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Classic crime books

See below for a selection of the latest books from Classic crime category. Presented with a red border are the Classic crime books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading.

With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Classic crime books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!


Recently Published

A Death in the Night by Guy Fraser-Sampson A Death in the Night

The fourth book in the bestselling Hampstead Murders series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017

Design For Murder Based on `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair' by Francis Durbridge, Melvyn Barnes Design For Murder Based on `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair'
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Never before published in paperback, and back in print for the first time since 1951, this long-lost novelisation reworks the nail-biting radio serial `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair' with new and original characters.
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017

The Amazing Hat Mystery (Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up) by P. G. Wodehouse The Amazing Hat Mystery (Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up)

'Wodehouse is a tonic' - New Yorker. A Wodehouse pick-me-up that'll lift your spirits, whatever your mood. Cheaper and more effective than Valium'.* Offers `relief from anxiety, raginess or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour'.* `Read when you're well and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017

The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sherlock Holmes Collection


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries A Collection of Classic Detective Stories by Melville Davisson Post Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries A Collection of Classic Detective Stories


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

The Wrong Side of the Sky by Gavin Lyall The Wrong Side of the Sky

`Terrific - when better novels of suspense are written, lead me to them' P. G. Wodehouse Making a threadbare living flying charter cargos of dubious legitimacy around the Mediterranean, Jack Clay's ambition of starting his own chartering company remains a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/11/2017

The Master Key by Masako Togawa The Master Key

A building full of secrets. A key that will unleash them all The K Apartments for Ladies in Tokyo conceals a sinister past behind each door; a woman who has buried a child; a scavenger driven mad by ill-health; a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/11/2017

Cold Crash by Jennifer Young Cold Crash


Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2017

More of Poirot's Finest Cases Seven full-cast BBC radio dramatisations by Agatha Christie More of Poirot's Finest Cases Seven full-cast BBC radio dramatisations

John Moffat stars as the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in seven more BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.Murder in Mesopotamia: When death occurs at an archaeological site in the Iraqi desert, Poirot is on hand to dig for clues.Murder on...
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 02/11/2017

A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon A Maigret Christmas

This seasonal collection of short stories brings together three separate cases involving murder, break-ins and a missing child - all set in Paris at Christmastime
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Maigret's Failure Inspector Maigret #49 by Georges Simenon Maigret's Failure Inspector Maigret #49

When a self-made man appeals to Maigret for protection at his lavish home, a years-old grudge from the past resurfaces and the inspector finds himself questioning his own motives.Conflict rather than harmony probably reigned in eight out of ten of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth The Death of Kings

From the critically acclaimed author, Rennie Airth, comes the fifth John Madden mystery, The Death of Kings. I have reason to believe that the jade pendant accompanying this letter is the same one that disappeared from Miss Portia Blake's body...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations


Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Perfect Killer by Robb White Perfect Killer

Jade Hui is an FBI agent on the way down - until, that is, her supervising agent assigns her a triple-murder investigation. She soon must overcome bureaucratic obstacles to catch a free-roaming, amoral killer who leaves neither pattern nor motive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2017

Nightmare by Lynn Brock, Rob Reef Nightmare
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Driven to madness by the cruelty of a small group of people, a young novelist sets about taking murderous revenge.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2017

Coming Soon

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, read by director and star of the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation, Kenneth Branagh.
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 20/11/2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express

A large format gift edition featuring stunning artwork from the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

Hercule Poirot at Large Six Classic Cases for the World's Greatest Detective by Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot at Large Six Classic Cases for the World's Greatest Detective

A new paperback slipcase featuring six of Hercule Poirot's very best cases.
Format: Mixed media product - Released: 20/11/2017

The Rynox Mystery by Philip MacDonald The Rynox Mystery

A classic Golden Age crime novel, and the first time Philip MacDonald wrote a crime novel without a detective.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

Ordeal By Innocence by Agatha Christie Ordeal By Innocence

Evidence that clears the name of a boy sentenced for killing his adopted mother arrives too late to save his life - so who did kill her?
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

Maigret Enjoys Himself Inspector Maigret #50 by Georges Simenon Maigret Enjoys Himself Inspector Maigret #50

When Maigret's holiday plans go awry he and his wife spend their vacation in Paris, on the condition that he has nothing to do with work. However a case involving the death of a doctor's wife intrigues Maigret and he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/12/2017

Maigret Travels Inspector Maigret #51 by Georges Simenon Maigret Travels Inspector Maigret #51

When multi-millionaire David Ward is found dead in the same hotel as a countess who attempted suicide only hours earlier, Maigret presumes that the two cases are connected. When the countess flees Paris after the murder Maigret follows her to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018

Bats in the Belfry A London Mystery by E. C. R. Lorac Bats in the Belfry A London Mystery

This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/01/2018

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney What You Don't Know

Catching the killer is just the beginning in the outstandingly dark debut, What You Don't Know, from rising grip-lit star, JoAnn Chaney. Do you really know your neighbours? Jacky Seever was a beloved local businessman and pillar of the Denver...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Maigret's Doubts Inspector Maigret #52 by Georges Simenon Maigret's Doubts Inspector Maigret #52

An unusually quiet day for Maigret at the Quai des Orfevres is disturbed by a visit from mild-mannered toy salesman, Xavier Manton. Maigret is puzzled by Manton's admission that he suspects his wife of plotting to poison him and when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Other books in this genre

The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sherlock Holmes Collection


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

The Chess Player by Cecily Riley The Chess Player


Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2017

Dancing Death A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush Dancing Death A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2017

Hollywood Hang Ten by Eve Goldberg Hollywood Hang Ten


Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Foreign Bodies by Martin Edwards Foreign Bodies

Martin Edwards has selected gems of classic crime from Denmark to Japan and many points in between. Fascinating stories give an insight into the cosmopolitan cultures (and crime-writing traditions) of diverse places including Mexico, France, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these twelve adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels.
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 05/10/2017

Maigret Sets a Trap Inspector Maigret #48 by Georges Simenon Maigret Sets a Trap Inspector Maigret #48

Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is known for his infallible instinct, for getting at the truth no matter how complex the case, but when someone starts killing women on the streets of Montmartre, he finds himself confounded. Under increasing pressure, Maigret...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Death at Breakfast by John Rhode Death at Breakfast

A classic winter's crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple' by Francis Durbridge, Melvyn Barnes Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple'
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Republished for the first time since 1951, Beware of Johnny Washington is Francis Durbridge's clever reworking of the very first Paul Temple radio serial using his new characters, the amiable Johnny Washington and newspaper columnist Verity Glyn. Includes as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Plumley Inheritance A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush The Plumley Inheritance A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

Cut Throat A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush Cut Throat A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

The Case of the Unfortunate Village A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush The Case of the Unfortunate Village A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

The Case of the April Fools A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush The Case of the April Fools A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

Murder at Fenwold A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush Murder at Fenwold A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

Dead Man Twice A Ludovic Travers Mystery by Christopher Bush Dead Man Twice A Ludovic Travers Mystery


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

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