Michael Crichton born 1942. He is best known as a novelist of popular fiction whose stories explore the limitations of a humanistic worldview in the age of advanced technology. Jurassic Park (1990) was his best-selling novel. Read books by Michael Crichton
The Good Life Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month.
Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never free... especailly if you are already married and fall in... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Don't Look Back Gregg Hurwitz
October 2014 Book of the Month.
Fantastic from start to finish. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff. In the prologue Theresa is spying on a man in a jungle in Mexico. She is spotted and caught... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
No Safe House Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month.
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven... Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
A Man Lies Dreaming Lavie Tidhar
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2014 Book of the Month.
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death James Runcie
From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
The Drop Dennis Lehane
Begun as a wry story of low level crime set in Boston, Lehane's short novel is a rich mix of humanity, compassion and sudden violence. Animal Rescue was the tale of a lonely and deceptively harmless barman who finds a... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2014
The Mysteries Lisa Tuttle
A Texan writer who has lived in Britain for many years, Lisa Tuttle is a secret treasure. Her work has for years skirted the tenuous, poetic reaches of horror and fantasy (and she once collaborated with Game of Thrones' Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
The Last Anniversary Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This is a great read, especially astute, and indeed amusing, about... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Dark Tides Chris Ewan
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of teenagers who set each other dares on “Hop-tu-naa”, the Isle... Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
A Saintly Killing Martha Ockley
The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunnit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the murder of the prickly artist commissioned to paint the church... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2014
The Advent of Murder A Faith Morgan Mystery Martha Ockley
Traditional, warm and cosy, if such a thing can be said about a book where a murder has been committed in the first few pages… Two months on from the end of ‘The Reluctant Detective’ and Faith is... Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2013
The Reluctant Detective Martha Ockley
A good old fashioned whodunit - but one stuffed full of warm affection for traditional village life; the gossip, community spirit, curtain twitching, the steadfast and stalwart… There are clues and suspects aplenty and if you do make the leap... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2014
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this is every bit as good as everyone says it is.... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
One Kick Chelsea Cain
A new series by the popular author of the chilling Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell novels introduces Kick (once Kit) Lannigan. The tough as nails survivor of an abduction in her childhood, Kick is now an angel of retribution and... Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
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
Fourth of July Creek Smith Henderson
A splendid and gripping slice of deep Americana, this extremely powerful first novel parachutes its author to the forefront of of the literary scene. When a social worker with problems of his own comes upon an almost feral boy in... Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night James Runcie
A clever and charming series, cosy crime at its finest, with each book taking the form of six linked short mysteries and the entire series spanning from Elizabeth II’s coronation to Charles and Diana’s wedding. It would be a pity... Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories Ian Rankin
Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Spark John Twelve Hawks
Jacob Underwood is not like other people. He has Cotard's Syndrome. He believes he is dead. Which makes his job as a hired assassin neutralising 'problems' for DBG, a massive multinational corporation, very simple. He carries out the task -... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Killer Jonathan Kellerman
The latest addictive thriller from No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense, in his acclaimed series featuring Doctor Alex Delaware. Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
Duffy Dan Kavanagh
When Brian McKechnie finds his wife attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by a man with a suspiciously erratic accent, he engages the services of London's most unusual private eye - Duffy. A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Cross My Heart (Alex Cross 21) James Patterson
Alex Cross' whole world is crashing down around him. He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill. Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now he's unable to protect even those closest to... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Last Winter We Parted Fuminori Nakamura
This is the third novel to be translated by cult Japanese writer Fuminori Nakamura and it's brilliant. Exquisitely written, taut and gripping, this is a clever, literary mystery, the genre at its finest. Told partly in first person by a... Format: Hardback - Released: 18/11/2014
Moriarty Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
Winter Siege Ariana Franklin
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
The Soul of Discretion Simon Serrailler Book 8 Susan Hill
The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
The Returned Seth Patrick
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED? Camille: A young girl wakes cold and alone on the side of a mountain, with no memory of how she got there - and no idea that she died four years' ago. When... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Malice Keigo Higashino
Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Dead Connection An Ellie Hatcher Novel Alafair Burke
Absolutely riveting...Burke delivers a first-rate thriller, as a rookie detective investigates the dark side of internet dating while trying to survive the mean streets of New York . (Lisa Gardner). Dating can be murder...Ellie Hatcher's father spent much of his... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
Cut Out Fergus McNeill
Nigel never meant for it to happen. At first, he just wanted to be Matt's friend. But when he discovers he can hear what is going on in the flat below him, his fascination with his new neighbour drifts into... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Borderline Liza Marklund
A mother is found dead along a snowy pathway after dropping her son off at nursery school. She is the fourth murder victim to be found in a short time displaying the same characteristics. News reporter Annika Bengtzon is trying... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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!
