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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.

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Recently Published

Dying to Live by Michael Stanley Dying to Live

The sixth mystery in the beloved and critically acclaimed Detective Kubu series. Kubu and his colleague Samantha Khama track a killer through the wilds of Botswana in their most dangerous case yet.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2017

A Study in Scarlet & the Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet & the Sign of the Four


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

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


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Suspicion by Friedrich Durrenmatt Suspicion

INSPECTOR BARLACH HAS A YEAR TO LIVE, BUT HE'S NOT GOING QUIETLYWhen Inspector Barlach notices that a successful Swiss surgeon bears a striking resemblance to an infamous Nazi war criminal, a suspicion begins to gnaw away at him - could...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

The Nursing Home Murder A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by Ngaio Marsh, Stella Duffy The Nursing Home Murder A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Ngaio Marsh's bestselling and ingenious third novel remains one of the most popular pieces of crime fiction of all time.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude Death Makes a Prophet

'Small hostilities were growing; vague jealousies were gaining strength; and far off, wasn't there a nebulous hint of approaching tragedy in the air?'
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2017

Walking the Lions by Stephen Burgen Walking the Lions

Where crimes from the Spanish Civil War come back to haunt a new generation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

Merlin at War by Mark Ellis Merlin at War

Summer 1941. Four violent deaths, French double agents, an escalating fraud case - DCI Frank Merlin sets out on his most complex case yet.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017

Merlin at War by Mark Ellis Merlin at War

Summer 1941. Four violent deaths, French double agents, an escalating fraud case - DCI Frank Merlin sets out on his most complex case yet.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

Maigret and the Dead Girl Inspector Maigret #45 by Georges Simenon Maigret and the Dead Girl Inspector Maigret #45

Maigret and his fellow inspector Lognon find themselves trying to out-manoeuver each other when they investigate the case of a mysterious young woman whose new life in Paris is tragically cut short.Maigret wouldn't have admitted that what intrigued him most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

Written by award-winning crime writer and president of the Detection Club, Martin Edwards, this book tracks the history of classic crime fiction and serves as a companion to the British Library's internationally acclaimed series of Crime Classics.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017

Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express [Film Tie-in Edition] by Agatha Christie Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express [Film Tie-in Edition]

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2017

Gwales by Catrin Dafydd Gwales


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2017

Glas a Gwyrdd by Eiry Miles Glas a Gwyrdd

A novel about a WPC in the Met. -- Gwasg Gomer
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2017

Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures Volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures Volume 2

From the Silver Blaze to Sherlock's final appearance in the Dying Detective, is a potent mix of murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge. It is a combination of forensic science and bold storytelling.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017

Coming Soon

Sherlock Holmes Cry of the Innocents by Cavan Scott Sherlock Holmes Cry of the Innocents

A mysterious Catholic priest arrives at 221B Baker Street, only to utter the words 'if corpe' before dropping dead. Though the man's death is attributed to cholera, when news of a similar case reaches Holmes, he is convinced that the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2017

Maigret and the Minister Inspector Maigret #46 by Georges Simenon Maigret and the Minister Inspector Maigret #46

In book forty-six of the new Penguin Maigret series, Maigret finds himself drawn into an unsavoury world of political corruption, scandal and cover ups when he is summoned to a clandestine meeting by a desperate government minister one evening.'Once alone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

Trent Intervenes A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, Ben Ray Redman Trent Intervenes A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Twelve stories from the celebrated author of one of the most famous mystery classics ever written, Trent's Last Case.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Walls by Hollie Overton The Walls

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Long Arm of the Law Classic Police Stories by Martin Edwards The Long Arm of the Law Classic Police Stories

Martin Edwards introduces neglected gems of British crime writing with these twelve stories, which strike a blow for the professionals with teasing mysteries for police officer protagonists.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

