I just love her books….

    Although I would be happy to read any of them

    (already read the cutting room)


  2. I’d love to read Luke Delaney’s Cold Killing because i love psychological books & this sounds a gripping read…plus my hubby would also love to read this one…we share the same taste in books!!

  3. The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman please I’ve read a small sample of it and I’m dying to know what happens next.It really is my kind of read, darkly twisted & dangerous, the kind of book that scares the heck out of you & makes you think “yikes glad it’s not happening to me” but you just have to keep on turning those pages and find out what comes next.

  4. Stuart MacBride, Close to the Bone. I have read all the other books in the Logan McRae series and eagerly await this one.
    A difficult choice as I also read Jilliane Hoffman and Camilla Lackberg books.

  5. The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman – This sounds terrific…a cross between Silence of The Lambs and the very best of C.S.I. I love a gruesome suspense 😉

  6. I would love to read Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride.

    the taste of the book has got me wanting to read on, it has captured me

  7. i would love to win The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg, as i love her writing style the last book of hers had me gripped, and converted my mother to crime novels too!

  8. Would love the Camilla Lackberg one. My workmate always says how great her books are but I’v not had the chance to read one of hers yet. I am going on holiday in a couple of months time so would love to lay around the pool reading this

  9. would love to read cold killing would certainly pass the time away on the long haul flight that we are about to go on and would be fab to be drawn in to this novel. hubby would love novel too.

  10. I would love to win Stuart Macbride’s book close to the bone please. I like the sound of it, sounds very gripping. I also need something really good to stop me reading 50 shades of grey AGAIN lol

  11. Luke Delaney please! Going on an inner city crime reading mission and this would tick my London box nicely to counterbalance all the northern set ones I’m reading. Also enjoy reading books written from the horses mouth so to speak as Luke is an ex-copper!

  12. I would love to win Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride. I love all his books and have read all the previous Logan McRae books except this one.

  13. The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg

    I have heard this lady is an excellent author and I am currently laid up in bed after a bad fall and reading is my favourite thing to do when I am not on Facebook and I would be very grateful if I was lucky enough to get this book.

  14. I’d love to win Close to the Bone please. Sounds very dark and deadly – just my type of book! Preferably with a body on the first page, always a good sign!

  15. Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride please, I love all the books in this series, and Logan McRae is my favourite policeman. The books are dark yet also manage to be very witty

  16. Would love to win Cold Killing by Luke Delaney. Would love this for the simple reason I generally wait till I read reviews about a Debut Novel before I but one. To win one and be one of the first to give a review would be fabulous. Thank you Killer reads 🙂

  17. I’m not fussy, I’d love to have anything written by Stuart MacBride. Why? Hello, it’s Stuart MacBride. ‘Nuff said?

  18. Goodness, really want them all but my number one choice would be Cold Killing by Luke Delaney. I haven’t heard of him before and I just live discovering a new author. The storyline is just what I love to read.

  19. Stuart McBride Close To The Bone. A bit short of the readies just now, so can’t afford Twelve Days of Winter by same author as well. When did HE get all industrious and write two books a year? Plus he’s in Newcastle next week, so I can make on I bought a copy.

  20. Love Stuart MacBride, have read all his books featuring Logan Mcrae, a great sense of humour running alongside terrific plots, I am a native of Aberdeen, and picture the streets and buildings clearly, love them.

  21. Would love to read Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride as I have read all the other 7 in the series and have loved the banter between McRae and Steel.

  22. I am a huge fan of Stuart’s style of writing. I find it extremely refreshing that his characters – mainly Logan – are not brilliant geniuses with annoying personalities (a.k.a. Dr House, Sherlock Holmes or other versions of these), but instead are mostly good people making a lot of mistakes while trying to do what seems right to them.

    Winning “Close to the Bone” would also probably prevent me for a time from doing something nasty to some random folks that I stalk each day.


  23. Need something to drag me out of the winter blahs!!! Stuart MacBride’s “Close to the Bone”, a strong cup of tea and something chocolate sound like the perfect choice. Off to Aberdeen, please!!!

  24. I would love to win Close To The Bone. I am suffering from severe Logan/Steele withdrawal and this book is sure to cure me. x

  25. Please pick me for a date with Logan McCrae and crew in the gloom and mists of Aberdeen. Author is extraordinary—characters and plots excellent. Desperately need a good read—or I may be forced to clean my house!!!

  26. Close To The Bone for me because someone as twisted as Stuart needs me to read it! Added I am an Aberdonian and have all his others!

  27. would love to win Stuart Macbride Close to the Bone – his books are just brilliant, graphic, very funny, gruesome, just excellent

  28. Hi, I would live to read the new Stuart MacBride, I have read all the logan mcrae series and am desperate to read this one, plus I am almost finished reading the latest Karin slaughter so I need a new book.

  29. I would love to read ‘Cold Killing’ by Luke Delaney. I am very interested in the psychology contained within this type of storyline and need some new types of books and authors to introduce to my reading group.
    This fits the bill perfectly!

