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This is probably one of the most disturbing revenge tales Iâ€™ve read. It creeps up on you as you follow several seemingly unconnected characters through some bizarre, and at times, frightening scenarios. Definitely not for the faint-hearted or squeamish. It is an extraordinary work, thought-provoking and unput-downable. I literally read it in one sitting.Comparison: Marquis de Sade, Ryan Gattis, Thomas Harris.Similar this month: None.
The start of a new series with a freelance forensic pathologist, Anya Crichton, as its star and a great deal of medical detail which, for me, slowed down the pace. Itâs a tale littered with suicides and the real fascination, I found, was how the women were persuaded to kill themselves. I shall be most interested to see how the series progresses.Comparison: Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Karen Slaughter.Similar this month: Laura Lippman, Michael Connelly.
Undercover cop joins a support group for close relatives of violent rape and murder victims as it is suspected they are carrying out revenge killings. This is the second in the series and it’s great. Murphy is a pleasing, laid-back character with a dry wit and lots of heart, played on television in Murphy’s Law by James Nesbit. I haven’t seen the television but I’ll put money on the books being better. They are totally addictive.Comparison: Christopher Brookmyre, James Hawes, Charles Higson (adult).Similar this month: None but try Peter Robinson, Tom Neale.
Creator of Inspector Banks with a collection of short stories of detective, noir and historical fiction, four of which feature Banks. He is a highly accomplished crime writer of good, solid, old-fashioned storytelling.Comparison: Ian Rankin, P D James, Ruth Rendell.Similar this month: None but youâ€™ll love Robert Goddard for mystery and Michael Connelly for police procedure.
A race-against-time court-room drama which highlights some of the inadequacies of the American legal system and how pure determination can sometimes succeed even against seemingly impossible odds. It is edge-of-the-seat stuff and really very good indeed.Comparison: David Baldacci, Scott Turow, Steve Martini.
What a terrific novel. Provocative, compelling, original, startling and completely satisfying, it concerns a black man living in an inherited, crumbling house who takes a white man into his basement. It turns into a tense psychological battle in one of the most powerful pieces this great American crime writer has written. Youâ€™ve got to read it.Comparison: James Ellroy, Chester B Himes, Dennis Lehane.Similar this month: None but try Thierry Jonquet and Peter Robinson.
A Tess Monaghan investigation, the eighth so lots to catch up on if you’re new to this lady. They are thoughtful American crime tales set in Baltimore, atmospheric and nicely compulsive, but it’s the human drama that really stands out here. She’s good.Comparison: Meg Gardiner, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton.Similar this month: Robert Goddard, Harlan Coben.
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
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.
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.