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Crime and Thriller Fiction

Welcome to the crime and thriller bookshop where you can find out more about our members publications and buy their books. These books may not all be specifically Christian but can be read by anyone.

Joanna by Anne E. Thompson


Your family helps to shape who you are, whatever that family might look like. JOANNA is the story of a family struggling to cope with what it means to have a psychopath amongst them. 

Written after months researching the disorder, JOANNA is an exciting novel, written partly in the first person. The reader sees the world through Joanna’s eyes, they see what motivates her, how she thinks, what she feels.  (Be careful though, she might lie to you). The story also shows the impact of Joanna on those who love her. The story explores how God can work in even the most extreme of situations, what it means to love, and, more importantly, to forgive.


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Death be Not Proud     by C.F. Dunn


The sequel to the highly regarded Mortal Fire and the second in the trilogy The Secret of the Journal


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Realm Of Darkness by CF Dunn


In the fourth book of The Secret Of The Journal series, historian Emma D'Eresby has done everything she can to put the past behind her. Now she has every reason to look forward to a future with Dr. Matthew Lynes and his family in the beautiful state of Maine. But, in making peace with her past, she has to face uncomfortable truths in the present. As a shadow from her undergraduate days in Cambridge threatens her happiness, history catches up with terrifying results.


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Killer's Crypt by Wendy H. Jones


Where better to dump a dead body than in a crypt? As the body count rises faster than the soaring temperatures, DI Shona McKenzie is hurtled into the midst of another deadly case. But this killer is always one step ahead of the law. Why? The revelation will shock them to the core.


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Killer's Cross by 

Wendy H. Jones


Bodies with crosses carved on their chests! All left outside Dundee Churches! All members of the religious community! DI Shona McKenzie has to find the common factor linking the deaths, and catch the killer before he strikes again. Is her latest case as simple as it seems?


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market.


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Killer's Countdown by Wendy H. Jones


A Ruthless Killer. A Detective with something to prove. Newly promoted DI Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her life. Will she succeed? 


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market.


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The Silencer by Paul Alkazraji


Jude Kilburn and his wife Alex have moved from London to Albania to grow the church, in particular by publishing a keen biography of a local hard-man turned Christian. But a clandestine group has made it their mission to stop this work… The Christians sense danger, but the list of potential enemies is long: unreformed ex-paramilitaries, nationalists, mobsters. How and by whom will the cycle of violence and revenge be foiled?


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What if I go by Polly White


Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal.


While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?

 

Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By dropping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path... Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?

 

Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.


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An Iron Yoke 

by Sue Russell


The peace of a quiet country town is shattered by the brutal murder of a disabled woman. What secrets did she hold, and why would anyone want her dead? As suspicions mount and relationships unravel, the past casts a long shadow that will touch everyone involved. Can anything be salvaged from the tangle of madness, guilt and neglect?


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Counting Stars by Anne E Thompson


Set in the ‘world around the corner’, Counting Stars is an exciting, easy read thriller. It is set in a time when many of the world’s problems have been solved, but what is the impact on normal people? If religion has led to wars and terrorist attacks, is it not sensible for society to ban exclusive religions? “You can believe what you want, but you cannot exclude any other belief”. How would this affect those who are determined there is only one God? 
    Based on extensive research into the likely developments to appear in the near future, Counting Stars follows the lives of one family. Can they overcome the dangers and continue to worship? 

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Mortal Fire                      by Claire Dunn

Claire's highly-praised debut novel, published by Lion, is an absorbing thriller and the first in a series. It is available in paperback and on Kindle now. A sample can be read at www.cfdunn.co.uk

Fearful Symmetry by Claire Dunn


Guy Hilliard is dead, but the legacy of his deceit remains. Emma - newly married to Matthew Lynes - is finding it difficult to shed the guilt she feels for her part in the accident that killed him. She has not only lost her position at Howard's Lake college, but her academic credentials have been called into question, threatening her career. And if that wasn't enough, Ellie, Matthew's great-granddaughter, holds Emma responsible for Guy's death and has news that will leave the family reeling. The dramatic conclusion to The Secret of the Journal series.


