New Release Books by Alex Walters

Alex Walters is the author of Bad Terms (2022), For Their Sins (2021), Expiry Date (2019), Small Mercies (2020), Lost Hours (2020) and other 15 books.

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Bad Terms

release date: Feb 24, 2022
Bad Terms
Dark deeds in the Peak District refuse to stay buried... When a skeleton is unearthed at a building site in the village of Meresham, the police immediately link the case to a notorious missing persons investigation. Jayne Arnold was sixteen when she disappeared in the long, hot summer of 1976, and has not been seen since. Soon after the bones are found, a tragic accident occurs at an elite boarding school nearby. The young victim fell to her death from the roof of a building. Digging into the girl’s background links her to an attempted expose of donations from unsavoury individuals. When further deaths follow, does it suggest a cover up is underway? Who stood to lose most from the truth coming out? And how do recent crimes link to events from more than 45 years ago? DI Annie Delamere and her team are tasked to answer these questions, but her own mother may stand between Annie and the truth. A new instalment in the gripping and atmospheric DI Annie Delamere series that fans of Roz Watkins, Stephen Booth and Cara Hunter will love.

For Their Sins

release date: Mar 08, 2021
For Their Sins
A gruesome killing spree resurrects the past and makes the present all the more dangerous for someone close to DI Alec McKay in this explosive thriller. In the depths of a cold Scottish winter, an unidentified body is found in the heart of a solstice bonfire, apparently burned alive. Over a tense Christmas, a retired businessman goes missing, his body eventually found hanging from a tree in the coastal town. Another associate is found brutally murdered in his remote Highland home. DCI Helena Grant wants to spend a romantic Christmas with her new partner, the crime writer Bill Emsworth. In her absence, DI Alec McKay and his team struggle to investigate the killings, their work hampered by staff shortages and hostile weather. As he tries to connect the murders, McKay discovers that the victims have links to a notorious investigation, the subject of a ‘true crime’ exposé written by Emsworth. When another local businessman disappears, McKay fears that Emsworth, and even Helena herself, maybe in danger. It seems the real answers lie deep in Grant’s own past, and, with the killer closing in, her future becomes increasingly perilous . . .

Expiry Date

release date: Oct 07, 2019
Expiry Date
As a detective’s personal life unravels, he must piece together the clues to a baffling series of murders in this Scottish Highlands crime thriller. A family day out turns sour for DI McKay when he stumbles across an unidentified corpse. The day becomes darker still when his brother-in-law goes missing and is eventually found dead, the result of a seemingly accidental fall. Meanwhile, DCI Helena Grant has a disastrous on-line date with a senior manager of a local hotel chain whose behavior escalates from pompous to downright disturbing. And, as she arrives home, she receives a threatening text from someone who has clearly been watching her. When a further body is found at the edge of the Cromarty Firth, McKay and Grant begin to piece together a grim tale of violence, human trafficking, and the darkest family secrets.

Small Mercies

release date: May 11, 2020
Small Mercies
A killer is sending a message. But who is it for? DI Annie Delamere and her colleague DS Zoe Everett are off duty and enjoying a walk on the Peak District’s vast moorlands when they stumble across a mutilated corpse. The victim is unclothed and his tattoos indicate an affinity with the occult. While Annie is put in charge of the case her long-term partner, MP Sheena Pearson, is confronted by a group of far right extremists. Rather than back down Sheena chooses to stand her ground – and almost pays for it with her life. As more bodies are found, Annie is under pressure to prove her worth. But with one eye on her personal affairs can she catch a murderer and still keep her loved ones safe? And are the killings the work of a deranged mind – or a cover for something even more chilling? Don’t miss this first novel in a compelling new detective series that fans of Stephen Booth and Ann Cleeves will love. Praise for Small Mercies ‘Accomplished storytelling and perfectly meshed plot strands combine in this intriguing new series from Alex Walters’ Margaret Kirk, author of Shadow Man ‘Small Mercies gets Alex Walters’ new series off to a cracking start with a blend of police procedural and conspiracy thriller set in the atmospheric landscape of Derbyshire.’ Martin Edwards, CWA Diamond Dagger winner 2020 'Evocative, well plotted, with interesting characters and three concurrent mysteries. A definite 5 star read.’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The storyline weaves all the seemingly unrelated threads together into a nail biting finale. I held my breath more than once, and couldn’t put the book down in case something terrible happened!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Three plots swirl around each other, intersect and dance away again until the very end of this thriller where everything moves quickly to a totally unanticipated, breath-taking conclusion. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lost Hours