  30. would love to win the book by jillianne Hoffman,,its like the trail of retribution novels written by Lynda la plante, but to tell the truth wouldn’t b fussed whatever one any of them I won, reading books keeps u sane, and from being bored, I prefer to read a book or novel in hand rather than using it on a kindle, I just don’t like reading it that way that now, I prefer to have a book in my bag wether im in the car or on trains and buses,

  31. I have read all of Stuart’s books (including Close To The Bone) and The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman, both authors are fantastic! I need to discover new authors and a freebie of the other books would give me that opportunity! Please! Pretty Please! Would prefer The Lost Boys or Cold Killing but I wouldn’t say no to the others!

  32. Close to the bone – Stuart Macbride. The charachters are brilliant, even though the actual storylines are usually quite dark, the bickering and relationship between Mcrae and Steel always have me literally laughing out loud. Excellent author.

  33. I would love Stuart MacBride please. A great writer and I cannot wait to read more of Logan MacRae’s put downs from DI Steel!

  34. I have already read Jilliane Hoffman and Stuart MacBride and they are both great reads. I would love to read A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming,it is on my top “to read” list and any book that has won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger has got to be pretty awesome.

  35. I would LOVE to win Close to the Bone. I live in New Zealand and have no idea when it will be published here. Please Please let me have a copy…

  36. Would like to win “Close to the Bone” as I’ve not yet read any of Stuart McBrides books and it seems from the posts above that it is something seriously missing in my life.

  37. I’ve read all of Stuart MacBride books, Close to the Bone being the only one I haven’t had the pleasure of yet, and would love to win this book as having been made redundant I have to wait for the paperback 🙁

  38. Would love to win Camilla’s new book. As well as a gripping thriller, you get the feeling of small town Sweden with all the trials of the families involved in the cases. However, you do get the feeling that everybody has some dark secret about their past life and the guilty party is never who you think it is.

  39. The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg. I’m doing a translation challenge with friends which is linked to various blogs and as Camilla Lackberg’s books are new to me AND translated this would be an ideal book to read for the challenge – and it would get reviewed!

  40. The Lost Boy for me please. I have heard that Camila Lackberg is a brilliant author and she is on my list of authors that I need to discover. I have read most of the other books and they are all brilliant. I am a big reader so would really enjoy this prize!

  41. Dear Killer Reads,

    Book which I would love to get is “Close to the Bone” by Stuart MacBride. Because english is not my first language I have noticed that reading books in english is great way to improve vocabulary. There is one but, book can not be boring!!! And all the Stuart’s books tick all the boxes.

    Stuart, thank you for helping me with my english 🙂


  42. I’m after Stuart McBrides latest please , basically because I’m sat bored in my taxi all day and need a good read and Logan’s adventures pass the time , although Ms Steele and her never ending fight with her under garments are right up there in the comedy stakes !

  43. I’d really like to get Close to the Bone. See what Logan is upto this time. His banter with DI Steel is great. I’ve not heard of the others but will check them out now…:))

  44. Luke Delaney – Cold Killing please,not heard of him and i love discovering a new author. Going for a hip replacement soon,i deal reading material!

  45. I would be delighted to win Stuart Macbride`s Close to the bone as he has been the best Scottish tutor a Hungarian girl could ever have wished for! Thank you!

  46. Would love to try ‘The Scent of Death’ by Andrew Taylor. Read one of his books before and find him different to other crime writers with many twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. Never know how it’s going to turn out.

  47. I have just wandered onto your website by accident so may be too late to enter.

    I would love to win ‘Cold Killing’ as I have not come across this author before. I have just read The Cutting Room which was outstanding. I have also read a few McBride novels which I just love.

    I am currently reading Ian Rankin after discovering him late in the day after seeing Rebus on the TV first.

    So many books (and great authors) but so little time. The TV is fast becoming redundant for me and I am not complaining one bit. Your website is now in my favourites.

  48. I would love a copy of Cold Killing by Luke Delaney.

    Psychological Thrillers are the genre that both me and my husband enjoy the most, and neither of us have read anything by Mr Delaney, so this would appear to be the perfect choice to suit us both. Mr Delaney might end up with two new admirers!

  49. The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg – I have a habit of seeing where plots are going, but I just love the way she writes and find her much harder to predict

  50. The Lost Boy would be great thank you, read all the others, work in a library and would be happy to recommend any of the, I am the Crime Quen of the staff …

  51. I’d love to read The Cutting Room as I love a good psychological thriller I can get my teeth into. I’ve also heard really good reviews!

  52. I would like to win Cold Killing by Luke Delaney because …

    I love to read a good murder;
    Curled up in my comfy old chair.
    And Cold Killing sounds like a good’un
    To read all alone …if I dare!

  53. I think the best book is the cutting room by Jilliane Hoffman because its heart pounding and breath taking. I think it has a good story line and twist to it also its a original and it makes you want to read on all the way through the book and I think it’s for boys and girls also its the first book I have read and serial killer and first-rate thriller and after I have read this book I want to read more books like it because its very intriguing.

  54. I just started The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg and have been collecting her works for about a year now. I would thoroughly enjoy THE LOST BOY if I were to Win. Camilla is fast approaching the likes of Jo Nesbo and Lars Keplar in terms of character development for me and I would love to win her latest installment.

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