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COMPETITION … Win ‘Home’ by Harlan Coben

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HERE AT FULLY BOOKED TOWERS  we have a lovely crisp new paperback edition of Home, the mesmerising thriller by suspense-meister Harlan Coben, and it is crying out for a new owner. We reviewed the hardback edition a while ago, and were knocked out by the incredibly clever plot which twists and turns this way and that.

SO, HOW DO YOU ENTER? Dead simple. Fans of Coben’s investigator Myron Bolitar will already know the answer, but if you are new to the series, read our review, which is on the end of this link. You will see that Bolitar is a former professional sportsman. Simply use that sport as the email subject, eg “Cricket” and email Fully Booked at the address below.

ALL CORRECT ANSWERS will be put into the digital hat, and the winner will be notified in due course. To keep postage costs down, the competition on this occasion is only open to readers from the UK and the Irish Republic. We have a Bank Holiday next weekend, and so the competition closes at 10.00pm UK time on Monday 1st May.

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THE POSTMAN DELIVERS . . . Coben, Perry and Otis

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September traditionally sees publishing houses very busy with new books, launches and showcases of debut talent – and this activity always is guaranteed to keep my long-suffering postman extremely busy!

Coben005Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Nap Dumas is a cop, but his dedication to the badge only goes skin deep. He tends to play the game his own way, and if this involves delivering rough justice to scumbags on the street, then so be it. Dumas has a history, though. His childhood was scarred by a double death – that of his brother Leo who died with his girlfriend Diana in what the cops dismissed as a teenage suicide pact. Nap thought that was a crock then. Now, fifteen years later, he still thinks it was a crock. As Nap learns to his cost in this latest mesmerising novel from the master of twists and double twists, some past traumas never fully heal, but lie embedded like dormant tumours just waiting to metastasize the  present.
We reviewed an earlier novel by Coben this time last year, and you can check it out by clicking this link. Don’t Let Go is published by Century and will be out in hardback on 26th September.

SEcret004Can You Keep A Secret? by Karen Perry
They often say that two heads are better than one, and this was never more true than in the case of Dubliners Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. They are both widely respected and successful writers in their own right, but their collaboration under the pen name of Karen Perry has been a triumph where the qualities of each have been enhanced rather than diluted. In this, their latest psychological thriller they use the ever-potent theme of the reunion which goes badly wrong. Patrick Bagenall held his eighteenth birthday party in the family home, Thornbury Hall. Now, years later, with the mansion too decayed to be worth restoring, he holds a reunion gathering which should be a tearfully poignant farewell to the past, but a stepping stone to a positive future. Instead, dark secrets slither into the light and buried misdeeds scrabble their way to the surface. Can You Keep A Secret is published by Penguin, and will be available in paperback and Kindle at the end of November.

Book1003Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis
London, 1977.
“He buried his tormentor under the glare of the moon and went to sleep that night, with the dirt from the makeshift grave still caked underneath his fingernails.”
Dead Lands begins with a murder and continues with a violent journey through an urban landscape which wears its hippy-happy-peaceful mantle as a poor disguise, which fools no-one.
Lloyd Otis  was born in London and graduated in Media and Communication. Having written reviews for music sites,  and after gaining several years of valuable experience within the finance and digital sectors, he completed a course in journalism. He now works as an editor. Lloyd  has blogged for The Bookseller, and The Huffington Post and also wrote a regular book review column for WUWO Magazine. Two of his short stories were selected for publication in the Out of My Window anthology. He has also had articles appear on the Crime Readers’ Association website, and in the magazine Writers’ Forum. Dead Lands, his debut full length novel, is published by Urbane Publications, and will be available on 12th October.

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Postman 2HOME by Harlan Coben
The New Jersey based author is one of the bigger beasts in the crime fiction jungle, and he has created one of the more distinctive ‘accidental detectives’ in the genre. Myron Bolitar, the 6 feet 4 inches tall former basketball player, has already won three major awards for his creator, an Edgar (for Fade Away), a Shamus (Drop Shot) and an Anthony (Deal Breaker). In this latest adventure for the sports agent, he tackles the case of a disappeared boy who has, almost inevitably, been assumed dead. But now he shows up after a decade. Is he the real deal, or is he part of a sinister and devious scam? Home will be out in a variety of formats on 22nd September, and you can check the details here.