release date: Nov 05, 2020
Lost Hours
A vicious murder is committed, but who has blood on their hands? On a hot summer’s afternoon, Michelle Wentworth enjoys a rare few hours of relaxation. Sunning herself by her pool, she sends her lazy teenage son to fetch her a drink. But instead of a refreshment, Michelle is given a nasty shock when shortly after her child’s bludgeoned body is discovered on the doorstep. DI Annie Delamere attends the scene, joined by DS Zoe Everett. There is nothing to suggest a motive or perpetrator. They dig into Michelle’s life and come to suspect she may have been the target. Her ruthless pursuit of profit has won her few friends, and relying on her lawyer’s questionable advice could mean she’s in over her head. When another battered body is found, Annie realises that every clue leads back to a dispute at Michelle’s business. But with so many people with reason to seek revenge, will Annie and her team look in the right places – or will it be too late? A tense and gripping crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page! Perfect for fans of Stephen Booth and Ann Cleeves. Praise for Alex Walters ‘A talent to be reckoned with’ Daily Mail ‘Accomplished storytelling and perfectly meshed plot strands combine in this intriguing new series from Alex Walters’ Margaret Kirk, author of Shadow Man

Winterman

release date: Feb 26, 2019
Winterman
In this post-WWII crime thriller, a detective searches for a serial killer who’s made a hunting ground of the English Fenlands. Det. Inspector Ivan Winterman has had more than his share of troubles. The Blitz left his young son dead and his wife seriously injured. Having made enemies in high places, his career is going nowhere. Now he’s back in his coastal hometown of East Anglia, England—a part of the country gripped by post-war austerity and the coldest winter on record—hoping to rebuild his life. As the first snow begins to fall, a drunken ex-clergyman stumbles on the semi-mummified body of a small child concealed in a ruined cottage. Days later, another child's body is found in a Fenland dyke. Both bodies have been dead for years, preserved in the Fens, the cause of death unknown. Leading the investigation, Winterman uncovers a web of secrets in the small rural community—secrets that are darker and more dangerous than any he'd ever envisaged.

The Inspector McKay Series Books One to Three

release date: Oct 12, 2018
The Inspector McKay Series Books One to Three
In these three crime thrillers set in the Scottish Highlands, DI Alec McKay hunts down killers and grapples with his own tragic past. Candles and Roses When bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle—each with roses and candles placed around it—Det. Inspector Alec McKay search for a pattern behind the twisted killings. Death Part Us When a retired cop is murdered on a remote Scottish Isle, Det. Inspector Alec McKay must dig into the man’s corrupt past—a past that involves McKay himself. Their Final Act A killer is targeting washed-up entertainers—all of whom are connected to past allegations of sexual assault—and Det. Inspector Alec McKay believes there’s one final victim to go.

Life Remains

release date: Aug 27, 2021
Life Remains
LIFE REMAINS An elderly woman is found dead, her death peaceful but unexpected. Days later, a middle aged former television journalist dies in a similar manner. Both deaths prove to be murder, but with no obvious links between the two victims. When a former neurologist is also found murdered, it appears that DCI Kenny Murrain is dealing with a random multiple killer. Murrain, meanwhile, is still dealing with the tragic fallout from his previous case, struggling to hold together a team which is fragmenting by the day. His problems deepen when a key member of the team is accused of leaking information to the media. When further murders occur among patients in a local hospital, Murrain begins to suspect that the killings are less random than they appear, and that he and his team may be in the killer's sights. With the death count rising, Murrain realises he has no choice but to seek out the murderer face to face... Praise for Alex Walters 'A talent to be reckoned with ... A strong story line, muscular prose and a real sense of pace...a police procedural for a new age' - Daily Mail '...Right up there with the best police procedural thrillers of the last few years. Expect to hear much more of Walters in the future.' - Mark Timlin

Their Final Act

release date: Sep 25, 2018
Their Final Act
A serial killer is targeting washed-up entertainers in the Scottish Highlands in this gritty crime thriller by the author of Candles and Roses. Former comic Jimmy McGuire is found dead on the streets of Inverness, his body garroted. Years ago, McGuire had been half of a promising double-act until his partner, Jack Dingwall, was convicted of rape. Soon after, a second corpse is found in an abandoned industrial site on the edge of the Moray Firth—also garroted. Identified as a former musician turned record producer, it is learned that he had also been accused of rape. Meanwhile, Det. Inspector Alec McKay and Chief Inspector Helena Grant are still wrestling with the fallout from a recent case following a devastating acquittal. As the body count rises, the police think they have the killer in their sights. But McKay is concerned that the evidence is too neat. And as the trail leads to a final victim yet to come, time is running out to find the real killer.

