Digital Crime Fiction available from Wokingham Libraries

For those who enjoy a good crime thriller here is a choice of books you can enjoy by using our free digital books service at


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foleythe hunting party

EVERYONE’S INVITED. EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT. Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for this most hotly-anticipated thriller. In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one,The golden couple,The volatile one,The new parents,The quiet one,The city boy,The outsider, The victim. Not an accident – a murder among friends. This is available as an ebook and an eaudio book.


MacBeth by Jo Nesbomacbeth

He’s the best cop they’ve got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach. But a man like him won’t get to the top.Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it. This is available as an ebook.


Past Caring by Robert Goddardpast caring

Martin Radford, history graduate, disaffected and unemployed, jumps at the chance to visit Madeira at the invitation of an old university friend who is running the local English language newspaper. Luck continues to run for him when he is offered a lucrative commission to research the mysterious resignation and subsequent obscure retirement on Madeira of Edwardian cabinet minister Edwin Strafford. However, his investigation triggers a bizarre and inveitably violent train of events which remoreslessly entagles him and those who believed they had escaped the spectre of crimes long past but never paid for.

This is available as an ebook.


Snapped in Cornwall-Jane Bolithosnapped in cornwall

Rose Trevelyan had only met Gabrielle Milton once, but felt they might become good friends. She was delighted, therefore, to receive an invitation to the Milton’s party where the wine flowed freely and a good time was being had by all – that is, until Gabrielle’s crumpled, lifeless body was found underneath a balcony. This is available as an ebook



Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swansonswanson

If you want to get away with murder, play by the rules. A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled ‘My Eight Favourite Murders,’ and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list – which includes Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted? This is available as an ebook and an eaudio book


Revenge in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Toperevenge

Thea Osborne is determined to avoid trouble during her latest commission house-sitting in the pretty Cotswold village of Daglingworth. Anticipating a relaxing two weeks looking after the client’s pets, brightened with phone calls to her boyfriend, Drew, Thea settles down for a quiet assignment. Until, that is, a dead body is discovered in a nearby quarry.Could the death be linked to a group of environmental activists who have intimidated local residents? While Thea can empathise with the activists’ views against wind farms and building developments, she is not so sure about their violent methods. As real tensions begin to simmer, even Thea, a seasoned crime-solver, is surprised by the truth . . . This is available as an ebook


The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomsondetective's daughter

Detective Darnell died before he closed the case. Can his daughter solve it thirty years later? It was the murder that shocked the nation. Kate Rokesmith, a young mother, went to the river with her three-year-old son. She never came home. For three decades the case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic. Until the detective’s daughter Stella, a cleaner who loves restoring order, starts to clear out her father’s house after his death… THE DETECTIVE’S DAUGHTER SERIES: The Detective’s Daughter. Ghost Girl. The Detective’s Secret. The House With No Rooms. The Dog Walker.

This is available as an ebook


 Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman lady

Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn’t hard to understand why: it’s 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing. Maddie Schwartz – recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun – wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that’s been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can’t imagine is how many lives she is about to ruin, or how many hearts she’s about to break, by chasing a story that no-one thinks is hers to tell.

This is available as an ebook


Still Waters by Judith Cutlerstill waters

One cold, wet evening in an otherwise unusually dry April, a man falls from the fifth floor window of a hotel in Hythe. Did he jump or was he pushed?Detective Chief Superintendent Fran Harman is already struggling to juggle her work and private life: she is having difficulties finding a company willing to restore her and her boyfriend’s new home and has to put Mark up in her own cottage whilst the work is completed. And now, why did this man jump from a hotel balcony when he had a perfectly good balcony at home?A glitch with the water system and her boyfriend’s troublesome daughter add more problems to Fran’s lot. Can she find the time to discover what it is that appears not quite right about Alec Minton’s death?

