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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!

In the Cut

In the Cut

Author: Susanna Moore, Olivia Sudjic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Living alone in New York, Frannie teaches creative writing to a motley bunch of students, and secretly compiles a dictionary of street slang: virginia, n., vagina; snapper, n., vagina; brasole, n., vagina. One evening at a bar, she stumbles upon a man, his face in shadow, a tattoon on his wrist, a woman kneeling between his legs. A week later a detective shows up at her door. The woman's body has been discovered in the park across the street. Soon Frannie is propelled into a sexual liaison that tests the limits of her safety and desires, as she begins a terrifying descent into the dark places that reside deep within her.

Murder Takes a Holiday

Murder Takes a Holiday

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

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 ...

Sexton Blake's New Order

Sexton Blake's New Order

Author: Mark Hodder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

FLYING SAUCERS, MAD SCIENTISTS AND DOUBLECROSSING VILLAINS The intrepid Sexton Blake enters the roaring 60's - and it's all happening. Psychics and aliens clash on a secret volcanic base as the fate of the world lies in peril; the hunters become the hunted as a series of horrific murders strike a peaceful village; a scientist uses new techniques to bring ancient creatures to life; and a brilliantly planned heist gets double-crossed - and triple-crossed! The New Age brings in a new era for the famous detective - and things are getting interesting. Makes Jack Reacher look like a bungling amateur... definitely not be missed. - The Crime Review

The Rapunzel Act

The Rapunzel Act

Author: Abi Silver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

When Breakfast TV host and nation's darling, Rosie Harper, is found brutally murdered at home, suspicion falls on her spouse, formerly international football star, Danny 'walks on water' Mallard, now living out of the public eye as trans woman, Debbie. Not only must Debbie challenge the hard evidence against her, including her blood-drenched glove at the scene of the crime, she must also contend with the nation's prejudices, as the trial is broadcast live, turning it into a public spectacle. For someone trying to live their life without judgment, it might just be too much to bear. Legal duo Judith Burton and Constance Lamb are subjected to unyielding scrutiny as they strive to defend their most famous client yet. Another thought-provoking courtroom drama from the acclaimed author of the Burton & Lamb series.

The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland omnibus

The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland omnibus

Author: Paul Tremblay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2021

This omnibus brings Paul Tremblay's debut novels - classic noirs, The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland - back in to print for the first time in over 10 years. Darkly comedic and carrying all the hallmarks of Tremblay's later work, they introduce Mark Genevich, a narcoleptic detective operating out of his mom's apartment in South Boston. In THE LITTLE SLEEP, Genevich is hired to identify the girl in a couple of photos - except the girl looks a lot like the reality TV star and DA's daughter, and he can't remember who gave him the job because he was asleep at the time. Wrangling deception, intrigue, cataleptic hallucinations and a body that could fall asleep at any moment Genevich follows the trail that leads him into his own family history, and his memories of his dear departed father. NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND sees Genevich dropping out, forced into group therapy by his landlord mother or face eviction. His new friend, Gus, finds out he's a PI and asks him to help find a local suit's lover. But soon Genevich is pulled into events over his head - rescuing a child from a burning house, maybe?; drug deals with a local bouncer and dealer; possibly getting a girlfriend. But solving mysteries is what Genevich does, starting with the mystery of what happened to him whilst he was asleep...

No Lying Quiet

No Lying Quiet

Author: Hugh G. Allison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Beware of Johnny Washington

Beware of Johnny Washington

Author: Francis Durbridge, Melvyn Barnes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

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 bonus the first Paul Temple short story, 'A Present for Paul'. When a gang of desperate criminals begins leaving calling cards inscribed 'With the Compliments of Johnny Washington', the real Johnny Washington is encouraged by an attractive newspaper columnist to throw in his lot with the police. Johnny, an American 'gentleman of leisure' who has settled at a quiet country house in Kent to enjoy the fishing, soon finds himself involved with the mysterious Horatio Quince, a retired schoolmaster who is on the trail of the gang's unscrupulous leader, the elusive 'Grey Moose'. Best known for creating Paul Temple for BBC radio in 1938, Francis Durbridge's prolific output of crime and mystery stories, encompassing plays, radio, television, films and books, made him a household name for more than 50 years. A new radio character, 'Johnny Washington, Esquire', hit the airwaves in 1949, leading to the publication of this one-off novel in 1951. This Detective Club classic is introduced by writer and bibliographer Melvyn Barnes, author of Francis Durbridge: A Centenary Appreciation, who reveals how Johnny Washington's only literary outing was actually a reworking of Durbridge's own Send for Paul Temple.

Last Request

Last Request

Author: Liz Mistry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2021

'Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it!' 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer When human remains are discovered under Bradford's derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene. Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved when the investigation is transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she can finally focus on her family. But after the identity of the victim is revealed, she's soon drawn back into the case. The dead man is a direct link to her painful past. As the body count begins to rise, Nikki must do everything she can to stop the killer in their tracks before anyone else gets hurt - even if it means digging up secrets she had long kept hidden... For readers of Angela Marsons and LJ Ross comes a gritty new crime series featuring bold, brave and ferocious D.S. Nikki Parekh. Readers LOVE Last Request: 'I devoured this over two nights, literally not being able to put it down.' 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer 'Amazing... A story so twisted it makes your head spin in a good way.' 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer 'An excellent crime thriller... Entertaining and exciting and a particularly satisfying finale... Engrossing.' 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer 'What a cracking novel! Right from the first page the story is hugely entertaining and fast paced.' 5 stars, Amazon Reviewer 'The characters in this book are amazing, especially the police team.' 5 stars, Amazon Reviewer 'I have hardly been able to put this book down, so gripping was the storyline, characters & fast-paced writing.' 5 stars, Amazon Reviewer 'Simply unputdownable!' 5 stars, Amazon Reviewer 'Gripping from beginning to end, and I enjoyed each and every moment of it!' 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer

Seven Clues in Search of a Crime

Seven Clues in Search of a Crime

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

While riding his bicycle home in Bray-in-the-Marsh, bookseller Theodore Terhune foils an attack on Helena Armstrong - a group of men were after something in her handbag. Over the next few weeks, Terhune ferrets out information from Helen and her employer, the imperious Lady Kathleen Kylstone, and uncovers seven obscure clues (a key, a telegram, a gold pen and more) that lead to one large crime with origins in the secret past of two families. In the process, accidental detective Terhune encounters a series of mysterious events that indicate a crime about to happen..... and each new adventure leads him to one more clue and onwards to the heart of the mystery.

House With Crooked Walls

House With Crooked Walls

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

Bookseller Theodore Terhune is asked to research the history of a decaying Elizabethan mansion for its new owner, Dr. Vicente Salvaterra. Long abandoned and shunned by the locals, the house has beautiful views but is rumoured to be cursed. Digging through the past, Terhune uncovers strange occurrences and disappearances that span several centuries.. But the bigger mystery is the motivation of the wealthy Salvaterra to relocate his family - his vivacious sister, reserved wife, and highly strung stepson, Andres - from Panama to live in rural Kent. Not long after the family settle in their new home a tragedy occurs, and Terhune and the police must decide whether it is an accident or murder. Second in the Terhune series, House with Crooked Walls combines murder mystery and gothic novel in an entertaining package.