Death Parts Us

release date: Sep 28, 2017
Death Parts Us
When a retired cop is murdered on a remote Scottish Isle, DI Alec McKay must dig into the man’s corrupt past in this British crime thriller series. Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. But after crossing the wrong people, his career was ruined. He eked out his last days succumbing to dementia on Scotland's Black Isle, supported by his long-suffering wife, Bridie. When he’s found dead, the police assume it’s an accident—until Bridie reveals that he’s been receiving mysterious letters containing only the phrase: “NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.” Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his estranged wife Chrissie, DI Alec McKay is living in isolation on the Black Isle. McKay had once worked for Galloway as a junior officer and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway's death. But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.

Candles and Roses

release date: Sep 27, 2016
Candles and Roses
In this gritty crime thriller set in the Scottish Highlands, a detective’s hunt for a serial killer leads him confront his own past. Haunted by the loss of his daughter, Detective Inspector Alec McKay obsesses over a missing person case that’s going nowhere. But that investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle—each with roses and candles placed around it. As McKay and his team begin to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings, the killer’s twisted intentions remain allusive. Meanwhile, the young woman who discovered the first victim has begun an investigation of her own—one that catches McKay’s attention, and possibly the killer’s as well. As the case unfolds, McKay is forced to face his own demons. Now, to catch the killer, McKay must untangle a nightmarish web of truth and lies.

Nowhere To Hide

release date: Nov 22, 2012
Nowhere To Hide
They’re above the law and they’re watching her every move... A compulsively readable thriller, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson.

Dark Minds

release date: Dec 09, 2016
Dark Minds
A collection of forty crime and thriller short stories, with all profits from the sale of this book to be donated to Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal. Do you think you know darkness? Think again. Bloodhound Books presents Dark Minds—a collection of stories by authors who have come together to produce an anthology that will lure, tantalise and shock its readers. What took place “By the Water?” What goes on behind “A Stranger’s Eyes?” And what is so special about “Slow Roast Pork?” From master authors such as Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Louise Jensen and Anita Waller, readers can expect a one hell of a ride . . . All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal. Dark Minds is a collection of forty crime and thriller short stories from authors including; Louise Jensen, L.J. Ross, Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Betsy Reavley, Alex Walters and Anita Waller, plus many more. For the complete table of contents, look inside.

Trust No One

release date: Sep 01, 2011
Trust No One
A timely and topical thriller which looks at the seedy back dealings of criminals and the police. An addictive read for fans of P.J.Tracey and Peter Robinson.

Dark Corners

release date: Nov 29, 2016
Dark Corners
DARK CORNERS The past is never dead... A missing child's body is found on the edge of the Peak District. As DCI Kenny Murrain and his team investigate, more attempted child abductions are reported. Murrain's instincts tell him this is a community with secrets, and those secrets have their roots deep in the past. Unexpected connections surface as he uncovers mysteries long buried. A motorcycle accident in the nearby hills. The unexplained death of a local prison governor. And a high-profile child killing two decades before. Then another child goes missing, and Murrain and his team must race to identify the killer before the past catches up with them and it's too late... Praise for Alex Walters 'Brilliant from start to finish... one of the best police procedure books I have read.' - Bookstormer Blog 'A talent to be reckoned with ... A strong story line, muscular prose and a real sense of pace...a police procedural for a new age' - Daily Mail '...Right up there with the best police procedural thrillers of the last few years. Expect to hear much more of Walters in the future.' - Mark Timlin

Their Final ACT: A Serial Killer Thriller

release date: Sep 25, 2018
Their Final ACT: A Serial Killer Thriller
A serial killer is targeting washed-up entertainers in the Scottish Highlands in this gritty crime thriller by the author of Candles and Roses. Former comic Jimmy McGuire is found dead on the streets of Inverness, his body garroted. Years ago, McGuire had been half of a promising double-act until his partner, Jack Dingwall, was convicted of rape. Soon after, a second corpse is found in an abandoned industrial site on the edge of the Moray Firth--also garroted. Identified as a former musician turned record producer, it is learned that he had also been accused of rape. Meanwhile, Det. Inspector Alec McKay and Chief Inspector Helena Grant are still wrestling with the fallout from a recent case following a devastating acquittal. As the body count rises, the police think they have the killer in their sights. But McKay is concerned that the evidence is too neat. And as the trail leads to a final victim yet to come, time is running out to find the real killer.