BODY ON THE BAYOU by Ellen Byron
Away from the city lights we go and we pay a visit to the town of Pelican, Louisiana, and as the title suggests we can expect plenty of alligators, snakes, spoonbills and other assorted fauna who make their homes in the mysterious watery glades. But this isn’t a wildlife Ellen Bdocumentary – it’s a case of murder. Byron (right) reintroduces the characters she created in Plantation Shudders (2015) and this time the Crozat family have another murder on their hands when a woman’s body is found floating on the still waters of their plantation. The publicity tells us that the Crozats have “a gumbo potful of suspects on their hands.” Just to be clear, this isn’t Southern Noir, but more an example of Southern Cosy, and it’s out on 13th September. Find out more here.
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Some tags to search ….



American crime fiction  Australian crime fiction.
Brian Stoddart  Chris Nickson  Christopher Fowler   Cosy Crime
Derek Raymond  
Dorothy L Sayers  
English crime fiction   English noir
Gary Donnelly   Harlan Coben     IR
ish crime fiction  
James Lee Burke   James Oswald   Jim Kelly  
Jo Spain   John Connolly   John Lawton  
Jonathan Kellerman   London   Mark Billingham
MJ Trow   Murder   Nick Oldham   Peter Bartram  
Peter Laws Peter Lovesey
Peter Temple   Phil Rickman   Philip Kerr  
Police Procedural   Psycholgical thriller
Rob Parker    Scottish crime fiction  Southern Noir  
Stacey Halls   Ted Lewis    True crime
Val Mcdermid    Victorian   WW1   WW2 

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THE BOY FROM THE WOODS . . . Between the covers

Harlan Coben’s ability
to write gripping stand-alone crime thrillers is little short of astonishing. Yes, we loved his character series featuring Myron Bolitar and then the three novels centred on his nephew Mickey, but here’s the thing. In The Boy From The Woods he introduces us to a couple of characters right out of the blue, as it were, but after just a few pages we feel that we have known them for ever. We might resolve to catch up on the previous books in the series, but then we remember there are none. This is our first acquaintance with the enigmatic young man known only as Wilde, and his hotshot lawyer friend Hester Crimstein.

91ZT8HhFQnLSo, who is Wilde? No-one knows his real name. He was rescued (if that’s the right word) as a child, after living alone and by his own wits in remote woods not far from New York City. How he got there, no-one in authority knows, and if he does, he isn’t telling. Subsequently fostered, he then went on to have a distinguished career in the special forces, and he now earns a living as a security consultant.

Hester? She is a delightfully sharp Jewish lawyer with a laser mind and a tongue as keen as a Damascus knife.Widowed some years earlier when husband David died in a car crash, she defends high profile clients as well as being the central attraction in a reality TV show featuring legal cases.

Naomi Pine, a socially awkward teenage girl who is the subject of relentless bullying at school, goes missing. Is it foul play, or is it somehow connected with Naomi’s relationship with Crash Maynard, the silver-spoon son of Dash Maynard, a millionaire TV producer who is connected to all that is good, bad and ugly about East Coast politics.

The plot of The Boy From The Woods is complex and intriguing. While Wilde and Hester try to find out why Naomi has disappeared and where she is, there is another plot strand involving Rusty Eggers a rich and ambitious politician whose bid for power may be derailed by old #meetoo tapes held by Dash Maynard.

One of the cover blurbs for The Boy From The Woods says “Coben never, ever lets you down.” Many such claims these days are just spin, but this one is totally correct. The book is published by Century and is out now. For more Fully Booked features and reviews of Harlan Coben’s books, click the image below.

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Long Bright River by Liz Moore – 27th December

The End of Her by Shari Lapena – 9th December


Out For Blood by Deborah Masson – 27th November

River of Sins by Sarah Hawkwood – 20th November

The Beach Party Mystery by Peter Bartram – 20th November

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman – 9th November

The Archers – Ambridge at War by Catherine Miller – 1st November


One Way Street by Trevor Wood – 28th October

When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott – 26th October

Smoke Chase by Jack Callan 18th October

Lost by Leona Deakin – 5th October

People Of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield – 1st October


The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves – 29th September

Bad Timing by Nick Oldham – 28th September

Chaos by AD Swanston – 20th September

Squadron Airborn by Elleston Trevor – 16th September

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox – 9th September

The Shot by Philip Kerr – 2nd September


Still Life by Val McDermid – 29th August

A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke – 21st August

Killing In Your Name by Gary Donnelly – 20th August

Cry Baby by Mark Billingham – 11th August

Lost Souls by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman – 10th August

