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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

Early American Detective Stories An Anthology by LeRoy Lad Panek Early American Detective Stories An Anthology

Although the classic tales of mystery have faded from popular culture, avid collectors and cataloguers have ensured their place in the annals of literature. This anthology offers readers an exemplary sample of the hundreds of detective stories published in 19th...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2018

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

There's Trouble Brewing by Nicholas Blake There's Trouble Brewing

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYPrivate detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is invited to address the Maiden Astbury literary society. The picturesque Dorset town is home to Bunnett's Brewery, run by the much disliked, and feared, Eustace Bunnett and shortly before Nigel's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/01/2018

Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery by Francis Durbridge Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

Paul and Steve are called upon to crack a case involving Carl Milbourne, the brother-in-law of wealthy financier Maurice Lonsdale. After the news that Carl has perished in a fatal car accident, rumours begin to stir that despite all odds,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2018

Opening Night / Spinsters in Jeopardy / Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh Opening Night / Spinsters in Jeopardy / Scales of Justice

Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the sixth volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2018

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

Photo-Finish / Light Thickens / Black Beech and Honeydew by Ngaio Marsh Photo-Finish / Light Thickens / Black Beech and Honeydew

Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the final volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/12/2017

Ask a Policeman by The Detection Club, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley Ask a Policeman
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This classic crime novel by six different authors is introduced by Martin Edwards, archivist of the Detection Club, and includes a never-before-published Preface by Agatha Christie, `Detective Writers in England', in which she discusses her approach to writing and her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/12/2017

And Then There Were None The World's Favourite Agatha Christie Book by Agatha Christie And Then There Were None The World's Favourite Agatha Christie Book

The book that topped the international online poll held in Agatha Christie's 125th birthday year to discover which of her 80 crime books was the world's favourite.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/12/2017

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


Format: Paperback - Released: 20/12/2017

Coming Soon

The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie The Hound of Death

Twelve unexplained phenomena with no apparent earthly explanation. Discover a dozen rare stories of murder and suspense by Agatha Christie...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/01/2018

The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon The Sherlock Effect


Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

The Execution of Justice by Friedrich Durrenmatt The Execution of Justice

When Zurich multimillionaire and local politician Isaak Kohler shoots a professor to death in broad daylight for no apparent reason, he cheerfully accepts his 20-year prison sentence. Yet, despite the fact that there were witnesses aplenty, he enlists Spat, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

Three Month Fever The Andrew Cunanan Story by Gary Indiana Three Month Fever The Andrew Cunanan Story

Portion of statement of responsibility from back cover.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

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

This volume collects seven of his most challenging cases. It also features the novel, The Hound of the Baskervflles. The stories feature art by Sidney Paget, who illustrated the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared originally in The Strand.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2018

Blood Alley by Tom Coffey Blood Alley


Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2018

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

Invisible Weapons by John Rhode Invisible Weapons

A classic crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/02/2018

Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper by Donald Henderson, Martin Edwards Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper
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In Raymond Chandler's favourite novel, Mr Bowling buys the newspapers only to find out what the latest is on the murders he's just committed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2018

Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories

The complete collection of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey stories, together in one volume for the first time.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/02/2018

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The Woman in White

A breathtaking classic of psychological suspense by the inventor of the detective novel, Wilkie Collins.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2018

Fire in the Thatch A Devon Mystery by E. C. R. Lorac Fire in the Thatch A Devon Mystery

The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Little Thatch - a thatched cottage in the Devon countryside. When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2018

The Case of the Gilded Fly A Gervase Fen Mystery by Edmund Crispin, Douglas G. Greene The Case of the Gilded Fly A Gervase Fen Mystery
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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: 19/02/2018

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie Poirot Investigates

In this collection of stories, Hercule Poirot investigates the mystery of the film star and the diamond, the absurdly cheap flat, a million dollar robbery, the curse of a pharoah's tomb, a jewel robbery by the sea, and the abduction...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/02/2018

The Dance Of Salome by Martin Penny The Dance Of Salome


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018

Other books in this genre

Crooked House by Agatha Christie Crooked House

One of Agatha Christie's finest novels, which has finally been made into a film, adapted by Julian Fellowes and starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson, Stefanie Martini, Max Irons and Christina Hendricks.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/12/2017

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie Cards on the Table

A facsimile first edition hardback of the Poirot book, introducing Ariadne Oliver in Christie's exemplary `murder in a locked room' scenario.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

Crooked House by Agatha Christie Crooked House

One of Agatha Christie's finest novels, which has finally been made into a film, adapted by Julian Fellowes and starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson, Stefanie Martini, Max Irons and Christina Hendricks.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/12/2017

Teyrn, Y by Gareth W. Williams Teyrn, Y


Format: Paperback - Released: 12/12/2017

The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair by Frank Richardson, David Brawn The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair
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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: 08/12/2017

The Double Clue (Quick Reads 2016) And Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah, John Curran The Double Clue (Quick Reads 2016) And Other Hercule Poirot Stories
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A perfect introduction to Agatha Christie - four of the best Hercule Poirot stories, chosen for their readability and sense of adventure.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

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

Inspector Maigret is meant to be taking a holiday, but he can't resist following the development of his colleague Janvier's case in the papers - and playing a few tricks on the way.Standing here at the window in the middle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/12/2017

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: 30/11/2017

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

A large format illustrated edition of Agatha Christie's novel featuring stunning artwork and photography from the 2017 film adaptation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

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

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

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

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


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

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