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Killer's Crew by Wendy H. Jones


Winner of the Books Go Social Book of the Year


A man found hanging by the neck until dead A ship with a historic past A killer with a deadly personal quest DI Shona McKenzie is anticipating a peaceful Scottish summer when a hanging thrusts her into the midst of a fatal chase. As the body count mounts unravelling the difference between reality and fantasy is a deadly challenge. Shona and her team will need to use every trick in their arsenal to solve the puzzle and bring a killer to justice. Will they do it before more innocent victims die?


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Killer's Cut by 

Wendy H. Jones


A severed human leg is found buried deep inside a Scottish wood. An arm is uncovered on Dundee’s Law Hill. Treasure hunters unearth a grizzly trophy at a Dundee beauty spot. An evil killer who has turned murder into a sport. DI Shona McKenzie is catapulted into a deadly game of human jigsaw. Only the jigsaw killer knows how many pieces there are and where they are hidden. The chase is on to catch them before another individual is dragged into this horrific game. Who will win?


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Killer's Craft by 

Wendy H. Jones


A blizzard of murders in snowbound Dundee! Dead bodies proliferate. Nuns, prostitutes, and a henpecked husband! Is anyone safe? DI Shona McKenzie investigates multiple murders, unsure how many killers she is seeking. Will she succeed before the death toll mounts?


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market


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The Dagger's Curse by Wendy H. Jones


An ancient Egyptian dagger. 

A hungry curse. 

A city under siege. 

In the dead of night the ancient dagger is stolen from the museum in Dundee. As mysterious accidents, illness and even death stalk the city, the Detective Duo, Fergus Bernstein and Flora MacDonald, follow clues that lead them into ever increasing danger. Can they find the dagger and break the curse before it’s too late? 


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The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith


Set in 1920, The Jazz Files introduces aspiring journalist Poppy Denby, who arrives in London to look after her ailing Aunt Dot, an infamous suffragette. Dot encourages Poppy to apply for a job at The Daily Globe, but on her first day a senior reporter is killed and Poppy is tasked with finishing his story. It involves the mysterious death of a suffragette seven years earlier, about which some powerful people would prefer that nothing be said.


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Hunterswick Green by Iris Lloyd


Designed by handsome and predatory Michael King, the Hunterswick Green complex built in fifty acres of rolling countryside offers, if you believe the brochures, ‘a great new way of living’ to the discerning purchasers of its luxury homes.

Peter and Alison buy into the dream but Alison has the feeling she is being watched – and who is showing lights in the wood at night?

The young couple discover to their cost that perfection comes at a price and Hunterswick Green is not at all what it seems…


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The Milkshake Detectives by Heather Butler


Explores issues blended families face and is a ‘delectable detective’ story for 7-11 year olds




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A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary by Donna Fletcher Crow


Felicity, an American woman studying for the priesthood in a monastery in Yorkshire, goes to a convent in Oxford to translate a Medieval Latin document for the sisters in spite of warnings of danger. Father Antony, her church history lecturer and fiancé, warns Felicity not to get into trouble, but it's hardly her fault that severed body parts start showing up in ancient holy reliquaries. Or that Felicity and one of the nuns are assaulted. 

The exultation of All Saints' Day plunges to the anguish of grief on All Souls' when Felicity encounters yet another body. Who will be the next victim of the murderer stalking the shadows of Oxford's hallowed shrines?


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A Flash in The Pen: Short Stories from Authors Electric



Contributing  Author Wendy H. Jones


Short, sharp shocks can be fun - and here's the proof in the form of a new anthology from the Authors Electric blogging collective. Gathered here are 29 electrifying short stories covering a wide range of genres - whether it's action, murder, romance, comedy, satire, fantasy or the supernatural that turns you on, A Flash in the Pen has something for everyone and is guaranteed to give you a buzz.


Publication Date 21st June 2015. Click on the image to preorder

Crooked Holster: An Anthology of Crime and Thriller Writing


Contributing Author Wendy H. Jones


A fascinating exploration of the ingredients of crime fiction, Crooked Holster introduces the reader to victims, perpetrators and law enforcers, reminding us that crime is everywhere.


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Mortal Fire by Clare Dunn

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow

Enemy Lines by Fiona Veitch Smith