Thrillers To Warm Up a Cold Winter’s Day


It’s freezing outside. All you want to do is stay in with a good book and a hot cup of cocoa.

Here are some blood warming thrillers to make you forget the temperature outside; you provide the marshmallows.

Tom Rob Smith is a hot author in the genre. AGENT 6 is his last in a trilogy. The year is 1965; Leo Demidov, a former Russian secret police agent, is forbidden to accompany his wife Raisa, and their daughters Zoya and Elena on a peace promoting trip to New York. When Demidov’s family is caught up in a web of betrayal and tragedy, he demands to be able to investigate. When he’s denied, he becomes obsessed with finding out what has actually happened.

Now available in paperback, Smith’s runaway bestseller CHILD 44 begins Demidov’s story.

Set in 1953, Stalin’s Soviet Union claims to be a paradise for workers. Hard work and loyalty to the regime are all that’s required to have every need met. When Demidov is demoted at the same time a series of murders has been committed, he vows to solve the case, and bring the criminal to justice. His obstacle? It’s a crime against the state to suggest there is a serial killer on the loose.

Chapter two of the saga is THE SECRET SPEECH. Also now available in paperback, this chapter concerns the unraveling of Stalin’s Soviet Union after the death of the dictator in 1953. At this point in the history of the country, the bloodiest criminals of all were the much feared police. Demidov struggles to keep his past from destroying his future.

THE NIGHT SWIMMER takes place in a sparsely inhabited area on Southern coast of Ireland. Matt Bondurant infuses the mystery with more than a touch of Gothic sensibility. Fred and Elly Bulkington leave Vermont after winning a pub in a contest. Fred enjoys his new life, while Elly becomes obsessed with long distance open-water swimming. As the couple becomes more enmeshed in local troubles, their marriage unravels.

It’s no exaggeration to say that HALF PAST DAWN, by Richard Doetsch, reads like something that Kafka would write if he were with us today. Manhattan District Attorney Jack Keeler wakes up one morning with no memory of what happened the night before. He does, however, have a strange tattoo, a gunshot wound, and a missing wife. Just one of those days.

Female authors aren’t the only ones who can write great thriller heroines, but Melinda Leigh proves she certainly has the inside track with SHE CAN RUN. In this, her debut novel, Leigh combines romance and suspense for Beth Baker, a woman who desperately needs a fresh start in life. Jack O’Malley is a retired Philadelphia homicide detective who takes over running an estate that’s seen better days. He finds himself having feelings for the new caretaker who happens to be…you guessed it.

Author Robin Perini declares her motto to be “When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe.” There’s no doubt she keeps this adage IN HER SIGHTS with her new book. Jazz Parker is a crack shot, but not so great in matters of the heart. When a dark secret from her past threatens to destroy Jazz, she takes a chance and trusts an ex-Army Ranger turned reporter, Luke Montgomery.

So who cares how cold it gets outside? The heat is definitely on with this collection of thrillers.

Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle.

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