Kenneth Grahame born 1859. Grahame wrote a series of letters to his son, Alastair, describing the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger which eventually became The Wind in the Willows. See all books by Kenneth Grahame
Read the opening extract of the brand new Paul Mendelson book before its publication on 20/03/2014
The Hangman's Song James Oswald
March 2014 Book of the Month.
Part of a compelling Edinburgh-based series (which began with Natural Causes and continued with The Book of Souls) featuring a likeable key protagonist in Detective... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
The Madness of July James Naughtie
March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month.
A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
Deep Shelter Oliver Harris
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month.
Detective Nick Belsey, of Hampstead CID was first introduced in The Hollow Man. A fascinating crooked cop who manages to survive against all the odds... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2014
Someone Else's Skin Sarah Hilary
March 2014 Debut of the Month.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this will be ‘just another Detective story’; this is clever, shockingly... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Mangle Street Murders M. R. C. Kasasian
March 2014 eBook of the Month.
Love him or hate him, this star ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice is certainly an interesting character. We are period, 1882, so a tongue-in-cheek, quirky, Victorian romp. Sidney’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Morning Frost (DI Jack Frost 3) James Henry
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
DI Jack Frost is best-known for his small screen portrayal by David Jason. Created by the late R.D. Wingfield,... Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
Of Cops & Robbers Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
South African crime fiction is definitely on the up. Following the breakthrough of Deon Meyer, Lauren Beukes... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/02/2014
The First Rule Of Survival Paul Mendelson
In Cape Town seven years ago three white boys disappeared, now two emaciated and abused bodies are discovered wrapped in plastic in a skip. De Vries worked tirelessly on the case but it was never solved. Now he is on... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014
Love Story, with Murders Harry Bingham
The first in this series, Talking to the Dead, introduced us to a most unusual police detective, Fiona Griffiths, who suffers from Cotard’s Syndrome and hides a dramatic past which will no doubt be revealed over the series. Certainly a... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Burial Rites Hannah Kent
Longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.
This mesmerising and evocative debut based on a true story about the last execution in Iceland is well written, well documented and exhaustively researched. Agnes Magnusdottir is sent to a farm in... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Martyr Rory Clements
Martyr is the first in the acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series by Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award.
Click here to see the new book in the John Shakespeare series, Format: Paperback - Released: 21/01/2010
Prince Rory Clements
A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age.
The John Shakespeare series:
5. The Heretics
6. The Queen's Man Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
The Next Time You See Me Holly Goddard Jones
An involved tale with bullying very much to the fore. Not strictly a whodunit for we know that early on but it’s how he covers, hides and copes that we really follow with some nice side plots added in. Wyatt,... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Harvest Jim Crace
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing and exciting it is that rare thing, a hugely enjoyable... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
Dexter's Final Cut Jeff Lindsay
Dark, thought-provoking and always highly entertaining, the razor sharp, devilishly witty vigilante serial killer Dexter is back and he has Hollywood in his sites. The Miami police department is overflowing with actors getting real experience of police work for a... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
A Wolf in Hindelheim Jenny Mayhew
This is an atmospheric and gripping novel from an exciting new voice for fans of The Snow Child and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. South-West Germany, 1926. The disappearance of a baby girl calls... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
We are Here Michael Marshall
What is a ghost? How powerful is belief? Can something imaginary take on a life of its own? Michael Marshall’s new thriller asks these questions and more. Unconnected to his excellent Straw Men series, this is a creepy and intriguing... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Trouble in Mind Jeffery Deaver
A cunning collection of short stories from the master of misdirection, including original tales featuring the hugely popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. TENSION ...An aging actor attempts to revive his career by entering a celebrity poker game... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
Thankless in Death J. D. Robb
He looked at his hands, covered with her blood, at the wild spatters of it on the walls. An artist, he mused. Maybe he should be an artist. Murder doesn't stop for Thanksgiving. As NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2014
Spree Michael Morley
The heat is on Jake Mottram, head of the FBI's new Spree Killer Unit, and psychological profiler Angie Holmes to find the madman responsible. Until now, they've been great together. Both at work and in bed. But a killer is... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Con Law Mark Gimenez
