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Renown Crime and editorial expert Maxim Jakubowski has picked some of his favourite crime fiction for you to enjoy.


Maxim Jakubowski's - Great Male Sleuths 2012

The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett
The Calling of the Grave
Simon Beckett
February 2012 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Forensics expert Dr David Hunter has featured in a handful of investigations so far and is becoming...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
The Hollow Man by Oliver Harris
The Hollow Man
Oliver Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Not just another London cop with a troubled morality, Belsey whose patch is the unlikely one of affluent Hampstead, is a man very much on the skids: dishonest as they come, crooked...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2012
The Devil's Edge by Stephen Booth
The Devil's Edge
Stephen Booth
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. The fact that that they have operated for ten books so far in the supposedly quiet locale of the Peak District does not mean that these provincial cops encounter less violence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Nowhere to Run by C. J. Box
Nowhere to Run
C. J. Box
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Game Warden Joe Pickett is a major star in the USA, having already headlined over a dozen cases. His adventures are finally being released properly in the UK at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2011
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter
Simon Brett
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Not strictly speaking an invincible male sleuth, Blotto -a nickname for the Right Hon. Devereux Lyminster- is a bit of a nincompoop, whose sleuthing skills are easily outmatched by his brilliant...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/07/2010
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery by H. R. F. Keating, Alexander McCall Smith
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
H. R. F. Keating, Alexander McCall Smith
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. This was the first case for Bombay CID Inspector Ghote and has just been reissued by Penguin Modern Classics, alongside three other novels in the long lasting series. Sadly the books...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride
Dark Blood
Stuart MacBride
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. With the retirement of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, MacBride's grittier than granite Aberdeen cop has quickly taken over the mantle of Scottish hard man of the hour and his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2011
The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
The Night Season
Chelsea Cain
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Oregon cop Sheridan has spent three novels fighting it out with uber-female serial killer Gretchen Lowell, but his fourth outing sees her behind bars and Archie and accidental sidekick journalist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2011
The Sentry by Robert Crais
The Sentry
Robert Crais
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. For almost a dozen novels so far, Pike has acted as a sidekick for rock n'roll sleuth Elvis Cole in Crais' super-slick California thrillers. Now he has been given his own solo...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2012
Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath
Where the Shadows Lie
Michael Ridpath
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Who says you have to be Scandinavian to write about an Icelandic police detective? Michael Ridpath, best known previously for his splendid financial thrillers, beats the Nordic mob...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2011

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Maxim Jakubowski's - Great Female Sleuths 2011

The Reckoning by Jane Casey
The Reckoning
Jane Casey
August 2011 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. DC MAEVE KERRIGAN - Maeve is an ambitious but initially experienced detective constable keen to make her mark...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/07/2011
The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
Reader Reviewed The House at Sea's End : A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. RUTH GALLOWAY - Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and has so far appeared in three gripping investigations. Combining motherhood and a career, her crime-fighting abilities are second to none with the sometimes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/06/2011
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
Silent Voices
Ann Cleeves
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. D.I. VERA STANHOPE - Now most ably personified by Brenda Blethyn on our TV screens, Stanhope is an old school middle-aged British cop who has to combat not just criminals...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2011
Dead End by Leigh Russell
Dead End
Leigh Russell
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. DI GERALDINE STEEL - A truly believable female sleuth with a sad knack for coming across cases where the bodies just sort of accumulate in her passage, Geraldine Steel is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2011
City of Lies by Alafair Burke
City of Lies
Alafair Burke
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. ELLIE HATCHER - The crime writing daughter of James Lee Burke is quickly establishing herself as a star in the mystery landscape. Herself a veteran of the New York...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2010
Damaged by Alex Kava
Damaged
Alex Kava
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. MAGGIE O'DELL - FBI profiler and Special Agent Maggie has appeared in ten breathless adventures so far and her grit and energy put Kay Scarpetta to shame. Meticulous plotting by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2011
Hell Gate by Linda A. Fairstein
Hell Gate
Linda A. Fairstein
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. ALEXANDRA COOPER - The 12th volume in a powerful series featuring a New York Assistant District Attorney with a crusading determination to punish sex crimes (Fairstein used to work in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2010
The Liar's Lullaby by Meg Gardiner
The Liar's Lullaby
Meg Gardiner
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. JO BECKETT - Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett's specialty is the psychological autopsy. She is brought in on the scene post death (although not always...) to determine its nature: natural, accidental,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2011
The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen
The Killing Place
Tess Gerritsen
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. JANE RIZZOLI & MAURA ISLES - The female investigating duo of detective Rizzoli and forensic archeologist Isles is a unique and great combination and over nine books so far has established itself...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2011
Frozen Out by Quentin Bates
Frozen Out
Quentin Bates
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. SERGEANT GUNNHILDUR - The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant into deep...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/01/2011

