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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.
If you are looking for a new crime series with a nicely complicated investigator then this is for you. Philip Dryden is an investigative journalist, this is his second case. His first, The Water Clock won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Dagger for Best First Crime Novel, this is better. Dryden’s wife is semi-conscious in hospital and as Dryden sits by her bedside he hears a death-bed confession that reopens a curious case of a plane crash years before and gives us the title of the book. The now dying woman once walked out of a burning wreck with a baby in her arms.Comparison: Robert Goddard, P D James, Val McDermid.Similar this month: Erin Hart, Sue Walker.
The start of a series with a chief inspector to rival Wexford or Dalgliesh but with a supernatural feel. A deep tale that draws the reader into the thoughts and deeds of the characters. It is very evocative and atmospheric with a shocking end; quite superb. The next, The Pure in Heart, comes in hardback at the same time, but start with this one.Comparison: Ruth Rendell, P D James, Iain Banks.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Alexander McCall Smith.
A 2011 World Book Night selection. Wow! You are in for a treat here. Kate has a tremendous reputation but in my mind she has never really lived up to Behind the Scenes at the Museum, her Whitbread winner. Well now she has, and surpassed it. More plot-driven than is her norm, it has her expected trademark of glorious language and subtle humour, here all wrapped in the cloak of a literary detective story with a warm, original and totally believable private investigator, Jackson Brodie. It was shortlisted for the recent Whitbread Best Novel prize and was only pipped to the post by Small Island (you must definitely read that too). Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selections for this title are: Louise Welsh, Reginald Hill
The dark, gritty underbelly of London is split open to let the bloody entrails of undercover policemen, informers, drugs, big money, gun battles and revenge spill forth. This is noir urban crime, tough stuff. It’s his second with number three coming into hardback at the same time, A Good Day, and number one, The Murder Exchange, not to be missed.Comparison: Reginald Hill, Jake Arnott, Ian Rankin.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Susan Hill.
A crime caper which bounces from one ridiculous scenario to another in a highly addictive fashion. He is a joy to read, oodles of plot, wacky characters, the dangerous heat of Florida’s Everglades and a real laugh. You’ll love it. I must tell you a little bit about the publishing background. He is huge in the States but hasn’t totally caught on over here so he’s changed publisher and is now going to be marketed as comic literature coming from the same publisher as Bill Bryson and Ben Elton. What is interesting is that neither of those big authors were massive bestsellers until they too switched to the publisher Transworld. I love him.Comparison: Charlie Higson, Ben Elton, Janet Evanovich.Similar this month: None but try Matt Beaumont for humour and Alistair Beaton for the improbable.
A taut, suspense-filled thriller, A Small Weeping takes the reader on a gripping journey from the inner city to the wilds of the Outer Hebrides, and deep into the darkest depths of human nature. The body of a prostitute is found at Glasgow’s Queen Street Station, her hands, pointing towards her feet, placed as if in prayer, a small flower pressed between the palms. Psychologist Solomon Brightman is called to assist DCI Lorimer in the murder hunt, with the hope that his lateral thinking will shine a light on the case from a different angle. But before any conclusions can be drawn, the body of a nurse is discovered at The Grange, a private clinic. Aside from the careful arrangement of the corpses, there is no obvious connection between the victims; Lorimer and Solomon are still very much in the dark. Then a third body turns up, and it seems increasingly clear that they have a serial killer on their hands. Like for like: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina. Lorimer and Brightman series:1. Never Somewhere Else2. A Small Weeping3. Shadows of Sounds4. The Riverman5. Pitch Black6. Glasgow Kiss 7. Five Ways to Kill a Man
Vunerable, exposed, naÃ¯ve and dispensible, asylum-seekers are easy prey for the ruthless and Liverpoolâ€™s underworld is full of such people. This is tough, gritty, compulsive stuff, well worth getting caught up in.Comparison: Mandasue Heller, Jake Arnott, Lynda La Plante.Similar this month: Martina Cole, Karin Fossum.
An American who normally writes contemporary police procedural or serial killer tales, sets his latest thriller in pre-war Germany during the 1936 Olympics. It’s a mix of old-fashioned detective work (German policeman), appalling training tests (S.S.), a failing hit-man (ex-Mafia) and a frightening bit of duplicity (American). It won the Crime Writers Association highest award, the Gold Dagger, and it’s brilliant.Comparison: Frederick Forsyth, Gerald Seymour, Nelson DeMille.Similar this month: Guy Walters, Jack Higgins.
After eight books in the Kurt Wallander police mystery series, this renowned Swedish crime writer is developing a new character, Kurt’s daughter Linda. This seems to be the change-over title with a part for them both, although it turns out to be very much Linda’s book. The appeal of the masters of this particular genre is their feeling for place, Rebus with Edinburgh, Morse with Oxford, and Sweden is very much a player in this grizzly tale.Comparison: Ian Rankin, Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill.Similar this month: Stephen Booth, Sue Grafton.
This is dark, psychological thriller stuff with the area, the Peak District, playing an important role as Edinburgh does for Rebus, Oxford for Morse. It is the fifth in the series, all highly atmospheric. Comparison: Ian Rankin, Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson.Similar this month: Sue Grafton, Laura Wilson.
Drama City is the brilliant new novel from one of America's finest literary crime writers. Set in Washington DC an ex-con and former drug enforcer leaves jail and tries to go straight but in doing so in the course of his day repeatedly comes face-to-face with his old life and finds himself on the brink of a vicious turf war which could destroy him. Comparisons: Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, James Lee Burke
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award (2003) plus two other international prizes, this is one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament at the moment. With a novel portraying first love, its pain and its ecstasy with little regard for the consequence, this is powerful, lyrical stuff.Comparisons: Josephine Hart, Rachel Cusk, Anne Michaels.Similar this month: Maria Beaumont, Anita Shreve.
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.