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Crime / Mystery

Crime and Mystery Books

If you love Crime and Mystery Fiction then look no further than our hand-picked selection of the best around. You might also like to browse our Thriller and Suspense category.

Books of the Month


Reader Reviewed Fall from Grace David Raker Novel
Tim Weaver
August 2014 Book of the Month. The follow up to Never Coming Back sees David Raker helping Melanie Craw, a Met police officer from the earlier book, find her missing father, also a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Song for the Dying
Stuart MacBride
Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
August 2014 Debut of the Month. A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel, ‘The Good Girl’ features an unusual focus and startling ending....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
     

Abattoir Blues The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full of red herrings. Could it be a World War II...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Escape
Dominique Manotti
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. A past winner of the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, Manotti is a French academic and crime writer with a sure touch for the nuances of contemporary society and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2014
     

Welcome to Meantime
Murray Davies
August 2014 eBook of the Month. This is a book to make real coppers and crime sleuths smile, the first chapter slaps your interest then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2014
     

Alphabet House
Jussi Adler-Olsen
August 2014 eBook of the Month. Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. Although partially...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2014
     

Spring Tide
Cilla Borjlind, Rolf Borjlind
A rookie cop investigating an unsolved, gruesome, murder from 24 years ago unknowingly stirs a dangerous cocktail of people and events. The authors are well known screen writers and penned the brilliant Arne Dahl crime series.This is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is dreadful and the faint-hearted should stay away. Set largely in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Heretic 1536: Who Will Survive the New World Order?
Henry Vyner-Brooks
A novel of espionage, romance and intrigue set in 1536 amidst the dissolution of the monasteries. Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fuelled by greed and decorated with bouts of feasting, smuggling and jailbreak. A 'Piece...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2013
     

Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Treachery
S. J. Parris
The fourth in the series featuring Giordano Bruno, mathematician, philosopher, heretic and spy, and solver of murders in Elizabethan England. In previous novels Bruno encountered John Dee, Nostradamus and Walsingham. He’s good friends with Philip Sidney (historically rumoured to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Taking the Fall
A. P. McCoy
The great thing about these jockey-turned-author books is that you know the racing content is authentic. This one concerns up-and-coming jockey Duncan Claymore intent on getting his own back on the people who wronged his father, Charlie, a small-time trainer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Friend of the Devil The 17th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 17th instalment of the Inspector Banks books but the first to be televised, Friend of the Devil delves deeply into Banks’ and Cabbot’s past and memories and is best read as part of the series, particularly as it regularly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
     

All the Colours of Darkness The 18th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 18th DCI Banks novel, All the Colours of Darkness is an enjoyable gripping read but fans of the series may feel this isn’t Robinson’s finest. Starting with what looks like the suicide of the set designer for a local...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2009
     

Entry Island
Peter May
Like his famous Lewis Trilogy, this stand-alone mystery has a dual-time frame and a small island setting. This time it is a remote Canadian island. One of the investigating team has Scottish ancestry and when he meets the suspect, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Gone for Good
David Bell
Elizabeth Hampton has not spoken to her mother in weeks when she gets the phone call. Her mother has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. But who would want to kill a kind old woman who stayed at home to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Strange Shores
Arnaldur Indridason
A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time. A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Killing Pool
Kevin Sampson
Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney discovers a headless corpse in the scrubland close to Liverpool docks. The slaying carries all the hallmarks of a gangland hit - a message from the underworld to snitches, cops and rival gangs. One mile...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Discourtesy of Death
William Brodrick
An anonymous letter sent to Larkwood's Prior accuses Peter Henderson, an academic celebrity renowned for daring ideas, of a grotesque murder: the calculated killing of Jenny, his disabled partner, believed by everyone to have died peacefully two years previously from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
P. D. Viner
Something very bad happened to Dani Lancing. Twenty years later, her father is still trying to get her to talk. Her best-friend has become a detective, the last hope of all the lost girls. And her mother is about to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Savage Magic
Lloyd Shepherd
It's 1814 and the streets of London's Covent Garden are at the centre of a dark trade, enticing rich and poor alike with a cocktail of gin and beer and sex. Behind their own fashionable private doors in the surrounding...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Winter Foundlings
Kate Rhodes
The girl was lying on the steps of the Foundling Museum, dressed all in white. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood high-security...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