A Burnable Book Bruce Holsinger
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has been tampered with and...
The Thieves' Labyrinth James McCreet
A death on Waterloo bridge, a body in the river near Wapping, a lady robbed on Wych Street - all common enough daily incidents in early Victorian London. But when...
The Sandman Lars Kepler
This is a powerhouse of a read, it will tempt and cajole you into reading faster and faster, the last page will whisper seductively to you but hold...
Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan 17) Kathy Reichs
This is the gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. Tempe is faced with the horrifying possibility that the killer...
Burn (Michael Bennett 7) James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City - and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming...
Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12) John Harvey
The final DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestselling author of Cold in Hand. Thirty years ago, the Miners' Strike threatened to tear...
Don't Stand So Close Luana Lewis
This is a lingering, compulsive debut novel that will keep you tightly in its grip. What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for...
An Event in Autumn Henning Mankell
Some cases aren't as cold as you'd think Kurt Wallander's life looks like it has taken a turn for the better when his offer on a new house is accepted,...
Found Harlan Coben
It's been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey's sophomore...
Help for the Haunted John Searles
It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, fourteen-year-old Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first...
The Last Refuge Craig Robertson
You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself When John Callum arrives on the Faroe Islands, determined to sever all ties with his previous life...
Mean Streak Sandra Brown
Hayes Bannock is a Texas Ranger, a natural lawman who is tough, taciturn, perceptive, and guarded. Several years ago, his life was derailed by a tragic chain of events, including...
Reykjavik Nights Arnaldur Indridason
The Living - Erlendur works nights. He's a young officer in Traffic, not yet a detective. And Reykjavik's nights are full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. Sometimes an...
Roseblood Paul Doherty
England, 1455: a kingdom on the brink of civil war. The Red Rose: King Henry of Lancaster's days are numbered. Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he...
The Royalist S. J. Deas
William Falkland is a dead man. A Royalist dragoon who fought against Parliament, he is currently awaiting execution at Newgate prison. Yet when he is led away from Newgate with...
The Skeleton Road Val McDermid
When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the...
Stone Bruises Simon Beckett
'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then...
To Die For Phillip Hunter
A novel of vengeance and betrayal about a runaway twelve-year-old girl and her protector, Joe, a broken down ex-soldier who has turned his face from the world. It is easy...
The Victim Kimberley Chambers
This is the final instalment in the thrilling trilogy which began with The Feud and The Traitor - perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Jessie Keane. Life is looking...
Buried Angels Camilla Lackberg
This is a huge, complex, dark Swedish psychological thriller which you need to pay attention to in order to sort out the names if nothing else! It gives you a...
The Madness of July James Naughtie
A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to be announced. There are several candidates who must be whistle clean. A mid-ranking...
Damage Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month.
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010....
The Watcher Charlotte Link
Carla Roberts lives alone in a high-rise in Hackney. The lift keeps stopping on her floor, but nobody gets out. Days later, she's found brutally murdered. Samson Segal has taken...
Dark Road Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection...
Artefacts of the Dead Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic....
Paths of the Dead Lin Anderson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod has already appeared in eight novels and is, reputedly, being developed for television....
Angelica's Smile Andrea Camilleri
After sitting in the car on the hill for about ten minutes, Montalbano realized this was a big mistake. Because he didn't think at all about the investigation, the burglars,...
Remember, Remember Lisa Cutts
This second book in the DC Nina Foster series (now optioned for a major TV drama) is a taut and gripping police procedural crime novel. When Nina returns to work...
Exposure Kathy Reichs
Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet. Morris Island has barely had a chance to return to...
The Gift of Darkness V. M. Giambanco
Twenty-five years ago in the woods near the Hoh River in Seattle, three boys were kidnapped. One did not come home. A quarter of a decade later, a family of...
Gleam Tom Fletcher
The gargantuan Factory of Gleam is an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests. As millennia have passed, the population has...
Pop Goes the Weasel Di Helen Grace 2 M. J. Arlidge
Starring returning heroine Detective Inspector Helen Grace Pop Goes the Weasel is the latest heart-stopping thriller from M.J. Arlidge, author of Richard &Judy Book Club pick Eeny Meeny. This is...
The Month Before's Featured Books
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...