John Bookman - Book to his friends - is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He's thirty-five, handsome and unmarried. He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces senators to blithering fools on talk shows, and is often... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
419 Will Ferguson
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR REVENGE? A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Stone Boy Sophie Loubiere
When the elderly Madame Preau returns to her own house after several years spent in a convalescent home, she immediately notices that the neighbourhood has changed. A new family has moved in next door and, from her window, she watches... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Six Years Harlan Coben
Fans of Harlan Coben may feel a slight sense of déjà vu in reading Six Years as this territory has been covered by him before, but it is, nonetheless, a pacy, enjoyable, intriguing mystery that will hook you in and... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Frozen Dead Bernard Minier
Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the Pyrenees. The kind of place where nothing happens. Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless body of a horse, hanging suspended from a frozen cliff. Toulouse city... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Dead Gone Luca Veste
The young girl you have found isn't the first experiment I've carried out. She won't be the last. A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped, but will you chill you to the bone. Perfect for... Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
The Infatuations Javier Marias
The Infatuations is a critically acclaimed novel by the great Spanish writer Javier Marias. Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Guilt Department Q 4 Jussi Adler-Olsen
Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller. 1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Resistance Man A Bruno Courreges Investigation Martin Walker
In St Denis, Bruno, chef de police, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944. The investigation is fraught with issues. Bruno is... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Never Look Back DI Mike Lockyer Book 1 Clare Donoghue
A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson. Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
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: 14/08/2014
In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3 Adrian McKinty
Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea... Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2014
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13) James Patterson
When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
That Dark Remembered Day Tom Vowler
One family, one town, devastated by one tragic event. Can you ever know what those closest to you are really capable of? When Stephen gets a phone call to say his mother isn't well, he knows he must go to... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Stranded Alex Kava
For years the defenceless, the weary and the stranded have been disappearing along the highways and byways, vanishing without a trace. When FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Mystery Woman Amanda Quick
A mad scientist has preserved his dead lover in an ancient Egyptian embalming formula, and has convinced himself that he can revive the dead woman, but he needs Beatrice Lockwood's psychic abilities to 'ignite' the formula. And he will do... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/03/2014
A Killing of Angels Kate Rhodes
At the height of a summer heatwave, a killer stalks the City of London. The avenging angel leaves behind a scattering of feathers with each body - but why these victims? What were their sins? Psychologist Alice Quentin only agrees... Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
Falling Emma Kavanagh
This is a brilliant debut psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. It is perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson. A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
The Strangler Vine M. J. Carter
Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India - or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company's army, is sent to find him,... Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2014
The Dead Can Wait Robert Ryan
Dr John Watson is fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields and back home for some much needed R&R. But deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks. For enemy spies have inflitrated the home... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
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.
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!
All the great Private Eyes are featured in this section and you’ll discover new ones too, with our unique “Author, Like-for-Like” service. Simply click on one of the book covers and scroll down to the “Author Like for Like link” and we will show you which authors are a suggested match for your tastes!
Bad Boy Peter Robinson
Banks isn't back, and that's the problem. If DCI Alan Banks had been in his office when his old neighbour came calling, perhaps it would have turned out differently. Perhaps...
Game Anders de la Motte
The Game trilogy originated in Sweden, right now the home par excellence of crime writing, and has become an international phenomenon with sales to 27 countries. Written by a former...
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,...
Ripper Isabel Allende
A gripping thriller from the bestselling Isabel Allende. For Amanda Martin and her friends, Ripper was all just a game. But when security guard Ed Staton is found dead in...
The Stolen Ones Richard Montanari
Luther is everywhere and nowhere; he's is in your dreams - and your nightmares. Then Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man...
Cross and Burn Val McDermid
Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds...
