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Classic crime

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!

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

Author: Agatha Christie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Agatha Christie's most exotic murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in this exotic setting' nothing is ever quite what it seems...

Layer Cake

Layer Cake

Author: J. J. Connolly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Layer cake (n): a metaphor for the murky layers of the criminal world. Smooth-talking drug dealer X has a plan to quietly bankroll enough cash to retire before his thirtieth birthday. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his mantra is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it's time to get out . When kingpin Jimmy Price asks him to find the wayward daughter of a wealthy socialite who's been running around with a cokehead, he accepts the job with the promise that after this he can leave the criminal world behind with Jimmy's blessing. Oh, and he needs to find a buyer for two million ecstasy pills acquired by a crew of lowly, loud-mouth gangsters, the Yahoos. Simple enough, until an assassin named Klaus arrives to scratch him off his list, revealing this job is much more than it seems at first. From the glitz of the London club scene of the 1990's to the underbelly of its criminal world, Layer Cake is the best in British crime fiction.

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

Author: Agatha Christie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Agatha Christie's most exotic murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything - until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in this exotic setting' nothing is ever quite what it seems...

A Fatal Truth

A Fatal Truth

Author: Faith Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Don't miss the next gripping Ryder and Loveday case from million-copy bestseller Faith Martin! Oxford, 1961 As the Hughes family celebrate bonfire night, a terrible accident leaves the garden shed in flames - and father and grandfather Thomas trapped inside. Tragic though it is, Thomas's death passes without suspicion - until a local journalist makes accusations of a police cover-up in the press. WPC Trudy Loveday is sent to investigate, and asks coroner Clement Ryder to help. But the more questions the two ask the less clear the case seems. There's no evidence of foul play, and yet the dead man's family are obviously hiding something. Then there are Thomas's dubious business practices - was someone out for revenge? All Trudy and Clement know for sure is that everyone is lying - and that they must find the truth... Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, LJ Ross and Agatha Christie, you won't be able to put this down until you've cracked the case! Readers LOVE Faith Martin! 'Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish... Wonderful.' NetGalley reviewer 'A brilliant book! This is Faith Martin at her scintillating best!... A cracking good read... Highly recommend this book and I give it a delighted 5 stars!' NetGalley reviewer 'Gripping suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from page one.' NetGalley reviewer 'Great plot, excellent main characters and I read it in one sitting! I would highly recommend this book.' NetGalley reviewer 'Gripping... Crime-busting nostalgia at its very best.' NetGalley reviewer The Ryder and Loveday Series Book 1: A FATAL OBSESSION Book 2: A FATAL MISTAKE Book 3: A FATAL FLAW Book 4: A FATAL SECRET Book 5: A FATAL TRUTH

The Woman in the Wardrobe

The Woman in the Wardrobe

Author: Peter Shaffer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2020

'Better and better!' cried Verity, chuckling and rubbing his hands. 'A corpse in a blood-soaked room; a locked door and a locked window; a masked man; a beautiful girl trussed inside a wardrobe; and now a pretender to the throne! This is superb!' The little Sussex town of Amnestie had not known a death so bloody since the fifteenth century. And certainly none more baffling - to all except Mr Verity. From the moment he appears this bearded giant - ruthless inquirer, devastating wit and enthusiastic collector of the best sculpture - has matters firmly (if fantastically) under control. Things are certainly complicated, but this is hardly enough to deter Mr Verity. As he himself observes: 'when the number of suspects is continually increasing, and the number of corpses remains constant, you get a sort of inflation. The value of your individual suspect becomes hopelessly depreciated. That, for the real detective, is a state of paradise.'

Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade

Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade

Author: H. R. F. Keating, Vaseem Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Mlle de Scuderi

Mlle de Scuderi

Author: E. T. A. Hoffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

As Paris is shaken by a gang of murderous thieves, the aristocratic Mademoiselle de Scuderi pens a poem to poke fun at the cowardly lovers who now fear to go out at night to see their mistresses. But when she receives an unexpected visit from a young man, who gives her a box of jewels with a note thanking her for supporting the robbers' cause, the elderly writer is plunged into a dangerous web of passion, intrigue and murder. First published in 1819 to great acclaim, and displaying all the author's trademark wit and ingenuity, E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale has inspired and delighted writers and readers ever since, and remains a benchmark for all modern crime novels.

Hunger March

Hunger March

Author: Cecily Riley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020

Love in Amsterdam Van der Valk Book 1

Love in Amsterdam Van der Valk Book 1

Author: Nicolas Freeling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

'Freeling's Inspector Van der Valk is less rugged than Rebus, less parsonical than Dalgliesh, more Morse than Frost, and more Maigret than any of them. Marvellous' - Anita Brookner A woman, Elsa, is brutally murdered in her Amsterdam apartment. Her ex-lover, Martin, is seen outside the building around the time of the crime. The witness who saw him? A policeman. It looks like a straightforward case - but police inspector Van der Valk is not convinced. Despite all the evidence - and the fact that Martin originally denied he was at the apartment - he believes Martin is not guilty of murder. Instead of charging him, Van der Valk takes him on a tour: a tour of the investigation; a tour of Martin's own past; and a tour into the darkly obsessive world of Elsa...

Pel and the Paris Mob

Pel and the Paris Mob

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

In his beloved Burgundy, Chief Inspector Pel finds himself incensed by interference from Paris, but it isn't the descent of rival policemen that makes Pel's blood boil - crimes are being committed by violent gangs from Paris and Marseilles. On top of all this, it's down to Pel to unravel the riddles of a robbery on the road to Dijon airport and mysterious shootings in an iron foundry. And as if that wasn't enough, the Chief Inspector must deal with the misadventures of the delightfully handsome Sergeant Misset and his red-haired lover. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Prowler

Pel and the Prowler

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Life is going well for the usually irascible Chief Inspector Pel: he is basking in the warm glow of married life, and his bullying housekeeper Madame Routy is no longer tormenting him with deafening television shows and terrible cooking. But police work never stops, and Pel soon finds himself investigating the deaths of a series of young women, who have been strangled and left with macabre messages next to them. Pel's investigations lead him to the city's student community, and into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Murder Takes a Holiday Classic Crime Stories for Summer

Murder Takes a Holiday Classic Crime Stories for Summer

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

For most of us, a summer holiday is an opportunity to escape from it all: to lounge on warm sands or sip a cool drink in the shade of a city square. But, as the characters in this murderously good collection of classic crime stories discover to their cost ... trouble has a nasty habit of finding you out. From a body found on a beach without a single footprint, to a lemonade stand whose wares appear to have been poisoned and a Wimbledon final ruined by the mysterious disappearance of the championship player, these tales of murder and malice will take you on the trip of a lifetime. So pour that glass of Pimms, grab your sunhat and indulge your dark side: these stories will chill you to your very core, even in a heatwave ...