One Kick
Chelsea Cain
Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

W is for Wasted
Sue Grafton
Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation....
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Six Against the Yard
The Detection Club, Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers
A unique anthology for crime aficionados - six 'perfect murder' stories written by the most accomplished crime writers of the 1930s, designed to fox real-life Scotland Yard Superintendent Cornish, who comments on whether or not these crimes could have genuinely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Sins of the Flesh
Colleen Mccullough
A Captain Carmine Delmonico mystery from the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds. August 1969. Two anonymous male corpses are discovered in the sleepy college town of Holloman, Connecticut. After connecting the emaciated bodies to four other victims, the police...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Season of Fear A Cab Bolton Thriller
Brian Freeman
Lake Wales, Central Florida. Ten years ago, a political fundraiser became a bloodbath when a hooded assassin carried out a savage public execution. Three men were massacred, casting a dark shadow over the Sunshine State. A decade on, history is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
There's nothing so terrifying as money...Two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, look for work and for escape from their lives spent growing up on Glasgow's most desperate fringes. Soon they will become involved in one of the city's darkest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Long Way Home
Louise Penny
Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/08/2014
     

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

Irene
Pierre Lemaitre
For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The First Horseman
D. K. Wilson
1536. In the corrupt heart of Tudor London a killer waits in the shadows...The Real Crime Before dawn on a misty November morning in 1536, prominent mercer Robert Packington was gunned down as he crossed Cheapside on his way to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Fiddle City
Dan Kavanagh
Everyone knows a bit of petty theft goes on in the freight business at Heathrow - it is fiddle city, after all. But things have gone beyond a joke for Roy Hendrick and he suspects someone who works for him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Doll Maker
Richard Montanari
Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

A Darkness Descending
Christobel Kent
When Niccolo Rosselli, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

The Crocodile
Maurizio de Giovanni
Transferred to Naples after a tangle with the Sicilian Mafia, Detective Inspector Giuseppe Lojacono feels that he's marking time, waiting out an awkward scandal. But when the bloodied bodies of teenagers start appearing around the city, victims of a strange...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Cold, Cold Heart
Tami Hoag
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she survived the ordeal, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred, racked with bouts of post-traumatic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Broadchurch
Chris Chibnall, Erin Kelly
Containing new twists, never-before-seen material and adding great depth and insights to the unforgettable cast of characters, this is a must-read not only for everyone who loved the TV programme ahead of the second series but for all fans of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Bones of Paris
Laurie R. King
Paris, 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, his current assignment is a private investigator's dream - he's getting paid to trawl the cafes and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
     

Bad Blood
Aline Templeton
Marnie Bruce has hyperthymesia; she can remember everything she has ever seen. Everything except from one fateful night when she was eleven; she woke up in an isolated cottage with a head injury and her mother gone. Twenty years later...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
     

Avenged
Jacqui Rose
Thrilling, dangerous and compulsive, Avenged is perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers. You make a deal with the devil; you pay your dues...Franny Doyle has always known that her father Patrick has been up to no good....
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Research
Philip Kerr
The rolling strip across the bottom of the screen shouts the news: BESTSELLING NOVELIST JOHN HOUSTON'S WIFE FOUND MURDERED AT THEIR LUXURY APARTMENT IN MONACO. Houston is the richest writer in the world, a book factory publishing many bestsellers a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Ghost Child
Caroline Overington
This book is from the bestselling author of I Came to Say Goodbye. Can you ever escape the secrets of your past? It is perfect for fans of Susan Lewis. The photograph shows four smiling children. But look closer and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in WHISKY FROM SMALL GLASSES. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been killed in the back of a police ambulance, appears to have risen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
     

The Devil's Workshop
Alex Grecian
We are back in London for the third in this terrific series of early police detection in The Murder Squad. Full of the smells and dirt of the Victorian underworld contrasting with the opulence of the grand drawing rooms, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     


Welcome to a meeting of the greatest criminal minds in the world. The world of Fiction, that is, because this is where you will find all the information, reviews and the opening extracts for our featured novels in the Crime & Mystery category. Whether you’re looking for more books by a favourite author or broadening your experience of this thrilling genre, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.


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All of our featured books are hand-picked and reviewed by our in-house editorial experts. This is unique to Lovereading and means that you can be sure of considered guidance by industry professionals. That’s how much we want you to Lovereading!

 

There’s such a great culture of detective stories in Britain, it’s a wonder anyone enters a life of crime! All the best loved detectives are here: Dalziel and Pascoe (Reginald Hill) Rebus (Ian Rankin), Dalgliesh (PD James), Marple & Poirot (Agatha Christie) and Morse (Colin Dexter) to name but a few. But why not try something new, like Christopher Fowler’s wonderfully cantankerous Bryant & May?