Late Checkout

release date: Jun 01, 2016
Late Checkout
DCI Kenny Murrain sees, hears and feels things that others do not. It's a gift but also a curse. When he wakes to the phantom sound of screaming he knows a murder has been committed but not where or why. Then a woman's body is found in a Stockport hotel room. It's a murder that seems both frenzied and carefully planned, the scene expertly cleansed of any evidence. Over the following days, more bodies are discovered, first in an upmarket spa on the Pennine moors, then in a run-down budget hotel on the outskirts of Manchester. The same frenzied attacks, the same meticulous planning. The same killer. The victims all have links to one man, a police colleague with a dark past. But Murrain discovers a more unexpected connection-with Marie Donovan, a former undercover officer now part of Murrain's own team. As the killer closes in on a fourth victim, Murrain knows that time is running out. But the outcome will be more unexpected and more terrifying than even he can imagine... Praise for Alex Walters '...An original page turner with a deftly executed mystery that kept me guessing' - Leigh Russell 'A talent to be reckoned with ... A strong story line, muscular prose and a real sense of pace...a police procedural for a new age' - Daily Mail '...Right up there with the best police procedural thrillers of the last few years. Expect to hear much more of Walters in the future.' - Mark Timlin 'Walters [shows]...nail-biting skill....It's a complex book, but compulsive reading...' - The Independent 'An intriguing police procedural, with a formidable sleuth...' -The Sunday Telegraph '...A suspenseful mystery full of misdirection and terror.' - Publishers Weekly 'A blend of pulse-pounding police procedural and horror-nuanced suspense...' - Chicago Tribune

Stilled Voices

release date: Oct 09, 2020
Stilled Voices
STILLED VOICESWhen will the voices stop?The murder of professional astrologer Andrew Gorman seems a straightforward case for DCI Kenny Murrain - a tragic death resulting from an interrupted burglary. But when Gareth Clayburn, assistant to stage medium Justin Bannerman, is found dead in identical circumstances, Murrain begins to suspect the murders are linked. Meanwhile, Geoff Nolan, television personality and professor of psychology, is developing a new series exploring the psychology of the paranormal. Starting with Bannerman's work as a supposed spiritualist. When Murrain receives an unexpected approach from the security services, he realises that the links between the killings lie deep in Murrain's own past and his own paranormal gifts. After days of rain and with floodwaters rising. Murrain finds himself in a race against time to prevent further deaths. In a shattering climax at Nolan's riverside home, Murrain finally comes face to face with an adversary who shares his remarkable gifts, as the book races to its dramatic and potentially tragic climax. Praise for Alex Walters'A talent to be reckoned with ... A strong story line, muscular prose and a real sense of pace...a police procedural for a new age' - Daily Mail'...Right up there with the best police procedural thrillers of the last few years. Expect to hear much more of Walters in the future.' - Mark Timlin

The Outcast

release date: Mar 21, 2018
The Outcast
The OutcastAs Mongolia bakes in the sweltering summer heat, the country prepares to celebrate the anniversary of Genghis Khan's rise to power. But the dramatic shooting of a suicide bomber in Suukbataar Square and the discovery of a body recreating a macabre historical scene jar events violently back to the present. Struggling with the investigation and his personal life, Doripalam turns to Nergui, his one-time mentor and now a powerful figure in the Ministry of Security - but Nergui appears as baffled as he is.As the heat intensifies, Nergui and Doripalam follow the trail to Genghis Khan's birthplace. Beneath the beating sun, out in the vastness of the steppes, a chilling figure emerges - a figure from Nergui's past, an outcast, who has returned to exact revenge, both on Nergui himself and on the nation that rejected him.'Nergui is a splendid creation - not since Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renkin has such an interestingly different detective come along.' Jo'Burg Review. 'Walters is a talent indeed - the pages just fly by.' Eurocrime

The Shadow Walker

release date: May 10, 2017
The Shadow Walker
Set in a country struggling to come to terms with the legacy of its past and the promise of its future, The Shadow Walker is a gripping thriller that introduces Inspector Nergui of the Mongolian Serious Crime squad. As winter's first snow falls on Ulan Baatar, the mutilated body of a British geologist is found in the city's most expensive hotel, apparently the fourth victim of a serial killer. With political pressure to solve the crimes mounting, Nergui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad, is ordered back to his former role, building an uneasy working relationship with his successor and protege, Doripalam, and with Drew McLeish, a senior British CID officer sent out to support the investigation. But the murders continue - leading the officers through the disused factories of the decaying city, out on to the steppes among nomadic herdsmen and illegal gold prospectors, and down into the barren landscapes of the Gobi. And then McLeish himself is kidnapped. With political tensions mounting and time draining away, Nergui and Doripalam piece together a case that encompasses both personal tragedy and shadowy commercial interests in Mongolia's vast mineral and energy reserves. And, finally, in a long-abandoned warehouse amongst the decaying Soviet-era factories of Ulan Baatar, Nergui comes face to face with the only figure who can bring the story to its shattering conclusion.'An intriguing police procedural, with a formidable sleuth...a promising debut' - The Sunday Telegraph'Compulsive reading...richly enjoyable. I look forward to another bloodthirsty visit with Nergui' - The Independent'A suspenseful mystery full of misdirection and terror' - Publishers Weekly'A blend of pulse-pounding police procedural and horror-nuanced suspense' - Chicago Tribune
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