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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!

The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse

Author: Agatha Christie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

One of Agatha Christie's darkest and most sinister mysteries, newly adapted for BBC Television by the award-winning team behind And Then There Were None, Witness for the Prosecution, Ordeal by Innocence and The ABC Murders. When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so desperately that Father Gorman's already ragged cassock is torn in the process. But just what was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her death-bed, only hours earlier? Maybe the three women, rumoured to practise the `Dark Arts', who run the Pale Horse public house can provide the answers. Or maybe the solution lies in the darker side of human nature...

Last Request

Last Request

Author: Liz Mistry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

A body is found. A lifetime of secrets revealed. Will they ever uncover the truth? When a body is discovered under Bradford's derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene. Distracted by hunting down the drug cartel running rampant on her estate, Nikki is relieved when the investigation is transferred to the Cold Case Unit. However, the forensic team are quick to identify a link between Nikki and the dead man ... one that will have a huge impact on her both professionally and personally. With no real suspects, all fingers point to Nikki. But as the body count begins to rise, time is running out. Can she clear her name and find the real killer before he strikes again? For readers of Angela Marsons and Helen H. Durrant comes a gritty new crime series featuring bold, brave and ferocious D.S. Nikki Parekh Readers LOVE Last Request `This is a new series by a very talented author. DS Nikita Parekh sets the tone for a very exciting new series ...gripping from beginning to end, and I enjoyed each and every moment of it!' 5 stars Netgalley Reviewer `Great book will be reading other books by this author. Will also recommend this book to others. Great read!' 5 stars Netgalley Reviewer `Last Request is a great and entertaining mystery.' 5 stars Netgalley Reviewer `An amazing start to what I hope turns into a series. A story so twisted it makes your head spin in a good way.' 5 stars Netgalley Reviewer

Maigret and the Informer Inspector Maigret #74

Maigret and the Informer Inspector Maigret #74

Author: Georges Simenon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

The body of a well-known Parisian restaurateur turns up on Avenue Junot in Montmartre, seemingly having been killed elsewhere. Inspector Maigret is on the case, and soon discovers that the murder may be gang-related after a colleague working in the red-light district receives a tip from an anonymous informer.

The Honjin Murders

The Honjin Murders

Author: Seishi Yokomizo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour - it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions about the Ichiyanagis around the village. Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music - death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.

The Iron Chariot

The Iron Chariot

Author: Stein Riverton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

On a blazing hot summer's day, holidaymakers at a guesthouse on a Norwegian island are shocked to discover that a fellow guest has been found murdered on a desolate plain. The nameless narrator, an author, was the last person to see the victim alive; shortly afterwards, he is disturbed by a noise like `a rattling of chains'. A local tells him this is `the iron chariot', which is said to presage death. Detective Asbjorn Krag is summoned from the capital, Kristiania, and sets about investigating the murder. When a similar death occurs on the plain, it is again preceded by the eerie sound of the iron chariot, which leaves no tracks. Mystery is added to mystery when the victim turns out to be a man believed to have died several years earlier. Drawn unwillingly into the investigation, the narrator is puzzled by the enigmatic detective's apparent inaction, and troubled by unfolding events. These begin to take a toll on his mental wellbeing and he sinks into a state of dread, exacerbated by mysterious happenings at the cabin where he is staying. So profound is his unease that he feels he must leave the island. Then Krag promises to tell him the solution to the mystery...

The Forest Lake Mystery

The Forest Lake Mystery

Author: Palle Rosenkrantz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Detective Sergeant Eigil Holst is on holiday in the countryside when the body of a baby is washed up on the banks of a nearby lake. The local magistrate orders the lake to be drained and the body of a young woman is discovered, naked and weighed down with stones tied to her feet and neck. Her identity is a mystery. Holst then takes it upon himself to find out where this woman came from, why she was in this remote location and who could have had motive to kill her. His investigations take him across Scandinavia and into central Europe as, gradually, he realises that the solution to the mystery could have huge implications for his own future. Originally published in 1903, The Lake Forest Mystery is considered to be the very first Danish crime novel, and the annual Danish crime writing awards are named in honour of its author, Palle Rosenkrantz.