 

On the left you’ll find our great picks of the month and the opening extracts to help you discover some great new writing. Of course, if American and international crime-fighters are your thing, you won’t be disappointed either!

 

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Last Month's Featured Books
The Month Before's Featured Books 


All Day and a Night
Alafair Burke
July 2014 Book of the Month. This novel feels as though you are involved in an actual case; it’s full of clever, clear,...
 
 
 


Art of Deception
A. J. Cross
The New Year brings a gruesome discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham's Unsolved Crimes Unit: a mummified body. The victim is Nathan Troy, an art student who...
 
 
 


Big Bad Wolf
Nele Neuhaus
On a hot day in July, the body of a sixteen-year-old girl is pulled from the river Main near Frankfurt. She has been brutally attacked and murdered, but no one...
 
 
 


Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx
Simon Brett
The curse of Pharaoh Sinus Nefertop is upon Blotto so it's up to Twinks to banish it! Yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! So this time the Dowager Duchess...
 
 
 


Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan 16)
Kathy Reichs
This is the gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a...
 
 
 


Cobra
Deon Meyer
Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are...
 
 
 


Concealed in Death
J. D. Robb
There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property - but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he...
 
 
 


The Corners of the Globe
Robert Goddard
Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder and treachery he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left...
 
 
 


The Critic An Enzo Macleod Investigation
Peter May
The Enzo Files: Book Two. GAILLAC, SOUTH-WEST FRANCE. A bottled-up secret. Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes...
 
 
 


Dandy Gilver and the Reek of Red Herrings
Catriona McPherson
On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops while, out...
 
 
 


Dead Men's Bones
James Oswald
Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector Mclean series set in Edinburgh. For Inspector Tony McLean, an apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into...
 
 
 


The Edge of Normal
Carla Norton
Reeve LeClaire was abducted when she was twelve years old and held in captivity for four years. Now, in her twenties, she has a fragile stability. With the help of...
 
 
 


The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Irish cop DCI Jack Lennon returns for another searing thriller. Suspended from the force following the decidely traumatic...
 
 
 


Flesh Wounds
Christopher Brookmyre
One crime brought them together ...Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead. Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was...
 
 
 


Omens
Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Jones has lived a life of privilege and good fortune. But on the eve of her wedding she discovers two shocking facts. One - she was adopted. Two -...
 
 
 


The G File Van Veeteren Mysteries Book 10
Hakan Nesser
1987. Verlangan, a former cop turned private detective is hired by a woman to follow her husband Jaan 'G' Hennan. A few days later, his client is found dead at...
 
 
 


Ghostman
Roger Hobbs
Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately! (Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher novels)). I make things disappear....
 
 
 


The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly
Mickey Haller’s fifth case has the murder of a prostitute Mickey believed he had ‘saved’ at its core. Fans will know that Mickey is Harry Bosch’s half-brother, newcomers will find...
 
 
 


Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
A KILLING. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn't leave...
 
 
 


His Majesty's Hope
Susan Elia MacNeal
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as...
 
 
 


In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3
Adrian McKinty
Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain, but only if you want it. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows...
 
 
 


The Informant
Susan Wilkins
Set in London and Essex, The Informant is a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law. As a...
 
 
 


The Killing Room
Christobel Kent
When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking...
 
 
 


Lawless
Jessie Keane
Only the lawless will survive ...It is 1975 and Ruby Darke is struggling to deal with the brutal murder of her lover, Michael Ward. As her children, Daisy and Kit,...
 
 
 


Letters To My Daughter's Killer
Cath Staincliffe
Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four...
 
 
 


The Norfolk Mystery
Ian Sansom
Love Miss Marple? Adore Holmes and Watson? Professor Morley's guide to Norfolk is a story of bygone England; quaint villages, eccentric locals - and murder! It is 1937 and disillusioned...
 
 
 


Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon
Linda Newbery
It was the day when everything stopped. At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna's beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears. Twenty years later, Anna still doesn't...
 
 
 


Respect
Mandasue Heller
Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she...
 
 
 


Second Honeymoon
James Patterson
FBI agent John O'Hara receives a call from a man desperate for his help. His son and daughter-in-law have been found murdered on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. The grieving...
 
 
 


Shots Fired
C. J. Box
'One of the most talented thriller writers at work today.' Ten stories from international bestseller C.J. Box, full of dark deeds and dangerous impulses. In 'Shots Fired', one of four...
 
 
 


The Tilted World
Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
From the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year April 1927. After months of rain, the...
 