This is available as an ebook

The Unseen Hand by Edward Marstonunseen hand

It is the autumn of 1917, and at the luxurious Lotus Hotel in Chelsea, a maid is disrupted from her morning rounds by a horrifying discovery: instead of the dignified older lady who has been occupying a room, she finds the dead body of a much younger woman. Harvey Marmion and Joe Keedy are dispatched from Scotland Yard to investigate, and learn that she seems to have been poisoned. But who is this woman? And what has happened to the previous occupant of the room? With a high-profile client to impress, Marmion and Keedy must solve the mystery as quickly as possible, before the reputation of the hotel is damaged beyond repair.

This is available as an ebook

Matt Johnson and Alis Hawkins visit Wokingham Library- Wednesday March 4

Matt Johnson and Alis Hawkins will be at Wokingham Library on Wednesday 4 March at 2.30pm to share their secrets of writing crime as well as signing books and answering questions during Wales Week Berkshire.

Wales Week Berkshire brings people together to celebrate the history, culture, beauty, heritage, community and businesses of Wales annually during 22nd March and 8th February.

Matt Johnson lives and works in Monmouth. He served for 25 years as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer. His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller – was published by Orenda Books in March 2016. The sequel Deadly Game, was published March 2017 and the final part of the trilogy, End Game, in 2018.

Wicked Game was listed for a Crime Writers Association Dagger award, has topped Amazon and KOBO charts in several categories and in 2018, Matt was voted at #22 in the WH Smith UK national poll of the world’s top 100 best-ever crime writers.

Peter James, the international best-selling novelist said of Matt’s work – “Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes said of Matt’s books “From the first page to the last, an authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing read.”

Matthew Hall, BAFTA winning writer of TV Drama ‘Keeping Faith’ said “Johnson is a natural. Taut, knife-edge thrillers, you won’t put down until the last full stop.”

In 1999, Matt was retired from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. His novels are the result of that process.

Alis Hawkins  grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. Her inner introvert thought it would be a good idea to become a shepherd and, frankly, if she had she might have been published sooner.

As it was, three years reading English at Oxford revealed an extrovert streak and a social conscience which sent her off to train as a Speech and Language Therapist.

She has spent the subsequent three decades variously working in a burger restaurant, bringing up two sons, working with homeless people and helping teachers and families to understand their autistic children. And writing. Always. Nonfiction (autism related), plays (commissioned for production in heritage locations) and, of course, novels.

Initially fascinated by the medieval period, she began her crime and mystery career at Pan Macmillan with a historical novel set during the fourteenth century then fast-forwarded to West Wales in the nineteenth century to fulfill a long-held desire to write a book based on Wales’s best kept historical secret: the Rebecca Riots. But she fell in love – both with nineteenth century west Wales and her characters – and the result is the Teifi Valley Coroner crime series featuring visually impaired investigator, Harry Probert-Lloyd, and his chippy assistant, John Davies.

As a side-effect of setting her series in Ceredigion, instead of making research trips to sunny climes like more foresighted writers, she drives up the M4 to see her family.

Now living with her partner on the Welsh/English border, Alis speaks Welsh, collects rucksacks and can’t resist an interesting fact.

Fun fact: In 1977, Alis was the winner of the under 16s stockjudging competition at the Cardiganshire Federation of Young Farmers Rally. She loves cows …

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Sign up for our Introduction to Crime Writing Masterclass

With Killer Women MJ McGrath and Laura Wilson.

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn about classic story structure as well as how to create scenarios and characters, and how to pen a brilliant beginning.

12932721_1107831432600887_3980765904373796290_nMelanie McGrath is the bestselling author of 12 works of fiction and nonfiction. You can find out more about MJ McGarth on her website.


12924409_1107831129267584_7495687650352843219_nLaura Wilson is a multi-award winning crime writer of long standing and crime reviewer of The Guardian. You can find out more about Laura Wilson on her website.

Wokingham Library

Saturday April 23
10.30am to 12.30pm
£5 charge

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