After The Fire by Jo Spain – 3rd August


Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler – 31st July

The Finisher by Peter Lovesey – 20th July

Find Them Dead by Peter James – 15th July

Dark Waters by GR Halliday – 12th July

Far From The Tree by Rob Parker – 9th July

Whitethroat by James Henry – 1st July


Warriors For The Working Day by Peter Elstob – 15th June

Off Script by Graham Hurley – 13th June

Patrol by Fred Majdalany – 8th June


Grave’s End by William Shaw – 30th May

Killing Mind by Angela Marsons – 23rd May

The Saracen’s Mark by SW Perry – 17th May

Borrowed Time by David Mark – 16th May


The Final Straw by Jenny Francis – 26th April

The Tainted by Cauvery Madhavan – 27th April

Making Wolf by Tade Thompson – 25th April

The Music Box Enigma by RN Morris – 18th April

The Dirty South by John Connolly – 15th April

Hitler’s Peace by Philip Kerr – 13th April

The King’s Beast by Eliot Pattison – 7th April

Hammer To Fall by John Lawton – 2nd April


The Molten City by Chris Nickson – 25th March

The Evil Within by SM Hardy – 23rd March

The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben – 21st March

Keep Him Close by Emily Koch – 9th March

The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet – 4th March


The Night Raids by Jim Kelly – 28th February

Blood Will Be Born by Gary Donnelly – 25th February

Possessed by Peter Laws – 19th February

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald – 11th February

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – 6th February

The Foundling by Stacey Halls – 3rd February

Wildfire by Nick Oldham – 1st February


Killing Beauties by Pete Langman – 29th January

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner – 25th January

Happy Ever After by CC MacDonald – 21st January

All That Is Buried by Robert Scragg – 17th January

Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain – 14th January

The Unforgetting by Rose Black – 8th January

Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen – 6th January

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – 1st January


Murder In Mt Martha by Janice Simpson 20 December 2016

The Domino Killer by Neil White 8 December 2016

Scared To Death by Rachel Amphlett – 4 December 2016

The Iron Water by Chris Nickson – 29 November 2016

The Book of Mirrors by E O Chirovici – 25 November 2016

Truth Will Out by AD Garrett – 11 November 2016

House Of Bones by Annie Hauxwell – 8 November 2016

The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh – 5 November 2016

Moskva by Jack Grimwood – 1 November 2016

Skin and Bone by Robin Blake – 25 October 2016

The Black Friar by Shona MacLean – 5 October 2016

The Trespasser by Tana French – 23 September 2016

Home by Harlan Coben – 17 September 2016

Beneath The Surface by Jo Spain – 8 September 2016

Death Ship by Jim Kelly – 1 September 2016

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid – 31 August 2016

Stop Press Murder by Peter Bartram – 30 August 2016

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley – 14 August 2016

The History Of Blood by Paul Mendelson – 10 August 2016

When The Music’s Over by Peter Robinson – 3 August 2016

The Dead House by Harry Bingham – 29 July 2016

The Monster’s Daughter by Michelle Pretorius – 23 July 2016

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville – 11 July 2016

 Deadly Deceit by Jean Harrod – 6 July 2016

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie – 4 July 2016



Lock 13 by Peter Helton – 28 December 2017

The Island by MJ Trow – 26 December 2017

Blame by Jeff Abbott – 20 December 2017

The Gathering Dark by James Oswald 17 December 2017

If I Die Tonight by AL Gaylin 5 December 2017

A Death In The Night by Guy Fraser-Sampson26 November 2017

Front Page Murder by Peter Bartram 17 November 2017

The Hanged Man by Simon Kernick 31 October 2017

The People v Alex Cross by James Patterson20 October 2017

Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain 17 October 2017

Friends and Traitors by John Lawton10 October 2017

The House by Simon Lelic 29 September 2017

Can You Keep A Secret? by Karen Perry23 September 2017

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben 20 September 2017

The Year of The Gun by Chris Nickson 9 September 2017

An Oxford Scandal by Norman Russell 26 August 2017

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere 21 August 2017

The Walls by Hollie Overton 6 August 2017

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz3 August 2017

I Am Missing by Tim Weaver 27 July 2017

The Nutting Girl by Fred De Vecca26 July 2017

Unleashed by Peter Laws 21 July 2017

The Secrets on Chicory Lane by Raymond Benson16 July 2017

Soho Dead by Greg Keen 12 July 2017

Deadly Dance by Hilary Bonner11 July 2017

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham6 July 2017

The Breaking of Liam Glass by Charles Harris 29 June 2017

The Orphans by Annemarie Neary14 June 2017

The Lighterman by Simon Michael – 12 June 2017

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs – 7 June 2017

A Whiff of Cyanide by Guy Fraser-Sampson – 1 June 2017

Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham – 30 May 2017