 
 


Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead
Sean Thomas Russell
Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead is masterful maritime fiction - Sean Thomas Russell's latest Charles Hayden voyage. Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal...
 
 
 


The Verdict
Nick Stone
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of...
 
 
 


The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
This is a gripping debut psychological crime novel about family lies and dark secrets in an isolated community as a series of women go missing. People still whisper about Lucy...
 
 
 


No Man's Nightingale (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
No Man's Nightingale: the eagerly anticipated twenty-fourth title in Ruth Rendell's bestselling Detective Chief Inspector Wexford series. The woman vicar of St Peter's Church may not be popular among the...
 
 
 


Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
July 2014 Book of the Month. A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between...
 
 
 


England Expects A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
A classically arresting mystery, overflowing with good old fashioned pluck, courage and perseverance. The third in the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, this can also be read as a vintage standalone novel....
 
 
 


Night Train to Jamalpur
Andrew Martin
Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was first introduced to us in 2002 in The Necropolis Railway. This is now his ninth adventure and as you can see, we are in...
 
 
 


Refusal
Felix Francis
After Dick’s death Felix took on his mantle and is doing sterling work. Not quite up to Dad’s standards yet but stay with him for these thrillers are good. This...
 
 
 


The Toy Taker
Luke Delaney
With strong, believable characters, clever twists and lots of edge-of-the-seat moments The Toy Taker is the third novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series. Young Children are being abducted and...
 
 
 


Girl Seven
Hanna Jameson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Jameson's London Underground series began explosively with her CWA Dagger shortlisted Something You Are which fizzled...
 
 
 


Carnal Acts
Sam Alexander
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A mixed blood female London homicide detective, wounded in a botched operation, is sidelined to a newly-formed police...
 
 
 


The House on the Hill
Kevin Sampson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. DCI Billy McCartney first appeared in The Killing Pool, a wonderfully twisted slice of Scouse Noir. Disillusioned...
 
 
 


The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes...
 
 
 


Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley Mckay
The fourth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series spins a crooked web of devious plotting and deceit. It comes as no surprise to discover the author studied linguistics at the...
 
 
 


The Night Watchman
Richard Zimler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A chilling psychological mystery set in Lisbon that follows the dogged path of local Chief Inspector Henrique Monroe...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Murder as a Fine Art
David Morrell
An artist of death is stalking Victorian London, recreating earlier masterpieces of murder. Police suspicion falls on the notorious 'opium-eater' Thomas De Quincey, recently returned to the capital, who wrote...
 
 
 


Private LA (Private 7)
James Patterson
Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack's clients has...
 
 
 


The Murder of Harriet Krohn
Karin Fossum
Charlo Torp has problems. He's grieving for his late wife, he's lost his job, and gambling debts have alienated him from his teenage daughter. Desperate, his solution is to rob...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. However, an impulsive affair sets in...
 
 
 


The Late Scholar
Jill Paton Walsh
Peter Wimsey is pleased to discover that along with a Dukedom he has inherited the duties of 'visitor' at an Oxford college.When the fellows appeal to him to resolve a...
 
 
 


If I Should Die
Matthew Frank
If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one...
 
 
 


The Killer Next Door
Alex Marwood
In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette...
 
 
 


A Darker Shade 17 Swedish Stories of Murder, Mystery and Suspense Including a Short Story by Stieg Larsson
John-Henri Holmberg
Original Swedish crime stories from the masters of Nordic noir including a never before published story by Stieg Larsson. Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An historical dual-narrative tale set in Iceland in 1829 where three, two women and a man, are sentenced for killing two men....
 
 
 


Long Way Home
Eva Dolan
Silence hides the worst crimes. A man is burnt alive in a suburban garden shed. No witnesses, no fingerprints - only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant...
 
 
 


The Feast of Artemis
Anne Zouroudi
The olive harvest is drawing to a close in the town of Dendra, and when Hermes Diaktoros arrives for the celebratory festival he expects an indulgent day of food and...
 
 
 


The Magus of Hay
Phil Rickman
The castle was moonlight-vast, all its ages fused together by the shadows, chimney stacks like the backs of hands turned black...Hay-on-Wye: a eccentric medieval town known for its dozens of...
 
 
 


The Anarchist Detective (Max Camara 3)
Jason Webster
Sent on leave after his last, brutal, case, Max Camara returns to his home town in La Mancha, famous for producing the finest saffron in the world. There, the past...
 
 
 


Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen
When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't...
 
 
 


Blood Med (Max Camara 4)
Jason Webster
Spain is corrupt and crumbling. The king is ill, banks are closing, hospitals are in chaos, homes are lost, demonstrators riot and rightwing thugs patrol the street. The tunnels beneath...
 
