Thriller: Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay HQ, 464 pages, hardcover €21; e-book €9.99

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Breathtaking by Linwood Barclay

Breathtaking by Linwood Barclay

Almost six years ago, builder Andrew Mason went on a fishing weekend with his best friend and business partner. When he returned home, his wife Brie was missing. In such cases, it is often assumed that the husband murdered his wife, but the local police – especially the dogged detective Marissa Hardy – could not build a strong enough case against him.

However, his friends abandoned him, his business foundered, and he hit the bottle. Eventually he pulled himself together, sold the house, changed his name, and moved to a new town to start fresh. He is now in a new relationship with a woman named Jayne and life is looking good again. But then something strange happens. Where he and Brie had lived, a woman who looks a lot like him pulls into the driveway of their old home — which has been extensively renovated by its new owners — gets out of the cars, drops her bags of groceries, and shouts, ” Where is my house What happened to my house?

As quickly as she arrives, she is gone. The neighbors contact the police and Hardy is back on the case, which means Andy’s golden new life is about to be shattered as old questions and suspicions about his and Brie’s life resurface. .

Linwood Barclay is a past master of suspense, and the sensational reveals multiply as Andy struggles to make sense of it all and the deadly drama unfolds. Breathtakingly entertaining.
Myles McWeeney

Mystery: Nita Prose’s Maid
HarperCollins, 352 pages, hardcover €20.99; e-book €7.99

Midsommar and Little woman Star Florence Pugh has been tapped to take on the title role in a big-screen adaptation of Nita Prose’s debut. The maid features an unlikely detective trying to solve a murder in which she is the prime suspect.

Molly, a 25-year-old housekeeper whose tendency to take things at face value causes trouble, works at the upscale Grand Regency hotel. She comes to terms with the death of her grandmother and guides a few months earlier when she discovers the body of the wealthy Charles Black in her bed.

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This sweet mystery is served with a dollop of dark comedy, and the likeable Molly is a character that will stick with you long after you finish the final chapter.
Gareth Murray

Thriller: His perfect twin to Sarah Bonner
Hodder Studio, 336 pages, hardcover €20.99; e-book €6.99

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Her perfect twin by Sarah Bonner


Her perfect twin by Sarah Bonner

Her perfect twin by Sarah Bonner

Megan and Leah are identical twins, so similar that their confused father tattooed dots on their ankles when they had a few days to tell them apart. Physically, they may look alike, but their natures are different.

Megan is sweet and easy to lead, Leah aggressive and greedy, determined to take everything Megan owns – her toys, her clothes, and even her first boyfriend.

In their late twenties, they are separated. Megan is married to a cruel and controlling husband, while Leah is a wealthy businesswoman. But when Megan finds a photo of Leah on her husband’s phone, she confronts Leah and one of them dies. A breathtaking start.
Myles McWeeney

Thriller: The Couple at the Table by Sophie Hannah
Hodder & Stoughton, 368 pages, hardcover €23.79; e-book €9.99

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The couple at the table by Sophie Hannah


The couple at the table by Sophie Hannah

The couple at the table by Sophie Hannah

Six couples dine at separate tables at an upscale vacation resort. Embarrassingly, two of the couples, a former husband and wife with new partners, know each other. One of these women received a note warning her to beware of the couple at the table closest to them. It doesn’t make sense, because all the tables are equidistant.

Nevertheless, a woman is murdered, but all the evidence suggests no one in the room could have committed the crime. This clever and wonderfully plotted take on murder in a locked room is Sophie Hannah’s ninth mystery starring fun and dysfunctional married DS detectives Charlie Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse.
Myles McWeeney