The Killing Hour Lisa Gardner
HEADLINE'S LATEST AMAZING THRILLER ACQUISITION: New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner's backlist moves to Headline with the fourth book in the FBI Profiler series, THE KILLING HOUR.
The Toy Taker Luke Delaney
Your child has been taken...Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There's no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing....
Watch Your Back Karen Rose
Bestselling author Karen Rose is back with her fifteenth pulse-pounding thriller. UNFORGETTABLE Stevie Mazzetti knew she would never get over the murder of her husband and son. But with their...
The Red Road Denise Mina
February 2014 Book of the Month.
The fourth DI Alex Morrow mystery. It is believed that Denise Mina is doing for Glasgow what...
The Escape Lynda La Plante
Bestselling author Lynda La Plante's tells a the tale of a daring escape from jail in this new novel for Quick Reads.
The Heretics Rory Clements
Walsingham spy now in the service of Sir Robert Cecil, John Shakespeare, older brother of William, finds his trusted band of fellow spies are being picked off one by one,...
Pietr the Latvian Georges Simenon
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2014 Series of the Month.
Through countless TV and film incarnations and of course books, gruff Parisian cop Jules Maigret...
Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1) William Mcilvanney
Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the...
Brother Kemal Jakob Arjouni
Kemal Kayankaya is a Turkish-German private eye who operates in the seedy underworld of Frankfurt, on the margins of legality and gets deeply involved in cases which invariably summon up...
The Madness of July James Naughtie
From Radio 4's James Naughtie, a sophisticated thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry deep in the Cold War, drawing on decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Masaryk Station David Downing
An excellent series of period spy novels comes to an end with the sixth episode. I do urge you to read them all. We are now in Europe in 1948,...
Stay Alive Simon Kernick
The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum. One Witness - You're on a trip with your family, miles from...
The Abortionist's Daughter Elisabeth Hyde
Nineteen-year-old Megan Thompson is beautiful, cool, clever and sexy - and has consequently never been short of boyfriends. She has a love-hate relationship with her mother, Diana Duprey, an abortion...
The Affairs of Others Amy Grace Loyd
In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another but she has not moved...
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...
Entry Island Peter May
January 2014 Book of the Month.
Like his famous Lewis Trilogy, this stand-alone mystery has a dual-time frame and a small island setting....
Exile Richard North Patterson
David Wolfe is an ambitious former homicide prosecutor who is planning to run for Congress. A political dinner for the Israeli Prime Minister is hosted by his current girlfriend, Carole...
Fear Nothing Lisa Gardner
Heart-racing suspense and irresistable characters from the bestselling author of TOUCH & GO, CATCH ME, LOVE YOU MORE and many others. My name is Dr Adeline Glen. Due to a...
The Keeper Luke Delaney
The second in the DI Sean Corrigan series is even better than the first, Cold Killing. The author is an ex-Metropolitan Policeman and the attraction of these are in...
A Little Murder Suzette A. Hill
London, early 1950s. Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is discovered dead in her home, naked and covered with a coal scuttle. Detective Sergeant Greenleaf is tasked with solving the...
The Other Typist Suzanne Rindell
Dull, unambitious Rose is whisked out of her predictable life by a work colleague. Odalie arrives in the New York 1920’s typing pool and Rose is completely infatuated. In a...
Reviver Seth Patrick
HE GIVES JUSTICE TO THE DEAD. Jonah Miller is a reviver. Part of a forensic investigative team, he is able to wake the recently dead and let them bear witness...
Rubbernecker Belinda Bauer
Patrick didn't care what made people work. He was only interested in what happened when they stopped. Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger's...
Joyland Stephen King
One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013.
A rare incursion of the master of horror into the crime genre, albeit with...
I am Pilgrim Terry Hayes
One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013.
A smashing first novel from the screenwriter of DEAD CALM and the MAD MAX...
Blood Trust Eric Lustbader
Alli Carson was once First Daughter, only child of the US President. Then, after a car crash killed her father and hospitalised her mother. Alli battled her grief and threw...
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...