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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


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. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Daughter
Jane Shemilt
September 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of abduction/murder/disappearance? We the reader know not and so the tension and mystery builds. It is about a medical couple with three children, prosperous, hardworking,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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
     

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Don't Look Back
Gregg Hurwitz
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 by him. Eve, on holiday in an Eco-lodge with several other guests, finds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
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 years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories
Ian Rankin
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2014 Book of the Month. Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
Maxim Jakubowski September 2014 Highly Recommended. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, Malcolm Mackay now serves...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

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. A Scottish counterpart to America's Kay Scarpetta or Temperance Brennan,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
     

Mothers of the Disappeared: a J. McNee Mystery Set in Scotland
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The Dundee-based A.J. McNee series reaches its fourth volume. McNee is a former cop and disgraced private investigator whose life has been marked by a distinct streak of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2014
     

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. D.I. Bob Valentine, a particularly troubled species of cop, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2014
     

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 of Rebus stories) offers a new insight into his talent,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed 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 government minister with a past in the secret service is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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 back story over the generations from 1908 to today but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 on firmly to your horses and enjoy the wild ride....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
     

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
     

Reader Reviewed 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 its content is now treasonable. It contains a secret some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Dead Men's Bones
James Oswald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In quick succession, affable full-time farmer and writer James Oswald's Inspector Tony Mclean mysteries have captured a large audience and we've already reached his fourth case in Dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
Rebus is back on the force after his time in cold case investigations but he has been demoted to Detective Sergeant. He has also mellowed, lost his spark so do not look for the old Rebus, just enjoy Rankin’s involved,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
Peter Swanson
In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a woman from his past, someone he has been trying to forget ever since, as much in love with as in dread of her. When she asks for his help, he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Entry Island
Peter May
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the bestselling Lewis trilogy which highlighted the cold exotica of the Hebrides,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Dexter's Final Cut
Jeff Lindsay
Above all, this book makes me sad as it is the last in the brilliant ‘Dexter’ series. Seldom, if ever, has the world seen a character like him. He lives on in the TV series but the two are rather...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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 after recovering from a near-fatal injury, she's supposed to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
     

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 bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Monogram Murders
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. The bestselling novelist of all time. The world's most famous detective. The literary event of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
     

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, only for him to uncover something unexpected in the garden...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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 your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 an outrageous theft is committed at the port, the clues...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House
Stephanie Lam
Stephanie Lam's stunning debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House, is a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love. It's 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run away to the beautiful but run-down Castaway House in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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 going to be as big as Jo Nesbo . (Judy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 decreased, and now only the central district is fully inhabited...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

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 four is found brutally murdered, the words thirteen days scratched...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 normality after the high profile trial of the Gamemaster, when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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, or Mr. Z. He thought about Angelica ...What had he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     

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 to spying on his neighbours, particularly beautiful and successful Gillian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 bleak for Frankie Mitchell - not only has she lost...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 to be anonymous in the city. Make no ties. Work,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 that I'm not going anywhere...Sean is on the run. We...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 a sack over his head, it is not the gallows...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 surely cannot last on the throne for long. Simon Roseblood...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 unexplained death. The Lost - A homeless man Erlendur knows...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
     

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 the death of his wife in a car accident. Now...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

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 and make a new start, he is surprised by how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 late-night call they have received, since her mother and father...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 year of high school brings on a whole new set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

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 the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 who got away in Monday Mourning is back...For a decade,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     


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 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
August 2014 Debut of the Month. A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Alphabet House
Jussi Adler-Olsen
August 2014 eBook of the Month. Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you...
 
 
 


Welcome to Meantime
Murray Davies
August 2014 eBook of the Month. This is a book to make real coppers and...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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 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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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