Murder, mystery and thriller books – South Coast Herald

The eye of the beholder
by Margie Orford
On a remote farm in Scotland, an artist, Cora Berger, stands precariously in front of a giant painting of a mysterious snowy landscape. In London, her daughter, Freya, watches faded home movies, searching in these footage of Eden, a remote South African farmhouse, for the child who would become her troubled mother. And at a Canadian wolf sanctuary, a young woman named Angel Lamar works with infinite predatory patience to hunt down the men who witnessed the horror that was her childhood. In a work that is by turns introspective and brutal, The Eye of the Beholder intertwines the lives of Cora, her daughter Freya and Angel, three women who struggle to take control of their present even as they unfold the painful truths of a cruel past. . Jonathan Ball Editors R325

Cold, cold bones
by Kathy Reichs
Winter has arrived in North Carolina and with it a drop in crime. For a time, Tempe Brennan, a temporarily inactive forensic anthropologist, is content to care for her daughter, Katy, who has finally returned to civilian life after leaving the military. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe’s one night for dinner, they find a box on the back porch. Inside, a very cool human eyeball. GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to a Benedictine monastery where an equally macabre discovery awaits. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern for these murders, except that each mimics a murder tied to something a younger Tempe experienced or barely escaped. Someone is targeting her and she must figure out why before they strike again. And then her daughter Katy disappears. Simon & Schuster R330

The Beehive
by Scarlett Brade
Charlotte Goodwin looks straight into the camera and reveals a chilling truth to the thousands watching her Instagram Live broadcast. She killed her ex-boyfriend’s new partner in cold blood. But it’s not over yet. Hands bloodied, she takes a quiet sip of tea before continuing. Viewers must now vote to decide whether he should live or die. Public viewing sends shockwaves through the online community and viewership skyrockets. But as Lincoln’s past is revealed, how will he be judged? Bound by mutual tragedy, Charlotte’s three best friends have supported each other through the devastating ups and downs of their lives. Now, in a time when Charlotte is in need, her friends also face a choice: to help her off the hook for murder. bonnier R330

The last nail
by Stefan Ahnhem He extorted. He abused it. He raped. He sacrificed colleagues to reach the top. His name is Kim Sleizner and he works as the chief of police in Copenhagen. Dunja Hougaard left the police, traumatized by what he did to her. Dunja is determined to get revenge on her former boss, as untouchable as he seems. Now she has gone underground to investigate her past and bring her crimes to the world’s attention. When a high-ranking Danish intelligence officer and an unknown woman are found dead at the bottom of a lake outside Copenhagen, Dunja seizes his moment to set a trap for Sleizner. But then, just when his case seems solved, across the strait in Helsingborg, Sweden, Detective Fabian Risk receives a message that changes everything.
Head of Zeus R350

Everything I said was true
by Imran Mahmood
When Amy Blahn died on a London rooftop, Layla Mahoney was there. Layla held her. But all she can say when she’s stopped is “it was Michael.” Find Michael and you’ll find out everything you need to know. The problem is the police can’t find it, they’re not even sure it exists. Layla knows she only has forty-eight hours to convince the police that bringing in the man she only knows as “Michael” will clear his name and reveal a dangerous game affecting not only Amy and Layla. , but also her husband Russell and countless others. But as detectives begin to uncover the full truth about what happened to Amy, Layla will soon have to decide how much of that truth can she really risk being exposed? Bloomsbury R335

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