Bodies from the Library Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age

Bodies from the Library Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age

Author: Tony Medawar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 16 tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public's imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world's cleverest and most popular storytellers. This anthology brings together 16 forgotten tales that have either been published only once before - perhaps in a newspaper or rare magazine - or have never before appeared in print. From a previously unpublished 1917 script featuring Ernest Bramah's blind detective Max Carrados, to early 1950s crime stories written for London's Evening Standard by Cyril Hare, Freeman Wills Crofts and A.A. Milne, it spans five decades of writing by masters of the Golden Age. Most anticipated of all are the contributions by women writers: the first detective story by Georgette Heyer, unseen since 1923; an unpublished story by Christianna Brand, creator of Nanny McPhee; and a dark tale by Agatha Christie published only in an Australian journal in 1922 during her `Grand Tour' of the British Empire. With other stories by Detection Club stalwarts Anthony Berkeley, H.C. Bailey, J.J. Connington, John Rhode and Nicholas Blake, plus Vincent Cornier, Leo Bruce, Roy Vickers and Arthur Upfield, this essential collection harks back to a time before forensic science - when murder was a complex business.

The Trial of Lester Chan

The Trial of Lester Chan

Author: Martin Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

When Lester Chan, the `Jewellery King' of Hong Kong, is charged with a banking fraud, Jonathan Savage, a middle-ranking QC who is used to a professional diet of murder and mayhem, and who has never before worked outside of England, is sent out to defend him. Also caught up in the defence case is Frank Grinder, a retired solicitor. For the Prosecution, Graham Truckett, a member of the Hong Kong Government Legal Department, has been put in charge and is completely out of his depth. The trial judge, Mr Justice O'Brien relishes his reputation for efficiency, but trouble at home keeps him preoccupied. In this light-hearted novel, a host of humorous characters reveal what it is like to be involved in a criminal case against a backdrop of life in Hong Kong.

A Fatal Secret

A Fatal Secret

Author: Faith Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

`Great characters, great plot and a totally dazzling finish... Wonderful.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars Oxford, 1961 A family day out at Briar's Hall ends in tragedy when a young boy goes missing - and his body is found at the bottom of a disused well in the orchard. It looks like a simple case of an eleven-year-old exploring where he shouldn't: a tragic accident. But Coroner Clement Ryder and Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday aren't convinced. If Eddie had been climbing and fallen, why were there no cuts or dirt on his hands? Why would a boy terrified of heights be around a well at all? Clement and Trudy are determined to get to the truth, but the more they dig into Briar's Hall and the mysterious de Lacey family who live there, the murkier things become. Could it be that poor Eddie's death was murder? There are rumours of blackmail in the village, and Clement and Trudy have a horrible feeling that Eddie stumbled on a secret that someone was willing to kill for... Fans of Betty Rowlands, Agatha Christie and Faith Martin's DI Hillary Greene series will not want to miss this! Readers LOVE A Fatal Secret! `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, 5 stars `Gripping suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from page one.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars `Great plot, excellent main characters and I read it in one sitting! I would highly recommend this book.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars `Gripping... Crime-busting nostalgia at its very best.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars 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

Died and Gone to Devon

Died and Gone to Devon

Author: TP Fielden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

`One of the best in the genre' THE SUN `A fabulously satisfying addition to the canon of vintage crime' DAILY EXPRESS `A delicious adventure' DAILY MAIL on The Riviera Express *** X marks the spot for murder... South-West England, the 1950s. In the seaside town of Temple Regis, seagulls are wheeling overhead and the holidays are getting close. And then the body of political candidate Odile Clifford is discovered on the balcony of the lighthouse. Fearless Riviera Express reporter Judy Dimont goes in search of the killer - but who is it? And where will they strike next? What's more, Judy's position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true. Life is busier than ever for Devon's most famous detective. Can Judy solve the mystery - and protect her position as Temple Regis's best reporter - before the murderer strikes again?

Maigret and the Loner Inspector Maigret #73

Maigret and the Loner Inspector Maigret #73

Author: Georges Simenon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

When a socially isolated vagrant is found dead in the condemned building where he had been sleeping in Les Halles, Paris, Maigret must delve into the victim's mysterious past to discover who could have killed him.

The Paris Mysteries

The Paris Mysteries

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

An apartment on the rue Morgue turned into a charnel house; the corpse of a shopgirl dragged from the Seine; a high-stakes game of political blackmail-three mysteries that have enthralled the whole of Paris, and baffled the city's police. The brilliant Chevalier Auguste Dupin investigates - can he find the solution where so many others before him have failed? These three stories from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most influential ever written, widely praised and credited with inventing the detective genre. This edition contains: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and 'The Purloined Letter'.