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Winner of the CWA 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. Set in the early 50s, this is classic detective stuff. Small town life, genteel and drab, atmospherically portrayed this is part of a series which I do feel you will appreciate more if you’ve read the earlier ones. His big historical novel, American Boy, was a Richard and Judy featured title.Comparison: Peter Robinson, Ruth Rendell, Jacqueline Winspear.Similar this month: Minette Walters, Ian Rankin.
Catherine Sampson introduced us to the captivating character of Robin Ballantyne in her critically acclaimed debut novel Falling Off Air. In Out of Mind we find her investigating the disaperance of a close friend and soon getting into situations that are dangerous and beyond her control. We thinks it is easily as good.l
More mysteries for Inspector Montalbano to investigate and in this third book we see slightly more of the personal side of our protagonist as his relationship with Livia develops. Still lots of food mentions to savour and if they make you peckish check out the notes at the back of the book describing some of the dishes further. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx
What a delight! A well written (as one would expect from the author of The Reader), well built detective story with an eccentric 68-year old widower the reluctant investigator of computer hacking at a giant chemical factory. Obviously he finds old secrets and a lot else in a suspenseful, highly satisfying read. Good one.Comparison: Christopher Fowler (crime), Colin Dexter, Peter Robinson.Similar this month: Ian Rankin, Andrew Taylor.
The mystery is at last revealed. For the first time, a complete Rumpole novel and one that takes us right back to the beginning as the old boy, writing his memoirs, actually tells of his first ‘famous’ murder case, often referred to over his many short stories. Devotees must have this, newcomers will find it a perfect place to start.Comparison: Simon Brett, David Lodge, Keith Waterhouse.Similar this month: David Nobbs, Andrew Taylor.
A single-parent family in jeopardy, a teenage daughter being stalked and an explosive ending in a psychological thriller with humorous undertones, occasionally making light of the serious subject matter, she is definitely a talent to watch.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell.Similar this month: Pam Lewis, Louise Anderson.
A Myron Bolitar novel which preceded his psychological thrillers and were published by a different publisher (Hodder) a few years back. This one was 1999 but unless you are an obsessive fan you probably missed it. It is classic Harlan Coben - powerful, moving and ultimately shocking. It tells of what a friend can sacrifice and how hard it is to save those you love - particularly from themselves.... Comparison: Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child.Similar this month: David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille.
One of her dark, suspenseful, psychological crime novels where circumstances and paranoia play important parts and the main characters are all a bit strange. It is eerie stuff.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, P D James.Similar this month: Lynda La Plante, Karin Fossum
Now this is really good. Lyndaâ€™s last few novels have been a bit tepid and Iâ€™ve forgiven her, knowing she can deliver, after all Bella Mafia was stunning. Well at last she has, itâ€™s UK based, it has a terrific female detective, its suspenseful and hopefully the beginning of a series. Great.Comparison: Carol Oâ€™Connell, Faye Kellerman, Sara Paretsky.Similar this month: Ruth Rendell, Margaret Murphy.
You may know the author’s name as one of the writers and stars of The League of Gentlemen or from his Dr Who novels, now know him as the creator of an Edwardian 007 spoof character, a secret agent, dandy, bi-sexual rake – he’s great – this is such fun. From Gentlemen’s Clubs to Italian decadence, Lucifer Box follows a trail of mystery and chaos, betrayal and desire, into the heart of Vesuvius. It really is the most outrageous stuff. Highly recommended, it’s brilliant, provided you are not offended.Comparison: George MacDonald Fraser, Tom Sharpe, Leslie Thomas.Similar this month: None.
Creator of the Stephanie Plum series begins another starring an equally sassy heroine, Alex Barnaby who is off to Florida and a load of misadventure, murder and mayhem. She is good on acerbic wit, one-liners and non-stop action. Comparison: Christopher Brookmyre, Lauren Henderson, Sarah Strohmeyer. Similar this month: None.
Introducing the New Orleans detective Dave Robicheaux. Johnny Massina, a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair, has warned Dave Robicheaux that he's on somebody's hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead. Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou Swamp - a case no one seems keen for him to investigate. But Robicheaux persists and uncovers a web of corruption that some would kill to protect, leading him to a terrifying confrontation with the one horror he fears most of all.
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.