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Enter the criminal underworld and solve a complex case all from the comfort of your favourite reading nook. Have a look at our Crime/Mystery selection to get your hands on the latest and greatest case and get mystery solving! You might also be interested in our Thriller and Suspense categories.
Coben’s literally unput-downable thrillers really must be tried. He writes these dark, emotional tales alongside a crime series featuring a security agent, Myron Bolitar. They are good but these stand-alone, psychological thrillers are in a different league. Comparison: Dennis Lehane, William Landay, John Rickards.Similar this month: Michael Connelly, John Case.
A Chief Inspector Wexford mystery which says it all for really I should say as little as possible so as not to spoil the surprises. It centres on parenthood in all its guises; sensitive, touching, sad and wonderfully full of red herrings, it’s thrilling from start to finish, a classic whodunnit.Comparison: Frances Fyfield, Elizabeth George, Peter Robinson.Similar this month: P D James, Ann Granger.
For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz. D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell
For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz. D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour
For all James Patterson fans the wait is over and you can now get your hands on the latest Alex Cross novel. Pace, cliff hanging chapters - basically unputdownable.Comparison: Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Connelly
Highly enjoyable and fascinating insight into the workings of the American legal system where devious dealings border on the illegal. Itâ€™s a great read, reminiscent of early John Grisham. Highly recommended. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in either CD or cassette format.Comparison: John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, G M Ford.
This eagerly awaited successor to The Murder Room displays the qualities which aficionados have come to expect of P.D. James: sensitive characterisation, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place. The Lighthouse is a subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.Comparison: Nicci French, Elizabeth George, Laura Wilson.
I think we’ve all been waiting for another Gorky Park for the atmosphere of that far outshone the plot. Now we have its equal with the backdrop of Chernobyl. The portrayal of the scale of the disaster and its aftermath is mind-numbing. Oh, we have suspected suicide, mysterious informers, more deaths, a fleeting romance, the Russian Mafia and, of course, the weary, cynical, out-of-favour Moscow investigator Renko, but it’s the setting that really steals the show here. The explanation for the killings and how they were carried out could have been more intriguing but my expectations had been roused to such a level that it would have been almost impossible to satisfy them in this truly atmospheric read. Comparison: Robert Harris, Ken Follett, Glenn Meade.Similar this month: Allan Folsom, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tough ladies dominate Martinaâ€™s gangland thrillers, ladies strong enough to stand up to violent men in a shady world â€¦. most of the time. This is Martinaâ€™s twelfth East End, hard-hitting novel of grit, blood and passion. She writes in an easy flowing, addictive style that draws you in to the criminal underworld right from the start. Light reading but tough material.Comparison: Sheila Quigley; Mandasue Heller; Lynda La Plante.Similar this month: None but try Dean Koontz, Ryan Gattis.
A thriller with a refreshingly different slant for here the chase, the mystery, the duplicity and skulduggery all revolve around a multi-million pound world of musical instruments, in particular a Stradivarius. Comparison: Paul Carson, Robert Harris, Philip Hook. Similar this month: Ann Granger, Lisa Gardner.
Hard-edged crime set in Texas in the 1930s and starring a self-elected law enforcer, the deceased local copâ€™s wife Sunset. With the oil boom, the Ku Klux Klan and a bunch of odd-balls, there is obviously much corruption and greed about. I really like this fellow whose wacky characters and outlandish situations make for an interestingly different read.Comparison: Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais.Similar this month: None but try Paul Adam and Andrew Pyper.
The latest to feature the young amateur sleuth Fran Varady, now in a heap of gangland trouble.Comparison: Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante, Sheila Quigley.Similar this month: Paul Adam, Sarah Strohmeyer.
Joanne Harris, Whitbread shortlisted but better known for her French & Food novels, takes a radical and thrilling departure with her latest. Revenge, mystery and very clever plotting makes this one of her most accomplished to date.Comparison: Patrick Redmond, Barbara Trapido, Michele Roberts.Similar this month: Tom Wolfe, Diana Appleyard.
From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.