1816 Frankenstein was created. Mary, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and others were staying at Byron's villa on lake Geneva - On this stormy night they decided to all write ghost stories - Mary's would become Frankenstein. Read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Read the opening extract of the brand new J. A. Kerley book before its publication on 20/06/2013
Standing in Another Man's Grave Ian Rankin
June 2013 Book of the Month.
The brand new crime novel from number one bestselling author Ian Rankin. Since Rebus’ first appearance in 1987, the novels have gained global acclaim, become international bestsellers... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
Other Featured Books this Month
Supping with the Devil Richard Elliot-Square
June 2013 Debut of the Month.
This fast-paced financial thriller has it all: blackmail, murder, corruption, glamour and greed all wrapped into a very contemporary... Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2013
Harry Lipkin, P.I. The World's Oldest Detective Barry Fantoni
Who would have thought that the adventures of an 87 yr old Miami-based private investigator would be so clever, charming, funny and impossible to put down once you start… Woody Allen, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Larry... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/05/2013
The Killing Game J. A. Kerley
Another Ryder/Nautilus case with an interesting new recruit, Wendy Holliday, who hopefully will continue through forthcoming thrillers. Detective Carson Ryder's reputation is on the line when a sociopathic Romanian serial killer embarks on a personal vendetta, constructing his crimes to... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2013
The Candle Man Alex Scarrow
Jack the Ripper’s London... an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic and a series of murders that covers two decades are the outline of Alex Scarrow’s (October Skies) stunning new historical thriller. Once you read the first chapter... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2013
Dark Room Steve Mosby
Barry Forshaw on Steve Mosby...
Edgy Brit Steve Mosby (author of the splendid Dark Room) specialises in fiction that takes no prisoners, and is guaranteed to take readers into very dangerous territory – in which the protagonist’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2013
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter Malcolm Mackay
A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
Ultimatum Simon Kernick
THE THREAT 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in Central London. THE ULTIMATUM Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in 12 hours' time. THE PRISONER William Garrett,... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
Joyland Stephen King
A stunning new novel from one of the best-selling authors of all time!
'I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/05/2013
Almost Love Christina James
How could a drugs syndicate, using children as couriers, and a missing famous archaeologist be connected? DI Tim Yates is back for his 2nd case. Again, this is a highly readable, atmospheric and compelling psychological crime thriller set in the... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2013
In the Family Christina James
An atmospheric and compelling psychological crime thriller set in the South Lincolnshire Fens. A ‘cold case’ from 30 years ago is re-opened after the discovery of the skeleton of a young woman but even after all this time it is... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2012
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 & ‘Whodunnit’ 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!
Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers M. C. Beaton
Cosy crime doyenne M.C. Beaton keeps delivering the goods with this her 23rd outing for the delightfully determined Cotswold-based sleuth, Agatha Raisin. Agatha falls for the local gardner but before...
Bad Blood S. J. Rozan
A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Crime Novel. Most people believe Jimmy Antonelli is bad to the bone. New York detective - and an old friend of the family - Bill Smith...
A Delicate Truth John le Carre
May 2013 Book of the Month.
A tightly woven tale of moral dilemma, bold action and unexpected love from the undisputed master of...
Looking For Trouble Cath Staincliffe
Complex, satisfying and very human crime stories set in Manchester with struggling single mother Sal Kilkenny, private eye, at the physical and emotional heart of the plot. In her first...
Go Not Gently Cath Staincliffe
Single mum and private investigator Sal Kilkenny’s two new clients look to have pretty straightforward cases - proof of adultery and proof of abuse. But things are rarely what they...
Six Years Harlan Coben
May 2013 eBook of the Month.
The latest top-notch page-turner from Harlan Coben is a compelling psychological thriller exploring the power and passion...
The Secret Keeper Kate Morton
1961: On a sweltering summer's day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy...
Vengeance Quirke Mysteries Book 4 Benjamin Black
Murderous jealousy, ruthless ambition and pride among Ireland’s most prominent families gives Quirke a new case where nothing is quite as it seems. The latest irresistible Dublin mystery from the...
The Crime of Julian Wells Thomas H. Cook
Julian Wells was a writer of dark non-fiction works that detailed some of the worst crimes of the 20th Century. Was it this exploration of man's inhumanity to man that...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Pilgrim Soul Gordon Ferris
Described as ‘the new Ian Rankin’ by the Daily Mail, Gordon Ferris writes disturbingly good post WW2 Glasgow-based crime thrillers with ex policeman turned journalist Douglas Brodie at their centre....
Broken Harbour Tana French
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher...
The Demonologist Andrew Pyper
April 2013 eBook of the Month.
A frightening, dark, unnerving and powerful thriller that explores the lengths a father will go to find...
Talking to the Dead Harry Bingham
April 2013 Book of the Month.
A favourite author of mine changes tack. He used to write sweeping, Jeffrey Archer-esque sagas (wonderful), now...
A Dark and Broken Heart R. J. Ellory
A dark and atmospheric noir thriller from the award-winning author of A Quiet Belief in Angels. A thief steals from other thieves, hoping for the perfect crime as they...
Death of a Gossip M. C. Beaton
The book that launched the series and its central character, the no nonsense at work but ever frustrated in love PC Hamish Macbeth. A sharp-tongued socialite is found strangled and...
Death of a Kingfisher M. C. Beaton
These highly readable whodunits, featuring the no nonsense PC Hamish Macbeth, are full of finely drawn characters, black comedy and a sprinkling of romance that have turned them into a...
Death of Yesterday M. C. Beaton
The strange and bizarre murders and the complicated love life of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth continue in the 28th adventure in the series. A local woman collapses after drinking too much...
No Way Back Andrew Gross
If you want a non-stop, addictive read then look no further than the heart-stopping new novel from Andrew Gross; the bestselling author of 15 Seconds and Reckless. A...
Elegy for Eddie Jacqueline Winspear
April, 1933. To the costermongers of London, Eddie Pettit is simply a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When he is killed in a violent accident,...