Trent's Own Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, Martin Edwards Trent's Own Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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The second novel from the celebrated author of one of the most famous mystery classics ever written, Trent's Last Case.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Trent's Last Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, John Curran, Dorothy L. Sayers Trent's Last Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Written in reaction to what Bentley perceived as the sterility and artificiality of the detective fiction of his day, Trent's Last Case features Philip Trent, an all-too-human detective who not only falls in love with the chief suspect but reaches...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

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


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Flame Tree Studio Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
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Inspiring a long line of detective stories and Whodunnits, Conan Doyle's enigmatic anti-hero Sherlock Holmes is a constant feature on TV and movie screens, with new audio and radio shows joining the frenzy. The Holmes tales have earned their place...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Death Silences Everyone by Bill Sheehy Death Silences Everyone

Brad Foley was once a deputy sheriff but that was taken away from him. He lost his job, his badge, his home and his reason for living. Now working his way out of his own personal hell he takes what...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/08/2017

The Pitards by Georges Simenon The Pitards

'Read him at your peril, avoid him at your loss' Sunday TimesCaptain Lannec has finally managed to buy his own ship with the financial help of his in-laws, the Pitards - and they've never let him forget it. When his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

The Mystery of the Skeleton Key by Bernard Capes, G. K. Chesterton, Hugh Lamb The Mystery of the Skeleton Key
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The fourth in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins involves a tragic accident during a shooting party. As the story switches between Paris and Hampshire, the possibility of it not being an accident seems...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair by Frank Richardson The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair

The first in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins involves a disappearing corpse, a supernatural theory, and a genuinely shocking finale.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Detective Club - The Perfect Crime: The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill, John Curran The Detective Club - The Perfect Crime: The Big Bow Mystery
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The first in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins is the world's first locked-room mystery, a seemingly impossible crime story as powerful as any that have copied the scenario since.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Detective Club - The Ponson Case by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dolores Gordon-Smith The Detective Club - The Ponson Case
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From the Collins Crime Club archive, the forgotten second novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers'.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Other books in this genre

Crooked House by Agatha Christie Crooked House

A wealthy Greek businessman is found dead at his London home...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie Death in the Clouds

A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passenger plane...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

The Burden by Mary Westmacott The Burden

A superb novel of possessive love.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Unfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott Unfinished Portrait

A stunning novel of death and destiny.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Mary Westmacott The Rose and the Yew Tree

A captivating novel of love and intrigue.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

A Daughter's a Daughter by Mary Westmacott A Daughter's a Daughter

A classic novel of desire and jealousy.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Continental Crimes by Continental Crimes

Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings - cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux - to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception and haunting.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/06/2017

Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death by James Lovegrove Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death

London, 1895, and a gentleman comes calling at 221B Baker Street. His estranged daughter has joined a religious sect known as the Elysians. Hannah's friend Sophia has disappeared after becoming embroiled with the group, and foul play is suspected. Sherlock...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2017

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H. Gresh Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions

A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains of the deceased, along with a bizarre sphere covered in strange symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2017

A Whiff of Cyanide by Guy Fraser-Sampson A Whiff of Cyanide

The third book in the bestselling Hampstead Murders series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2017

Men on the Hill by Oliver E. Cadam Men on the Hill

DCI David Lehrer had moved north looking for a quiet life and a step down towards retirement in a few years' time. If only he'd realised what he was getting himself into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2017

Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie Parker Pyne Investigates

A collection of short stories featuring the `heart specialist', Parker Pyne.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Legend Classics) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles (Legend Classics)

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Dartmouth Moors with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must solve the mystery of the seemingly supernatural beast before Sir Charles's heir comes to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

Maigret Goes To School by Georges Simenon Maigret Goes To School

When a school teacher from a small coastal town near La Rochelle asks Maigret to help prove he is innocent of murder, the Inspector returns with him to his insular community and finds the residents closing ranks to conceal the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

The Case Of The Gilded Fly: A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by Edmund Crispin, Douglas G. Greene The Case Of The Gilded Fly: A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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The very first case for Oxford-based sleuth Gervase Fen, one of the last of the great Golden Age detectives. As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse, this is the perfect entry point to discover the delightful detective...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

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