On the radar: Do I hear bones?

As well as a brand new novel by renowned Scottish author Douglas Skelton introduces this week’s On the Radar column four authors we’ve never covered before. Please welcome Chris Hauty, Camilla Bruce, Linda Mather and Austin Brooks to the site, and also check out their new novels. But we get things started with a little rattle of bones …

A Rattle of Bones by Douglas Skelton

Fans of Rebecca Connolly will be happy to know that the journalist is back on August 5th. And when A Rattle of Bones opens, the reverberations are still felt from her last appearance, which was in Douglas Skelton’s The Blood is Still. There’s a nice juxtaposition of Scottish history and modern turmoil as Rebecca investigates the case of a man who has been in jail for 10 years for the murder of his lover, who was a lawyer and prominent politician – and has protested his innocence from the start – go. She smells a story, and as fans of this series will know when Rebecca has her teeth in an exclusive, she is not about to return – even though her life is in danger.
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Savage Road by Chris Hauty

Savage Road by Chris Hauty frontcover

Screenwriter Chris Hauty debuts in crime with Savage Road, a political thriller released as a paperback on August 5th. There is a hacker at the heart of the intelligence community and they are threatening US security. Never fear, covert operator Hayley Chill is in the case! She needs to work fast to stop the high-tech terrorist whose cyberattacks are causing chaos in Washington DC. But the deeper she digs, the more Chill realizes that nothing is by what it seems and no one can trust. It seems that she will have to solve this all by herself, but when things get personal, the usually calm agent is shaken to the core …
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Triflers do not need the use of Camilla Bruce

Triflers do not need to be applied by Camilla Bruce front cover

In a genre filled with books that have blood, death or girl in the title, it’s refreshing to find someone who mentions trifles! There is nothing of the mill at this dark re-enactment of Belle Gunness’ life and times, whose real murder process began in Chicago in 1900. Bella Sorensen is a woman who is ready to make a point – that the female of the species can triumph over the rooster. Bella begins a series of murders, starting with her husband, Mads, in a furious effort to prove to the world that a woman can be as ruthless, black and one-sided as any man. With her exciting cover, Camilla Bruce’s Triflers Need Not Apply is out on August 5th.
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The Hanged Man by Linda Mather

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A private investigator and astrologer – who could have predicted it? Jo Hughes is Linda Mathers’ creation, and you can catch up with her on August 3, when The Hanged Man is released. A girlie gathering in the tree house at Jo’s Cotswolds home takes a macabre turn when the women see a man hanging from a nearby tree. This is Seb, CFO of the college. What could have driven him to this? The college’s finances were in a state of disrepair, but Jo is still not convinced that Seb committed suicide. With the help of David Macy, her old private investigative colleague, the truth begins to emerge, and some of it is uncomfortably close to home.
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In the Presence of Evil by Austin Brooks

In the Presence of Evil frontcover

A sheriff one step away from retirement and a rookie FBI agent have reluctantly entered into this fast-moving crime / horror hybrid. Veteran Officer Mike Walker is counting down the days when his retirement plans are abruptly slowed down by the arrival of kidnapping victim Sheri Brooks. She has managed to escape from her kidnapper, a member of a satanic cult – but when Sheri leads the police back to the area where she was held, they are not prepared for what is to unfold. In the Presence of Evil by Austin Brooks comes out on July 30th
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Read about last week’s new crime novels here.

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