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Great Crime Sleuths

selected by crime aficionado

Maxim Jakubowski

 

Great Male Sleuths 2012


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So, you've read all the Hercule Poirot meticulous investigations and you've roamed the dark streets with Philip Marlowe, and continued your criminal journey with James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux, Mark Billingham's Thorne, Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Inspector Morse, Peter James' Roy Grace and countless other hardy detectives both on the page and on TV and you still want more?

 

Well, no need to fret, the world of crime and mystery fiction is still full of untold treasures and sleuths in every colour of the rainbow, from enduring cops to accidental everymen on a necessary course of discovery, from private eyes with a rapid repartee to dour loners with a deep set hankering for the truth and justice, from avengers to spectators, from plodders to action men.

 

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Maxim has compiled the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, a must have anthology of the best short crime fiction. Click here to find out more.

 

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The following palette of detectives might not be as familiar to the reader quite yet, but each one is unique and fascinating, demonstrating with bravura that finding out whodunit is just the tip of the imaginative iceberg.

DR DAVID HUNTER - The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett

 

DC NICK BELSEY - The Hollow Man by Oliver Harris


DC BEN COOPER & DS DIANE FRY - The Devil's Edge by Stephen Booth

JOE PICKETT - Nowhere to Run by C.J. Box

 

LOGAN McRAE - Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride

 

BLOTTO AND TWINKS - Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett


INSPECTOR GHOTE - The Perfect Murder by H.R.F. Keating


DETECTIVE ARCHIE SHERIDAN - The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

 

JOE PIKE - The Sentry by Robert Crais

MAGNUS JONSON - Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath

 

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Maxim Jakubowski's

Great Female Sleuths 2011

 

We all know that the female of the species can often be the deadliest of them all, or, at any rate, when it comes to crime and mystery writing, the more intelligent and assiduous sleuth. Or should I even venture to say 'sleuthette'.

 

On the hallowed ground trodden by Miss Marple, a cohort of lady investigators have followed with brilliance and determination and have thrilled generations of readers of both genders: Kinsey Milhone (Sue Grafton), V.I. Warshawski (Sara Paretsky), Anna Lee (Liza Cody), Mama Ramotswe (Alexander McCall Smith), Sharon McCone (Marcia Muller), Kay Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell), Temperance Brennan (Kathy Reichs) and Kate Brannigan (Val McDermid) proving empowering pioneers. With feisty heroines like these who needs the guys?

But there are more heroic heroines emerging from the crime scene. And all well worth a detour, and not just for their looks!

 

DC MAEVE KERRIGAN - The Reckoning by Jane Casey

 

 

RUTH GALLOWAY - The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffith

 

 

D.I. VERA STANHOPE - Silent Voices by Ann Cleeve

 

 

DI GERALDINE STEEL - Dead End by Leigh Russell

 

 

ELLIE HATCHER - City of Lies by Alafair Burke

 

 

MAGGIE O'DELL - Damaged by Alex Kava

 

 

ALEXANDRA COOPER - Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein

 

 

JO BECKETT - The Liar's Lullaby by Meg Gardiner

 

 

JANE RIZZOLI & MAURA ISLES - The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen

 

 

SERGEANT GUNNHILDUR - Frozen Out by Quentin Bate


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