 
 


Body Count
Barbara Nadel
On 21 January, a half-decapitated corpse in the poor multicultural district of Tarlabasi poses a particularly frustrating and gruesome mystery. But as the months pass and the violence increases, it...
 
 
 


The Telling Error
Sophie Hannah
Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen...
 
 
 


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm...
 
 
 


A Carnival of Shadows
R. J. Ellory
But when a man's body is discovered beneath the carousel, with no clue as to his identity, FBI Special Agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate. Led by the elusive...
 
 
 


Don't Look Back
Erica Spindler
Ten years ago, Kat McCall left her home town in Louisiana after being accused of murdering her sister. Now, despite the fact there are those in the town who are...
 
 
 


From Doon with Death A Wexford Case - 50th Anniversary Edition
Ruth Rendell
A 50th anniversary edition of the first Inspector Wexford novel, with an introduction by Ian Rankin and a new afterword by Ruth Rendell. An ordinary life. An extraordinary death. The...
 
 
 


Murder
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. A sequel to the outstanding Mayhem, in which Victorian police surgeon Thomas Bond came to grips with Jack...
 
 
 


The Last Refuge
Craig Robertson
You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself… When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties...
 
 
 


Wrongful Death
Lynda La Plante
June 2014 Book of the Month. An old case of suicide is reopened in the light of new information, albeit from a dubious...
 
 
 


The Sudden Arrival of Violence The Glasgow Trilogy Book 3
Malcolm Mackay
It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of...
 
 
 


Tatiana
Martin Cruz Smith
Inspector Arkady Renko was first introduced to us in Gorky Park back in 1981. Interestingly this is only his eighth outing. The style has changed a bit over the years,...
 
 
 


Twisted
Lynda La Plante
'Please don't let anything bad have happened to her, please don't let anything have happened to my baby…' Marcus and Lena Fulford are the envy of their friends. Wealthy, attractive...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Tap on the Window
Linwood Barclay
When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole snake's nest of intrigue, crime and deception which risks ruining...
 
 
 


Want You Dead
Peter James
IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN ...Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead...Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new...
 
 
 


The Ways of the World
Robert Goddard
1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the...
 
 
 


The Corpse Bridge
Stephen Booth
The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed...
 
 
 


The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days -...
 
 
 


Payback
Kimberley Chambers
This is a long, involved, complicated and very violent, multi-faceted family saga of London gangland through several generations ruling Whitechapel. Full of sadistic violence, torture, murder, abortions, deceit and addiction,...
 
 
 


Takedown Twenty
Janet Evanovich
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore 'Uncle Sunny' Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to...
 
 
 


Natchez Burning
Greg Iles
The first in a new series featuring attorney turned writer Penn Cage who Iles first introduced in The Quiet Game, though you don’t need to have read it or anything...
 
 
 


Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11
Maxim Jakubowski
With this collection Maxim Jakubowski showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
Sara Gran
There are quirky detectives and there are even quirkier sleuths, but Claire DeWitt is the most bizarre and endearing of them all. As a teenager she came across a bizarre...
 
 
 


Speaking from Among the Bones
Alan Bradley
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. The first thing I saw was a hand, and then the face, a ghastly inhuman mask...'I do believe we've found Mr...
 
 
 


Hell's Gate
Richard Crompton
It must have been someone's idea of a joke. Too many offended egos back at headquarters, too many influential people unhappy with him in Nairobi. And yet, with his record,...
 
 
 


The Day of the Dead
Maurizio de Giovanni
In this fourth instalment of the Commissario Ricciardi series, the Commissario is investigating the death of Matteo, one of the many street urchins who live hand-to-mouth in the dark alleys...
 
 
 


Borderline
Lawrence Block
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. First class pulp from the pen of acclaimed US author Lawrence Block, Borderline was a novel of blood...
 
 
 


The Cemetery of Swallows
Mallock
One day, Manuel Gemoni travels to the other end of the world to kill an old man in the Dominican Republic. When questioned by police, he can only explain his...
 
 
 


The Girl With A Clock For A Heart
Peter Swanson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a...
 
 
 


Mike Hammer - King of the Weeds
Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When legendary crime bruiser Mickey Spillane died, he left countless...
 
 
 


Bad Blood
Dana Stabenow
Bad blood comes to the fore when star-crossed love ends in murder...One hundred years of bad blood between two Alaskan villages come to a boil when a young Kushtaka man...
 
 
 


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