Choke by Lisa Towles – 13 May 2017

Thrill Kill by Don Bruns – 9 May 2017

 Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys8 May 2017

The Well Of The Dead by Clive Allan – 4 May 2017

On Copper Street by Chris Nickson1 May 2017

What Alice Knew by A T Cotterell – 28 April 2017

Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison – 21 April 2017

The Killer On The Wall by Emma Kavanagh – 19 April 2017

Die Last by Tony Parsons – 12 April 2017

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr – 10 April 2017

The Redemption of Charm by Frank Westworth – 1 April 2017

Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler – 26 March 2017

Dark Asylum by ES Thomson – 17 March 2017

Written In Bones by James Oswald – 12 March 2017

The Shimmering Road by Hester Young – 24 February 2017

At What Cost by James L’Etoile – 14 February 2017

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón – 10 February 2017

Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan – 29 January 2017

Miss Christie Regrets by Guy Fraser-Sampson – 22 January 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper – 13 January 2017

Sirens by Joseph Knox – 9 January 2017

Purged by Peter Laws – 3 January 2017

All of A Winter’s Night by Phil Rickman – 1 January 2017


Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson – 26th December

Till Morning Is Nigh by Rob Parker – 8th December

Gone by Leona Deakin – 2nd December

The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram – 24th November

Golgotha by Guy Portman – 17th November

Die Alone by Simon Kernick – 15th November

The Photographer of The Lost by Caroline Scott – 9th November

A Minute To Midnight by David Baldacci – 2nd November

The Black Hills by MJ Trow – 25th October

England’s Finest by Christopher Fowler – 22nd October

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox – 14th October

The Man On The Street by Trevor Wood – 12th October 2019

Sight Unseen by Graham Hurley – 6th October 2019

The Hocus Girl by Chris Nickson – 3rd October 2019

Shamus Dust by Janet Roger – 28th September 2019

Eight Hours From England by Anthony Quayle – 26th September 2019

The Penny Black by Rob Parker – 20th September 2019

Plenty Under The Counter by Kathleen Hewitt – 20th September 2019

Nothing Else Remains by Robert Scragg – 20th September 2019

Trial By Battle by David Piper – 12th September 2019

From The City, From The Plough by Alexander Baron – 7th September 2019

The Rooks Die Screaming by Clive Tuckett – 1st September 2019

How The Dead Speak by Val McDermid – 16th August 2019

Murder At The British Museum by Jim Eldridge – 9th August 2019

Time For The Dead by Lin Anderson – 5th August 2019

The Bear Pit by SG MacLean – 31st July 2019

Child’s Play by Angela Marsons – 25th July 2019

One Good Deed by David Baldacci – 20th June 2019

The Unseen by Lisa Towles – 19th July 2019

Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks – 12th July 2019

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland – 10th July 2019

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – 1st July 2019

J SS Bach by Martin Goodman – 29th June 2019

The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan – 28th June 2019

The Artemis File by Adam Loxley – 25th June 2019

One Way Out by AA Dhand – 24th June 2019

The White Feather Killer by RN Morris – 17th June 2019

The Serpent’s Mark by SW Perry – 16th June 2019

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – 13th June 2019

The Boy Who Fell by Jo Spain – 9th June 2019

The Body Lies by Jo Baker – 3rd June 2019

The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram – 29th May 2019

No One Home by Tim Weaver – 25th May 2019

The Lost Shrine by Nicola Ford – 21st May 2019

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke – 15th May 2019

Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham – 29th April 2019

Night Watch by David C Taylor 23rd April 2019

A Book Of Bones by John Connolly – 15th April 2019

Bones Of The Earth by Eliot Pattison – 11th April 2019

Slow Motion Ghosts by Jeff Noon – 9th April 2019

One More Lie by Amy Lloyd – 8th April 2019

Metropolis by Philip Kerr – 3rd April 2019

The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler – 22nd March 2019

The Leaden Heart by Chris Nickson – 15th March 2019

Marked Men by Chris Simms – 12th March 2019

The Boy In The Headlights by Samuel Bjork – 6th March 2019

Hardcastle’s Quandary by Graham Ison – 28th February 2019

Runaway by Harlan Coben – 25th February 2019

#Taken by Tony Parsons – 20th February 2019

The Mathematical Bridge by Jim Kelly – 18th February 2019

Curtain Call by Graham Hurley – 8th February 2019

Cold As The Grave by James Oswald7th February 2019

The Familiars by Stacey Halls – 4th February 2019

Severed by Peter Laws – 28th January 2019

Dangerous Deceits by Cherith Baldry – 22nd January

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – 16th January 2019

The Suspect by Fiona Barton – 13th January

The Man With No Face by Peter May – 8th January 2019

Rough Music by Robin Blake6th January 2019

Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox – 4th January 2019

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